Be inspired and reach your potential as part of Ipswich City Council’s brand new youth arts program. Learn from industry professionals and participate in FREE workshops, events, networking opportunities and performances specialising in music, drama, dance, visual art and production. Workshops and events are open to young people of any ability. Be the first to hear about workshops and events by signing up for alerts below.

For more information please contact Protege Master Class lead Brittney Kahl on (07) 3810 6285 or email protege@ipswich.qld.gov.au


Music Workshops and Events

The Protégé Master Class program recently launched a new songwriting workshop series with the I Heart Songwriting Club, supported by the Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC) and the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN).

The series commenced in August 2019 and involved seven budding local songwriters attending a one-day workshop to learn basic improvisation, melodic and rhythm skills from I Heart Songwriting Club founder and musician Francesca De Valence. This workshop was followed by a 10-week online songwriting course where students wrote one song a week with feedback from their professional songwriting mentor. At the conclusion of the course, students were invited to perform at a public showcase to celebrate what they achieved with friends and family.

This exciting opportunity for all kids aged 13-17 years not only improves their creative skills and explores what’s possible, they are guided by their own professional songwriting mentor every step of the way so that they are constantly supported to write 10 songs in the 10-week course. Songwriters of various levels attended the first workshop, with some even writing their very first original song.

Check out our workshop participant Jarrad Wrigley performing his song (written in one hour) on live radio:

If I Could Fly (Jarrad Wrigley)

For more information please contact Brittney Kahl at protege@ipswich.qld.gov.au


Ipswich Unearthed

📣 CALLING ALL YOUNG EMERGING ARTISTS 📣

Want to get paid to perform in front of family and friends and learn what goes into producing a live music event?

Studio 188 is on the hunt for aspiring local singers, instrumentalists and musicians to perform as part of the popular bimonthly Ipswich Unearthed series. Join this musical journey of discovery as we unearth young emerging musical talent destined to become Australia’s next pop sensations, country rock legends or acoustic singer-songwriters.

For more information or enquiries email info@studio188.com.au.


QMusic Industry Connect 2019 Workshop Results

The 2019 Industry Connect workshops were a huge success, with many artists going on to perform at various events held at Studio 188. Congratulations to local artist Du0 for being selected to attend the AMPLIFY Songwriting Camp on the Sunshine Coast, along with artists from other regions that held Industry Connect workshops. The recipient of the BIGSOUND Delegates Pass will be announced in the coming weeks.

Thank you to workshop facilitators Kellie Lloyd (APRA AMCOS), Thomas Granger (Audiopazz Agency), Deena Lynch (Jaguar Jonze), Tyler McLoughlan (The Sound Pound), Sarah Hazlehurst (The Culprit Club), Nerve, Angela Kohler (Brisbane Festival), Andy Irvine (GYROstream), Peter Gillies (Craft Digital Marketing), Gav Parry (QMusic Program Manager).


Production Workshops and Events

Production workshops are free and are able to be booked by local community, youth and school groups with a maximum of 10 participants (plus teachers) per workshop. View details of current workshops below or submit your application to:

Bookings/Enquiries


Drama Workshops and Events

The Longest Minute Drama Workshop

In October 2019, Ipswich City Council's Protégé Master Classes Program, along with Queensland Theatre and Studio 188, presented an exciting opportunity for Ipswich drama students in grades 9-12.  Focusing on approaches to characterisation and the fundamentals of scene work - and using excerpts from The Longest Minute stage production - students learned new skills and techniques to get inside a character’s mind, understand their motivations and be ready to respond in the moment.

For more information about this opportunity or to be the first to find out about future Drama workshops, sign up to our email alerts below:


Dance Workshops and Events

Coming soon


Visual Art Workshops and Events

Coming soon


Other Industry Information

Young Performing Artist Bursary

Artists and performers aged under 25 years are able to apply for a bursary from Ipswich City Council to an annual maximum of $500 for individuals or $700 for groups.

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Regional Arts Development Fund

Applications for the February round of funding are now closed. The next funding round opens on Monday 1 July 2019. The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and eligible local councils across the state. RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions. The fund invests in local arts and cultural priorities as determined by local communities across Queensland and its flexibility enables local councils to tailor RADF programs to the specific needs of their communities.

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RASN Community Projects

As a new approach to delivering statewide arts services, the Arts Queensland Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) was announced in 2017, with a state government funding commitment of $6.5 million over four years as a new approach to delivering statewide arts services. Access Community Services Limited was awarded the tender to coordinate RASN in the South East Queensland regions of Ipswich and Logan, with the project managed by the organisation’s award-winning arts arm Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC). BEMAC is seeking expressions of interest from local individuals, groups, businesses and not-for-profits to develop local projects. Successful EOIs may be supported financially up to $2,500 and/or through the provision of mentorship, marketing, project development, partnership development and more.

Submit Expression of Interest