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The latest round of Push Songs has just opened for applicants. If you're a songwriter and want some free mentoring during April/May/June, check it out. This round's mentors include Charles Jenkins, Mick Thomas (Wedding Parties Anything), Suzannah Espie, Jess Cornelius (Teeth and Tongue) and Davey Lane (You Am I). It's open to any one of any age from anywhere in Victoria, and the program is based in Brinswick. Register by Aprill 11 at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PS2ndRound2014. (more info in our news pages!)

Can't make it all the way over to California for Coachella? Watch it streamed live at Fed Square instead! With acts like Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Lorde, and Empire of the Sun, this is something that you definitely won't want to miss! It's happening on Sunday April 13, from 2-9pm at the ACMI Studio One at fed Square, and best of all it's free!

Aspiring artists and managers check out the Music Victoria workshop 'WHAT IS EXPORT READY?'. Sounds Australia's Export Music Producer Glenn Dickie will discuss the ins and outs of what it is to be "Export Ready", the differences between a gig and a showcase, what it takes to have cut through and debate the pros and cons of using one of the many international music conferences to infiltrate international markets. Speakers include Glenn Dickie (Sounds Australia), Nick O'Byrne (AIR / BIGSOUND), Alastair Burns (The Melbourne Folk Club) and Helen Croome (Gossling). It's on April 15th 6-8pm at the Fitzroy Town Hall, free for Music Victoria members and $10 for non-members. Book at http://www.trybooking.com/81970.

Glenn Dickie will also be conducting exclusive half-hour export strategy sessions with export-ready bands and managers at Music Victoria's offices in Brunswick on April 16. This is a great opportunity to get one-on-one feedback and advice on how to step to the next international level. Places are limited so make a booking request now via info@musicvictoria.com.au. Anyone looking to participate in the one-on-one sessions must be able to attend the Tuesday evening session and should be looking to take part in an international music conference within the next 12 months.

Run by self-managed artist Jen Cloher, I Manage My Music workshop is tailored to the needs of the self-managed artist, using existing music projects as case studies to examine business models and creative ideas that can help you move forward into actions that are achievable, sustainable and financially realistic. Panellists will be discussing funding streams, time and financial management, how to build a team that supports your creative vision and touring on a budget both here and overseas. Speakers include Jordie Lane, Matthew Benetti from Pozible, and PR manager Ashley Sambrooks. It's happening April 27, 10am-5pm at the Edinburgh Gardens Community Room in North Fitzroy, $200/ $190 APRA members OR $175 for Music Victoria members. For more info or to book your spot, email info@imanagemymusic.com or visit imanagemymusic.com

The friendly folks at both Black Pearl Studios and Kazbah Media are teaming up to host a music competition, offering free studio sessions and recording, a month’s worth of music promotion and more. Both group and solo acts are encouraged to enter. Full details can be found at www.kazbahmedia.com, entries close April 30.

Applications are now open for artists to showcase themselves at AWME (the Australasian World Music Expo) this year. AWME pioneers new networks and creates opportunities for musicians world wide by engaging with industry representatives from around the globe for four days of music, workshops, seminars and showcase concerts. If you’d like to showcase your work at the expo, head to www.awme.com.au before May 2.

Applications for The Seed Fund (founded by John Butler in 2005) are now open for the various funding categories for 2014. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, The Seed offers financial support to emerging musicians and artists through three grant categories and two initiatives. Namely the $5,000 'Money For Managers' grant, the #3,500 'It's All About The Song' grant, and a Management Workshop. The 2014 initiatives offer up to $5,000 in the Bush Bands Business mentorship program and the Song Cycles Inbound program. All applications are now open and close Monday 5th May 2014. For more details head to www.theseedfund.org

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 http://www.pedestrian.tv/jobs/.

Weekly songwriting and music workshops are currently running for people living with mental health challenges and disadvantage. Learn how to write your own songs with top Melbourne musicians, record using iPads, get a performance together and perform at Strumarama events. Workshops will run in both South Melbourne, Wednesdays 12.30 - 3.30pm at the Sol Green Community Centre, and Mondays 1 - 4pm at the Scots Uniting Church Community Rooms, 187 Burgundy St, Heidelberg. $5 per week. To register call 93269970 or email info@wildatheart.org.au.
 
Are you a performing artist with disability or mental health issue seeking professional and artistic development? Wild@heART are currently recruiting for their yearlong mentoring project, The Artist Development Program. The program is a rare opportunity for musicians, dancers, actors and performing artists to develop their skills, experience and careers. Contact Phil at phil@wildatheart.org.au or on 9326 9970.

Good news for musicians in Stawell. The Neighborhood House is setting up a space for young singers and musicians to have a chance to practice their stuff. For more info contact Tania on 5358 3500.

A Is For Atlas currently has a number of work experience/mentorship opportunities available through their Youth Mentoring Program. The program is supported by the Besen Family Foundation and allows young people the opportunity to gain experience in the performing arts whilst working alongside professionals to deliver a creative project. There are mentorships currently available in the areas of Production & Stage Management, Publicity, and Graphic Design. More information about the program is available at aisforatlas.org.au.

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Wangaratta's Unbranded FReeZA Committee meet to organise a drug/alcohol/smoke free hub where young people can hang out. They're also giving young musicians the opportunity to showcase their skills to a wider audience one Thursday every month at Gloria Jeans in Wangaratta, from 4.30 – 8pm. To get involved or for more info email unbranded.wangaratta@gmail.com.

Brimbank's Loose Studios is up and running once again. If you play an instrument, want to start a band or just want to have a go, go check it out. The best part is it's free! Brimbank Youth Services has the details on 9091 8229.

Did you know The Push can come out and train your crew in a range of music industry topics? The training is specifically designed to suit the needs of FReeZA committees and community youth groups, and covers topics such as 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.

Have you checked out Beat Magazine's website yet? It lists plenty of music industry jobs in all areas. Check out beat.com.au/jobs.

YACVic are currently on the lookout for a confident communicator and thinker to intern with their organisation. Responsibilities of the role would centre around garnering memberships from other youth oriented organisations. Organisational skills and enthusiasm are a must! If you have an interest in the youth sector and/or membership management then this is the role for you. Applications close on March 31. Head to www.yacvic.org.au to read the full position description/ application details.

Melbourne's Next Wave Festival 2014 seeks Volunteers! You'll be in cahoots with a 200 strong community of volunteers, have the opportunity to engage with our amazing program, meet great people and get behind-the-scenes experience with Australia's leading Festival for emerging artists. Whatever your skills and interests, we've got a role for you! Be it installing exhibitions, assisting technical crew, working front of house, selling tickets or supporting local, interstate and international artists. Register your interest at nextwave.org.au/volunteer-callout-2014 by April 16.

St Kilda Film Festival is looking for volunteers to help out over the ten days of the event. Volunteer responsibilities will include ticketing, collection of market research, event and production assistance, assisting with the filmmaker professional development program, and assisting audiences. This is a great opportunity for studying or recently graduated in the fields of event management, film studies or similar courses. Applicants must be over the age of 18 to apply. Go to www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au/2014 to apply by April 28.

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, our twice-weekly mixtape, and attending editorial meetings. For more info go to www.tonedeaf.com.au or email intern@tonedeaf.com.au

Candlelight Productions is a non-profit arts production company known for producing high quality theatre, but have also produced dance, circus arts, standup comedy, multimedia, festivals and more. They're currently seeking volunteers for the Front of House team and to assist in upcoming productions. To register your interest or for more info, email info@candlelightproductions.com.au

Bookings are now being taken for work experience at SYN youth media organisation in 2014. 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.

Are you a young person aged 12-25? Want to have a say in the future of the youth sector? The Youth Affairs Council of Victoria is running “YOUth Untitled”, a unique forum run by and for young people. The forum aims to bring young people from all over the state together to discuss core challenges they are facing. Based on discussions had at the forum, recommendations will be made to the Victorian Government. For the chance to share your opinion and truly make an impact, register at youthuntitled.eventbrite.com.au.

Vicious Recordings are looking around for some keen young new interns for their Melbourne office! As an independent label, everything happens there under the one roof in the same office, giving plenty of potential for students to gain experience in the world of digital marketing, blog and social media promotion, distribution, licensing, business affairs and general administration of a functioning record label. If you're studying in the field of music or entertainment this opportunity could be exactly what you're looking for! Positions are ongoing until the end of the year and range from one day a week to a couple of days per week. For more information or to apply, contact Eva Guss, Office Administration at Vicious Recordings by calling (03) 9804 5002 or email eva@vicious.com.au

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.

A Is For Atlas currently has a number of work experience/mentorship opportunities available through their Youth Mentoring Program. The program is supported by the Besen Family Foundation and allows young people the opportunity to gain experience in the performing arts whilst working alongside professionals to deliver a creative project. There are mentorships currently available in the areas of Production & Stage Management, Publicity, and Graphic Design. More information about the program is available at 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.

Indiemunity are looking for writers experienced in the music industry especially in the independent music industry writing about new music, albums, bands and everything in between. Join their team and get plenty of opportunities to help get your name out there and noticed as a writer/journalist. Indiemunity.com has more info if you're interested.

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'.

Applications for The Seed Fund (founded by John Butler in 2005) are now open for the various funding categories for 2014. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, The Seed offers financial support to emerging musicians and artists through three grant categories and two initiatives. Namely the $5,000 'Money For Managers' grant, the #3,500 'It's All About The Song' grant, and a Management Workshop. The 2014 initiatives offer up to $5,000 in the Bush Bands Business mentorship program and the Song Cycles Inbound program. All applications are now open and close Monday 5th May 2014. For more details head to www.theseedfund.org

Nominations for the Victorian Young Achiever Awards 2014 are now open! Created to acknowledge, encourage and promote the achievements of young people under 28, the awards are broken into 7 categories:
1. Minister for Youth Affairs Sustainability Award
2. Victorian Government's Small Business Achievement Award
3. Academy Graphics Regional Achiever Award
4. BASF Science and Technology Award
5. Saward Dawson Community Service and Volunteering Award
6. The Coffee Club Arts Award
7. AustralianSuper Kick Start Award
An overall winner – the Victorian State Young Achiever of the Year – will also be chosen. If you think someone you know is a worthy candidate, jump onto www.awardsaustralia.com for nomination details.

Entries for 2013’s Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers are currently open. If you’re under 30 and are currently working on a long, nonfiction piece, the lovely folk at Scribe publications are giving you the chance to work with a publisher or an editor on your writing. You’ll also score a yearlong subscription to Scribe and a cash prize of $1,500. Head to scribepublications.com.au for full details.

Project Fellowships Music Board Grant support mid-career and established artists to develop significant creative and/or developmental projects over 12 months. There's up to $30,000 on offer. Make your grant submission by September 2013 by contacting Andy Rantzen, Program Officer on a.rantzen@australiacouncil.gov.au.

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.

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.

Do you dream of being the next J.K Rowling, making millions off your fiction novels and being richer than the Queen? Darebin Council are currently looking for entries for the Mayor's Writing Award! If you live, work or study within the City of Darebin, you could win up to $2000 for submitting an unpublished work of fiction. There are categories for all ages, with prizes including mentoring sessions, vouchers and the opportunity to have your work published in n-SCRIBE. Winners will be announced as part of the Emerging Writers' Festival. Entries close Wednesday 30 April at 5pm, head to www.darebinarts.com.au/mayorswritingaward for full details.

Passionate about writing, performing or stage production? From Page to Stage is an intensive one day workshop for 14-18 year olds, inviting participants to adapt and stage scenes from popular funny youth novel The Relectant Hallelujah. The free event will be run by Penny Larkins, food provided. Information at http://massculture.com.au/event/page-stage-reluctant-hallelujah/.

Entries for 2013's Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers are currently open. If you're under 30 and are currently working on a long, nonfiction piece, the lovely folk at Scribe publications are giving you the chance to work with a publisher or an editor on your writing. You'll also score a yearlong subscription to Scribe and a cash prize of $1,500. Head to scribepublications.com.au for full details.

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

Melbourne's Signal is calling for young illustrators and writers to work alongside experienced artists from Australia's most diverse comic book community - the silent army comic art collective. Every Saturday 11am – 4pm during May there will be a different artist present to collaborate with and make a page or two to be printed in an anthology. You'll get to learn about storytelling with illustrations and comic book timing using traditional and modern techniques. Bookings are essential so go to melbourne.vic.gov.au/Signal and follow the links.

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. Express Media are looking for a group of new young journalists to join the team. If you're in high school this year and think you've got what it takes, email underage@expressmedia.org.au. Go to theunderage.com.au for more info on applying.

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/.

Are you a budding filmmaker? Is a lack of guidance all that is stopping you from becoming the next Baz Luhrmann? As of April 21, Signal will be inviting young artists aged 16-25 to submit their ideas to Signal Screen Commissions. Up to five applicants will be chosen to take part in developmental workshops, covering useful stuff like technical support, as well as creative support and mentoring. Applications will open April 21 and will close Tuesday May 6 at 5pm. Start brainstorming ideas now!

Signal Screen Commissions invites young artists aged 16 to 25 to produce a screen-based work. Signal is looking for works that combine art and technology in weird and wonderful ways, are innovative and engage in the spirit of Signal. Signal will commission up to five art works created by young and emerging artists. Young artists will have the opportunity to participate in developmental workshops including technical and creative support and mentoring. Applications open Monday 21 April and close on Tuesday 6 May at 5pm. Go to www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Signal

Street art workshops return in the April school holidays. Work in Union Lane to explore paste-ups, freehand styles and stencils with guest artists from the Blender studios. Dates and times: Friday 11 April, Saturday 12 April and Sunday 13 April, 11am to 4pm each day. Cost: Free! Bookings essential here.

Attention filmmakers, animators, cinematographers and documentary makers! Screen My Shorts Australia and Parramatta City Council are launching a global short film challenge over 30 days to raise awareness about the Homeless. Entrants must form teams and nominate two subjects that they wish to make their entries about (selected from a list provided by organisers). Each Team will then be assigned a line of dialogue that must appear in their film, and will have 30 days to produce a 3 - 10 min short film. The challenge will commence on the 11th of April, enter now at www.screenmyshorts.com.

Have you heard of Signal? Signal is a creative arts studio for young people aged 13-20 located in the middle of the city. They're running some great art workshops in the coming months, with activities open to people of any skill level. Workshops cover a range of mediums and are facilitated by professionals, so 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.

Bookings are now being taken for work experience at SYN youth media organisation in 2014. 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.

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.

Sign up for a SYN 4 week radio course $50 (18-25 year olds), or a 10 week radio course $80 (for under 18). Membership (compulsory) costs $5 for under 18s or RMIT students, $15 concession and $25 full price.

Local current affairs journos and SYN's Panorama current affairs team will show you how to find, prepare and run hard hitting current affairs and political interviews. To reserve a place at the next Current Affairs Workshop at SIGNAL youth arts space (Flinders Walk in Melbourne), email training@syn.org.au.

Do you know the benefits of volunteering at the PBS studios? 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, 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.

Dancehouse needs volunteers! They're looking for people to help with the front of house and ushering or even as a stage hand. Meet a heap of new people and make new friends, learn new skills and talents, feel a sense of pride and achievement through your contribution to our community and enjoy meeting artists and a diverse network of like-minded individuals. Find out more info and sign up at www.dancehouse.com.au

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.