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In 2019, Brunswick Music Festival introduces Sound Sessions. Sound Sessions is a series of panels, workshops and events - along with an artist in residence and mentorship program - all geared towards women, trans and non-binary artists working in, or wanting to crack into, the music industry. Supported by Creative Victoria the program also features an extensive range of partners - APRA AMCOS, Bandmates Victoria, Girls Rock! Melbourne, The Push, The Rock and Roll Writers Festival and Thickwave - along with an impressive line up of panellists, speakers and workshops facilitators. On both festival weekends, panels, talks and workshops - at Mechanica (the festival hub at Brunswick Mechanics Institute) - will cover topics including production and sound (‘9 VOLT’), career pathways (‘Are You Experienced’, ‘Fuelling Something Good’ and ‘Industry Development Unpacked’), accessibility (‘M.I.A. - Masterclass in Accessibility’), the changing voices in music journalism (‘New Narratives in Australia's Music Media’), songwriting (‘Poetics & Politics: An Earnest Conversation about Songwriting’) and the power of live sampling (Ableton Live Sampling). The festival's inaugural Artists in Residence, HEXDEBT collaborate with a chamber orchestra to re-imagine their music where post-punk and classical collide in a special one-off show HEXDEBT – An Orchestral arrangement and are set to bring the general public behind the scenes for an open rehearsal and songwriting workshop at Siteworks. 2019 also sees the festival launch its Mentorship Program, which serves to address some of the inequities for women, trans and non-binary artist, producers and technicians in the music industry. Mentors Michelle Grace Hunder, Evelyn Ida Morris, Jane Gazzo, Candy Bowers and Alice Ivy will all be sharing their knowledge and insights with the program mentees. The introduction of Sound Sessions highlights yet another way the long-running festival has evolved to reflect the changing landscape in contemporary music.  See the Sound Sessions program below or visit our website for full details.

Tuesday 5th March

Saturday 9th March

APRA AMCOS presents 9 Volt – Production, Sound and Music Speakers: Simona Castricum (moderator), Bridget Mary Chappell, Chiara Kickdrum + Simon J Karis

Rock and Roll Writers Festival presents: Are You Experienced? Speakers: Leanne De Souza (moderator) + Dave Graney

Sunday 10th March

Bandmates Victoria presents: M.I.A. - Masterclass in Accessibility Speakers: Liz Wright (moderator), Bexx Djentuh + Karen Ingram

Tuesday 12th March

HEXDEBT: Artist In Residence An Orchestral Arrangement with Idil Ali accompanied by Yusuf Harare Jnr

Saturday 16th March

BMF: Industry Development Unpacked Speakers: Chelsea King (Sienna), HEXDEBT, Laura Davis, Rebecca Grech, Rose Simonsen + Thao Ly

Speakers: Triana Hernandez (moderator), Namila Benson, Shaad D’Souza, Aretha Brown + Firas Massouh

Sunday 17th March

Facilitators: Alice Ivy + Memphis LK

Speakers: Triana Hernandez (moderator), Georgia Maq, June Jones + Alice Skye

Artist in Residence: HEXDEBT Songwriting Workshop

And then there’s the rest of the Brunswick Music Festival program.

Check it out in all its glory here:


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