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Aboriginal artists invited to free two-day music workshop in Byron Bay

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APRA AMCOS is bringing its successful Starting Ground workshop back to Byron Bay. Up-and-coming Aboriginal songwriters and musicians are invited to spend two days learning

from top artists and industry leaders at this free skills development workshop. Held at SAE Byron Bay on 11 and 12 May, Starting Ground will cover songwriting, artist management, getting gigs, touring, copyright, marketing and promotion, music production and lots more.

Triple j favourite and recent APRA Music Award winner 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.

Established in 2015 with support from the New South Wales Government, the StartingGround project was created to help Aboriginal musicians build their skills, promote their work, develop career pathways and access mainstream music markets.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 delivers tangible outcomes to artists in regional areas. It’s 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.”

Musicians who would like to participate in Starting Ground Byron Bay must contact Michael Hutchings to register: | 02 9935 7874.
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