Free education has the power to change the world, and QMusic’s Industry Connect program is doing just that, giving Queensland creatives the keys (for FREE) to build a sustainable career in the music industry.

Industry Connect is a six-part workshop program running throughout April – July, covering everything industry practitioners need to know about creating, managing, marketing and releasing music.

With some of the best minds in the biz facilitating the workshops, including personnel from BIGSOUND, APRA AMCOS and Mushroom Music to name a few, Industry Connect is a living, breathing, encyclopedia of first-hand knowledge from which artists of any age and skill level can gain invaluable insight.

“Industry Connect provides an abundance of information regarding various aspects of the music industry,” said 2017 participant, local singer-songwriter May Lyn.

“The program allowed my team and I to further develop our strategies and goals in promoting my work and gaining new opportunities which we hadn’t previously considered/been considered for. Through connecting with industry members, my work was noticed by the wider community, I received support with gig/festival opportunities and was approached by fellow artists interested in collaborating.”

Since attending Industry Connect last year, May Lyn has topped the 4ZZZ Charts with her sophomore EP Vessels, garnered international radio attention, facilitated her own workshops and spoken at APRA AMCOS’ recent International Women’s Day songwriting panel. She is just one of the 556 artists and music industry practitioners the program has helped so far.

On a mission to up-skill even more Queensland creatives this year, Industry Connect will be delivered across a greater number of regions, expanding to Toowoomba, Ipswich, Maroochydore and Noosa for the first time and returning to Cairns, Brisbane, Nambour and the Gold Coast.

Further placing artists in the path of opportunity, six Industry Connect participants will also be awarded a BIGSOUND bursary, covering delegate passes, flights, and accommodation to the renowned event taking place in Brisbane from 4 – 7 September.

Places at the Industry Connect free workshops are limited, so BOOK NOW to ensure you get the chance to learn from the ultimate music industry #dreamteam.

Industry Connect workshops are happening throughout QLD from April – July 2018. See below for workshop details, and visit the QMusic website for a full list of facilitators.

Industry Connect: Workshops Overview

Taken from QMusic Industry Connect website:

The ‘Starting at Zero’ workshop presents a snapshot of the current music industry and gives you a chance to understand the market you are in. This workshop will also give you an opportunity to know the key functions of QMusic and APRA AMCOS, and how they can help you create a sustainable music industry career.

At the heart of the music industry is the song. A song that has an authentic and genuine story to tell. A song people can relate to. This workshop will introduce a panel of Industry professionals who work specifically in this realm and will give you an opportunity to get your song heard.

While a great song is at the heart of the music industry and stories of success, understanding your creative micro business (artist and industry) and its structure can be the key to unlocking new revenue streams. This workshop sees creative business professionals share information and tools – helping you understand revenue streams and how to monetize them.


In a digital world that is musically more competitive and crowded than ever before, what are the avenues for getting your music out to a public audience? Working with publicists, this workshop will give you a lowdown on their roles and provide you with a one-on-one feedback session.

A transforming music industry landscape, hand in hand with a social revolution, has made the role of content and brand crucial. In an overcrowded and distracted social space how do you build an authentic brand across multiple social media platforms during and outside of release cycles? Click Here will provide you with the know-how to build your online presence and be visible in a saturated market.


Now you are across key music industry practices: making great songs, building revenue streams for your music, getting it out there, and building an authentic digital marketing plan. It’s time to bring it all together in a powerful tool: The Release Cycle.

Industry Connect: Statewide Workshop Dates

BRISBANE – Presented by QMusic & The Edge
The Edge, State Library of Queensland,
Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank.
Saturday 28 April: Starting At Zero
Saturday 19 May: Get Good
Saturday 2 June: It’s a Business
Saturday 16 June: Getting It Out there
Saturday 21 July: Click Here
Saturday 28 July: The Greatest Hits

GOLD COAST – Presented by QMusic & HOTA
HOTA, Home Of The Arts,
135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
Thursday 19 April: Starting At Zero
Thursday 17 May: Get Good
Thursday 31 May: It’s a Business
Thursday 21 June: Getting It Out There
Thursday 12 July: Click Here
Thursday 19 July: The Greatest Hits

SUNSHINE COAST – Presented by QMusic, Sunshine Coast Council & Noosa Council
Black Box Theatre: The Old Ambulance Station,
80 Howard Street, Nambour
, 10/12-20 Ocean St., Maroochydore
The J,
60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Saturday 21 April: Starting At Zero (The Old Ambulance Station) Nambour
Saturday 12 May: Get Good (Solbar) Maroochydore
Thursday 24 May: It’s a Business (The J) Noosa
Saturday 16 June: Get In It Out there (Solbar) Maroochydore
Thursday 28 June: Click Here (The J) Noosa
Saturday 14 July: The Greatest Hits (The Old Ambulance Station) Nambour

CAIRNS – Presented by QMusic & Close Contact
Tanks Arts Centre,
46 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill
Friday 25 May Starting at Zero & Get Good Masterclass
Saturday 23 June: It’s a Business Get In It Out There Masterclass
Friday 27 July: Click Here The Greatest Hits Masterclass

IPSWICH – Presented by QMusic & Ipswich City Council
Studio 188,
188 Brisbane Street, Ipswich
Wednesday 18 April: Starting At Zero
Wednesday 2 May: Get Good
Wednesday 23 May: It’s a Business
Wednesday 13 June: Get In It Out There
Wednesday 4 July: Click Here
Wednesday 25 July: The Greatest Hits

TOOWOOMBA – Presented by QMusic & Toowoomba Regional Council – Youth Connect
Toowoomba Flexi School,
1 Chalk Drive, Toowoomba City
Saturday 19 May: Get Good & It’s a Business Masterclass
Saturday 23 June: Getting It Out there
Saturday 14 July: Click Here & The Greatest Hits Masterclass