News February 17, 2021

Creative masterclass suite launched for First Nations artists

Creative masterclass suite launched for First Nations artists
Image: Dale Cornelius, Magoo and Mo'Ju

’ National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office (NATSIMO) is launching a monthly series of creative development opportunities for artists.

The Virtual First Nations Suite will present a monthly composer masterclass, production masterclass and two co-writing opportunities. For the first sessions later this month, the composer masterclass will be held by screen composer Dale Cornelius, while the production session will be hosted by ARIA Award-winning producer Magoo. RSVPs are required for both of these events.

Two separate 3-2-1 (three hours, two songwriters, one song) co-writing masterclass will be held next month, hosted by singer-songwriter Mo’Ju. Expressions of interest are open for these sessions now and close on February 24.

“Co-writing and collaborating is one of the best and most exciting ways to learn about your craft and also about who you are as artist,” Mo’Ju said.

The suite of classes is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of APRA AMCOS, and is NATSIMO’s first skills development offering facilitated by national manager Leah Flanagan and writer representative Donna Woods.

“With the Virtual First Nations Suite, we encourage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander APRA AMCOS members to register and join these sessions from wherever they may be. If you are familiar with the topic and enthusiastic to build your skills, we hope you’ll join us online,” Flanagan said.

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