Michael Chugg & Peter Garrett Lead Clearly Music, Arts & Wellness Festival's 'Clearer Workshop' Launch

23 June 2023 | 12:34 pm | Mary Varvaris

Clearer Workshop will be followed by Clearly Music, Arts & Wellness Festival, which will take place on 11 November 2023.

Michael Chugg & Peter Garrett

Michael Chugg & Peter Garrett (Source: Supplied, Peter Garrett by Peter Dovgan)

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One massive day of immersive learning is heading for the south coast of New South Wales, with Clearly Music & Arts Festival launching the inaugural Clearer Workshop coming to the coastal town of Kiama, NSW, on 10 November.

The Clearer Workshop has been designed to be an integral part of Clearly’s annual festival designed to provide aspiring musicians, performers, songwriters, rappers, producers, and DJs with invaluable industry knowledge and artist development advice.

Led by Frontier Touring/Chugg Music’s Michael Chugg and a special keynote speech by Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett, Clearer arrives with an expansive roster of the who’s-who of the Australian music industry.

Chugg will host panel sessions alongside Poppy Reid (Editor of Rolling Stone Australia), Ash McGregor and Kaylie Ekinci (triple j), and Chris Sheppard and Steph Mrmacoski (Untitled Group), to name a few. You can check out the complete speaker list below.

In a joint statement, Clearly and Clearer founder Dom Furber and founder of Be Here Nowra and the Baseline Happiness Project, Barron Hanson, said about the new immersive workshop event:

"Clearer Workshop will provide emerging artists with a unique opportunity to gain industry insights, build valuable networks, and develop the skills needed to succeed in their careers. 

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"Through this exciting initiative, we are committed to supporting the growth of aspiring artists and fostering a sense of well-being and strength within the creative community."

Today, Clearly Music, Arts & Wellness Festival also launches its Clearer Workshop scholarships program. As part of the festival's commitment to inclusivity and diversity, ten scholarships will be awarded to regionally-based artists, with a dedicated percentage of spots reserved for local minority groups.

Furber added, “We believe in nurturing talent and providing equal opportunities for artists from all backgrounds. By offering these mentorship scholarships, we aim to support emerging artists on their journey towards success while fostering an environment of inclusivity and diversity within the Workshop." You can apply for the scholarship program here.

Clearer Workshop will be followed by Clearly Music, Arts & Wellness Festival, which will take place on 11 November 2023 at the showgrounds in Kiama. Tickets for the Workshop are free and will be available soon.

 Aaron Girgis (Space 44/Skeggs & RUBY FIELDS)
 Ash King (Support Act)
 Ash McGregor (triple J)
 Aunty Gwen (Kiama LGA Elder)
 Barron Hanson (Be Here Nowra/Baseline Happiness) *
 Benjamin Knight (AIME Mentoring)
 Candice Mama (AIME Mentoring)
 Casey O'Shaughnessy (Select Music)
 Charlee Fraser (Clearly & Clearer) *
 Chris Sheppard (Untitled Group) *
 Desiree Venuto (Lonely Lands Agency) 
 Dom Furber (Paxx Group) *
 Greg Phillips (Henry Clive)
 Hugh Cruickshank (moretocome)
 Jacob Finch & Lukas Anderson (The Terrys)
 Josh Anderson (Activation Union)
 Katie Cunningham (Biography writing)
 Kaylie Ekinci (triple j) 
 Luke Girgis (Brag Media/Rolling Stone)
 Mary Whitehead (Media Arts Lawyers) *
 Michael Chugg AM (Frontier/Chugg Music)
 Nerida Woods (Heaps Decent) *
 Pat Stevenson (Photographer/Headshots) 
 Peter Garrett AM (Artist)
 Poppy Reid (Brag Media/Rolling Stone)
 Rhiannon Cook (Positive Feedback PR)
 Shannen Egan (Nettwerk Music Group)
 Steph Mrmacoski (Untitled Group)
 Tiana Lichaa (Artist/Logo design)
* Clearer Workshop Selection Committee