Bec Wolfers

Mental Health In The Music Industry: A Frank Discussion

If you keep up with current events in music, you’ll know that mental health has been a hot topic of late – as it rightly should be. A study earlier this year by Victoria University, one that The Age called “the most extensive study of entertainment industry workers undertaken anywhere in the world”, made national news, and unveiled …

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tax guide for musicians

Tax: A Comprehensive How-To Guide For Musicians And Music Workers

A guest article by music/arts accountant Scott Maughan with reference to AMIN’s Tax Pack prepared by Ben Fletcher. Tax: the very word is enough to make many musicians eyes glaze over. Unfortunately, if you’re receiving an income from music (woohoo!), preparing your yearly tax return is a horrifying necessity. But we’ve got you covered. The below article by guest author Scott Maughan is a fantastic, comprehensive …

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Brunswick Music Festival

A Week In The Life Of…Brunswick Music Festival Programmer Louise Terry

Louise Terry of Strut & Fret Production House is Festival Programmer for Melbourne’s illustrious Brunswick Music Festival (BMF) and related fiesta Sydney Road Street Party (SRSP). Brunswick Music Festival is a celebration of both home-grown talent and quality international acts, with an inclusive, multicultural focus. Also a multi-talented musician herself, Louise is a fan of eclectic music, and has …

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20 Gifs That Prove Being A Musician is Even Realer Than A Real Job

Pursuing music as a career can be a long and arduous road. The pay can be terrible, you have to wear a thousand different hats, and the music industry itself is currently in a state of flux. On top of that, most musicians have had to deal with the ‘real job’ discussion from unenlightened friends or family …

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Darren Middleton

A Week In The Life Of… A Songwriter, Composer & Former Member of Powderfinger, Darren Middleton

Darren Middleton (former guitarist of the legendary Powderfinger). Currently living in Melbourne & fighting a week of poor sleep (not to mention the dreaded Melbourne cold’n’flu), Darren kindly dragged his weary corpse out of bed to chat to us about what’s going on for him at the moment – and about the state of the music industry itself. …

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A Week In The Life Of… Triple R Radio’s Live To Air Co-ordinator, Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor is independent Melbourne radio station Triple R‘s Live to Air Co-ordinator. Her responsibilities include managing live performances at the station, as well as co-hosting the Breaking and Entering program every Thursday. Having kindly offered us a window into her world this week, Lauren shared with us, in her own words, what went down. Read on as …

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A Week In The Life Of… A Freelance Music Producer & Session Musician, Benjamin McCarthy

Benjamin McCarthy is a music producer (and a musician himself), whose clients have artists like Gordi and Thelma Plum. Below, Ben takes us on a journey through his week, in which he works on recordings for Kate Miller-Heidke‘s side project, reinvents his keyboard technique, and finds a session vocalist who sounds like an 80s dream. Job Description I’m …

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A Week In The Life Of… A Publicist And Social Media Marketing Agent, Erin Lyall

Erin Lyall manages the social media networks, online communications and publicity for an impressive collection of venues across Melbourne, and Australia’s East Coast. She also writes her own blog, full of interesting tidbits and handy info on the worlds of social media and online publicity. Below, Erin lets us experience a week in her busy role. We follow her through venue meetings, self motivated …

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A Week In The Life Of… A Boutique Festival Founder, James Birrell

James Birrell is founder and creative director of Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival, a boutique festival in its very first year. The festival  mixes equal parts art and music, and is years in the making. James’ excitement at finally seeing it come to fruition was palpable as I spoke to him on the phone recently. It’s …

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