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Protégé Master Classes

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 Ipswich City Council Children and Youth Development Officer Cameron Nicholls on (07) 3810 6285 or email

Music Workshops and Events

Industry Connect

Starting at Zero + Get Good | Wednesday, 3 April | 10.30 am - 3.00 pm | FREE

QMusic and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) talk about the current music market and how you can take the first steps towards building a sustainable career in the music industry. Play your music to Australian songwriters and managers who are working with some of the most promising talent throughout Australia. This workshop will give you an insight into the creative process and help you better understand the career paths for songwriters.


It's a Business + Getting It Out There | Saturday, 18 May | 10.30 am - 3.00 pm | FREE

Hear from managers who have been able to build sustainable careers for their artists and have learnt how to navigate ever changing revenue streams. This workshop will help you gain a greater understanding of what it takes to be a successful artist in 2019.  Chat with PR agents working on the releases across online, radio and TV for emerging artists as well as acts like Camouflage Rose and Middle Kids.


Click Here + The Release Cycle | Saturday, 15 June | 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

This workshop will better help you understand how you can use social media to grow and engage with your fan base with help from digital marketers and social media experts.  Hear from music distributors and managers on how a release comes together, from strategy to release timelines. This workshop will show you how a successful release plans looks and when things might not be working how to make adjustments.


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Ipswich Unearthed

Ipswich Unearthed | Saturday 9 February, 6 April, 15 June

Join this musical journey of discovery as we unearth young emerging musical talent destined to become Australia’s next pop sensation, country rock legend or acoustic singer-songwriter. Sign up and participate in the Protégé Master Classes to workshop how to be an all-rounded musician and professional performer, and get the chance to showcase your new talents on stage at Studio 188 at the end of your workshop course.

For more information or to enquire about playing a part in Ipswich Unearthed contact Studio 188 peformance programmer Brittney Kahl on (07) 3810 7472 or

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:


Dance Workshops and Events

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Visual Art Workshops and Events

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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

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. Applications for the February round of funding are now closed. The next funding round opens on Monday, 1 July 2019.

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