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Seven Ways the MDO Helps People Make Music

21 June is Make Music Day! On this day, people across the globe are encouraged to play music outdoors.

The celebration of Make Music Day, or Fête de la Musique, began in France in the 1980s. It’s a big deal in its place of origin: to this day, it takes over the entire city of Paris on the summer solstice each year. And, reportedly, over half of the country comes out to listen.

But Adelaide – and the rest of Australia – is not to be left out! There are events being held across the country today, and we’re celebrating by looking at a handful of the ways the MDO helps people make music all year round.

Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program

The Robert Stigwood Fellowship Program is South Australia’s flagship music development program. The annual Fellowships provide intensive mentoring and personalised professional development to local musicians and industry entrepreneurs to help them forge national and global connections and set them up for success.

Over the past five years, the Stigwood team has worked with acts like Tkay MaidzaBad//DreemsTimberwolfElectric FieldsWest ThebartonThe Hard AchesHeaps Good Friends and many, many others. Find out more.

Jon Lemon Artist in Residence Program

The Jon Lemon Artist in Residence (JLAIR) program is offered in recognition of one of the world’s leading and most experienced live-sound engineers and aims to support South Australian song writers, producers and engineers to create new music through collaboration.

Through the JLAIR program, South Australian song writers, music producers and engineers can apply to become an ‘Artist in Residence’, working in one of two songwriting rooms based at St Paul’s Creative Centre. Read more.

Contemporary Music Grant Program

The Contemporary Music Grant program (Projects) is divided into two areas of focus: Artist Development and Industry Development.

The Artist Development Grants provide funding for artist and audience development and the creation of original South Australian music, while the Industry Development Grants aim to support local music businesses to establish and strengthen sustainable partnerships and collaborative projects that support and develop the careers of professional musicians, and contribute to a buoyant SA music sector. Find out more.

Regional Accelerator Music Program

The Regional Accelerator Music Program (RAMP) encompasses a series of activities designed to support regional musicians and live music opportunities, and will work to create a thriving music scene in our regions. Roundtables have now been delivered in eight regional areas: Southern Adelaide (including Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula, Northern Adelaide / Barossa, Port Pirie, Mt Gambier, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Murray Bridge.

Free workshops will be delivered in each of the above regional areas between June and September 2019. The team from Northern Sound System will facilitate each of the events. Read more.

Photo by Tom Ling

SongSpaces at St Paul’s Creative Centre

The “SongSpaces” at St Paul’s are comprised of two purpose-built songwriting rooms that help bring the creative process to the Creative Centre. Each SongSpace room enables musicians, music engineers and producers to work on collaborative projects in an inspiring, unique and comfortable environment.

We envision these rooms as a way to spark new ideas, new partnerships, new ways of approaching your music. They provide a unique place for you to work together on writing with other like-minded creatives. Find out more.

Clip Combat!

The Clip Combat! music video competition (which closes today at 5pm) is an initiative presented with Music SA to encourage South Australian filmmakers under the age of 26 to build awareness of local SA musicians. It’s a chance for young filmmakers to team up with a local band, singer, rapper or producer to create a music video of an original song. 

From a field of publicly voted finalists, the overall winner will be announced on the night of Thursday 18 July at a special screening event to be held at the Mercury Cinema as part of the Umbrella Winter City Sounds live music festival. Read more.

Umbrella Winter City Sounds and other events

Umbrella Winter City Sounds is a 17 day, open access live music festival delivered by Music SA. Running from 12 to 28 July, the festival includes over 350 live music events, and sees contemporary performances by local, national and international artists across pop, rock, hip hop, punk, jazz, world music, metal, folk – and everything in between.

For audiences, Umbrella is the perfect incarnation of what it means for Adelaide to be a UNESCO City of Music. Umbrella is a grass roots organic creation that is made up of local venues and mainly local performers. Visitors who attend Umbrella events experience something that is quintessentially Adelaidian and reflective of a live music sector that is envied across the nation. Find out more.

Visit Make Music Australia to view this year’s Make Music Day events.

Featured image of Field Good Festival by Jack Fenby.