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Updated: Oct 27, 2021

Discussions on how musicians are coping with our situation, what problems and solutions we are encountering and what we are doing to stay productive. Thursdays from 3:00pm, currently online. Each session often includes a specialist guest offering valuable advice on a relevant topic.

Run by Zulya Kamalova (creator of Zulya and The Children of the Underground). Join Zulya in discussions focusing on care and support for our industry members during these challenging times.

Free and very helpful.

Online (and hybrid) sessions on

(Meeting ID 817 6776 8260 - Password: connected)

Sessions (VIDEO when available):

  • July 22 (Online): A conversation with Luke O'Connor from Support Act about the MusicKeeper and CrewKeeper support programs VIDEO

  • August 5 (In-person and online): A conversation around answering the following question: As artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, what do you look for in a venue before you are comfortable performing there? And a visit from MAV explaining their Diaspora Commissions program. Hosted from the new Music Market at Collingwood Yards with support from the VMDO. VIDEO

  • August 19 (Online): Weekly during VIC lockdowns, care and connection.

  • September 2 (Online): Paul Davies, the director of Musicians Australia to discuss their Campaign for $250 (minimum fee for performing artists). Musicians Australia is part of MEAA (Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance) VIDEO

  • September 16 (Online): Online streaming with Matt Bird from White Sky. VIDEO

  • September 30 (Online) - Next two Thursdays, Jan Sky from Session on Self Care Awareness, on finding motivation, and re-entering life post-lockdown. VIDEO coming soon.

  • October 7 (Online) - Jan Sky from is back for a second session to talk about dealing with stress in these strange times.

  • October 14 (Online) - Paul Gillett, who is better known under his stage name Floyd Thursby has been recording and releasing his original songs since 2005. He also runs the French gypsy jazz quartet La Mauvaise Réputation, with whom he sings vocals (in French) and plays rhythm guitar - This session is about passive income and online promotion for musicians. VIDEO Including document with Paul's notes on these matters.

  • October 21 (Online) - Tania Bosak - how arts and culture are faring in Europe (living with Covid). After several months in Belgium this year, we may get an idea of what the future holds. Simone Schinkel Music Victoria’s new CEO will also join us. VIDEO

Coordinated by The Boite as part of our "Adapt, Not Cancel" program with support from the Victorian Music Development Office, Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Musicians, crew, techs, and related industry workers can also join the ThisConnected Facebook group and keep the discussion going between sessions.

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