A group of ten Tasmanian musicians are set to take over the iconic Astor Hotel from 3-5 August to write, record, and share music, while receiving industry advice from some of the best in the business.

The musicians will be mentored by ARIA Award-winner Monique Brumby and Producer Ryan Farrington (AKA Akouo), along with national music industry professionals Grant Gillies and Richard Moffat.

The selected musicians are Anna Williams, Crystal Livermore, Beatrix Bouwman, Jackson Simpson, Jonathan Dieckfoss, Ruby Austin-Lund, Rhys Gray, Tom Fowkes and Finn Clarke.

The inaugural Astor Sessions is presented by Music Tasmania and Melbourne-based publisher Gaga Music and will focus on developing new opportunities for musicians through publishing and synchronisation in film, television, advertising and gaming.

Music Tasmania’s CEO Laura Harper said: “Tasmania has a thriving music scene however it can be difficult to make a living from music without leaving the island. The digital world has opened up a world of opportunities and landing a great sync can be a game changer.”

“We don’t have any music publishers based in Tasmania so partnering with Gaga Music is a way to build capacity and connections in this part of the music industry.”

According to the Founder and Director of Gaga Music, Grant Gillies: “Our model at Gaga is to be creative and give a song and songwriter every opportunity to find a home. We have a strong track record of sync successes across the globe working with leading directors production houses, advertising agencies and renowned music supervisors.”

“Connecting creative communities is essential to the growth of the local industry in Tasmania. We hope that by starting these conversations and with the ongoing support of Music Tasmania the local industry continues to thrive”, Grant said.

Gaga Music also has a history of signing Tasmanian artists including Anthony Rochester, Tiger Choir, and more recently Maddy Jane, and A. Swayze and the Ghosts.

The Astor Sessions musicians will work with Moo Brew to interpret the ’sound of beer’ over the weekend as part of the creative development process.

“We’re excited to work with Moo Brew to explore the sound of beer through music. This is a unique chance for the musicians to expand their practice and understand how to work with a creative Tasmanian brand”, Laura said.

This project is funded through a City of Hobart ‘Creative Hobart’ Grant.

Music Tasmania is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
Laura Harper, CEO, Music Tasmania