Songs Of The Surat

In May 2014 QMusic’s ‘Songs of the Surat’ program sponsored by Arrow Energy saw a team of music industry professionals visit towns in the Surat Basin to present two and four-day workshops focused on song writing, production and recording. The professionals were paired with school students, emerging musicians and music industry workers from the region.

QMusic recruited 3 professional songwriting mentors and one of Brisbane’s most highly regarded engineer/producers to join QMusic project officer Stacey Coleman for the project – Deb Suckling, Melinda J Wells, Brianna Carpenter and Jeff Lovejoy. 

The team visited Wandoan, Miles, Dalby and Toowoomba and had an amazing response from the communities with over 45 people participating in the project. Strong connections were made between the participants and the team and many stories were shared.

Across the 10 day tour 23 songs were recorded and approximately 28 songs were workshopped. The recorded songs were then mastered and produced professionally as a 23 track CD.

“Songs of the Surat” – A collection of songs from the Surat Basi was launched at the Arrow Energy sponsored “Delicious and Delightful” Festival in Dalby on August 24, 2014.

Through this program, budding students and local musicians received valuable guidance on their music careers and gained access to QMusic’s networks. The CD was distributed and launched within the community and surrounds.

Arrow’s sponsorship comes from its Brighter Futures community investment program which invested more than $4.6 million with more than 117 community organisations across Queensland in 2013.

QMusic is Queensland's music industry development association, and is focused on promoting the artistic value, cultural worth and commercial potential of Queensland music.







Pictured: Brianna Carpenter, Melinda J Wells and Students from Miles