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Respect event showcasing creativity and challenges

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Hunter female high school students looking to expand their knowledge of the creative industries and better understand the challenges in the music industry are set to benefit from a bit of Respect this month.

The mini-symposium, to be presented at TAFE NSW Newcastle, Tighes Hill, on Wednesday 23 June, will celebrate and recognise the hard work and determination of emerging artists in music and the arts.

In this event, there’ll be a focus on identity, productivity, diversity, while acknowledging that any creative arts career is fundamentally a business.

TAFE NSW head teacher in Music and Performing Arts Teresa Conicella said it was important to recognise not only the challenges faced but the importance of having a diverse and inclusive industry in which female artists flourished.

She made mention of an annual report by HACK /Triple J, which found the gender gap in the Australian music industry is slowly improving, but women are still under-represented in the industry at almost every level.

“Although there have been significant shifts in opportunities and more doors are opening to female artists, more needs to be done in empowering the students who aspire to a career in the creative arts,” Ms Conicella explained.

“Our event will provide advice and insights into the skills needed to rise up to those challenges – we want to help the students build knowledge, resilience, longevity and self-worth.”

Respect runs from 9am to 3,30pm, with activities and workshops covering a wide range of topics, including discovering voice/identity through songwriting; the importance of being a versatile performer; being the “only” girl in the room; and networking and collaboration.

“There will also be performances by local emerging artists, a Q&A session with professional female artists and technicians and the screening of a documentary reflecting the true diversity of today’s Australian music landscape,” Ms Conicella said.

“The film showcases charismatic, funny and fiercely creative women and demonstrates the power of women coming together to support one another.”

To find out about studying creative courses at TAFE NSW, phone 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au

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