Past Workshops

Check out examples of past workshops we've run to support and develop musicians and music industry in the Territory...

2017 Workshops

ROCK UP AT RED HOT: Getting to know the Arts organisations in Alice Springs

For muso's in Alice Springs -  Rock on to Red Hot Arts a chance to connect with CAAMA, APRA AMCOS, MusicNT and other muso's.

THAT'LL NEVER HAPPEN... Music Insurance  and Public Liability

The expectation for performing artists to have public liability insurance is becoming more and more commonplace in the industry. Add equipment insurance, travel insurance… the list goes on and the $$$ go up!
Presented by representatives from AON Insurance to unravel these dark mysteries. Shining a light on the key issues that affect performing artists, performers, touring artists and live event operators.

MUSIC & THE MIND : a panel on mental health

Recent research has shown that there’s a high incidence of depression and anxiety among musicians. With low pay, unreliable work, bullying, stress and other factors all playing a part, keeping your head in check can often be a huge challenge – as can finding support when you need it the most. To open up discussion about mental health, we’re bringing together a few people for a frank chat about maintaining a healthy – and creative – mind. Hear from Joanna Cave (Support Act), psychologist Henry Kwiatkowski (EASA Darwin), music manager Mark Grose and artist Liam Devine. They’ll look at how we can identify mental illness and the steps we can take to support ourselves and others.

SPOTIFY:  Industry Hook - Up 

A chance to connect with Spotify reps to get the most insight on how to get your music up on the popular platform - 'Spotify'


It’s tax time, which means one thing: we need to talk money. Join APRA AMCOS and Music NT for a practical session aimed at helping you understand tax, your finances and good business practices - just in time to help you prepare a tax return.Facilitated by Sarah McEachern (Nexia Edwards Marshall NT) and Fiona Carter (Corrugated Iron/MusicNT). This is a vital session for artists, managers and small music business owners looking to make the most of their money.


Alice Springs and Darwin music producers will get a sonic treat with an intensive masterclass with worldclass Australian producer Magoo. Working with artists such as Dreamkillers, Pangaea, Powderfinger, Midnight Oil, Skunkhour, Regurgitator Custard, Not From There, Jebediah, Shihad; Front End Loader, Happyland, Screamfeeder, Sekiden, Isis, Dave McCormack and the Polaroids, the Boat People, gota cola, and Broken Head, Spiderbait, Gerling, Renee Geyer, End of Fashion, Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males, Butterfingers. The Jungle Giants, Saskwatch, Art Vs Science, Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses, Kate Miller-Heidke, Operator Please and the The Gin Club. Magoo will give an insight into the art of preparing and undertaking the production of a music release.


Forging a creative career is thrilling. But it comes with its own set of financial and emotional challenges.   Shihad drummer, producer and artist manager Tom Larkin leading Managing a Creative Calling. Drawing on a combination of research, personal experience, and strategies, Tom conducts a dynamic and open session on creativity, business, and finding support along the way.

2016 Workshops


Event production and promotion is hard work and for people in the NT it’s an essential skill to have. We asked experienced promoters, venue operators and event managers their advice on what artists should consider when wanting to produce their own event/ band night/ festival in the Territory. This panel was followed by networking drinks and an APRA AMCOS Industry Connect, which included a meet and greet with some of Darwin's venue owners.


Nothing beats a killer live show! In this panel – featuring Dallas Frasca (front woman of rock band Dallas Frasca), Ursula Yovich (Cabaret performer and Sapphires), Hugh Winterflood (SkankMC), Pirate (The Black Wreath) and Dan Davies (Happy Yess, countless NT bands) – we looked at ways to improve stagecraft, and chatted to professionals and music lovers about what makes a killer live set. 


This workshop featured a panel made up of David Garnham (David Garnham and the Reasons to Live), Zac East (At The Dakota), Sue Camilleri (National Publicist) and Mathew McHugh (National Tour Manager), facilitated by Mark Smith (MusicNT, Drum Drum, sietta), to discuss what artists shold consider when hitting the road.


Producers are the wizards of the studio world – taking a music idea then transforming, mixing and crafting it into sonic magic. Ben Allen (aka Broadwing, 2015 NT Song of the Year winner) facilitated this workshop, exploring the production process, concepts and techniques.


Music industry personnel from across the country, who were in town for the 2016 NT Song Awards, took part in this networking event to chat with artists about their music career and aspirations. There were workshops on music distrubution, getting music to radio, and resources available to help artists organise tours. It also included one-on-one networking opportunities with music media, venue and festival bookers, and agents.


One of the most important subject matters in music is how to fund your musical endeavors. Revenue, funding, grants, sponsorship, merchandise, cover gigs, crowd funding, synchronisation, music sales, tickets to gigs… the list goes on. Show Me The Money - Grants : covered all aspects of what makes a succesful grant, including do's and don'ts, project planning and submitting. This workshop featured the expertise of David Garnham, Gillian Harrison, Fiona Carter and ArtsNT staff.

2015 Workshops

Tax Essentials for Musicians Workshop 

MusicNT presented a special Tax Essentials for Musicians Workshop for Alice Springs artists on June 16. Facilitated by Brian Tucker the session will provided artists with the info they needed to be tax ready. It included information on what to claim as deductions and how to claim them, advice on invoicing and more!


MusicNT presented a two-part electronic music workshop for original producers and musicians who use electronic instruments and technology to record or play live in Central Australia. It included: Playing Live with Mad Zach and Production Masterclass with James Mangohig

2014 Workshops


Learn vital skills to get your music out into the online and real world with talented musician by night and publicist by day Fanny Lumsden. Recommended for musicians of all ages and abilities. In conjunction with Darwin Festival.


A series of workshops held during Original Recipe to assist the development of local artists.

  • 10am-12pm: Songwriting workshop with Dave Crowe, Museum Theatrette
  • 12-12:30pm: Music Publishing with Stephen King, Museum Theatrette
  • 12:45-1:15pm: Working with an Agent with Katie Rynne, Museum Theatrette
  • 2:00-2:45pm: Music and the Law with Stephen King, Museum Theatrette
  • 3-3:45pm: Engaging with the Media and Social Media with Sose Fuamoli, Museum Theatrette
  • 4-6pm: Networking and Pre-Awards Drinks on Cornucopia Verandah


Learn from some of the finest men in the Australian music industry - the Wagons! 11am-12pm: Henry Wagons and ABC’s Kate O’Toole – ‘Media Magic: Selling yourself to the public and the media'. 12-1pm: Mark Dawson – 'Getting Vocal: developing your vocal technique'. Thanks to NOOK Events and Darwin Railway Club.

HITTING THE ROAD: Dave Powys The Paper Kites 

Dave Powys from The Paper Kites ran a seminar on how to organise and stage a successful music tour. Dave covered: organising and managing a tour; promotions and marketing; relationships with venues, audiences and the media; pitfalls to avoid; and troubleshooting while on the road. This was an excellent opportunity for any artists that may be considering taking their music on the road - whether that's an NT specific tour or further. Thanks To NOOK Events and Darwin Railway Club.


Join much-loved singer/songwriter Jess Ribeiro in a morning of writing new songs. Since leaving Darwin, Jess has gone on to achieve national acclaim. She has also honed her teaching skills, and uses a range of methods that assist people in crafting songs. This is an ideal opportunity to create and be inspired for women at any level of songwriting experience.


Shane O’Mara has worked as a guitarist, producer, engineer and collaborator with some of Australia’s leading acts such as Paul Kelly, The Audreys, Christine Anu, the Finn brothers, Stephen Cummings and Tim Rogers. In this session, Shane covered the steps involved in taking an original song from a demo CD to a complete and solid track. This workshop was presented by MusicNT, Top End Sounds and NOOK Events.

2013 Workshops

Creative Work Ready 

Presented by MusicNT and City of Darwin's LAUNCH (Darwin). For emerging artists, musicians and creative arts workers ready to take those next steps in developing their arts/music career. The workshop covered the basics of setting up for creative work and covered topics such as getting a Tax File Number (TFN) and Australian Business Number (ABN), invoicing, preparing a CV/Biography, keeping organised for tax time and much more. Facilitator: Fiona Carter.

Grant-writing - Get ready! 

Presented by MusicNT (Darwin). For musicians and creative individuals interested in applying for funding grants to support their recording, touring and creative ventures. Facilitated by Mary Anne Butler.                                                              

Songwriting Workshops 

Presented by MusicNT and Mbantua Festival (Alice Springs). MusicNT partnered with Mbantua Festival to provide two amazing workshops for local songwriters. Songwriting with Bernard Fanning and songwriting with Dan Sultan.

I Manage My Music 

I Manage My Music is a workshop specifically tailored to the needs of the self-managed artist. The focus is to give participants the tools and confidence to take the next steps in their careers (whether that's recording, touring, publishing etc.). Darwin is lucky enough to have three amazing artists Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher who have all carved successful self-managed careers, presenting this workshop and sharing their experiences, advice and connections with NT musicians.

Darwin Festival Music Workshops 

MusicNT partnered with Darwin Festival on a series of Festival Masterclasses for local musicians. These included: Junk Percussion Workshop with Ben Walsh. Songwriting Masterclass with Mama Kin and Hip Hop Workshop with Candy B.

Music Video Workshop 

MusicNT supported local film maker Amy Hetherington from Amiable Communications to run a music video workshops for young people with the City of Darwin and the Northern Territory Government.

Q & A with founder of Milk! Records 

Talk to label founder Courtney Barnett who started Milk! Records in her bedroom and has now released close to ten albums and EP's from some of Australia's most exciting up and coming artists. Guest Speakers: Courtney Barnett & Jen Cloher (Milk! Records). Facilitated by Joanna Cameron (AIR)

RAMP Presents Katherine Music Week 

Presented by MusicNT, Artback NT, Katherine Regional Arts, Charles Darwin University, APRA|AMCOS and Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre. A week of music information and workshops to help support, promote and celebrate the Katherine music scene. Including Sista Sounds, Production and Venue Operation, Getting Social & Vocal workshops.