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Connecting and upskilling Queensland’s contemporary music community

QMusic, Queensland’s music industry development association and producer of BIGSOUND and the Queensland Music Awards, has launched a series of free online workshops and masterclasses called QMUSIC CONNECT.

QMUSIC CONNECT, commencing live at 5.30pm (AEST) via Facebook Live on Monday 6 April, is part of QMusic’s COVID-19 INDUSTRY SUPPORT PLAN launched earlier this week and aims to support, connect and upskill Queensland’s contemporary music community through this period of lockdown.

QMusic CEO Angela Samut said the not-for-profit organisation will continue to support the state’s music industry and has completely overhauled how QMusic delivers its programs and services.

“Our music industry, like most industries, is facing massive and unprecedented challenges that require immediate support,” said Ms Samut. 

“In response, QMusic is rolling out QMUSIC CONNECT over the next six months which is an online series of workshops and masterclasses that has been curated to help develop skills, knowledge, tools and connections for artists and music industry professionals. 

“As an industry, we have proven time and again that we are resilient, innovative and creative. We anticipate that our local community will emerge from the current crisis with stronger connections and a proliferation of collaborations from across our state from Coolangatta to Cape York to Winton!

“We will rebuild ourselves even stronger than before and create great music and resilient music entrepreneurs that will entertain and inform generations to come,” said Ms Samut.

QMusic is also in the beginning stages of working with Indigenous musicians and nationwide industry professionals to determine the best approaches to support their communities through the impacts of COVID-19. 

QMusic’s First Nations Producer, Alethea Beetson, said that a number of industry-wide initiatives are not always inclusive of First Nations peoples. 

“To assist with supporting the advocacy of First Nations people in the music industry, QMusic will also program Indigenous-led conversations as part of QMUSIC CONNECT,” said Ms Beetson.

“These sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.”

QMusic thanks the support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland for its ability to offer QMUSIC CONNECT. QMusic also thanks the support of local councils including the City of Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast Council, Cairns Regional Council and Townsville City Council.

Check out the QMUSIC CONNECT program!

The Program Breakdown