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Introducing NATSIMO's Virtual First Nations Suite series

Media Published Tuesday 16 February 2021
A composite image of Dale Cornelius, Magoo and Mo'Ji
Dale Cornelius, Magoo & Mo'Ju are the first creatives confirmed for the first Virtual First Nations Suite

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songwriters are invited to:

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


The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office (NATSIMO) is launching its monthly Virtual First Nations Suite of creative development opportunities in February with its inaugural events series. Each month the NATSIMO will present a Composer Masterclass, Production Masterclass and two 3-2-1 co-writing opportunities, all with industry leading talent.

Virtual First Nations Suite this month features the Composer Masterclass with Dale Cornelius, Production Masterclass with Magoo, and two 3-2-1 Sessions (3 hours, two songwriters, 1 song) with songwriter and artist Mo'Ju. Sessions are open to all APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, with RSVPs and Expressions of Interests now open.

These sessions are accessible from anywhere and all that is required to attend is intermediate knowledge and a keen interest in the topic. For any questions or queries about the sessions, contact NATSIMO's Leah or Donna at [email protected]



3-2-1 Sessions with Mo'Ju

Acclaimed songwriter and artist Mo'Ju is the curator for the first of NATSIMO's monthly 3-2-1 Sessions. The 3-2-1s are a one-on-one, short-burst three-hour virtual collaborative songwriting session with the month's curator. Mo'Ju will conduct two separate sessions with selected participants. Expressions of Interest are open until 24 February 11:59pm AEDT with sessions to take place in March.

"Co-writing and collaborating is one of the best and most exciting ways to learn about your craft and also about who you are as artist," said experienced collaborator Mo'Ju.

The EOIs for the Mo'Ju 3-2-1 Sessions are now closed but keep your eyes open for the next opportunity to be announced in News From NATSIMO member newsletter.



Composer Masterclass with Dale Cornelius

On Thursday 25 February established Australian screen composer Dale Cornelius will present the first session of a three-part masterclass series 'Evolution of the Cue,' which will guide participants through the world of composing for the screen - from composing music for a film, to cue sheets and spotting sessions to negotiations, budgets and more.
RSVP REQUIRED



Production Masterclass with Magoo

On Friday 26 February ARIA Award-winning producer and recording engineer Magoo (Powderfinger, Midnight Oil, The Jungle Giants), also known as academic and researcher Dr. Lachlan Goold, will present ‘Your Guide to Remote Recording.’ This masterclass is for anyone who wants to learn the 'how-to's' of recording a band, a solo project or recording anything, for that matter, without having to go into a recording studio. RSVP to attend.
RSVP REQUIRED



In their Strategic Plan announced in October 2020, the NATSIMO outlined its mission and goals as a peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators and set the wheels in motion for a revitalised five-year strategy to better support members’ career advancement through advocacy, programming initiatives and development opportunities.

The Virtual First Nations Suite is the NATSIMO's first skills development offering and facilitated by NATSIMO's National Manager Leah Flanagan and Writer Representative Donna Woods.

"With the Virtual First Nations Suite, we encourage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander APRA AMCOS members to register and join these sessions from wherever they may be. If you are familiar with the topic and enthusiastic to build your skills, we hope you'll join us online," said Flanagan.

NATSIMO National Manager Leah Flanagan announces the Virtual First Nations Suite