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Tamworth the Starting Ground for Aboriginal Songwriters

Multi Award winner and APRA AMCOS Ambassador Leah Flanagan  is inviting budding Aboriginal songwriters across the NSW North West region to join her in a free skills workshop on 2 and 3 November.

To be held at The Youthie, the Starting Ground workshop will encourage those living in ‘Aboriginal music hot spots’ like Tamworth to develop their career under the guidance of leading professionals.

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

Leah said she would like to see Aboriginal artists based in regional areas have access to the same opportunities, training and support as artists based in major cities.

Starting Ground is a way to connect these arts communities with the music industry on a needs basis as every region in NSW has its own unique scene,’ she said.

From Leah, as well as Michael Hutchings of APRA AMCOS ATSI office, Luke Peacock (self managed artist and songwriter) Rob Scott of Source Music (publishing and record label), Sophie Miles, Mistletone (publicity and marketing) and music producer Neal Sutherland you will gain an insight into the music industry in NSW and beyond.

Information on not only songwriting, radio-readiness and live performance skills, but business management, touring and marketing will be shared. The two-day workshop will be a hands on intensive session not to be missed.

Arts North West Aboriginal Arts Officer, Lorrayne Riggs said it was exciting for the North West region to gain this kind of attention.

‘It’s really worth coming along, where ever you live in the area. It could be the boost young people need for their music career,’ Lorrayne said.

Starting Ground Tamworth will be followed by workshops in Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Bathurst, and Campbelltown in the coming months. Starting Ground is an initiative of the APRA AMCOS ATSI Office and funded by the NSW Government – Arts NSW through its three-year Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy.

‘There is a real need to discover and develop the Aboriginal contemporary music industry across NSW, especially in regional areas which have some of the largest Aboriginal communities. I believe that without the voice of Aboriginal NSW the whole story of the contemporary music scene in this state has not been told,’  Michael said.

Details

Starting Ground – Tamworth Workshop

Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 November 2015, 9.30am – 5pm
The Youthie (Tamworth Regional Youth Centre), 1A Quinn St, West Tamworth

Email Michael Hutchings to register your place – mhutchings@apra.com.au 
Places are limited – please book early.

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