A call has been made for emerging music journalists to apply for a new initiative called Music Writer’s Lab, which will debut at this year’s BIGSOUND.
The brainchild of MusicNT, the Northern Territory’s flagship music association, and the Australian Arts Council, the lab is designed “to support a new culture of critical examination and music journalism” in the national music sector.
This is something long overdue, as the advent of online reviews has led to a drift towards shorter, quickly consumed analysis.
The idea of the Lab is to rekindle interest and support at the forefront of the music industry for the value of critical writing and strong partnerships.
It also encourages a community of music journalists to connect and elevate each other’s work and find industry support through financial support and distribution.
The Music Writer’s Lab brings together established and emerging music and culture writers for a day of mentorship and creative sessions.
Lab 2022 mentors are Marcus Teague (Mess+Noise, The Vine), Tait McGregor (Tone Deaf, The AU Review) and Rhianna Patrick (triple j, Message Stick, Speaking Out).
Throughout the day, they will engage, share knowledge, and hopefully foster an environment of healthy critical discourse and expression as it relates to music journalism.
Young music scribes are encouraged to apply by August 9.
Successful applicants will be notified by August 15.
Participants will put into practice what they have learned from their mentors during BIGSOUND week.
The idea of a development series like this has been in the works for quite some time.
“We know that music writers play a vital role in the discovery of Australian music, helping to connect artists with audiences, while the rigor of critical discourse allows artists and audiences to contextualize and consider new ways to consider their art,” said the director of the Australian council. Music says Kirsty Rivers.
“We are delighted to support Australian writing and writers through this pilot project.”
MusicNT Executive Director Mark Smith added, “We are thrilled to launch this new initiative supporting music writing and songwriters across the country.
“Now, more than ever, critical discourse within and about the national music sector is essential to highlight new voices, new music, and open avenues for audiences to discover their next favorite act.”