First year students studying the Diploma of Music Business were recently treated to a different type of classroom experience.
As part of their music events training, thirty students visited 9 popular sites and venues around Perth and Fremantle, and received first hand information and advice from booking agents, production managers, venue managers and site managers.
The locations covered small music venues such as Mojo’s Bar (Fremantle), HQ (Leederville) and 459 Bar (North Perth), mid-size venues Amplifier/ Capitol (Perth), Astor Theatre (Mt Lawley), Rosemount Hotel (North Perth) and the largest of them all, Perth Arena. They were also taken to festival sites Laneway Festival (Fremantle Esplanade) and Perth Fringe sites The Urban Orchard and Central’s very own Noodle Palace.
Co-ordinator Scott Adam said it was a great success.
“It was an excellent way to engage students right from the outset,” he said.
“And to hear what they needed to hear directly from the people they will one day deal with in industry was a real bonus!”
Students went right through each venue looking at all resource, staffing, production and logistical requirements of running a live music event from 200 capacity to 15000.
Scott also mentioned the spin-off benefits of the initiative.
“Aside from the training aspect, students were able to network with employers, with some of them getting to work at backstage at the Laneway Festival,” Scott said.
“Students even took to Facebook to brag to their friends and say how much they loved the course. It’s a big win for the students and the course all round.”