Some help for Gold Coast musicians chasing their dreams

THE City of Gold Coast has launched a new ten week program aimed at encouraging aspiring musicians to reach for the stars. 

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Bob La Castra said the Garage Band program offered invaluable industry knowledge.

“Everyone who takes part will gain the experience of rehearsing, playing in a band and performing live gigs. No more practising at home for an audience of one,” Cr La Castra said.


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“The beauty of it is you don’t need to have an instrument or be a really polished musician. All musical abilities, styles and instruments are welcome. Just come to the first jam session and give it a go,” he said.

Songwriting workshops and a rock choir are on the Garage Band agenda, with workshops and rehearsals held at venues across the Gold Coast.

Cr La Castra said Garage Band was part of Soundcheck, a program delivering benefits to musicians of all ages (guitarist pictured courtesy of diymusician.cdbaby.com) and boosting the wider music scene in the city.

“Garage Band is our Culture Strategy in action, it’s more than words on a page we’re really starting to fuel the creative fires on the Gold Coast. We’re helping young people to reach their creative potential,” he said.

Open to 14-19 year olds, the first sign on and jam session will be held on Saturday 26 April 12-3pm at the Robina Community Centre Auditorium.

Registrations close 24 April 2014. To reserve your place at the orientation email cultural@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or call 07 5581 6075.