Starting Ground returns to Byron Bay

Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017

We're on the hunt for up-and-coming Aboriginal songwriters and musicians who are keen to develop their creative and business skills at a free two-day workshop in Byron Bay.

Our Starting Ground workshop is heading back to SAE on 11 and 12 May, and we have an impressive mix of top artists and industry leaders ready to share their skills, experience and insight.

Triple j favourite and recent APRA Music Award nominee Robbie Miller will lead sessions along with award-winning singer/songwriter Sue Ray and hip hop artist Fred Leone (aka MC Rival from Impossible Odds). 

They’ll be joined by composer and record producer Yanto Browning (The Medics, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jungle Giants); artist manager and publicist Emily Murphy; marketing expert Shane Murphy and APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Representative Michael Hutchings.

The sessions at Starting Ground will cover songwriting, artist management, getting gigs, touring, copyright, marketing and promotion, music production and lots more.

Workshops have previously been held in Tamworth, Byron Bay, Dubbo and Redfern, and artists mentored include Loren-Jade Ryan, Krista Pav, Athol Munro, Dylan Goolagong and Tom Avery.

Starting Ground is a fantastic opportunity for songwriters, producers and musicians to get one-on-one career advice, and take away new skills to keep building on their talents,” said Michael Hutchings. 

“We’d love to see as many aspiring artists from Byron Bay and surrounding regions attend, and I encourage them to get in touch and register.”  

Want to take your music further? Contact Michael Hutchings and register for Starting Ground Byron Bay: mhutchings@apra.com.au | 02 9935 7874.

Starting Ground will head to Eden in the South East of NSW in September 2017.

Starting Ground is an initiative of the APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Office and funded by the NSW Government - ArtsNSW through its three-year Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy.


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