Some of Melbourne’s most talented emerging artists spent the eve of International Youth Day onstage at the Arts Centre’s Channel contemporary performance space, sharing original music with a captivated crowd at the Artful Dodgers Studios’ Megaphone showcase event.
Artful Dodgers Studios is a flexible and welcoming studio space in Collingwood, where young people living with difficult circumstances create art and music with the support and mentorship of experienced artists and musicians.
Over 100 young musicians come to the Studios each year, and three artists – rapper El Kato, The Desolettes, and soul singer Mia Prestige – joined renowned singer-songwriter Ajak Kwai in the August edition of the free, regular industry showcase.
“It’s good to see a new generation coming up,” Ajak told the audience. “They’re going to take over.”
Artful Dodgers Studios coordinator Danielle Sherry said Megaphone provided an important and supportive performance opportunity for mentee musicians.
“The young people we work with at the Studios are incredibly talented and passionate musicians, but many don’t have the experience yet to book professional gigs, which is why Megaphone is so important,” she said.
“Megaphone is a safe space for performers to gain experience and have their creative work celebrated by a supportive audience. Nights like this are really special – they have an impact on young people long after the curtain is drawn.”