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Music Industry Insight – New ARTS:LIVE Resources

A new ARTS:LIVE course, Music Industry Insight, has just gone live on the site.

Music Industry Insight is a collection of resources designed to engage Years 7-10 students by offering insight into careers in the music industry, teaching them how to collaborate on and share their music, understand the basics of copyright and ownership, and how to create a music video accompaniment. The resource videos feature a host of Australian musicians and music industry professionals discussing their inspiration, creativity and business learnings.

The Song Room partnered with Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA/AMCOS) to produce these resources:

  • Write Way to the Top comprises video and activity resources that encourage students to think, explore and make meaning. The activities engage students in identifying, analysing and experimenting with musical and poetic conventions used in songwriting. The work of two contemporary Australian songwriters, Helen Croome (aka Gossling) and Henry Wagons, is explored as inspiration for students’ own compositions.
  • Get Your Music Out There comprises video and activity resources that help students develop a deeper understanding of the role of the music industry in creating music and marketing musicians. Interviews with two contemporary Australian musicians, Clare Bowditch and Stavros Yiannoukas (Bluejuice), and record label manager Matthew Rogers (Unified) provide their expertise.
  • Make a Music Video provides video and activity resources. The video follows and explores the collaboration between Wally De Backer (Gotye) and Natasha Pincus to create the music video Somebody That I Used to Know. In the activities, students explore the music video production process from start to finish. They consider visual style, how dramatic performance and storytelling can enhance a music video and the role of editing techniques.

Teachers can register to access these resources free at

About the artists:

Helen Croome, better known by her stage-name Gossling, is a folk/pop singer-songwriter from Melbourne. Henry Wagons is the irreverent and charismatic front man of the Melbourne based band Wagons. Together they feature in the ARTS:LIVE resource Write Way to the Top.

Filmed at the iconic Bakehouse Studios in Richmond, the talented Helen Croome shares her passion for music and inspiration for writing songs, while Henry Wagons speaks at length about songwriting and collaborating with Helen on the duet ‘Give Me a Kiss’.


Through the resource Helen and Henry share their unique approaches to creating music and show that there are many different ways to tackle a song writing project.

Clare Bowditch is an award-winning musician dedicated to assisting artists pursue their creative skills as much as their business knowledge. Students are inspired by Clare in the ARTS:LIVE resource Get Your Work Out There.

Also featured in the resource is Stavros Yiannoukas; vocalist and front man for the popular Sydney-based indie dance band Bluejuice. A three-time ARIA award nominee, Stavros, or Stav to his friends, offers an honest glimpse into the music industry and shows students that some negative experiences can help a lot when starting out as a musician. He offers strategies for building performance confidence and challenges students to have a go. This resource also features Unified’s label manager Matthew Rogers discussing the finer points of copyright.


The Making a Music Video resource was shot on location at Merricks Beach and features singer-songwriter Wally De Backer, otherwise known as Gotye. Wally offers us a personal insight into the inspiration behind the award-winning music video for Somebody That I Used To Know. The video was made in collaboration with director Natasha Pincus and features guest vocals by Kimbra Lee Jones (Kimbra).

The video sees a rapidly advancing camouflage artwork in the background, with make-up artist Emma Hack tirelessly painting upon both Wally and Kimbra’s bodies.

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