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10 things you need to know about The Regional Sessions

Story Published Thursday 13 May 2021

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

Come along to learn from Matt Corby, Urthboy, Nina Las Vegas, Gordi, Catherine Britt, L-FRESH The LION and heaps more.

Non-members and non-NSW residents are welcome to attend.

1. Where, when and who?

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

7 June
Ashleigh Dallas, Buddy Knox, Catherine Britt, Matt Fell, Urthboy

9 June
Harry James Angus, Matt Corby, Robbie Miller, Sahara Beck, Tia Gostelow

11 June
Beatrice Lewis, Benny Walker, Nina Las Vegas, William Crighton (more to be announced!)

15 June
Alex Lahey, Gordi, Ilan Kidron, L-FRESH The LION, Sally Seltmann

17 June
Elana Stone, Jim Moginie, Johnny Took (DMA's) Milan Ring, Zach Stephenson (Hockey Dad)

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.

3. Why are we going regional with these sessions?

Let’s ask Dubbo keynote speaker Gordi, who grew up two hours away just outside of Canowindra.

"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 $45 member 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, the non-member ticket price is a little dearer but if someone is making music, they should definitely come and they can speak to an APRA AMCOS Rep on the day to find out how to join.

10. Not from NSW? Not a problem.

You are more than welcome to make the journey (pending any travel restrictions, of course). It’s going to be a great day.