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Free song writing workshops in Bunbury this summer

9 Oct

In partnership with Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, West Australian Music (WAM) are pleased to present a series of free song writing workshops as part of WAM’s Song of the Year program.

The first workshops in the series will kick off in Bunbury this summer as part of the Across The Road Summer Music Festivals happening on Saturday 24 November, Saturday 19 January and Saturday 9 February.

The workshops present a unique opportunity for aspiring artists to explore the creative process, connect with others, and learn about the craft of song writing from established WA artists. Leading the first song writing workshop is Perth artist Riley Pearce, who has been recognised for his song writing craft multiple times over his young career in WAM’s Song of the Year awards.

With the program wrapping up just prior to WAM’s Song of the Year competition closing, participants are perfectly placed to finetune their original songs under the guidance of skilled song writers before submitting them in the competition.

These workshops provide a genuine synergy with the Act-Belong-Commit message, in providing an opportunity for people to improve and maintain positive mental health through the arts and in particular being creative. The Act-Belong-Commit message encourages us to all to: Act – do something, Belong – do something with someone, and Commit – do something meaningful.

“I’m so pleased to be working with Healthway to promote the Act-Belong-Commit message as part of WAM’s new song writing workshops,” said workshop coordinator Em Burrows.

“Song writing and playing music has long proved to be an amazing creative outlet and effective way of staying happy, healthy and connected to your community, so it’s great to be able to inject this new aspect into the workshop program!”

Participating local artists will also have the opportunity to join the Across The Road Summer Festival’s lineup, with two performance slots up for grabs at the January and February festivals for workshop attendees.

South West artists interested in taking part can register their interest online now!  




The Across The Road Summer Music Festivals will see a brand new series of boutique music festivals take over laneways, parks & carparks throughout Bunbury this summer, showcasing some of the best bands that WA has to offer.

The festivals will take place on Saturday 24 November, Saturday 19 January and Saturday 9 February, with the first lineup including acts such as Riley Pearce, Emily Barker, Man Sandal, Jamilla, and Jon Stapleton.

The Across The Road Summer Music Festivals have been made possible by funding from the City of Bunbury Summer Events Round, an APRA AMCOS Music Grant as well as in-kind support from Totally Sound.

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The ArtsGovernment of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.