Geelong's newest music festival is hosting a variety of free workshops to widen musos skillsets and help them get the most out of their career.
Now in its third week, Surround Sounds – Geelong & the Bellarine Music Festival has been a breath of fresh air for the Geelong region, bringing along a bunch of Australia’s biggest names, indie heroes and eye-opening events to venues across the Geelong and the Bellarine region.
Running until May 8, the festival will continue to take to stages across the city, coast and country of Geelong and the Bellarine, delivering numerous events you align with as a music lover and punter; however breaking into these communities as an artist is a completely different story. The barriers of entry for emerging artists can be challenging, with events focusing on the representation of marginalised communities often a rarity, and spaces for newcomers to learn how to write music or access and understand music equipment difficult to come by.
Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.
Bringing artists, venues and audiences together in a celebration of all things music, Surround Sounds Music Festival is also championing new opportunities for artists, extending to provide spaces and workshops for newcomers to seek mentorship to learn, practice and play in safe and non-judgmental environments.
Let’s take a look at some of the notable (and unmissable) workshops going down as part of the festival:
APRA Workshop: Songwriting & Sustainability with Alice Ivy
Recognised as one of Australia’s most versatile and exhilarating artists, ARIA-nominated producer Alice Ivy is a force within the music industry. Since releasing her debut album I’m Dreaming in February 2018, Aice Ivy has gone from strength to strength, honing in on her eclectic signature sound that spans sample-influenced soul, hip-hop and electronic pop that she brings to life live as a multi-instrumentalist. Having performed more than 300 shows worldwide – including Australian national tours with Flight Facilities, Vera Blue & The Jungle Giants, SXSW 2018, Falls Festival, Listen Out & Splendour In The Grass – Alice has more recently built herself a rep for getting unique performances out of the amazing female and gender-diverse artists she links up with.
As part of Surround Sounds, the Geelong born and bred musician will unpack how she juggles the various aspects of her career as an artist and songwriter in this workshop hosted by APRA AMCOS. The workshop will discuss how Alice built her team, what her revenue streams look like, how she finds collaborators and what a release cycle might look like, providing great insight for budding producers or musicians in the region.
The workshop will run on Saturday, May 7 from 10am at Beavs Bar in Geelong.
This is a free event but bookings are required here.
Geelong On The Record – Wikipedia Editathon
Geelong’s musicians are missing from Wikipedia and this workshop is here to do something about it.
It’s hard to deny that Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the world, with the page often popping up as the top result when searching for information online, written by an international community of volunteer editors.
Over the last six months Wikimedia Australia has run a series of events called The Record which have added almost 50 new pages about Australian music onto Wikipedia for the world to see. These have included new pages on the independent record label Anti Fade, live music venue The John Curtin Hotel, and musicians such as Roza Terenzi, Brenda Gifford, and Erik Griswold. From rock, classical, jazz, and electronica, we’ve looked at all genres of music from across Australia.
Created by volunteers with a passion for music, local music lovers are now invited to take part in this special Geelong event.
Going down on Saturday, April 30 at Geelong Library & Heritage Centre from 10:30am, this workshop will teach you to edit Wikipedia, add references, and create new pages. No experience is required, you just need to bring a laptop or device and sign up for a Wikipedia account in advance.
Maree Robertson will be there as a special guest, speaking about her new book ‘Bored! This Was Geelong’ and discussing her work writing about Geelong’s music history. A copy of her book will be available to browse at the event.
This workshop is all about improving Australian music’s visibility online by working to make sure Geelong is better represented on Wikipedia. This is a free event, but bookings are essential as places are limited.
You can book here.
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APRA Workshop: High Score – an introduction to composition for games
Join Jini Maxwell, curator and award-winning video games writer as she discusses games composition 101 with Chris O’Neill, composer for games.
The session will provide unique insights into how music is composed for games and demonstrate how it differs to other forms of composition.
Presented by APRA AMCOS, who for the last five years have presented the High Score conference, Australia’s premiere game audio conference covering composition, sound art, technology and implementation in games, as a part of Melbourne International Games Week.
This free workshop will run from 11:30am at Beavs Bar on Saturday, May 7.
Book your spot here.
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APRA AMCOS One-on-Ones
The second you write or record original music, you have copyright. It’s free and automatic. Music rights management organisation APRA AMCOS helps you make money from your music by selling licences to people who want to use it. When your music is played you earn royalties and get paid.
Committed to supporting and celebrating the artistic excellence and commercial success of songwriters and composers across all genres, in this one-on-one workshop on Saturday, May 7 from 1pm, APRA AMCOS members are given the opportunity to book a 15-minute spot with their local Writer Services representative to discuss their membership, royalties, co-writing or any other APRA AMCOS queries.
Bookings via email email@example.com
This is a free event. More info here.
Bored! This Was Geelong Exhibition
This is more an exhibition than a workshop but will be no less enlightening for music lovers, musicians and Geelong enthusiasts alike. Running until the end of May, guests can explore the most iconic and memorable moments in the history of Geelong/Melbourne independent and punk rock through the experiences of the people that made it real – the bands and the fans!
Celebrating BORED! and the Geelong/ Melbourne independent music scene from 1977 onwards, there will be photos, posters, memorabilia and lots of merch for sale.
This exhibition is held at Centrepoint Arcade, Little Malop St, Geelong on Mondays & Wednesdays: 11-5pm and Saturdays: 12-4pm until end of May 2022.
This is a free event. You can find out more here.
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Head to Surround Sounds Geelong website for the full program and to purchase tickets for a variety of events.
Surround Sounds Geelong and the Bellarine Music Festival is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and 94.7 The Pulse – Surround Sound Festival Partners and proudly supported by the City of Greater Geelong.