Fitzroy to get a new live music and arts space - 209 Brunswick Street

Published by: Chrissie Vincent Publicity | 27-Apr-2016
COLLARTS (Australian College of the Arts) are set to embark on their next chapter of inspiring and fostering the new guard of the Australian creative industries "“ having today announced the impending opening of their newest campus hosted in the home of Melbourne's most vibrant and creative live music community, #Fitzroy. @collarts #collarts
Located at 209 Brunswick St, alongside a dedicated live performance space and seven professional quality recording and rehearsal rooms, the new campus will also feature a gallery space that is accessible to the public and a large outdoor area which will be used to cater for both public events and student performances.

"The space is custom built in a fantastic music-fuelled area," notes Jesse Hooper, COLLARTS' Program Leader for Music. "Not only do we have some of the best musicians and artists in the country working in our music program, but now we've got the very best facilities in which to both work and teach in."

Designed by architect Louis De Silva alongside ultrafonic and acoustic consultant Andrew Steel, the new campus will offer students the rare opportunity to engage with state-of-the-art recording equipment and spaces all while in the imaginative atmosphere of a college environment.

"We've got a great selection of supreme quality instruments and amps for the students to use," says Hooper. "The rooms are fitted-out with the leading names and brands in the industry, including the likes of Vox, Marshall, Fender and Mapex. The effort that has gone into the design and soundproofing has been very extensive. It's been very tailor-made, fine-tuned and acoustically engineered."

"We're excited to see such a support creative hub for musicians and music lovers alike," noted Pat Delves of The Workers Club about their newest neighbour. "It can only mean good things and will benefit both Fitzroy and the music industry. We're looking forward to collaborating with COLLARTS in the future."

"Rehearsing and practicing in these studios among so many wonderful live music venues will be a great benefit for the students," adds Hooper.

While providing an invaluable space for future students to work within, the new campus is also set to further invigorate not only Fitzroy's bustling live music scene, but economy, with over 300 students to attend the campus weekly and inject funds into local pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Key dates: On Monday May 30 COLLARTS will open the doors to their new campus with the commencement of their second trimester classes, while a day-time public launch party will be held on Saturday July 30.

History: First established in 1988 as AusMusic, over the past three decades COLLARTS has evolved into Australia's pre-eminent institution which provides Australian musicians with contemporary-based courses and opportunities, offering an alternative to archaic classical programs and fast-tracking careers within music, audio, management, journalism and beyond. Recently, the college has gone on to align with the likes of St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and Paradise Festival to provide students with hands-on experience.

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