Young musos given opportunity to learn from Newcastle’s best

Budding young musicians in the Hunter have been given the chance to attend a FREE one-day professional development songwriting workshop from the National Music Academy, as part of this year’s Youth Rockin’ the Black Dog (YRBD) music competition.

The workshop will take place on Saturday 5th September and is open to young musicians aged 12-25 years. Participants will learn how to develop a song, write lyrics and be provided with a variety of tools to assist with becoming a professional artist.

Award-winning Newcastle-based singer-songwriter Amy Vee will also make a guest appearance at the workshop to talk to participants about her own musical journey and share ways that she looks after her mental health.

“Music means a lot to young people – it’s a way for them to express themselves and feel connected, which itself can lead to improvements in mental health.

“I’m particularly excited to educate young musicians on what I’ve learnt as a songwriter over the years and hope to encourage them even further to pursue a career in the music industry,” said Amy.

YRBD is an annual music competition designed to raise awareness of youth mental health issues and support positive mental health among young people in the Hunter and surrounding regions.

The competition is managed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, in partnership with headspace Newcastle and headspace Maitland.

The songwriting workshop has been sponsored by the National Music Academy with funding from APRA AMCOS in support of YRBD and emerging young talent in the Hunter area.

Registrations to attend the songwriting workshop are now open, with more information available at

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