Music careers start on the right note

Almost 150 young people packed the Ipswich Civic Centre to attend The Push’s inaugural Queensland Music Careers Expo on Monday, 28 August.

The free event was a fun and interactive way for people aged 15 to 20 to learn about a career in music through keynote presentations, workshops and focussed interactions.

Guest speakers and performers included singer-songwriter Tia Gostelow, artist manager Kristy Gostelow, music publicist Jake Mallet and Ipswich-based singer and songwriter Paulina.

Ipswich City Council Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chairperson Councillor Andrew Fechner said the expo was a great success drawing people from across South East Queensland to Ipswich to learn about pathways in the Creative Industries.

“Young people from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast and in-between, attended individually, with their parents and carers, and as part of school excursions,” Cr Fechner said.

“Council was delighted to help support this wonderful opportunity for young people to learn to learn about all facets of the music industry, not just about being a musician, but also music agency, producing, recording, publicity and technical production from organisations including the University of Southern Queensland.

“Council will continue to work with industry and community groups to provide opportunities, such as the Ipswich Film Festival for Youth, for the city’s young people to develop and grow.”

Artist and producer Sue Ray speaks to an attendee at the Music Careers Expo on 28 August, 2023. Photo: Luke Henery.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding at the Music Careers Expo on 28 August, 2023. Photo: Luke Henery.

The Push CEO Kate Duncan thanked council and the young people from Ipswich and beyond who attended the first Music Careers Expo in Queensland.

“It was fantastic to see first-hand the incredible talent, passion and enthusiasm young people have for Australian music in this region, and we look forward to continuing to support this next generation of local artists and industry practitioners,” Ms Duncan said.

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