The JMC Academy invites established and aspiring Melbourne songwriters to a special two-day conference, RE:Write, featuring Clare Bowditch, Uncle Kutcha Edwards, Charles Jenkins, Chiara Kickdrum and ON3 Studio’s Aman Bayatly and Kishnel Chand .

Scheduled to be one of Melbourne’s flagship music conferences of the year, RE:Write will be two days of live music, expert masterclasses and in-depth industry discussions dedicated to the craft of songwriting. songs. Supported by Music Victoria and APRA AMCOS, the songwriting conference will focus on reinventing traditional songwriting for the 21st century, offering an intriguing series of classes with the most innovative and established names in the industry.

What do you want to know

  • JMC Academy Hosts a Two-Day RE:Write Songwriting Conference
  • Tickets are just $50 for the event, which takes place April 1-2
  • It operates from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, then from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

JMC Academy head of music, Chris Pickering, says the event will provide a behind-the-scenes pass to the industry’s greatest minds, allowing attendees to gain career advice crucial to this new stage of every Melbourne musician’s career.

“The idea for the event came from the observation I had that while Australia and Melbourne often have many industry-focused events (like the late Face The Music and Big Sound), it was often very difficult to find sessions focused specifically on the art and among all the industry information and panels out there,” says Chris. “So the thought was, can we potentially do something that can highlight the two?And songwriting seemed like the right focus because – well, it all starts with a song, to use a common phrase – but also Melbourne is such a great songwriting city.

Chris says the structure of RE:Write presents a unique opportunity for everyone involved to engage with the art form from all angles. Given the plethora of experiences on offer, it aims to enable songwriters in Melbourne to absorb the best practices of an industry in transition. In this sense, RE:Write happens at the best possible time.

“RE:Write will provide a focal point and hopefully fertile ground for songwriting discussion, not only among our session hosts, but among the audience themselves,” he continues.

“It’s not often you can get a group of songwriters together in one place to talk about songwriting specifically. So on Friday night and all day Saturday there will be a mix of sessions taken by fantastic songwriters about what they do – or drawing attention to a particular interest in them in songwriting. – and sessions focused on how songwriters can earn income. , and where the songwriting industry is heading as well.

“The [artists] all bring their own individual take on what drives them as songwriters, where they might get their inspiration from, and perhaps most interesting of all, where they all feel the rubber hit the road for them in their creative process. We have such a variety of masterclass presenters because every songwriter is different – and no matter what style or instrument you write on, you can always find heaps of inspiration from any creative artist. .

Chris has an intimate knowledge of what motivates songwriters; A highly regarded professional songwriter whose career has taken him from Melbourne to Nashville, he says RE:Write is the culmination of an ambition he shares with many songwriters: “to find your own voice and seek unique individual expression.

“It’s about being unique – every songwriter has their own experience in the world, and it’s exciting to hear that expressed in the music,” he says.

“We really want people to think more clearly about what they’re doing, to be more aware of what other songwriters are doing and what else is out there, and also to be more intelligent and more open to discovering new possible avenues in their creative career. The future of songwriting may be very different from what we think it is now – and being aware of that and what might happen can only help. Plus, the “future” of songwriting is the very next song you write — and inspiration for it can come from anywhere.

While the future of any art form is necessarily elastic and inspiration can strike at any time, RE:Write and its presenters relish the responsibility of teaching several generations of Melbourne songwriters the evolution of the industry and the many opportunities that a new era offers. .

“All of our presenters are focused on something specific to what really defines their identity and creative practice as a songwriter, and it will be fascinating to hear all of that,” says Chris. “When it comes to trends in songwriting and the songwriting industry, there are potentially a lot of talking points – like the influence of new technologies in the songwriting process. , new technologies and patterns in the music and publishing industry (i.e. blockchain and potential generational developments in internet streaming), and also looking at how our philosophical approach to the Songwriting can evolve and change too.

“I think it’s a great place to come and hear new ideas, be inspired and feel connected to the wider songwriting community here in Melbourne. I’m so excited to bring all these great minds together to talk about what they’re passionate about and to help inspire our songwriting community to be even better. I’ve always found it super interesting and inspiring to hear people speak eloquently about why they write, or what they write about and how they choose to express it, and I don’t think I’m the only one who does. make.

“I would like to encourage all the songwriters to come and see what we have prepared – we thought of all of you when designing the program, after all. All of this for a very affordable price (we have songwriters in mind, as I said) and there are plenty of opportunities to network and discuss more songwriting with others authors, and with tea, snacks, lunch and drinks as well. Oh, and we also have great live music from Nat Vazer, Amelia Allan and Maya Vice – three fantastic local songwriting talents.

For more information and to book your tickets, go to the site here.