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10 things you need to know about The Regional Sessions

Story Published Monday 2 May 2022
Welcome to the Regional Sessions (photo by Kurt Petersen)

Not sure what The Regional Sessions are all about? Read on!

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

Early bird discounted $35 tickets available until 10 May (unless exhausted sooner)!


1. Where, when and who?

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

Geelong
Monday 13 June
Adalita (keynote), Cash Savage, Craig Pilkington, Elle Graham (Woodes), Fred Leone

Bendigo

Wednesday, 15 June
Ed Kuepper (keynote), Candice Lorrae, Eliza Hull, Jan Skubiszewski, Nicky Bomba

Wangaratta
Friday 17 June
Dave Faulkner (keynote), Benny Walker, Cameron Bird, Olympia, Thando Sikwila

Dandenong Ranges
Tuesday 21 June
Oscar Dawson (keynote), Emma Donovan, Hayley Mary, Kylie Auldist, Scott Darlow

Gippsland
Thursday 23 June
George Maple (keynote), Dallas Frasca, Joel Ma (Joelistics), Imogen Clark, Yeo

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 singer-songwriter 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.

Bendigo guest speaker Benny Walker shared a little about what to expect at his session, which he gave the nickname Serve the Song, "...because that's really what it's all about, whether it's revisiting it once you have written it. Because I think that's sort of a myth that it just happens and there's your song - I think it's only fair to revisit the song.

"So I basically walk through my process and things I find really useful, and also remind people to keep their minds open to other approaches. There are four or five artists at each of their workshops, and they will each have their own approach."

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. If you bought a ticket to the originally scheduled sessions, we hope you can make it!

Your previously purchased ticket for the October 2021 sessions is valid. If you can't use it or need to make any changes, contact us.