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10 things you need to know about The Regional Sessions

Story Published Monday 16 August 2021

UPDATE (2 September 2021)

Due to the current public health guidelines, The Regional Sessions Victoria program scheduled to be held during October 2021 has been postponed and will now be held in March 2022 (dates to be confirmed). Ticket holders can hold onto their tickets for the rescheduled dates or request a refund via [email protected].

Tickets will be put back on sale at a further date, and we look forward to when we can all get together and connect through the art and craft of songwriting.


Not sure what The Regional Sessions are all about? Here are 10 things you need to know.

Come along to learn from Gordi, Dave Faulkner, Adalita, Joel Ma, N'fa Jones, Emma Donovan, Alex Lahey and heaps more.

Open to beginners, emerging and mid-career songwriters and musicians.


1. Where, when and who?

Five musical hubs in VIC, all days run 9:30am-4:30pm, with post-event networking from 5pm.

Gippsland
4 October
Gordi (keynote), Alice Skye, Dallas Frasca, Hugo Race, Joel Ma (Joelistics)

Wangaratta
6 October
Dave Faulkner (keynote), Benny Walker, Cameron Bird, Demi Louise, Ella Hooper

Bendigo
8 October
Beatrice Lewis, Jan Skubiszewski, Nicky Bomba + more to be announced

Dandenong
11 October
Hayley Mary, Kylie Auldist, Scott Darlow + more to be announced

Geelong
14 October
Adalita (keynote), Alex Lahey, Craig Pilkington, Emma Donovan, N'fa Jones

Our guest speakers are also top Australian songwriters (see above!) and they will be facilitating the workshops, as well. So it’s a lot of togetherness at The Regional Sessions.

2. How it works

You arrive, check in, grab a coffee, and we kick off with a keynote ‘In Conversation,’ followed by a Songwriter Speaks panel, and then there will be two workshop sessions where you can get down to some honest to goodness songwriting. We learned heaps when we did the sessions in NSW.

3. Why are we going regional with these sessions?

Let’s ask Gippsland keynote speaker Gordi, who grew up regionally, in Canowindra, NSW.

"When you are from rural or remote areas, sometimes it seems like becoming a professional artist or songwriter is someone else’s dream. These Regional Sessions are really important because we can say ‘Look, these are the straightforward steps you can take to being a songwriter and this is how you can hone your craft.’ It’s a great opportunity to people in these areas.”

4. Are you writing songs but not ready to release or perform music quite yet, but kind of want to come?

Totally OK! This is an excellent chance to meet other songwriters and musicians and see what they are up to. You can share your ideas in a workshop or get insight on finishing a song or how to release it, or just listen and take it all in.

5. Or, maybe, you’ve been writing and playing music for awhile and want to get more serious about your career?

Fantastic, we encourage you to come – there will be helpful advice from our guest speakers covering topics like songwriting splits, production tips, touring and gigs, promo and much more.

6. Not sure if your style of music is suited to what’s on offer at the Sessions?

Not only do the speakers come from across the musical spectrum, but at the heart of the day is songwriting – how to lift your game, how to work through ideas, how to tell your story. Mixing it up with other music creators can challenge and give fresh perspectives.

7. Connection is key

A vital part of these events is getting songwriters into a room to network and find out what others from your area are up to. You never know what might come out of it – co-writing opportunities, a future collaboration, a new connection.

8. What the $35 earlybird/$50 full price ticket includes:

Don't pack a lunch, we're catering (let us know your dietary requirements when you register). And, attendees are invited to join for a post-event performance, with refreshments included.

9. Bring your mates

You don’t need to be an APRA AMCOS member to attend. Anyone making music can attend and they can speak to an APRA AMCOS Rep on the day to find out how to join.

10. COVID-Safe? Absolutely.

The Regional Sessions is a COVID-Safe event, we have a Safety Plan in place and are committed to keeping you safe. In the event of COVID-19 imposed government restrictions we will reschedule The Regional Sessions and your ticket will be valid for the new date.