Luke O'Shea Songwriting is a three-hour workshop. This is your opportunity to learn tips from the acclaimed, award-winning Australian songwriter, Luke O’Shea. Luke carries on the proud and ancient tradition of singing up country. Drawing inspiration from the humorous and heartbreaking, O’Shea crafts and delivers his celebrated songs to connect with audiences on a surprising deeper level.

Throughout his 25 years of making music, Luke has won prestigious awards including 9 Golden Guitars, 2 APRA Country Song of the Year and twice been named the Australian Independent Artist of the Year. With eight albums and numerous chart successes, Luke’s songs and lyrics have also been included in the New South Wales and Victoria Higher School Certificate (HSC) curriculum.

In this essential masterclass, Katie Thompson of Quirky Music will be sharing her knowledge and experience on social media for musicians, guerrilla marketing tactics to gain new fans and delight the ones you already have and how to create a successful crowdfunding campaign. You will walk away with plenty of actionable steps to help you with your career.


Katie is a self-managed country singer/songwriter whose accolades include opening for Sir Elton John, raising over $250,000 via crowdfunding and being the representative for Oceania at Global Rockstar 2015 in Vienna. She recently released her 3rd studio album ‘Bittersweet’ which has been described as aching soul-folk and chiming country-rock. Katie also runs Quirky Music, a music services agency specialising in artist development, social media management & crowdfunding for independent musicians. Her clients include Anika Moa, Jenny Mitchell, Kylie Price, The Warratahs, Sole Music Academy and more. 

For musicians, social media plays a key role in reaching potential fans, boosting awareness, and supporting music and ticket sales. Your social media game must be strong if you're planning on crowdfunding for an upcoming single, video or album release.

Join APRA AMCOS' Director of Member Services Victoria Kelly for a relaxed discussion about music rights, royalties and the world of APRA AMCOS.


Victoria Kelly has worked in the music industry for more than 25 years. An award winning film composer, her soundtracks include ‘Black Sheep’ & ‘Under the Mountain’ with director Jonathan King, ‘Field Punishment No.1’ with Peter Burger, and ‘Out of the Blue’ with Robert Sarkies, as well as incidental music for ‘The Lovely Bones’ and orchestral arrangements for ‘The Hobbit / Battle of the Five Armies’ with Sir Peter Jackson.

Her contemporary classical music has been commissioned, performed and recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, NZ Trio, Michael Houstoun, the New Zealand String Quartet and Stroma. As an arranger and performer, she has worked with artists SJD, Anika Moa, Shapeshifter, Nathan Haines, Don McGlashan and most recently, Neil Finn.

Where: Jessie's - Longford Function Centre, Hamilton Street, Gore

When: Thursday 28 May 2020, 9.00am - 3.00pm

             Luke O'Shea Songwriting: 9.00am - 12 noon

             Katie Thompson Masterclass: 1.00pm - 2.00pm

             Victoria Kelly Music Industry Talk: 2.00pm - 3.00pm


Adult $30 + booking fee 

Children $15 + booking fee 


Tickets go on sale at

Bring your own lunch. Tea, coffee and juice available.

Proudly bought to you with the support of Mataura Licencing Trust, APRA NZ and NZ Songwriters Trust.


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