Indent announces 2013 Skills Recognition Program Participants - MusicNSW

Indent (the youth project of MusicNSW) is pleased to announce that 18 young people from across NSW will be completing a TAFE Certificate II in Live Production, Theatre and Events through their voluntary work putting on music events in their local communities.

A collaboration between Indent, Sydney TAFE, NSW Department of Education & Communities, and funded by Arts NSW, a group of young people (aged between 14 – 22) sourced from the existing Indent network, have been given the opportunity to report on their practical life and work experience to gain a national qualification. Through a process called ‘skills recognition’, Indent works with young people, collecting evidence of their experiences through working on and presenting music events and festivals. By completing a portfolio throughout the year of their work and experience, the participant is rewarded with a Certificate II in Live Production, Theatre and Events from Sydney TAFE.

“Indent has provided a successful model for supporting young people with their first steps into the music, events and entertainment industries for 13 years” said Chris Zajko, MusicNSW Project Manager, “We’ve recognised that there’s a huge opportunity here to formally acknowledge the skills of these young people, whilst also providing established industry practitioners and organisations with a new generation of competent, skilled and confident prospective employees.”

The Indent Skills Recognition Program was piloted in two phases through funding from the NSW Department of Education and Communities, with 13 young participants successfully graduating from the program in 2013.

Thanks to ArtsNSW funding, the program has now enrolled a further 18 young people in 2013.

Indent kicked off this year’s program by bringing the new class of participants to Sydney’s Vivid Ideas at the Museum of Contemporary Art for a full day of skills development and networking with their peers. The participants attended a private TAFE-led introduction to the program and explanation of the assessment process, who also stayed for FEEDBACK – Indent’s youth music conference.

During the inaugural FEEDBACK, the 2013 participants were welcomed onstage and officially inducted into the program by event MC Dom Alessio – host of triple j’s Home & Hosed (See attached photo).

They were also treated to keynote speeches from Brendan Maclean (actor, singer-songwriter, media personality) and Tim Levison AKA Urthboy (Elefant Traks, The Herd), and music industry panel discussions, networking, take-home resources and one-on-one advice from some of the most accomplished industry professionals in Australia, including 25 industry representatives from the likes of Shock Records, triple j Unearthed, Remote Control Records, We Are Unified, Bossy Music, Umbrella Music, Penny Drop, Wing & Gill, Resist Records, Deathproof PR, Hysteria Magazine and more.

Congratulations to all 18 young participants in the 2013 Indent Skills Recognition Program:

  • Albury: Tedra Boag, Edward Dean, Jessica Gay, Ayesha Middleton and Sophie Cochrane
  • Byron Bay: Victor Lopez Greses, Alejandra Luciani Degwitz and Ori Shema
  • Campbelltown: Sebastian Houbert and Nikola Kantarovski
  • City of Sydney: Geneva Walker and Mandy Wong
  • Evans Head: Ned Cain
  • Gosford: Amira Khedr, Billy Matthews, Jacob Richardson and Nicholas Kelly
  • Cowra: Dylan Oliver