Develop your music career at Starting Ground Dubbo

Thursday, 21 Apr 2016

Aboriginal songwriters in the New South Wales Orana region are invited to join a free two-day music skills development workshop.  

Taking place at TAFE Western Institute in Dubbo over May 16 and 17, Starting Ground is an opportunity for musicians to develop their careers under the guidance of award-winning artists and music industry professionals.

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Leah Flanagan will mentor participants alongside soul and hip hop artist Radical Son and music producer Neal Sutherland, who has worked with The Presets, Bertie Blackman, Megan Washington, Sarah Blasko and many more.

Rob Scott from Source Music will be on hand to help you get a handle on the business side of things, and will share his experience in publishing, marketing and releasing music, while APRA AMCOS ATSI (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) National Representative Michael Hutchings will facilitate the workshop.

The hands-on workshop will cover songwriting and live performance along with business management, touring, radio and marketing. This will be the third Starting Ground workshop, with successful events held in Tamworth in November 2015 and Byron Bay in March 2016.

Award-winning music producer Magoo was a mentor at Starting Ground Byron Bay, and said he would like to see similar events take place more frequently.

“There are significant disadvantages for performers from regional areas, and talking with a group of industry people who have achieved something can be a great inspiration.”

Starting Ground Dubbo
When: May 16-17 2016, 9am-5pm
Where: TAFE NSW Western Institute, Yarradamarra Centre, Myall Street Campus

Interested? Register now!

Contact Michael Hutchings at the APRA AMCOS ATSI Music Office: or 02 9935 7874.

Want more insight into Starting Ground? Read aspiring producer Athol Munro's Byron Bay workshop diary here.

Starting Ground Dubbo will be followed by a workshop in Sydney in June. Starting Ground is an initiative of the APRA AMCOS ATSI Music Office and funded by the NSW Government - ArtsNSW through its three-year Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy.

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