Calling all aspiring musicians!

Brunswick Music Festival hosts professional development series for the first time in 2018

Not only is this year’s Brunswick Music Festival set to host one of the most exciting and diverse line-ups in it’s 30 year history, it will for the first time include a professional development series for those wishing to take their passion a little further.

The program includes free panels with local industry professionals hosted by APRA/AMCOS and Music Victoria, open mic sessions at the Brunswick Songwriter’s Club and US hip hop aficionado Masta Ace will appear In Conversation with Melbourne DJ Mz Rizk.

Plus, artists and musicians can hone their skills at a brass workshop with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble or a songwriter masterclass with Jake Mason (Cookin’ on 3 Burners) and Eric McCusker (Mondo Rock) for a cool $10.

In Conversation: Masta Ace

Go direct to the source with Melbourne-based DJ, event curator and radio presenter Mz Rizk as she goes deep into three epic decades with Brooklyn rapper Masta Ace.

In conversation about his legacy and place in the hip hop world, hear first hand about the artist’s creative process, journey and extraordinary life. The discussion will delve into the formula for continually pushing the boundaries, remaining inspired, original and relevant and navigating an industry with unavoidable peaks and valleys.


APRA AMCOS Presents: Songwriter Speaks

With Ella Hooper, Mojo Juju and host Simon Winkler.

APRA AMCOS and Brunswick Music Festival invite you to join us for a very special Songwriter Speaks. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi/solo) and Mojo Juju will be discussing what it takes to write music that inspires, connects and endures. Hosted by and celebrating these two uncompromising talents will be Triple R’s music coordinator and presenter Simon Winkler.


Music Victoria Presents: Got Music? What Next?

Meet the Brunswick Music Industry.
Brunswick is the number one suburb for songwriters in Australia. So what do you do with all the songs you’ve written and rehearsed? Join Music Victoria and connect with key people from the local scene to find out. Hear from Brunswick-based music industry experts and get practical advice on how to get airplay, how to pitch for support slots, how to book gigs in local venues, how to get your records pressed and more. Gain behind the scenes insights from the folks who are making music happen in your neighbourhood!

Chelsea Wilson Music Programmer, Brunswick Music Festival

Justin Rudge Venue Booker, The Spotted Mallard
Kate Duncan Creative Director, The Push
Paul Rigby Director, Zenith Records Pressing Plant
Simon Winkler Music Coordinator, Triple R
Tristan Ludowyk Label Director, HopeStreet Recordings
Vanessa Bassili Venue Booker, Howler


Our 2018 panels all take place at this year’s Festival Hub, Brunswick Mechanics Institute. Panels are free to attend but you must register to secure your spot – follow the registration links above.

Walk in to the Brunswick Songwriter’s Club from 4pm on both Saturday’s during the festival.

Book your tickets for the Brass Workshop and the Songwriter Masterclass via their individual program pages.