Do you enjoy writing your own songs?
Are you a singer?
Do you ever sing and accompany yourself on guitar or piano/keyboard?
Do you have a book full of lyrics waiting to come to life musically?

If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, then we want to hear from you!

CAPTIVATE Singer-Songwriter Project

What is the Singer-Songwriter Project?

Students will participate in a series of workshops where they will write an original song with the support of industry professionals Jess + Matt and the CAPTIVATE music team.

They will then record their vocals at a recording studio under the guidance of Australian music artist NYXEN.

The project will culminate in a Showcase Evening where students will perform or present the recording of their song to family and friends.

What is the Singer-Songwriter Project?

CAPTIVATE Singer-Songwriter Project

Further information

Who should apply?

We are looking for students in Years 8-11 attending CSPD schools who enjoy writing their own songs. Applicants must also be able to play basic chords on guitar/ukulele or piano/keys to accompany themselves during the workshops.


You must be able to commit to all the following events

Launch Event
Thur 01 Aug
CathWest Innovation College (Loyola Campus) 8:30am - 3:00pm
Workshop 1
Thur 15 Aug
CathWest Innovation College (Loyola Campus) 8:30am - 3:00pm
Workshop 2
Wed 28 Aug
Online Zoom session (approx. 1 hour).
Students join Zoom from school at a set time.
Workshop 3
Thur 19 Sep
CathWest Innovation College (Loyola Campus) 8:30am - 3:00pm
Recording Sessions
Wed 13th Nov & Thur 14th Nov
St John XXIII Stanhope Gardens 8:00am - 4:00pm
(individual session times will be confirmed with participating students)
Showcase Evening
Thur 5 December
CathWest Innovation College (Loyola Campus) 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Please note that students will need to arrange their own transport to and from events. Public transport is available within walking distance to venues.

Further information

CAPTIVATE Singer-Songwriter Project

How to apply

Answer a few questions in the registration form and upload an original song (or part song) you have written. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions… we just want to get to know you!

Applications close on Thursday 27 June 2024

APPLY NOW!

About Jess+ Matt

The couple duo first captured the hearts of audiences across Australia when they were the runners up of The X Factor Australia. Their debut self-titled album reached No. 1 on the Australian Album ARIA Chart.

Jess + Matt’s trademark harmonies coupled with their impressive musicality, songwriting & performance experience both throughout Australia and internationally has gained attention around the world, leading them to work with music legends such as Chris Isaak & Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. Their songwriting ability has been globally recognised with the pair recently selected as finalists in the prestigious Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition with entries from 48 different countries.

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