Program to support aspiring songwriters

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Aspiring songwriters across the region will have the chance to learn from some of the best as part of a state government-supported program.

The Regional Sessions, run by APRA AMCOS and supported by Creative Victoria, will connect regional creatives with some of Victoria’s best songwriters at five hubs across the state, including Geelong.

The full-day program, at Platform Arts on June 13, will feature a keynote ‘In Conversation’, a songwriter panel and small group workshops.

The program will culminate with a curated performance and post-event networking at a nearby venue.

Beginner, emerging and mid-career songwriters and musicians are encouraged to come along.

One of the Geelong’s most well-known musicians, Adalita, will be the keynote speaker and lead the workshops.

“I’m really looking forward to the Regional Sessions in my hometown of Geelong. It’s going to be a great opportunity for songwriters to connect and experience new ideas and share in the creative process,” Adalita said.

In afternoon workshop sessions, participants will have the opportunity to share their work, collaborate in groups and get feedback from artists at the top of their game including producer and electronic artist Elle Graham (Woodes), singer and guitarist Cash Savage, composer Craig Pilkington and Indigenous musician and community leader Fred Leone.

“Victoria’s established and emerging contemporary artists hail from right across the state and the Victorian government is proud to support The Regional Sessions as part of the On The Road Again live music initiative,” Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson said.

“On The Road Again is bringing music back to our local stages, investing in local talent and ensuring our industry reactivates and recovers.”

The session was originally scheduled for last October but was postponed due to lockdowns.