BEMAC to deliver music industry crash course
As part of BEMAC’s ongoing efforts to support and nurture multicultural artists in Queensland, the organisation will this year deliver four professional development workshops aimed at providing BEMAC registered artists with opportunities to upskill in various areas of the Australian music industry.
BEMAC Artist Development Coordinator Simon Mula said it had been identified that many artists of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds find it difficult to keep up with ever-changing trends in legislation, technology and marketing, all of which are vital to obtaining and maintaining employment opportunities.
“The four workshops will provide professional training in four essential areas and are completely free of charge,” Mr Mula said.
“Artist Business Requirements is our first workshop and covers topics like obtaining an ABN, registering for GST, invoicing and obtaining public liability insurance; Arts Facilitation is our second workshop and Music Royalties, which educates on how to sign up for APRA/AMCOS, claim royalties and copyright original content is our third and Artist Marketing, which covers website publishing, how to maintain and build an audience on digital platforms, and more is our final workshop topic.”
The Get Prep’d Program will be launched on Wednesday, May 24 with an artist think tank and jam session at Queensland Multicultural Centre in Kangaroo Point from 6pm – 9pm. Called “World Jam” the evening will be an opportunity for multicultural artists to meet like-minded artists with whom to share, exchange and collaborate with, while being introduced to the full Get Prep’d workshop program.
“The program is open to all multicultural artists irrespective of genre or discipline,” Mr Mula said.
“Interested artists are encouraged to register their attendance by following the links on the BEMAC website, as spaces are limited.”