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An update from Melting Pot – May 2016


May 1, 2016 by Liam Dixon

Hello everyone,

This is just a quick email to let you know what’s happening with Melting Pot.  In short, WE’RE BACK!

OUR NEXT SITR

As of Sunday the 29th of May we will be hosting the first of a new monthly series of Songwriters in the Round.  Personally I’m so excited about the line-up we’ve been able to put together – so I definitely recommend you mark the date down in your diary and we’ll be back shortly with more details.

But to whet your appetite, our show on Sunday the 29th of May 2016 includes popular folk-pop sisters Sibylla & Bethany of The Little Stevies, talented looping multi-instrumentalist Phia, the calypso and reggae infused folk vibes of Tom Lee-Richards, young hardworking roots-rock- folk songwriter Josh Cashman, the prolific musical craftsman and virtuoso pianist that is Hue Blanes and fresh from the launch of her critically acclaimed EP “Song of the Silver-Tongued Magpie”, Anna Smyrk.

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING?

It’s been a while since our last email and our last show.  There are a number of reasons for this.  While we enjoyed our time at the Wesley Anne, increasingly we found that hosting our event at traditional live music venues was not the best way to achieve our goal of putting on unique events that are both artist and audience focused – after all we don’t need a stage for what we do!

After months of searching, we’ve decided that there are many amazing spaces all around Melbourne that would be suitable to run our special event and so each month we will host Songwriters in the Round at a different location.  We’re looking at galleries, warehouses, nurseries, rooftops – if you know of a space or place that you think would suit the round, please reply to this email and let us know!

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

One of the advantages of working with a range of different spaces is that we can have flexibility as to times the events are run.  While no time (or location) is going to work for everyone, we’d love to get your feedback on what works for you.  If you could please take a brief minute to complete this survey (Click here), it will go a long way to helping us make sure the rounds are on at times and places that work for everyone.

Finally, the music industry is an incredibly tough one.  It relies (rightly or wrongly) on many people doing things for the love rather than being paid for their time – whether they be artists, photographers, sound-engineers, promoters and everyone else involved.  While the Melting Pot team are not doing what we do for the money, the amount of time we put in can cause us to do some soul searching if we are getting stone-walled by venues, booking agents or others within the industry who don’t understand what we do.

However, upon reflection our resolve is only strengthened when we think about the incredible talent that play at our events, the unique moments that are created by our events and how appreciative the artists are of what we do.  We feel there is something special going on in the local live music scene and it should be nurtured, supported, shared and documented.

And for this reason, we’d love to see you on Sunday the 29th of May to help us support these amazing artists.

Best Regards

Liam & the Melting Pot Crew

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.


Author Details

Liam Dixon

Liam is the founder and director of Melting Pot. Once a regular performer at Melting Pot events as the writer / frontman for local band Creatures of Karma, these days Liam works as a commercial lawyer by day. When hes not busy doing lawyer stuff or with Melting Pot, Liam loves to write, play and record his own music and see the odd gig around town.


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