Something good to come out of the Covid nightmare, has been more access to workshops I would normally have not been able to participate in, due to distance.
I have had the opportunity to attend multiple ‘I Manage My Music’ workshops online with Jen Cloher based in Melbourne.
I have also had the pleasure to listen to none other than, acclaimed singer songwriter, Mary Gauthier in Nashville, give a Masterclass on Universal Songwriting. Because of this participation I was offered a spot in a series of online Songwriting Workshops with Mary, throughout the month of September. Despite the very early Sunday mornings (for me) I am buzzed to be able to do this.
The dreaded virus has swung its death scythe across many industry events and the Songwriters Conference was yet another casualty. I did manage to do a couple of terms of iheartsongwriting club and have a swag of new songs to work with.
I have been fortunate to score a pass to the 2020 Australian Songwriters Conference on the June long weekend. For this, I will be helping out on the iheartsongwriting club stand over the weekend.
I will be getting along to another iheartsongwriting club workshop Saturday 29th, with Francesca de Valence. The Box Factory has opened its doors once again and all are invited.
APRA|AMCOS celebrated another great year with 2019 Christmas Drinks and nibbles at The Jade. It was fabulous to touch base with so many people from across the music industry. What a lovely community we have here in SA.
I finally made it to a Pat Pattison songwriting workshop in Melbourne first weekend in August. I have heard so much about this man’s skills, I am over the moon that I finally got to experience this first hand.
More songwriting in August when Lou Bradley and I met with Rod McCormack in his studios on the NSW central coast to begin work on a new recording. We were joined during the week by Gina Jeffries, Max Jackson and seven of their long term students. At the end of the week we had a swag of new songs and I shall be returning in November to start recording.
I had a wonderful July, spending time doing what I love the most, that is writing songs. I attended two face to face and two online workshops with the amazing Francesca de Valence from iheartsongwriting club. Great advice about building momentum, staying on track, getting through writer’s block and much more.
I also spent two days at Indie Con which was held right here in Adelaide. This Independent Music Conference, is designed especially for indie artists, labels, etc. For a bit of glamour I also attended the AIR Awards Ceremony in the beautiful Masonic Hall. Such exciting stuff happening in the music industry, it is hard to keep up.