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NATSIMO's Virtual First Nations Suite for March

Media Published Friday 19 March 2021
Candice Lorrae
Songwriter/producer Candice Lorrae of The Merindas is the curator for this month's 3-2-1 Sessions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators are invited to:

  • RSVP to Composer Masterclass with composer Dale Cornelius (25 March)
  • RSVP to Production Masterclass with producer Magoo (26 March)
  • Submit an Expression of Interest for one of two '3-2-1' co-writing sessions with songwriter/producer Candice Lorrae

Registrations and Expressions of Interest are now open for the March edition of the Virtual First Nations Suite, a monthly creative development program launched in February by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office (NATSIMO).

Virtual First Nations Suite
this month features the second session in Dale Cornelius’ ‘Evolution of a Cue’ Composer Masterclass series, and acclaimed producer Magoo is on board again this month to deliver a Production Masterclass. Two songwriter opportunities are also available to join a 3-2-1 Session (3 hours, two songwriters, 1 song) with dynamic singer/songwriter and producer Candice Lorrae of The Merindas.

Sessions are open to all APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members with Masterclass sessions aimed specifically at those with some experience in composition and/or music production. RSVPs and Expressions of Interests now being accepted.

For any questions or queries about the sessions, contact NATSIMO's Leah or Donna at [email protected]

3-2-1 Sessions with Candice Lorrae

Candice Lorrae (The Merindas) steps into the 3-2-1 Sessions curator role for April, taking the baton from NATSIMO’s inaugural curator Mo'Ju.

“As the second curator for the monthly NATSIMO 3-2-1 Series, I'm looking forward to connecting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songwriters whether emerging or experienced. It's important that we connect to share our knowledge to lift and strengthen the voices of First Nations artists through music in this country.

"I think it's important for First Nations songwriters to be supporting and collaborating with other First Nations songwriters because we understand the history, the struggle and stories and how they should be told,” said Lorrae.

The first 3-2-1 Sessions with Mo'Ju will get underway soon with the two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songwriters selected from an impressive pool of members who expressed their interest in collaboration. Talented artists Amy Dowd (BUMPY, Squid Nebula) and Sachém Parkin-Owens (Sachém) will be spending 3 hours in a virtual co-writing session with Mo'Ju as part of the March Virtual First Nations Suite.

"The calibre of the EOIs is wild! So impressive! I really wish I had the time to work with them all…I really don’t want anyone to walk away disheartened because I’m so blown away by all the talent,” said Mo'Ju.

Expressions of Interest to collaborate with Lorrae are open now and will close 24 March 11:59pm AEDT, with sessions to take place in April.

3-2-1 Expressions of Interest

Composer Masterclass with Dale Cornelius

On Thursday 25 March established Australian screen composer Dale Cornelius will continue his 'Evolution of the Cue,' series, where he guide participants through the world of composing for the screen. Using a feature film as a case study, Cornelius will cover topics including budget breakdowns, post-production schedules, director-composer communications, the spotting session, and presenting the work whilst coping with criticism.

If you missed Session 1 in this series and would like to get caught up, please email us.


Production Masterclass with Magoo

On Friday 26 March ARIA Award-winning producer and recording engineer Magoo (Powderfinger, Midnight Oil, The Jungle Giants), also known as academic and researcher Dr. Lachlan Goold, presents a masterclass on a topic close to the heart of so many DIY creators: Microphones and Recording Vocals. This follows on from his Remote Recording introduction class, and is for anyone who wants to learn the 'how-to's' of recording and getting that best vocal take.


Ongoing Opportunities

"Thank you so much to everyone who got involved with the NATSIMO's Virtual First Nations Suite – we look forward to seeing you at the two great Masterclasses we have this month and to receiving another round of strong expressions of interest for our 3-2-1 co-writing sessions with Candice Lorrae.

"We’re so thrilled with the response from our members to our launch in February of this monthly series, and the NATSIMO are so excited to continue offering these opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait music creators each month to come.

"We’re so grateful to everyone who has come on board to support and participate in the Virtual First Nations Suite so far and have an incredible group of Masterclass Presenters and Curators for our 3-2-1 Sessions lined up for future sessions. Stay tuned!" said NATSIMO National Manager Leah Flanagan.

The Virtual First Nations Suite has been developed to directly support the vision of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office as outlined in its Strategic Plan (announced in October 2020), and specifically delivers on aims to advance the careers of our members, promote the growth of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music industry and to connecting our members with skilled industry professionals who are supportive of their development and success.