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2 Jul


The City Of Joondalup is now calling all bands, soloists, beatboxers, DJs, hip hop artists and talented young people to showcase their musical abilities across any music genre for their Defeat The Beat competition happening 7 October at Arcade Nightclub, Joondalup. This could be the big break you’ve been looking for, with great prizes are up for grabs. For an entry pack or more information visit or call 9400 4929. Entries close Sunday 6 September 2015.

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One of Perth’s leading specialist music store is hiring. Tempest Perth are looking for an experienced sales consultant. With old fashioned service and top class expertise, this is a job for someone with a passion for music who would love to make a career in the music industry. Work as part of a friendly and professional service-oriented team who offer exceptional knowledge and service to musicians and students. Located in Como, this is a 40 hour week position with 3 out of 4 Saturday mornings included.

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The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) judging panel have been announced, including an impressive group of high-profile recording artists as diverse as Lorde, Tom Waits, Boyz II Men and Avicii, as well as Presidents, CEOs, and A&R executives from Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Sony Music Latin, Curb, Tommy Boy, Alligator, S-Curve, Blind Pig, Wind-Up, Concord Music Group, and many more. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 genres of music for you to enter your songs into. ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes shared among the 68 winners – including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and much more in merchandise and services. WA had four winners last year.

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Registrations are now open for the 4th Australian Songwriters Conference (ASC). The four day event will be held 10 – 13 June 2016 (Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend) in its popular format of networking, publisher pitching sessions, seminars, workshops, on-site recording and performance nights. Unique in its focused approach to the craft and business of songwriting, the ASC attracts a ‘Faculty’ of successful hit songwriters, producers, publishers and other music industry professionals in all popular genres, to speak, mentor and present workshops. Speakers at the event include Grammy/ARIA award winning songwriters including Alan Roy Scott, Beccy Cole, Gary Pinto and an impressive list of other industry experts. Representatives from major and indie Music Publishers also attend the event for the Publisher Pitching Sessions, giving attendees the opportunity to play their songs directly to the Reps for possible placement. More confirmations will be announced over the coming months.

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Catch Music is a not-for-profit organisation running inclusive music sessions across WA, helping people learn new skills and connect with others through music. Catch Music is seeking a Music Facilitator for the organisation’s Fremantle group, with the role commencing during school Term 3 and continuing during school terms in 2016. The Fremantle Music Facilitator is responsible for running a session on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30pm, at Fremantle PCYC in Hilton. The Fremantle session is a small, established group of mixed ability. The Music Facilitator role involves leading the group in learning songs and developing basic music skills, as well as basic administration tasks. This role is supported by the assistance of a volunteer Activity Coordinator who will help run the session.
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A limited number of places are available for a Songwriting Workshop being held in Mandurah on the weekend of 1st and 2nd August. A partnership between RDA Peel Bleeding Ear Music and Mandurah Music, supported by WA Music, the workshop will be conducted by award winning Perth songwriter Steve Parkin (Basement Birds/Autopilot). Steve Parkin has 20 years in the WA and Australian music industry. He has won and been nominated for many awards, including an ARIA win & nomination, 2 APRA awards, 2 International Songwriting Comp (ISC) awards. Unfortunately no WAMI but you can’t have it all! Steve is signed to Universal Music Publishing, writing with bands and acts from all over the world. Email your EOI to [email protected] by July 10.

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Applications for the 2016/17 Symphony Services International Conductor Development Programme are open, helping to assist young
conductors to reach their potential by providing the highest quality training possible. The program represents a major investment in Australian talent and is now firmly established at a high international level. In 2016 the participating orchestras’ chief and guest conductors will become involved in the teaching of the program which will comprise various training and professional development opportunities, allowing participants access to podium time and expert mentorship. It includes a two week Summer School and other activities such as masterclasses, teaching modules and more. Conductors will be expected to be available for all opportunities offered and participation will continue over a two-year period (2016/17).

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

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.