Expand your music career

January 9 – 10, 2021

Be part of the first ever Academy X.

The CMAA and The Academy are proud to present the first ever Academy X online education and training event.

Never before have you had access to the superstars & leaders of the Australian country music industry all in one place and from your computer screen.

This exciting two day event will feature keynote presentations by country music elite; you will hear and learn from the best in the business.

 

Learn from the superstars and industry leaders.

Featuring keynote presenters, panellists, group leaders, mentors and moderators including country music superstars Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley, Brooke McClymont, Beccy Cole, Shane Nicholson and Fanny Lumsden, along with industry leaders, Matt Fell, Dan Biddle, Natalie Waller and over 27 more top country music stars and leaders.

 

 

Kasey Chambers

Troy Cassar-Daley

Beccy Cole

Brooke McClymont

Shane Nicholson

Fanny Lumsden

2 full days of online education and training

Secrets to Success

Learn the secrets of a successful career in country music from experienced, successful artists. Get the intensive hands-on practical advice that has been an integral part of The Academy over it’s 24 year history.

Insider Knowledge

Get the insider info on the essential aspects of the music industry, including songwriting, record labels, publishing, management, festivals & touring, recording, performance, video production and media strategies.

Make Connections

Make connections and meet your peers online in a Covid-safe environment. Hear how the leaders of our industry are planning for a future of increased online demand.  

What to expect?

Students can expect the same passion and focus that our lecturers bring to the in-person version of the Academy and we look forward to nurturing the next crop of country music stars at Academy X in January”.

Lyn Bowtell – Artistic Director,
The Academy

 

Who

should

attend?

“Academy X is available to artists and songwriters from Australia and the world. From past Academy students looking to refresh and expand their careers, to first time students gaining insights into the country music industry, they’ll be able to gain inspiration and insight from this amazing line up of keynote speakers and hands-on group leaders.”

Roger Corbett – General Manager,
The Academy

 

Full 2 Day Program

Each day is designed to provide you with maximum information and time to breakout into smaller virtual rooms for Q&A, to make connections and drill down on the training.

 

Day 1 – Saturday January 9th

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9:30am

Acknowledgment of Country 

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9:35am – 10:00am

Welcome to Academy X

By Amber Lawrence & Ashleigh Dallas

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10:00am – 11:00am

Songwriter Series #1

By Troy Cassar-Daley

Moderator: Kevin Bennett

Topic - How to write a great country song
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11:00am – 11:15am

15 min break

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11:15am – 12:15pm

Topic - How to get the most out of studio recording

Releasing and recording singles versus full albums?

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12:15pm – 12:45pm

30 min lunch break

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12:45pm – 1:30pm

Business Series #2

By Support Act

Moderator: Lyn Bowtell

Topic - Mental Health & Resilience in the Music Industry

How to be resilient in a post Covid-19 world- what are the opportunities and potential road blocks?

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1:30pm – 2:30pm

Business Series #3

By Fanny Lumsden & Geoff Bell

Moderator: Stef Russin

Topic - How to pitch for festivals and gigs
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2:30pm – 2:45pm

15 min break

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2:45pm – 3:45pm

Performer Series #1

By Beccy Cole

Moderator: Lyn Bowtell

Topic - How do I become a great performer?
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3:45pm – 4:00pm

15 min break

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4:00pm – 5:00pm

Group Leader Breakouts

Group Leaders: Amber Lawrence, Lachlan Bryan, Mickey Pye & Jayne Denham

Break off into zoom rooms for Q&A

Day 2 – Sunday January 10th

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9:00am

Acknowledgment of Country 

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9:05am – 10:00am

Songwriter Series #2

By Brooke McClymont

Moderator: Caitlyn Shadbolt

Topic - Writing country pop songs
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10:00am – 10:15am

15 min break

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10:15am – 11:15am

Performer Series #2

By Kasey Chambers

Moderator: Lyn Bowtell

Topic - How to remain authentic in an often in-authentic industry
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11:15am – 12:15pm

Business Series #4

By Duncan Toombs

Moderator: Amber Lawrence

Topic - Making a great music video
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12:15pm – 12:45pm

30 min lunch break

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12:45pm – 1:30pm

Business Series #5

By Roger Corbett

Moderator: Catherine Britt

Topic - Covid-19 Positives

How might Covid-19 change the shape of the Australian music industry for the better?

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1:30pm – 2:30pm

Business Series #6

By Dan Biddle & Natalie Waller

Moderator: Dobe Newton

Topic - Record deal versus independent

 Do I need a manager, and what do they do?

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2:30pm – 2:45pm

15 min break

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2:45pm –3:45pm

Songwriter Series #3

By Shane Nicholson

Moderator: Lachlan Bryan

Topic - How to write Americana and Alt Country
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3:45pm – 4:00pm

15 min break

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4:00pm – 5:00pm

Break off into zoom rooms for Q&A

Pricing & Registration

Registration is now open for Academy X online

January 9 – 10, 2021

Important payment information

Payments are accepted via Paypal or credit card.

After we receive your payment you will be redirected to a full registration page. Please complete the registration form to finalise your payment.

If you experience issues with full registration, please contact us at info@academyocountrymusic.com.au

FAQs

What is your refund policy?

A full refund is offered under some circumstances up until COB January 1st 2021.

Can I attend just one day?

We aim to provide you with the best online training from the best in the industry. To fulfill this, two day registration is compulsory.

Do you offer student discounts?

NO. We offer four scholarships available via our form on the website (apply below). Please also take advantage of our early bird discount before November 30th.

Apply for a scholarship

Applications close 5:00pm Monday 23 November 2020

 

How do I access the training?

Upon completion of full payment and registration, you will receive a ZOOM link to access both days.

– Please keep this link handy for easy access on the days.

– We will send out reminders and further instructions closer to the event.

– We will be in contact during January about your group leader and zoom room breakouts.

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Early bird registration is open now, just $330 inc gst until November 30th, 2020.