Itching to upskill? Webinars, workshops and courses for music creators

Friday, 05 Jun 2020

(Gwen Guo at High Score 2019 - photo by Jacinta Keefe)

Whether you're looking to dabble in a new musical practice or to lift your live stream game, or if you want to upskill on the business side of things, there's a lot of resources out there. A LOT. So many.

Where to start? Check out the below listings (some are state-based), which we'll regularly update.


St Kilda Film Festival
Dark Matters: composers of new Australian horror films 
19 June, 7:30pm (registration required)

The At Home Sessions
Webinar: how to live stream with Olympia and Tim Shiel
Tues 23 June
11am-12noon (AEST)
RSVP for Zoom details
We're excited to present a free webinar for all members. Get tips from songwriter/performer Olympia and electronic musician/composer Tim Shiel on the visual, sound and technical aspects of a creating an engaging live stream. 

Levels 2020 (Music NSW)
One-on-one audio engineering workshops
 (27 June)
For women, trans and non-binary music creators, presented by MusicNSW. Work with Antonia Gauci and Georgia Collins at Studios 301. Applications close 19 June.

CAD Factory - Music Production Workshops with Michelle Barry 
Two-day workshop open to women, non-binary and trans folx
Open to women, non-binary and trans folx from across the country who want to improve their confidence and technical skills in the studio. (27 June and 4 July) Applications open now for six places.

I Heart Songwriting Club
Getting Creatively Free - The Keys To Your Songwriting Success

Monday, 29 June 2020 6pm AEST (90 mins workshop)
Venue: ONLINE + LIVE (Zoom)
Tickets: FREE - reservations essential

Taught by the founder of I Heart Songwriting Club, this session will offer you some practical tools for overcoming songwriters’ biggest blocks and barriers and how to create your own meaningful online songwriting community. 

Adult Beginner Online Songwriting Workshop 
Tuesday, 30 June 2020 5pm AEST(4 hour workshop)
Tickets: $55.95 + GST + booking fee
Limited to 20 places.

Crack wide open the secrets to writing songs and learn how to create like never before in this afternoon workshop with I Heart Songwriting Club founder and award-winning songwriter Francesca de Valence.

SAE: Dylan Ely Masterclass Series
Session 1: Careers & Industry (2 July)
In the first of three online masterclasses, mix engineer, Dylan Ely (Jay-Z, Justin Bieber and Gwen Stefani), will cover the music industry and audio engineering basics. Register for the free class.

APRA NZ Masterclass 1 - How to approach storytelling through music [WATCH]

APRA ANZ Masterclass #2: How to approach co-writing and producing [WATCH]


Open Learn - Open University free courses
Recording music and sound
This free 8-hour course, provides an historical introduction to music and sound recording in the creative industries and offers some guidance about making your own recordings.

Sound for music technology: An introduction
In this free course, you will learn some of the basics of music technology, starting with what sound is, how it is created and how it travels.

An introduction to music theory
Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation.


IGEA and Austrade Present: Workshop Series
Webinar registration:


Indie DIY May 2020
Watch the webinar: Updates from both AIR and PPCA which was followed by a panel discussion between independent artist and label guests who have had great success doing it on their own terms in the independent sector. With Stella Donnelly, Caiti Baker, and more.

Australia Council for the Arts
First Nations' Roundtables
Weekly webinars for arts and creative independents, and organisations, to discuss the current situation that affects us all in relation to COVID-19. 

Music Industry Inside Out
Online professional development resource for the Australian music industry. Putting 1200+ one-on-one videos with more than 90 of the music industry's leading figures at your fingertips for the price of about a coffee a week. (Membership site)

Webinar: Regional Music State of Play ft publicity mini-masterclass
Join the live stream at 6:30 Thursday 11 June on FB

Best Practice Guides
From how to release music to DIY PR, Music NSW has a great bank of resources.

Watch: Sound Advice panel on Music and Mental Health
The panel features Mel Cheng (One Louder), Parissa Tosif (Vallis Alps), Psychologist Amy Radford and Support Act CEO Clive Miller.


Our New Normal webinar series
On demand series exploring life for SA's music community in the age of COVID-19. Topics include - streaming, PR, mental health, community.

QMUSIC Connect series
Watch the series of online workshops QMUSIC CONNECT supporting and upskilling Queensland's music industry. Covering topics including streaming, social community, tax and accountancy, mental health.

Working with CaLD Creatives and Communities
In partnership with Diversity Arts Australia, the VMDO are offering a series of online workshops designed to assist music business professionals to work effectively with CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) artists, businesses, communities and audiences. 


Fee-free online short courses in:

  • practical business skills
  • enhance your digital impact
  • improve leadership performance
  • develop administration skills
  • grow health and medical knowledge

TAFE Women in Business
Fully subsidized courses

TAFE Mature Age Workers
For 35 or older, looking for work and wanting to retrain or upgrade your skills?
You may be eligible for a fee-free place.

Fee-free course listings

From finance fundamentals to small business blueprints, the offerings are extensive.


Accessible Arts
Top 10 tips for running accessible online events

FBi Radio's Anti-Racism Resource

The fine art of working alone: tips from composer Chris O'Neill and producer Anna Laverty

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