Introducing GRID Series (Grass Roots Indie Development), an artist development program supporting emerging musicians around Australia and strengthening communities through music. Whilst self-releasing as an independent artist has never been easier, the GRID Series seeks to focus on lending support and resources to outer-suburban artists with limited access to studios, producers, industry knowledge and assists them in navigating wider networks of contacts and peers.
Developed back in 2013 in outer-suburban Melbourne, the GRID Series program has expanded to Sydney, Brisbane,Perth and is returning to Melbourne in 2019.
Working with eight artists, the GRID Deep West program will include a weekend of one-on-one mentoring with music industry professionals, a song development session with an established songwriter, a fully produced track recorded at Box Hill Institute’s newly opened Sing Sing East studios, a live video to be used as content to promote their new release and a single launch showcase to round out the program.
Hot off the back of the Western Sydney program this last month, GRID Series returns in Melbourne in 2019 for the first of its two programs. GRID Deep West, supported by Creative Victoria, APRA AMCOS, American Express Music Backers, Wyndham City Council and Box Hill Institute, is setting their sights on the Wyndham Area in outer suburban Melbourneworking with eight artists from the area to support them with their music career and further their contribution to an already thriving music community west of the city with new opportunities to create content networks and foster community. Having focused previously on the Outer South East of the city, the series now plan to extend their reach and confront the barriers to creativity and access to contacts head on.
On board are award winning songwriters, Ecca Vandal, Lior and Joel Ma, industry heavyweights Dave Morgan (Tash Sultana, Maddy Jane, Riley Pierce) and Vader Fame and producers Anna Laverty(Courtney Barnett, Paul Dempsey, Peep Tempel, Ruby Boots), Oscar Dawson (Alex Lahey, Ali Barter, Busby Marou, Holy Holy) and Russell Fawcus (Slum Sociable, The Temper Trap). Past artists to have come through the program include rising hip-hop sensation Daniel Elia, deep soul band The Fabric (fronted by Angie McMahon) and South Sudanese musical legend Gordon Koang.
Applications are now open until May 17 2019 for artists living, working or studying in the region. Apply here.