Holiday Program NSW

THE SEARCH IS ON FOR CREATIVES AGED 16 - 21 TO APPLY TO BE PART OF OUR FREE SONGMAKERS SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM

We are looking for 16 young people in key locations across regional NSW. You will work over 2 days with some of Australia’s most exciting hitmakers to collaborate, write and record original songs from scratch and gain direct insight into music industry careers.

To enquire about workshops, email katie@songmakers.com.au
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SongMakers Sessions are presented by APRA AMCOS as part of the Holiday Break program supported by
the Office for Regional Youth in partnership with Create NSW

Autumn 2023 sessions

11 & 12 AprilGriffith@ Piccolo Family Farm
17 & 18 AprilBellingen@ Bellingen Youth Hub
18 & 19 AprilBathurst@ Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
18 & 19 AprilMerimbula@ Merimbula School of Music
19 & 20 AprilToormina@ Grow the Music Studios

SUMMER LOCATIONS INCLUDE:

 
Wagga Wagga – 10-11 Jan, 10am – 4pm – Civic Theatre
 
Lithgow – 16-17 Jan, 10am – 4pm – Mitchell Conservatorium
 
Parkes – 18-19 Jan, 10am – 4pm – Maker Space/Library
 
Goulburn – 16-17 Jan, 10am – 4pm – Hume Conservatorium
 
Armidale – 23-24 Jan, 10am – 4pm – New England Conservatorium
 
Merimbula – 24-25 Jan, 10am – 4pm -Merimbula School of Music

Impacts of the holiday program

Over the past year, we’ve been working with Patternmakers, a leading research agency, to evaluate our school holiday program. We want to understand the impact the program is having for young people in areas like songwriting skills, knowledge of the music industry, self-expression, and wellbeing.

As part of this early evaluation, 42 workshop participants completed a survey about their experiences, and we heard from mentors and some local partners in the targeted regions too.

Here’s what we’ve found so far!

0 %
Agree the program taught them to collaborate on a song
0 %
Say they're proud of the song they made in the workshops
0 %
Say that songwriting improves their mood and wellbeing
0 %
Say that since the workshop, they have written an original song

"At the Leeton workshop, one of the mentors, Nina, was happily sharing her contacts with these young people. You can imagine what that means for them. Someone who’s well-versed in this field can spend time with them, and they can follow up with them. For some young people that’s stuff of dreams."

- Ken Dachi, Leeton Shire Council

SongMakers quote about holiday sessions
SongMakers Sessions are presented by APRA AMCOS as part of the Holiday Break program supported by
– the Office for Regional Youth in partnership with Create NSW