Arts Centre Melbourne has some exciting news, the Australian Music Vault has just opened! The AMV is a celebration of contemporary Australian music – a place to share memories, discover artists, and write the stories of Australian music, past and present. It includes a 3 year exhibition at Arts Centre Melbourne, a digital experience, and a Learning program. The Australian Music Vault Learning Program is a key component of the project, consisting of a schools program and a public program. The schools program links with students, teachers and school communities, offering online resources, workshops and music participation programs as a way of engaging with the contemporary Australian music story. A key part of the AMV Learning Program is the AMV Choir project, with a key objective of encouraging more young people to sing Australian music. Teachers and community groups will be supported with rock band and choir arrangements of great Australian songs by artists such as Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil and Sia. The first song arranged for the AMV choir is Killing Heidi’s Weir. You can hear Ella Hooper from Killing Heidi speaking about the project here.

The public program supports creatives in their artistic practice, creating a supportive environment through discussion, meetups and workshops where they can share stories, experiences and inspirations. The Australian Music Vault Learning Program invites everyone to deepen their connection with, and contribute to, the Australian music story. In 2018, January 22 – 25 is the AMV Academy, four days of creative music and arts workshops for people aged 14 – 18, with a range of talented mentors including song writing with writer/producer Anna Laverty (Meg Mac, Paul Dempsey, Courtney Barnett) and producer/DJ KLP (triple J), Ableton workshops with artist/producer Alice Ivy, lyric writing with hip-hop artist Mantra, VJing with visual artist Rose Staff, band photography with Warwick Baker, and DJing with Mz Rizk. Participants will also have the opportunity to use The Channel’s recording studio to learn to record their own music. The AMV Academy is proudly supported by APRA AMCOS.

The Australian Music Vault is as much about the future of music as the past. Sound As Ever, an Australian Music Vault podcast, will offer a youth perspective on issues within the Australian contemporary music industry. Six young content makers and radio producers from SYN Media will produce podcast episodes that delve into challenges and issues facing the music industry, highlight brilliant Australian music and discuss perspectives on the music community. The Stories of Australian Music Talk series, will also beginning in 2018, focussing on telling the stories and exploring the issues of Australian music across all perspectives.

So check out the Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne and get online to to see the associated learning programs. Get in touch with Amy Bennett if you have any queries, we look forward to having you involved!