With Access Marketing & Creative Industries Director Evan Alexander at the helm of our arts arm BEMAC, we are thrilled to announce that BEMAC has now officially launched EMERGE – a professional development series that offers free workshop, mentorship and artist development opportunities to emerging artists of culturally diverse backgrounds across Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich. The first two EMERGE programs have already taken place to rave reviews by participants and professional facilitators, with the next two programs – CULTIVATE and the second delivery of RECORD (due to popular demand) – taking place later this month. Details for a further EMERGE program in theatre arts, called ACTIVATE, as well as a brand new Visual Arts Program, called ILLUMINATE will be announced soon.  

BEMAC has also put out the call for artists from diverse backgrounds looking for paid performance opportunities to join their ever-burgeoning artist roster. Over the last 6 months, BEMAC has placed over 150 artists from diverse backgrounds into paid performances at a variety of events and locations, including 4 artists in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, through to the Ekka, WoW (Women of the World Festival), community festival performances and much more.

Lastly, BEMAC has also proudly partnered with QMusic to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 3 emerging musicians of refugee background with a full scholarship to attend BIGSOUND 2018 – the largest music conference and festival in the Southern Hemisphere – in September, with access to a mentor throughout the conference.

To register as a BEMAC artist, for an EMERGE program, or if you or someone you know is interested in the QMusic BIGSOUND Scholarship, please contact BEMAC on 3391-4433, admin@bemac.org.au or visit www.bemac.org.au