Aboriginal songwriters invited to develop their music careers at Starting Ground Byron Bay

Monday, 08 Feb 2016



Emerging Aboriginal songwriters across the NSW Far North Coast are invited to join a free two-day skills development workshop with leading musicians and producers.

Taking place at SAE Byron Bay over March 9 and 10, the Starting Ground program is an opportunity for you to work with award-winning Aboriginal songwriters like Kahl Wallis from The Medics and Leah Flanagan, plus ARIA Award winning producer Magoo, who has been behind the desk for artists like Midnight Oil, Regurgitator, Art Vs Science, Saskwatch, Tex Perkins and loads more.

“This program is invaluable. You’ll be able to have one-on-one time with some incredible professionals who can advise on your music and business. I’m really looking forward to meeting the next generation of up-and-coming artists.” – Kahl Wallis

Bringing both industry insight and creative expertise to the table will be ground breaking hip hop artist Fred Leone, who is the front man of award-winning crew Impossible Odds and founder of Queensland’s only Indigenous owned and operated record label, Impossible Odds Records.

To help you get a handle on the business side of things, Craig Spann will share his experience across record labels, publicity and management, while APRA AMCOS ATSI (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) National Representative Michael Hutchings will facilitate the workshop. SAE’s music industry and technical experts will also provide their invaluable knowledge.

Across the two days, Starting Ground will cover songwriting techniques and advice, live performance and production skills, music industry management, getting gigs, getting played on the radio, touring and publicity. 


It will be the second time Starting Ground has been run, with a successful pilot program held in Tamworth in November 2015.

Places are limited, so please register early by contacting Michael Hutchings at the APRA AMCOS ATSI Office: mhutchings@apra.com.au. Michael can be contacted on 02 9935 7874 for further enquiries.

Starting Ground is an initiative of the APRA AMCOS ATSI Office and funded by the NSW Government (through ArtsNSW) via its three-year Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy. Starting Ground will also be hosted in Coffs Harbour, Bathurst and Campbelltown in the coming months.


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