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Shepparton’s inaugural Shepp Music Week – on Kaieltheban land, Yorta Yorta country – is approaching fast and the program of free workshops and amazing live music offerings is set to have people from across the region buzzing!

The Shepp Music Week team have curated an event like no other with a core focus on celebrating Shepparton as the multicultural and First Nations music capital of regional Victoria. Shepp Music Week will bring together the town and surrounding music communities and provide them with opportunities to grow their creative practice, network with like-minded individuals and come together to enjoy sounds from across the region.

Over six days music lovers, musicians and industry will be treated to five free workshops, one free live music event and two ticketed live music events. People can register for the free workshops online through Eventbrite.

View the full Shepp Music Week program

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Monday March 7th - Developing Music Environments on Indigenous Land

FREE WORKSHOP

5 – 8 pm at The Connection

A discussion centered on leadership and the increasing participation of First Nations people within contemporary music and the growing momentum and awareness of the value and place of First Nations and other marginalised groups within music across society. Featuring Brady Jones (AKA artist Bricky B) in conversation with Neil Morris (Executive Director, Still Here Arts & Culture and DRMNGNOW) with performances from DJ Rivity Rascal and Lillie Walker with Welcome to Country by Wulumbarra. Presented by Still Here Arts & Culture

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Tuesday March 8th - Artist Development Intensive

FREE WORKSHOP

5:30 – 9 pm at Point of Difference Studio

Are you an artist looking for support to kick-start or boost your musical career? Do you need a professional head-shot and bio to help you promote yourself? In the Artist Development Intensive, creative mentor, Syrene Favero, and award winning photographer, Lilah Benetti, will mentor emerging artists through an intensive development workshop. Participants will leave with a bio and professional photo to help kickstart their career. Places are strictly limited.

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Wednesday March 9th - Event Life – An Industry Discussion about Festivals in Regional Vic

5 – 8 pm at JL Productions Headquarters

What does it take to get a festival to happen? Who are the humans behind the scenes? Is it fun? Is it the dream job? Do you just get to hang out with the bands and have one big party back stage? Come and join us for this rare opportunity where you get to ask the hard questions. Hear the stories and talk all things event life with the people behind some of regional Victoria’s greatest events. Featuring Arti Desai (The Push, All Ages Tour, FReeZA), Adam Palmer (The Euroa Music Festival), Jamie Lea (The Dookie Quarry, Secret Garden),  Richard Moffat (Groovin’ The Moo) and moderated by Shaun Adams (OK Motels) with live music from Madi Colville Walker.

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Thursday March 10th - Finding Community & Creating Platforms

5.30 – 8.30pm at Riverlinks Studios

How do you find and create a music community? Where do you go to connect with like-minded people and how do you navigate the sea of resources and support out there to support your creative journey? Creativity thrives in community and yet in this contemporary, post-pandemic world, many young creatives are doing it alone, hungry for connection and communities of support and inspiration. This workshop will bring together artists Titan Debirioun, NOMAD, Kush Kuiy and Ree who will share their experiences of collaboration, growing culture and community and building new self-determined platforms for young black and brown voices. With live music from Ree, Yungkily, Titan, NOMAD and Jacki Tut.

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Friday March 11th - The Push All-Ages Tour – Kaiit, KIAN, Aprilis, Vince the Kid + Mistykid

5:00 pm  10:00 pm live at Victoria Park Lake

Tickets $21

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Saturday March 12th - Isaiah Firebrace: Beyond Workshop

3 – 4 pm at Riverlinks Eastbank

Yorta Yorta/Gunditjamara, artist Isaiah Firebrace has become one of the most recognised names in music across the country after winning X Factor and representing Australia at Eurovision. In this special 60 min workshop, Isaiah will share his incredible journey and answer from the audience. This event is aimed at young people aged 21 and under. Presented by Still Here Arts & Culture

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Saturday March 12th - Baiyiya Yapaneyepuk – Song Together

5 – 8pm at Riverlinks Eastbank

Baiyiya Yapaneyepuk translates to Song Together in Yorta Yorta language. This event is an expression of continuation of  song being shared and generated by kinship systems that are linked to many thousands of years of connection to this land and the culture it is connected to. Featuring an exciting  lineup of Yorta Yorta artists with  live performances from Isaiah Firebrace, Bricky B, Shanikwa AJ, Lillie Walker and DJVM. Presented by Still Here Arts & Culture

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Saturday March 12th - NEWPRINT BLOCK 30 - MLRBN, Calculated Risk, DJ Star + Yungkily

10pm til late AT Skkybar

Tickets $15 pre-sale (+bf), $20 at door

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For more information on Shepp Music Week please contact Sarah DeBorre at sarah@musicvictoria.com.au.

Shepp Music Week is part of the Regional Music Development Program. It is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and delivered in partnership by Music Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria with on-ground Shepparton support from MAV, Still Here Arts & Culture and JL Productions.

Click here for more information on the Regional Music Development Program.

The Regional Music Development Program is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.