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Free development sessions to launch musical dreams

Published: 4 March 2019

Free development sessions to launch musical dreams
Award-winning Logan singer and songwriter RIVAH will be one of the presenters of the Logan Live Music Month professional development workshops being held during March and April.

Emerging and professional musicians are invited to attend free development sessions ahead of Logan Live Music Month.

City Lifestyle and Community Committee Chairperson Councillor Steve Swenson said the sessions would cover multiple topics to support musicians in their careers.

“We held the successful Logan Live Music Month last year and as it is returning for 2019, we have decided to offer a series of workshops to give musicians further support and tips to improve their skills for this year’s event,” Cr Swenson said.

Logan Live Music Month will run from July 1 to 31 at a variety of venues across the City of Logan.

Cr Swenson said the professional development sessions would be held during March and April in the lead-up to the application period for the event.

“This series of interactive professional development sessions has been developed for musicians of all levels who either live in Logan or have a strong connection to the area,” he said.

Many of the presenters are musicians from Logan, including award-winning singer and songwriter Rivah, who released the single Flood last year, and internationally-acclaimed guitarist Chris Tamwoy, who appeared on Australia’s Got Talent.

“The aim of the series is for participants to walk away with improved abilities and be more confident about the music they create and how to get it out into the world,” Cr Swenson said.

The sessions include:

* Session 1 - Kick start your musical journey - from 5.30pm to 7.30pm – Tuesday, March 26 at Logan Art Gallery
The first workshop will be an interactive session where participants will meet the facilitators of the Logan Live Professional Development series, hear a local success story or two, meet peers and the ‘movers and shakers’ of the industry and get to do some great networking.

* Session 2 - See no evil, hear no evil: recording and filming technical masterclass for musicians – from 10am to 4pm – Sunday, March 30 – Logan Art Gallery
In this hands-on masterclass participants will learn some great tips and what is available to almost everyone to make things sound and look right including experience doing home recordings and making videos.

* Session 3 - Your online assets are important! – from 5.30pm to 7.30pm - Tuesday, April 2 – Logan Central Library
In this session participants will gain knowledge of vital online platforms, gain valuable social media tips and learn the difference between kB and MB and where and how to upload music and videos.

* Session 4 - Visualising your art form: a biography + photography masterclass for musicians – from 10am to 4pm - Saturday, April 6 – Logan Art Gallery
Participants will receive help to discover their sound through images and words and learn how to create a visual music journal, write a biography and take great images with a smart phone and use free editing software to get the best out of photos.

* Session 5 - Performing your best possible show – from 5.30pm to 7.30pm – Tuesday, April 9 – Logan Central Library
This session is designed to increase the confidence of participants and help them get noticed. Topics to be covered include microphone techniques, communicating with audiences, questions for sound engineers, sound systems and how to prepare for situations such as sickness and broken gear.

* Session 6 - The music and the dollar – from 5.30pm to 7.30pm – Tuesday, April 16 – Logan Central Library
Hear from industry professionals and artists about ways they creatively made money from their craft and tapped into traditional music income streams through song-writing royalties, grants and more.

More information on the workshop facilitators and content is available online at

Registrations for the development sessions are essential can be made at

Logan Live is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between Queensland Government and Logan City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland and the Regional Arts Services Network, an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, with BEMAC, as the
arts-arm of Access, appointed as the Logan provider.