3mFM Songwriters Collective

About the South Gippsland Songwriters Project

We aim to support local songwriters to come together and form a supportive network, develop their craft and build local audiences through three concerts throughout the South Gippsland Shire.

Local songwriters will also have the opportunity to learn about radio, create a show, be interviewed and submit their work for radio play.

Local songwriters, with a connection to South Gippsland, will be invited to apply to participate in this project and will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Connection to South Gippsland Shire
  2. Membership (or willingness to become a member) of 3mFM
  3. Be at least 18 years of age
  4. Have a body of existing work that is or could be ready for commercial release and performance.
  5. Willingness to commit to project activities including:
    • Radio training to support launching your music
    • Four peer-led workshops
    • At least one live performance at the end of the project

3mFM will host segments on air to promote the program and give participants an opportunity to promote their music on the radio. 

The project will run from September 2022 through to March 2023, with a series of three concerts.

Participants will perform at these concerts which will also be supported by 3mFM, local hall committees and FreeZA – Youth Central.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in South Gippsland to participate?

No.  As long as you have some connection to South Gippsland Shire you will be eligible.

How many spots are available?

There will be nine participants in total.

What if I’m only a beginner?

You will need to at least have enough of a body of work (original songs) that you could develop throughout the project in preparation for commercial release &/or performance. 

I write songs for my original band.  Can I participate as a songwriter and the band performs in the concerts?

Absolutely.  Please let us know if you are a solo artist or a member of a band when you fill in your application.

Does it cost anything to participate?

The only costs to you are the cost of a membership to 3mFM.  As part of their support for this project, the station is offering a special discount on memberships for participants in this project. Membership of 3mfm is subsidised at $20 for the year. Songwriters will also need to provide their own transport to concerts, workshops and the 3mfm radio station.

Where are the concerts going to be held?

We will hold 3 concerts in various locations throughout the South Gippsland Shire utilising the amazing local halls.  Final locations will be announced shortly.

What if I’m under 18?

If you are under 18, but you meet the other criteria, please get in touch with us to discuss your interest, as we may be able to work something out. Send us a email.

What are we going to do in the workshops?

The workshops will be designed based on the needs of the group and will be mainly peer lead.  We do have the capacity to bring in some experts to cover off any topics the group may be interested in but that will be based on what the participants want.

Do we get paid for performing in the concerts?

Yes.  Artists performing at the concerts will be paid a small fee.

Why is this happening?

Most of the local music performances/concerts focus on bringing in talent from outside our region helping them grow an audience here.  In other cases, much of the local work is directed to cover acts.  3mFM wants to support local original artists to have an opportunity to grow a local audience through local performances.  Bringing local songwriters together is aimed at forming a supportive group that will continue on and hopefully grow beyond the length of this project.  Plus…we’ve missed live music and we can’t wait to get everyone in the community together to enjoy the amazing local talent we have.

Application form

Applications must be made online using the form below. Applications close 26th August 2022.

3mFM Songwriters Collective – Online Application form

We look forward to receiving your application and are aiming to respond to all applicants with the result of their application by the end of August 2022.

Contact

Email: songwriter@3mfm.com.au