Monday, 24 May 2010
FReeZACentral, a free annual program to help young Victorians establish themselves and identify pathways into the music industry, is gearing up for another massive year with two exciting compilations and tour in the pipeline!
With the success of last year’s FReeZACentral all girl compilation, Naked In The Woods, the concept will return for series two in August 2010. Spanning all genres, from folk, indie, roots to R&B, Naked In The Woods 2 will feature a line up of established and emerging female artists involved in the 2010 program. Tracks from visionary mentor artists Angie Hart, Clare Bowditch, Deborah Conway, Jess Harlen, Jess McAvoy, Monique Brumby and The Little Stevies, will sit alongside their stunning young protégés, Courtney Barnett, Gracie Hester, Izzy, Jessie Upton, M.C.K., Tyla Bertolli and Yekla Ishmakovich.
Similarly, this year, with an awesome collection of metal, hardcore and rock artists involved in the program, a compilation featuring young emerging acts like Ayera, Legacy (formerly In Vain in Valour), Satellite Supercollider and The Deep End, and their mentor bands Carpathian, Jonesez (Mark Stewart-Horsell Common), Pete Sounds (Pete Satchell-Dallas Crane), Walk the Earth (DW Norton-Superheist), will be compiled and released as a cover disc through Blunt Magazine in August. There will be a number of launch dates in late August/early September, with a special guest headline artist, to be announced shortly.
FReeZACentral is run by The Push in conjunction with Mushroom Marketing and funded by the Victorian Government, as part of the Victoria Rocks program. The FReeZACentral Program covers five streams, including performance, technical production, event management, music business, and marketing and publicity.
Each year, FReeZACentral pairs 50 young Victorians between the ages of 18 and 25 in the Mentoring Program. On top of getting to know and learn from a supportive mentor who is already established in the music industry over a six month period, the mentees are involved in releasing a CD, working on festivals and putting on their own tour.
FReeZACentral also annually runs eight free music industry career workshops for 15 to 25 year olds between August/September around Victoria each year. Experienced trainers come together with established professionals from the industry to discuss what’s involved in their positions as well as career opportunities available in their sectors. By attending the FReeZACentral Workshop Program and completing assessment sheets, participants can get free accreditation towards a nationally recognised Certificate 3 or 4 music industry qualification, and access further free accredited training through NMIT. Those aged 18-25 are also eligible to apply for the FReeZACentral Mentoring Program. Applications for the mentoring program are annually open August to November.
Listen to a selection of FReeZACentral 2010 tracks via www.myspace.com/thepushinc.
Stay tuned to thepush.com.au to get your hands on the FReeZACentral 2010 tracks or hear about the launch dates!
For more info about FReeZaCentral workshops and mentoring or to get involved, head to: freezacentral.vic.gov.au.
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