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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 3, 2020

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QMusic Announce Free Online Workshops

QMusic Announce Free Online Workshops
Reece Dargie

A new series of online workshops and masterclasses for musicians has been announced by QMusic, commencing on Monday 6 April.

QMusic Connect will serve as a resource for Queensland’s musicians over the next six months in response to COVID-19’s impact on the performance-dependent music industry.

The online music business program will aim to engage musicians of any level or background throughout Queensland. Regionally-focused discussions are scheduled throughout April, delving into what opportunities, grants and initiatives etc. may exist within local communities. Additional masterclasses will run through to June, which will run through fundamental music business concepts and give participants practical tools to begin planning their next moves straight away. More announcements are due in the coming weeks, including programs that will explore the contexts for Indigenous musicians from QMusic’s First Nations Producer, Alethea Beetson.

QMusic Connect is the non-for-profit organisation’s follow-up to Industry Connect, a program that has helped develop the careers of over 1,500 artists and industry professionals since 2017; and in 2019 saw that over 50 opportunities were created to collaborate with established artists such as LDRU and Yorke. The BIGSOUND and Queensland Music Awards producers have rehauled their approach and adapted to the climate, keeping Queensland’s music industry active and connected by pushing this ever-accessible program. CEO Angela Samut hopes the online approach and regional targeting will stimulate more of the state, priming for a productive and networked future post-crisis.

“As an industry, we have proven time and again that we are resilient, innovative and creative. We anticipate that our local community will emerge from the current crisis with stronger connections and a proliferation of collaborations from across our state from Coolangatta to Cape York to Winton!”

The first round this month runs from April 6 – 15, and aims to tackle current topics such as mental health, tax, funding opportunities and more. Facilitated by Dom Miller and Alethea Beetson, the panellists feature members of organisations playing critical roles in this crisis. Contributing a wealth of knowledge to the mental health session is Clive Miller of Support Act, the country’s main support for the wellbeing of musicians and crew who are unable to work. Along with industry experts from GYROstream, DITTO Music and Habit Music, the COVID-19 Industry Support Plan will provide insight and approaches to making it through this period; with musicians from the likes of WAAX, Bugs and Jeremy Neale to add to the discussions.

As most industries have been pushed online in the last month, we’ve seen Australian musicians band together each week for the Instagram festival Iso-Laid, a 50% rise in global SoundCloud uploads, and somehow, a music festival within Minecraft. As the situation continues, musicians are bound to continue innovating in a meaningful manner, and QMusic’s series will prepare our locals for the industry’s next big shift.

QMusic Connect commences Monday 6 April on the QMusic Facebook page.
For a full program guide and more information, visit the official website.

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