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Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his father's publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry.        

Victoria-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians are encouraged to apply for the First Impressions career development program, a new initiative from Port Phillip Council.

Five successful applicants will receive career-boosting guidance from local music industry
mentors and perform at Port Phillip live music venues and events under the innovative new program.

Applications close mid-November and the program will run online and in-person from January to May 2022.

Through the program, industry mentors will support participants to produce professional recordings of their work as well as an online promotional portfolio complete with professional photography and video.

Participants will also receive guidance on industry best practices related to processes such as achieving publicity and booking gigs. The First Impressions program will culminate with a live performance in a participating event at a Port Phillip venue.

Jointly funded by Port Phillip Council and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the program is also supported by Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation and Music Victoria.

The project is among Year 1 actions in Port Phillip Council’s recently endorsed Live Music Action Plan (LMAP), which identified supporting the career development of First Peoples musicians as an area of focus.

The contribution of First Peoples to the musical and creative culture of Port Phillip has been substantial.

The First Impressions program will continue to support the career development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and help amplify these important voices in our community.

To apply, or for more information, visit www.livenlocal.com.au/first-impressions

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