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NMIT students bring song back to Smith Street

20 Aug 2013

Two NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Advanced Diploma of Music Business students are playing a big part in the organisation of a Collingwood Songwriting contest and getting valuable industry experience in the process.

NMIT students, Aaron Schultz and Dugald McLachlan, are working with the Smith Street Traders Association to organise and promote the Smith Street Songwriters Contest 2013 – a new event designed to give local songwriters a chance to perform their original work in some of the City of Yarra’s favourite live music venues.

“The opportunity to work on this project came to us through our Music Business Program Coordinator, Robert Hails, at NMIT,” said Aaron. “We’re working with the venues on the logistics, organising sound set-up, negotiating with competitors re the contracts and promoting the event ... it’s great experience.”

Both Aaron and Dugald are planning careers on the management side of the music industry and Aaron, who is in the second year of his Advanced Diploma, hopes to build his own artist development company after he finishes. “I’m thinking about applying for NEIS (New Enterprise Incentive Scheme) funding to help build my business next year and may even do that through NMIT.”

The Smith Street Songwriters Contest 2013 is a Smith Street Traders/ NMIT initiative designed to attract more life to Smith Street, and develop a relationship with music venues for the mutual benefit of venues and artists.

Three venues on Smith Street will be supporting the competition on Thursday evenings throughout September including Agent 284 (September 5), Grumpy’s Green (September 12) and Caz Reitops Dirty Secrets (September 19). The Final will be held at Agent 284 on September 27. Prizes include a $500 Mannys voucher, a day’s recording of the winning song at Studio 52 plus more prizes to be announced.

Songwriters who wish to enter the competition can do so via Facebook which explains the conditions, venues and prizes. .

Both Aaron and Dugald are confident they can make the Smith Street Songwriting Contest a success and develop it as a calendar event in the City of Yarra.


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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) – Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne’s north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce.  NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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