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NIDA is Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art, a centre of excellence in training for theatre, film and television, training exceptionally gifted young people at a tertiary level, preparing them for careers in the dramatic arts. Triple J Unearthed and NIDA are joining forces and are offering six bands or individual artists with the opportunity to have a live action video clip created for their track by NIDAs Directing, Design and Production students. Once completed, the tracks will then be premiered on rage on ABC1. If you can get yourself up to Sydney between the 20 July to 2 August then you’d be mad not to enter. Entries close the 5th of April and all the details are here https://www.triplejunearthed.com

One emerging Australian hip hop/soul artist will have the opportunity to fast track their career with the 2015 Hilltop Hoods Initiative. Valued at $10,000, the initiative is open to all up-and-coming hip hop/soul artists or groups who have not yet released an album professionally. The initiative is aimed at funding costs associated with the manufacture, release and promotion of a debut album. Applications close March 3, there's more info at www.apraamcos.com.au

How To Get Ahead In The Music Industry is a workshop running at the Motor City Music Festival, Geelong on March 8, 3.30-5pm. Moderated by Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria). It's free for festival ticket holders - tickets available from Motor City Music Festival website motorcitymusicfestival.com.au

Melbourne-based crowdfunding platform Pozible and digital distribution agency Ditto Music will be holding the Friday Residency and After Party – a night of live performances, workshops, and networking opportunities for independent musicians, to be held at Pozible HQ (Level 2/108-112 Langridge St) in Collingwood on Friday March 13 from 5-9pm. There will be informal workshops on crowdfunding for music, band-promotion and digital distribution, along with performances from folk-pop artist Chris Watts and digital soulstress Moodie. It's 18+ and free, but you must register at eventbrite here.

Check out the latest workshops from Music Victoria. Sounding Out - How To Get Started in the Music Industry is running at the Monash Seminar and Training Centre in Oakleigh on March 11, from 6-7.30pm. As part of the Oakleigh Music Festival, Music Victoria presents a free discussion and Q&A on how to get started in the music industry. Join industry experts as they discuss how to get a gig, who to talk to, where to get advice, funding your ideas, publicity on a budget, and more. Open to all musicians, arts workers, and anyone interested in the music industry. All ages, and all welcome! Reservations are recommended to info@musicvictoria.com.au

Now Listen - Music Victoria Professional Development Panel is on March 14, 11.30am-12.30pm at Aireys Inlet Hotel, Open Mic Music Festival. How do you forge a career as an independent artist in 2015? Your peak body for contemporary music, Music Victoria, gives you the latest updates about getting gigs at festivals and venues locally and in Melbourne, how to get coverage in the local media and through social media and what peak body and government support is available to you. It's free but reservations are recommended to info@musicvictoria.com.au

Applications are now open for the Unsigned Only music competition for solo artists, bands, and singers from all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates. The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $10,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring. First Place and Second Place winners in each category with cash and prizes. Entries close March 18, go to www.unsignedonly.com

Coursera is running a free online songwriting workshop. You'll learn to use your tools to enhance your message, work compositionally, develop your ideas, work ing both lyrically and musically - though it's not necessary that you either read music or play an instrument. Assignments will ask you to post something for peer review—sometimes lyric lines or sections, sometimes melodies, sometimes both. The course is about writing, not performing. It will run from February 2 to March 20, requiring about 6-8 hours per week. Sign up at www.coursera.org/course/songwriting

Did you know that by uploading a track or two to triple J unearthed and selecting 'Bendigo' as your region, you're automatically in the running to play and open at Groovin The Moo? You must upload something by March 22 to www.triplejunearthed.com

Josh Pyke, in conjunction with APRA, is bringing back the Josh Pyke Partnership this year, awarding a lucky Australian musician with a $7500 grant to kick-start their music career. The winning artist will also receive mentorship from Josh Pyke himself and a meeting with Gregg Donovan (Wonderlick Entertainment) and Stephen Wade (Select Music). The partnership will see the winning artist establish and execute a business plan, which will support the progression of their music career. Applicants must not be signed to a recording or publishing company and must submit a business plan outlining how they would use the $7500 grant. Applications close March 31, more info at www.joshpyke.com/projects/jp-partnership

Located in Falkner, Musicland run an open mic / jam night every Wednesday. Why not bring your band, or tell your mates' band to have an impromptu gig? Backline, sound and lighting are all covered too. More information at www.musiclandonline.com.au

Fresh Entertainment Frankston are taking applicants for an Open Mic Night starting in March. It will be held at Cube 37, come down have a play, meet other musicians and have a chill sesh. Interested? Go to www.freshentertainment.org.au to register your interest.

Sound Check symposium - Live Music in the Sustainable City is on April 10 at RMIT Melbourne. It will address noise issues associated with live music performances at inner city music venues, by identifying collaborative solutions and best practices that empower stakeholders (musicians, technicians, management) to monitor and take remedial action as necessary. The event is targeting a wide audience including musicians, venues, sound hire companies, festivals and related cultural practitioners along with policy makers, educators and researchers. If you're interested in presenting, submit a brief prior to March 2. To register, go to www.soundchecksymposium.murdoch.edu.au

The Wyndham Farmers Market at Kelly Park (9am-1pm) is on the lookout for entertainers and artists, to perform on the 4th Saturday of evrey month. If you're interested email marcelmahfoud@hotmail.com

The Lynall Hall Community School is running VAMP (VCAL Alternative Music Program), designed for students who love music and are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry, either on stage or behind the scenes. The program caters for secondary students in Years 10-12 who are interested in both music performance and how the music industry works. To apply and arrange an interview, contact Lynall Hall Community School on (03) 9428 4421 / Phil Kakulas (kakulas.phil.a@edumail.vic.gov.au) or Jane Kearney (kearney.jane.j@edumail.vic.gov.au).

Leonited Films and Arthouse are seeking artists and bands who are wanting to collaborate in order to create a music video for their single or most popular song in their album. High quality production, creative directing, equipment, art direction and cinematography is provided free of charge. Please contact Leo on leohoussami@leonitedfilms.com or by phone 0402988354 if you are interested.

How good does $60 an hour to play music sound? Universal School of Music are looking for musicians to perform in venues across Victoria. For more info www.universalschoolofmusic.com.au or phone (03) 9395 0695 

Artist management company Bolster Music are on the look out for an intern to assist in the various and broad-ranging day to day tasks. You will be involved in dealing with the Media, Promoters, Venues, Agents, Labels and the artists themselves. The position is up to two days a week. If you've got a keen interest in digital marketing and PR and a good knowledge of the Australian music landscape, check out www.bolstermusic.com.au/careers

Are you looking for the opportunity to play Open Mic shows across Victoria? Check out www.facebook.com/OpenMicMelbourne

Looking for a job, work experience or intern position? Pedestrian TV Jobs offer a great search engine for jobs in the creative industry. Head to www.pedestrian.tv/jobs.

Music and event management training in a range of topics available through the The Push. Topics include all ages event management, band bookings, budgeting and sponsorship, promotions and publicity, running outdoor events, conducting committee meetings, lighting and production, safety and risk management. Download a training request form here.

If you’re 15-24 years old and are looking for work, The Brotherhood of St. Laurence is offering a 13 week full time training program that will offer you opportunities for work placement through career guidance, tailored individual support and enabling connections with employers. It’s commencing In April and will be located in Laverton, Taylors Hill and Craigieburn. Jump on http://www.bsl.org.au for further details.

Melbourne Festival are looking for an Accounts Assistant to work closely with the Head of Finance & Corporate Services, Financial Accountant and Office Manager to provide accounting and office support. This position is a permanent part time (three days per week) position. Go to www.melbournefestival.com.au/about/work-with-us and apply by March 10.

BLINDSIDE (Artist Run Space) is seeking 3 new, dynamic and energetic members to join the Board of Directors. BLINDSIDE is an independent contemporary arts space located in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. They are seeking committed individuals who are passionate about contemporary art practice, and willing to give their time on a voluntary basis towards an organisation that is focused on innovative practice that provokes, inspires and challenges. The new Board Members will be Vice Treasurer, Vice Chair, Fundraising Coordinator, and Media and Marketing Coordinator. Apply to info@blindside.org.au using the Nomination form at www.blindside.org.au by March 13.

ArtsReady have a number of paid training positions available to Year 10 and 11 students wanting to obtain certificates and get some experience towards a career in the arts or events industry. More info can be found at www.artsready.com.au. Current positions include:

  • Sound Design Traineeship at WildBear Entertainment (ACT). Apply by March 15.
  • IT Administration Traineeship at APRA AMCOS in Sydney. Apply by March 15.
  • Administration Co-ordinator at the Belvoir theatre company in Sydney. Apply by March 15.
  • Theatre Project Assistant – School Based Traineeship at Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company in WA. Apply by March 16
  • Receptionist at La Boite Theatre Company in QLD. Apply by March 6
  • Indigenous Business Support Trainee at St Martins Youth Arts Centre in Vic. Apply by March 6
  • Administration Assistant – ARTS (Indigenous Traineeship) at City of Yarra. Apply by April 17.
  • Administration Assistant (Indigenous) at Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia. Apply by April 17.
  • Administration Assistant at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Apply by April 17.

Get paid to write! Youth Central is looking for young people aged 16-24 years to write articles and interviews to be published on their website. You'll get paid for each article published, and once you've had two articles published you can officially join the Youth Central Roving Reporter team for six months. It's a pretty sweet deal as you'll be paid to cover events and issues on behalf of Youth Central, as well as come up with your own ideas and get some hands-on mentoring in freelance journalism and writing skills. Graduates of the program have gone on to careers in radio, publishing, online communication and social media strategy. For more info check out www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/getpublished

Have you checked out Arts Hub yet? They've got an extensive list of jobs to suit people with an arts and entertainment background. Check out www.artshub.com.au/arts-jobs  

Banyule City Council has an opportunity for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to take part in two of council's major arts festivals: Twilight Sounds and Kids Arty Farty Festival. They are looking for volunteers to assist both pre-event and event day and have a range of shift time's dependant on your availability. They are looking for people to help out on event day with bump in/out, managing traffic, monitoring stallholders, liaising with artists and other general assistance. There is also some work in the lead up to festival including letter box drops, office admin and marketing. For more infomation contact Monique.Gaskin@banyule.vic.gov.au, or call 9457 9932 by March 13.

BLINDSIDE (Artist Run Space) is seeking 3 new, dynamic and energetic members to join the Board of Directors. BLINDSIDE is an independent contemporary arts space located in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. They are seeking committed individuals who are passionate about contemporary art practice, and willing to give their time on a voluntary basis towards an organisation that is focused on innovative practice that provokes, inspires and challenges. The new Board Members will be Vice Treasurer, Vice Chair, Fundraising Coordinator, and Media and Marketing Coordinator. Apply to info@blindside.org.au using the Nomination form at www.blindside.org.au by March 13.

Want to learn all about the teams behind inthemix, FasterLouder, Junkee, SameSame, Mess+ Noise and AWOL? They're on the hunt for three super keen and talented folk who are currently studying and keen to get some experience in social media, marketing or events. The internship program runs for three months from mid-April at the Sound Alliance office in Sydney's Surry Hills with a one-day-a-week (minimum) commitment. Applications close April 3. For more info check out www.thesoundalliance.net

ArtsReady have a number of paid training positions available to Year 10 and 11 students wanting to obtain certificates and get some experience towards a career in the arts or events industry. More info can be found at www.artsready.com.au. Current positions include:

  • Sound Design Traineeship at WildBear Entertainment (ACT). Apply by March 15.
  • IT Administration Traineeship at APRA AMCOS in Sydney. Apply by March 15.
  • Administration Co-ordinator at the Belvoir theatre company in Sydney. Apply by March 15.
  • Theatre Project Assistant – School Based Traineeship at Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company in WA. Apply by March 16
  • Receptionist at La Boite Theatre Company in QLD. Apply by March 6
  • Indigenous Business Support Trainee at St Martins Youth Arts Centre in Vic. Apply by March 6
  • Administration Assistant – ARTS (Indigenous Traineeship) at City of Yarra. Apply by April 17.
  • Administration Assistant (Indigenous) at Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia. Apply by April 17.
  • Administration Assistant at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Apply by April 17.

Artist management company Bolster Music are on the look out for an intern to assist in the various and broad-ranging day to day tasks. You will be involved in dealing with the Media, Promoters, Venues, Agents, Labels and the artists themselves. The position is up to two days a week. If you've got a keen interest in digital marketing and PR and a good knowledge of the Australian music landscape, check out www.bolstermusic.com.au/careers 

3MBS (Melbourne Broadcasting Society) is seeking volunteer receptionists with excellent customer service and office administration skills to join a small team - for more information head here!

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is looking for volunteers to operate front of house roles, assist visitors to understand and interact with exhibitions, activities, and events while also assisting staff in program delivery. At times, volunteers can also assist staff in supporting roles in areas such as marketing, research and administration. All volunteers are required to participate in the volunteer training and development program. For more info go to www.acmi.net.au/volunteer 

Triple R are looking for volunteers for roles such as reception, library, production and IT support through to special events like Radiothon and BBQ Day. For more information and to apply, go to www.rrr.org.au

Internships are available at music news website Tone Deaf. They're looking for bright young faces who'd like to learn more about publishing, the internet, and the music industry, and are interested in getting involved behind the scenes. The internship program runs for four months, one day a week, at their office in Prahran, Melbourne. Tasks include assignment writing including features, columns, and opinion, reviews, phone & video interviews, research, slideshows, the twice-weekly mixtape, and attending editorial meetings. For more info go to www.tonedeaf.com.au or email intern@tonedeaf.com.au

Be on the lookout at Pedestrian for upcoming internships and volunteer positions. If you are interested in applying for an internship, head to http://www.pedestrian.tv/jobs/ for the details.

Youth media organisation SYN offer two work experience positions each month between March and November. If you’re interested in seeing what goes into running TV, radio and online media channels, head to syn.org.au/workexperience or email admin@syn.org.au.

SYN radio are also currently looking for volunteers; this includes writers, bloggers, coders, reviewers, content makers and just generally someone wanting to have fun. You must be between the ages of 12 and 25 to be involved with SYN, they're holding upcoming info sessions that will give you the lowdown on their training and how you can get involved, if this sounds as exciting to you as it does to me the jump on their website (www.syn.org.au) for full details on their upcoming info nights and the courses available.

Footscray Community Arts Centre is looking for volunteers to help at events, workshops, exhibitions and in front of house. If you are interested, check out footscrayarts.com for more information.

Ever wanted to join your local FReeZA committee? Well now's your chance as FReeZA committee's across Victoria are looking for new members! If you're interested in learning about event management, promotion and marketing, stage management, artist booking, teamwork, networking and budgeting in a drug/alcohol/smoke free environment, then consider what joining your local crew might have to offer. The contact details for all FReeZA committees can be found at freeza.vic.gov.au.

The A is for Atlas Youth Mentoring Program offers young people aged 15-26 the opportunity to develop skills and pathways in the creative industries by working under experienced artists on projects in production. The mentoring is innovative and educational, and can be undertaken as work experience, placement or internship, or simply an opportunity to develop new skills and networks. To register your interets of find out more, go to www.aisforatlas.org.au

Signal's Expression of Interest Program provides an opportunity for artists and organisations to propose new projects to undertake at Signal. If you would like to be contacted about the 2013-14 program join their mailing list at signal@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

Are you interested in volunteer work? Check out http://volunteeringvictoria.org.au for opportunities near you.

St Martins Youth Arts Centre in South Yarra offers work experience throughout the year, giving young people the chance to gain skills in production, arts administration and marketing. To get a foot in the door give them a call on 9867 2477 or email info@stmartinsyouth.com.au.

Phoenix Movement Records offers a range of unpaid internships and work experience opportunities. Their primary focus is on viral marketing, as well as graphic design and website design. If keen, send your info through to supportaussiemusic@gmail.com with the subject 'Phoenix'.

PBS is looking for volunteers to help out in reception, in the music library and various other departments. For more information on how to get involved head to http://www.pbsfm.org.au/

ABC work experience program offers high quality training in TV, radio and news media, for more information on eligibility hit up www.abc.net.au/

Are you from Hobsons Bay and know someone between the ages of 12-24 who inspire you? Future Leaders Unite and Hobsons Bay are looking for the most inspirational young people in Hobsons Bay who are making a difference in their community or school, following their dreams or are an inspiration to other young people. Winners will receive a certificate and a $100 shopping voucher. To nominate or read more about it, go to http://www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/

One emerging Australian hip hop/soul artist will have the opportunity to fast track their career with the 2015 Hilltop Hoods Initiative. Valued at $10,000, the initiative is open to all up-and-coming hip hop/soul artists or groups who have not yet released an album professionally. The initiative is aimed at funding costs associated with the manufacture, release and promotion of a debut album. Applications close March 3, there's more info at www.apraamcos.com.au

Applications are now open for the Unsigned Only music competition for solo artists, bands, and singers from all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates. The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $10,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring. First Place and Second Place winners in each category with cash and prizes. Entries close March 18, go to www.unsignedonly.com

Josh Pyke, in conjunction with APRA, is bringing back the Josh Pyke Partnership this year, awarding a lucky Australian musician with a $7500 grant to kick-start their music career. The winning artist will also receive mentorship from Josh Pyke himself and a meeting with Gregg Donovan (Wonderlick Entertainment) and Stephen Wade (Select Music). The partnership will see the winning artist establish and execute a business plan, which will support the progression of their music career. Applicants must not be signed to a recording or publishing company and must submit a business plan outlining how they would use the $7500 grant. Applications close March 31, more info at www.joshpyke.com/projects/jp-partnership

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas. Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for TRAX funding. This years closing dates for funding applications are June 2 and December 1, 2015. For info go to www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding

The Regional Festivals Project Fund supports the inclusion of an arts project at festivals in regional and remote Australia. Grants are available to support the costs to produce and present an arts activity and there is no limit on the amount that can be requested. Closing dates are March 3, June 2, September 1, and December 1, 2015. For info go to www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. Closing dates are March 3, June 2, September 1, and December 1, 2015. For info go to www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding

The ArtStart program supports a career or business development strategy for your arts practice. It can include support for services, resources, skills development and equipment to help develop a sustainable career in the arts practice you have studied. Grants of up to $10,000 are available. Closing dates are March 3 and September 1. For info go to www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding

Our Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than three years from the proposed start date. Closing dates Are March 3, June 2, September 1, and December 1. For info go to www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding

Film Victoria is the State Government agency that provides strategic leadership and assistance to the film, television and digital media sectors of Victoria, including funding. If you're interested in making film, check out their website film.vic.gov.au for resources and any funding opportunities that may be available.

Screen Australia offers funds for the development, production and marketing of Australian screen content, as well as for the development of Australian talent and screen production businesses. Project funding is generally provided to professional filmmakers with some level of industry experience, depending on the program. Check out their website for funding information and deadlines screenaustralia.gov.au/funding.

The Pinnacle Foundation was established to provide scholorships and mentoring to disadvantaged GLBTIQ young people. No matter what your interest or what you aspire to be, they may be able to offer the financial support and resources to help you get there. Organisations and community groups can also apply for funding. Contact steven@thepinnaclefoundation.org or facebook.com/thepinnaclefoundation.

The PPCA Performer's Trust Foundation provides one off grants to encourage music and the performing arts. Grants can be used to cover performance costs, the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education, tuition fees, travel costs, accommodation, and venue and PA hire. Individuals can apply for up to $2,500, while groups or organisations can apply for up to $5,000. Applications are assessed four times a year. For more info, go to ppca.com.au.

The SYN Awards recognise young people in a range of fields, across radio, television and online, with categories for under 18s and specific areas of radio programming. If you know someone (maybe yourself?) who deserves recognition for all of their hard work and great content, head to syn.org.au/awards and start nominating! Open all year round.

The Australian Council of the Arts offers various grants for musicians, organisations, aspiring music industry professionals and arts programs around Australia. Amounts and application closing dates vary depending on the specifics of the grant but all information can be accessed at australiacouncil.gov.au/grants.

Arts Victoria are offering grants that can assist with touring and CD recording, for more information and to find out if you’re eligible for these grants go to www.arts.vic.gov.au/Home. Funding is available for bands and solo artists who play original contemporary music to tour within Australia. See www.arts.gov.au/ for more information and application forms.

Shakespeare on the river presents The Sheila Malady Short Story Competition, calling for entries to create an original work using lady Macbeth's words "What's done cannot be undone" as the theme. There are prizes on the line, professional judges ready to read your work, and a great quandary to explore so sharpen your quills and woo us with your words. Closing date for entries is March 21, check out www.stratfordshakespeare.com.au/short-story-competition

Calling all poets from the ages of 11-18, Nillumbik Shire Council are holding a poetry competition and there is a Young Poets Section. It's a perfect way to motivate yourself to write and there's a $150 prize if you're lucky enough to win. Check out the details at www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au and enter by March 30.

The annual W.B Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia are now accepting entries. First Price wins $500, Second Prize $100 and other winners will receive commendation Certificates. It's open to anyone in Australia who have no previously published poems, with winners being announced in June. Go to www.wbyeatspoetryprize.com and enter by March 31.

The Bayside Writing Competition is now open for adult, teen and junior writers. Share your creative talent with the community, have fun with words and win prizes of up to $500. There's categories for 12 and under, 13-17 years, and adults. Check out www.bayside.vic.gov.au and enter by April 24.

Get paid to write! Youth Central is looking for young people aged 16-24 years to write articles and interviews to be published on their website. You'll get paid for each article published, and once you've had two articles published you can officially join the Youth Central Roving Reporter team for six months. It's a pretty sweet deal as you'll be paid to cover events and issues on behalf of Youth Central, as well as come up with your own ideas and get some hands-on mentoring in freelance journalism and writing skills. Graduates of the program have gone on to careers in radio, publishing, online communication and social media strategy. For more info check out www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/getpublished

The Signal Express is an online arts and culture magazine created entirely by young Melbourne writers aged 13 to 18. Featuring the freshest of arts, entertainment and cultural journalism, it's a place for reviews, previews, features and opinion. If you want to be part of the conversation, get in touch at www.thesignalexpress.com.au

Wanna write for Tone Deaf? They're constantly on the look out for new and emerging writers to join their small but growing team. Whether you're studying journalism at university, are looking to get involved in the music industry, or just have a passion for music, they're looking for enthusiastic and reliable writers to help us with assignment features, record reviews, gig reviews, and artist interviews. If you are interested in joining the team please email contribute@tonedeaf.com.au with a cover letter and some examples of your work.  

Been to a gig or festival lately and have the itch to share a review with the world? Send The Push your words! We're always on the lookout for reviews written by young people. Email your idea or review to us here.

Literati Magazine is looking for submissions for their fiction, poetry, journalism, commentary and artwork/photography/graphic design sections. They are a new online literary magazine looking for fresh new talent, specifically the undiscovered work done by young people. Check it out at www.literatizine.com, or email editor Adam Meyers at literatimagazine@outlook.com

Young Victorian journalists are invited to join the team at The Under Age, a fortnightly online newspaper written entirely by high school journos. For more info head to http://theunderage.com.au/

YouthCentral has some new changes to its Roving Reporter program. There are now three categories for participation in the Get Published program: Guest Reporter, Roving Reporter, and Youth Central Blogger. If you're interested in writing or journalism, then you should definitely head over to youthcentral.vic.gov.au and check it out.

Voiceworks Magazine is constantly calling for submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, opinion and artwork by writers and artists under 25. Get published on a professional level. See express-media.tumblr.com/. 

If you’re at school doing Year 10, 11 or 12 this year, and have a passion for film, in particular documentaries, then Hothouse at ACMI would be perfect for you. Hothouse aims to develop the youth of Victoria’s screen talent by running an intensive one week workshop during June/July.  Their focus this year is Documentaries.  They are looking for 10 talented students to take part in this free of charge, rare opportunity. For details about the application process, go to https://www.acmi.net.au. Applications close Monday May 25th.

Aristeia Creative are looking for a Cinematographer. Short films planned for production this year will vary in length (and budget) from 5 to 20 minutes and include a range of genres. Current project (in post-production) - RUE. For more information about short film opportunities please e-mail info@aristeiacreative.com. Applications close March 31.

Wanna get involved with SYN? The first step is to attend a free one hour Info Session, which is also compulsory if you want to book for a radio training course. The upcoming info session is on March 19, go to www.syn.org.au/getinvolved to RSVP you place.

Wanna learn the principles of photography including composition and light and how to find your way around a digital SLR camera? Introduction to Photography and DSLRs is running at the Footscray Community and Arts Centre on Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm from February 10 – March 17. Led by tutor Benny Jewell. it costs $165 / $145 concession (6 sessions). To book and get more info check out www.footscrayarts.com

To any Darebin residents or Darebin Library members aged 13-18 out there who are fond of photography, Darebin Libraries' Photography Competition is open at the moment. For first, second and third place winners, you'll score yourself a neat voucher from Digital Camera Warehouse. The Theme is 'It starts with us.' Go get snapping! Entires close 22 March 2015. More information is at www.darebinlibraries.vic.gov.au/itstartswithus 

Channel 31 is always looking for volunteers to help with ediiting, production and filming of their shows. Their notice board is the best way to keep up to date on what's on offer - head to www.c31.org.au for current volunteer spots!

Signal is a creative arts studio who run great art workshops for young people, with activities open to people of any skill level. Workshops cover a range of mediums and are facilitated by professionals. If art is your thang, it's a great chance to get some expert advice. Check out the program guide at www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Signal.

Film Victoria is the State Government agency that provides strategic leadership and assistance to the film, television and digital media sectors of Victoria, including funding. If you're interested in making film, check out their website film.vic.gov.au for resources and any funding opportunities that may be available.

Screen Australia offers funds for the development, production and marketing of Australian screen content, as well as for the development of Australian talent and screen production businesses. Project funding is generally provided to professional filmmakers with some level of industry experience, depending on the program. Check out their website for funding information and deadlines screenaustralia.gov.au/funding.

Channel 31's public noticeboard is where you'll find all the latest opportunities to be involved in community television. With positions ranging from technical assistants, camera and sound crew, consultants. If you have any interest in getting involved, keep an eye out at c31.org.au/make-tv/noticeboard.

Have you got an event you want recorded and podcast? Or a conference you want filmed? What about a promo video for your website? SYN's outstanding group of young media producers can do all of that and more. To discuss your project, email Tahlia at gm@syn.org.au or call (03) 9925 4788.

Young people looking for television experience have an amazing opportunity to do so through youth music program 1700. The team at 1700 are always looking for new hosts and crew members for live-to-air television productions airing weekdays on C31. See syn.org.au/1700 for details of how to get involved. 

Open Channel have a bunch of cool courses on offer for budding film makers including documentary scriptwriting, screen business and financing plan course, digital film making introduction, production management, scene writing, cinematogahpy foundations, lighting, and editing. If these sound interesting head to www.openchannel.org.au for more information.

Film Victoria has funding available - Screen Production - Investment is available for producers with fiction or documentary feature films, television, online or mobile phone projects. To apply head to www.film.vic.gov.au/

Tell your story through radio with the Multicultural Arts Victoria and PBS Documentary Making Course, running from January 27 to March 17. This is a free training program in radio documentary making for emerging, refugee and asylum seeker communities. Participants will be involved in 8 weeks of training, one-on-one mentoring with a professional radio maker to help create their own radio documentary, that will be broadcast on PBS. Sessions will run on Tuesdays from 6.30-8.30pm, in Collingwood. For enquires and to register, contact Jess Fairfax on (03) 9188 3681 or projects@multiculturalarts.com.au

Wanna get involved with SYN? The first step is to attend a free one hour Info Session, which is also compulsory if you want to book for a radio training course. The upcoming info session is on March 19, go to www.syn.org.au/getinvolved to RSVP you place. They also offer two work experience positions each month between March and November. If you’re interested in seeing what goes into running TV, radio and online media channels, head to syn.org.au/workexperience or email admin@syn.org.au.

An exciting and challenging position now exists for a Traffic Assistant to join Fairfax Radio Network in Melbourne for a fixed-term period of four to six months. This role provides administrative support to the Traffic Manager ensuring the effective and smooth running of our day to day operations. You can read the key responsibilities and apply here.

Station management, music directors and programmers, announcers, musicians and creators of content - check out the free Webinar: Copyright Q&A with PPCA, APRA & ACC. Discuss copyright issues of relevance to community broadcasters with special guests from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), the Australasian Performing Right Association & Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited (APRA AMCOS) and the Australian Copyright Council. It's on February 24 at 6.30pm, register and get more info at www.cbaa.org.au

SYN radio are looking for volunteers; this includes writers, bloggers, coders, reviewers, content makers and just generally someone wanting to have fun. You must be between the ages of 12 and 25 to be involved with SYN, they're holding upcoming info sessions that will give you the lowdown on their training and how you can get involved, if this sounds as exciting to you as it does to me the jump on their website (www.syn.org.au) for full details on their upcoming info nights and the courses available.

3MBS (Melbourne Broadcasting Society) is seeking volunteer receptionists with excellent customer service and office administration skills to join a small team - for more information head here!

PBS is looking for volunteers to help out in reception, in the music library and various other departments. You can gain valuable skills, do an internship, become an announcer, work in reception, help out in the music library, help run music events, meet like-minded music-loving people, and contribute to your favourite radio station! For more info on how you can get involved, head to http://www.pbsfm.org.au/volunteering or call Mara Williams on 8415 1067 or email mara@pbsfm.org.au.

The PBS Announcer Training Course gives you the basic skills to plan and put together a radio program of broadcast quality. The course runs over five consecutive weeks, generally held on a Monday or Wednesday night from 6.30 to 9pm. To book a place in the course, or for more information, contact Mara Williams at PBS on 8415 1067 or email mara@pbsfm.org.au. 

Triple j’s Unearthed radio station is dedicated to independent and unsigned Australian music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you’re a musician writing original music there’s never been a better reason to upload your music to triplejunearthed.com.

JOY 94.9 is looking for new weekday presenters to join the team of rotating hosts who bring you JOY's uplifting music mix, Monday – Friday between 9am & 4pm in either 2 or 3 hour shifts, mornings or afternoons, depending on the day of the week. Check out joy.org.au/vacancies-category/volunteer

ABC work experience program offers high quality training in TV, radio and news media, for more information on eligibility hit up www.abc.net.au/careers/cadetshipsandworkexperience/workexperience

Triple R are looking for volunteers for roles such as reception, library, production and IT support through to special events like Radiothon and BBQ Day. For more information and to apply, go to www.rrr.org.au

Platform Youth Theatre, in collaboration with La Mama, is looking to work with 15 young and emerging artists to create 15 short performances at the theatre on Faraday Street, Carlton. If you're aged 16-26 and are interested in theatre and theatre making, email info@pyt.org.au with your expression of interest by March 6.

Platform Youth Theatre works with professional artists to create theatre with young people. Since their first production in 1998, Platform has carved a niche for itself as a company with a youth-focused approach to making quality work. They're at the Arts House,15/117 Sturt St, Southbank. You can find out more info at pyt.org.au, to get involved contact 0419 355 862 or email info@pyt.org.au.

2hot2handle is a hip hop crew that are rapping, recording, dancing, making music video clips, freestylin' and gigging all over Melbourne. If you're interested in becomming involved go to www.wildatheart.org.au for more information

Platform Youth Theatre, in collaboration with La Mama, is looking to work with 15 young and emerging artists to create 15 short performances at the theatre on Faraday Street, Carlton. If you're aged 16-26 and are interested in theatre and theatre making, email info@pyt.org.au with your expression of interest by March 6.

With Groovin' The Moo approaching us, there needs to be a t-shirt design crafted. If you think you can capture what GTM is all about in a nice graphic design, then why not get drawing and submit your artwork. There are a bunch of amazing prizes to win, first prize including an Apple Macbook Air 2, and tickets to the event. And of course, the delight in everyone wearing your piece of art. Entries close March 22, enter at 2015.gtm.net.au

Ever wanted to be part of a sketch comedy show? C31 are currently looking for actors and or comedians for a show that parodies community television shows. Email through a link with a video show casing some of your talent, it doesn't have to be comedic they just need to your acting capacities. If you are interested in writing, producing, helping with the shooting, sponsoring or otherwise then e-mail Michaelsandic@hotmail.com

RAW Comedy is Australia's biggest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition with registrations open now! You perform a 5 minute spot of new, original comedy material at the heat (starting in January 2015), with the best acts progressing to the finals. You must be at least 17 years old to enter (under 17 years can enter Class Clowns, below) register at comedyfestival.com.au/raw

Class Clowns is Melbourne International Comedy Festival's development program for young people around the country. From workshops in schools to a national comedy competition, the bright young things of tomorrow could find themselves on a journey like that of alumni Josh Thomas, Tom Ballard, Kynan Barker and Joel Creasey. Registrations are now open for stand up, musical or sketch acts (with performances around Victoria in Feb/March 2015). You can also have a 2 hour comedy 'crash course' workshop at your school, to develop your comedy writing and performance skills. All the info is at www.comedyfestival.com.au/2015/classclowns

Get a grip on your graffing skills and learn to work a spray can with Can Control Street Art workshops. Blender Studios artist, Sebastian Fransz, will get students designing and painting their very own individual aerosol pieces while sharing his knowledge of the street-art movement in Melbourne. All materials supplied. It will run on Saturdays 2:30-4pm from February 14 to March 21, and cost $160 per term, materials included (6 sessions). More info at www.footscrayarts.com

Bridge Media Intensives is a series of half day workshops designed to offer a pathway into visual arts through a methodical development of cross media skills and knowledge. These intensives will provide students with the background and confidence to apply for further education courses such as the Certificate III in Visual Art and beyond. They are also designed to support the development of the artist's identity as an emerging creative artist. It will run on Mondays 10am-2pm from February 16 to May 4. For more info www.footscrayarts.com

The ArtStart program supports a career or business development strategy for your arts practice. It can include support for services, resources, skills development and equipment to help develop a sustainable career in the arts practice you have studied. Grants of up to $10,000 are available. Closing dates are March 3 and September 1. For info go to www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding

Our Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than three years from the proposed start date. Closing dates Are March 3, June 2, September 1, and December 1. For info go to www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding

Bats of Leisure open studio (at Signal) offers emerging designers access to materials and design expertise within a supportive studio environment. Bats of Leisure designers Aoife and Aaron Billings will be on hand to guide you through design elements, basic pattern and print making, and sewing techniques. For more info on this program go to www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Signal

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