Songwriting Workshop


Saturday 10 August, 2019


188 Brisbane Street, Ipswich QLD


$50.00 (Applying is FREE)


9.00am – 4.00pm


(07) 3810 6100

Are you a budding songwriter aged between 13 – 17 attending High School in Ipswich? Want to write 10 songs over 10 weeks and take the next step in your songwriting journey? Then the I Heart Songwriting program is for you!

The Ipswich City Council’s Protege Masterclass Program, I Heart Songwriting Club, BEMAC and Studio 188 have teamed up to present an exciting songwriting program commencing in August 2019. Learn basic improvisation, melodic and rhythm skills from I Heart Songwriting founder and musician Francesca De Valence in a one day workshop, followed by a 10-week online songwriting course where students will write one new song a week with feedback from their mentor. At the conclusion of the online course, students are invited to perform at a public showcase at Studio 188 to celebrate what they have achieved with friends and family.

Picture coming home from school, running into your room and one hour later emerging with a brand new song. And while you’re at school the next day, your songwriting mentor is giving you feedback on your song…

This exciting opportunity for all kids aged 13-17 years will not only help them improve their creative skills and explore what’s possible, they will be guided with their own professional songwriting mentor every step of the way so that they are constantly supported to write 10 songs in the 10 week course. If they read music, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s fine. We will show them everything they need each week. The total time commitment is approximately 1.5 hours per week and is not time specific.

This opportunity is for every kid who dreams of writing and playing their own songs. And this course helps them turns those dreams into a reality. There will be ongoing paid performance opportunities available to workshop participants at local markets, restaurants, open mic nights and even radio interviews.

Applications involve telling us a bit about yourself, and uploading a video or audio track of one of your original songs (Voice memo or phone recording quality is sufficient).The program is capped at 10 participants, all applicants will be notified by Monday 5 August of their application progression. 

Scholarships to cover the full cost of the program are available, sponsored by BEMAC (Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre) for Ipswich residents. Email [email protected] for more information.


What is the I Heart Songwriting Club?

I Heart Songwriting Club is a global online platform accelerating creative output for songwriters and artists. Relieving songwriters from feelings of isolation and self-judgement and fostering community across borders, wellness and creativity, I Heart Songwriting Club has proven career, artistic and personal development results for hundreds and hundreds of songwriters around the world.

The Club helps take first time songwriters to hobby songwriters, hobby songwriters to career songwriters, and helps career songwriters create meaningful outcomes to sustain their careers. Founded in Brisbane by Francesca de Valence, an award-winning singer-songwriter, international speaker and coach, songs written in I Heart Songwriting Club have been nominated for ARIA Awards, are on international and national radio stations, in international films and are played on the biggest stages around the world.

What are the Protege Materclasses?

Be inspired and reach your potential as part of Ipswich City Council’s brand new youth arts program. Learn from industry professionals and participate in FREE workshops, events, networking opportunities and performances specialising in music, drama, dance, visual art and production. Workshops and events are open to young people of any ability. For more information please contact Studio 188 Programmer Brittney Kahl on (07) 3810 7472 or email [email protected]