This November, Music Tasmania will host a three-day long event dedicated to women in music. Titled , the initiative includes workshops, showcases and gatherings, covering live performance, composition, electronic music, music journalism and the music industry.
A key event for composers is the , to be conducted in partnership with Music NSW. Rainbow Chan, a Sydney-based artist, will run a workshop on song structure, backing tracks and collecting field sounds. Meanwhile, Alice Ivy, a Melbourne-based producer, will host two sessions, one on creating DJ playlists and the other on composing with Ableton Live.
For performers interested in improving their stage presence, there’s , a specialist in movement and stagecraft, who’s worked for Jon Watson management (Wolfmother, Missy Higgins). Participants will learn tips for developing confidence, putting together set lists, using non-verbal cues and refining vocals.
Women in music journalism or interested in writing about music can attend , a music critic who’s written for the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Saturday Paper, among many other publications. The class covers core skills, conducting effective interviews, writing within particular frameworks and pitching to editors.
In addition, an evening showcase will feature Tasmanian musicians and several gatherings will be dedicated to socialising and networking. These include an opening night cocktail party; a long lunch at MONA with a key note address from Leanne de Souza, executive director at the Association of Artist Managers; and (UN)CONFERENCE, a free afternoon of open conservation and small group discussions with Game Changers delegates.
Game Changers, which is the recipient of funding from the City of Hobart, will take place 3-5 November across various venues. Tickets are available online, on a per-event basis.