GIRLS PUSHED FORWARD ON NEW WEBSITE

By Dina Amin

Celebrating Australian women in the music industry, One of One is a brand new website uncovering the lives of the various women that have a positive impact on the industry. Created by Sarah Hamilton (Ditto Music), Joanna Cameron (AIR) and Vader Fame (Ditto, Deathproof PR), One of One went online only days before International Women’s Day, an outcome that was hardly coincidental.

“We’ve been working on this for a few months now and wanted to push it out in time for International Women’s Day, to time in with some other things that were happening — great initiatives like #girlstothefront from triple J etc,” enthuses Hamilton. The idea behind One of One came from a mutual desire to see hardworking, female music industry figures celebrated and validated. “We wanted to find out more about women that we admired…women who might not always push themselves forward…challenges they may have overcome, advice they had to give, that sort of thing,” explains Hamilton.

Following a Q&A style template, the One of One website is accessible, stimulating and informative. Q&As are published every couple of days, featuring powerful pull quotes and relevant links and multimedia. Each interviewee is asked several questions directed towards their role, responsibilities, background, role models and go-to karaoke songs. The interviews are light, yet relevant and educational, specifically to readers contemplating moving into a particular facet of the music industry.

Although acknowledging the ubiquity of Q&A style interviews in both print and digital journalism, Hamilton points out that One of One is quite unique in its angle.  “We haven’t seen this sort of weekly roll-out of women in the music industry yet — or if it has been done already we haven’t seen it.” A project sustained during leisurely hours – all three girls work full-time in the industry – One of One features influential women across all spectres of the music industry: audio engineers, publicists, artists, record label operators, managers, booking agents, etc.

“We want readers to be inspired. As cheesy as that may sound; that’s the real motive. To learn about women who are doing interesting things and really doing well in their positions, so other people (not just women) can realise that their career path is possible,” says Hamilton.

One of One is open to the public in that people can contact Hamilton, Cameron and Fame and nominate females for interview consideration. Although One of One only interviews women, Hamilton is quick to point out that the conversation is also open to men. “So many men have nominated their colleagues, or emailed us to congratulate us on the site…we want One of One to be accessible to all genders and we’ve been so thrilled with the response — from both men and women.”

Although focused currently on Australian women, One of One is definitely open to the possibility of featuring international women — a future angle that might also encourage exposure of women across all spectres of the arts world. The enthusiastic Hamilton feels incredibly positive about One of One’s trajectory — “there are a lot of women out there to uncover.”

For more info on One of One and the nomination process, head here

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BAYSIDE COUNCIL WANT YOU TO STAY AWHILE…

By Dina Amin

Bayside mayor Felicity Frederico

Bayside mayor Felicity Frederico

Bayside City Council have recently developed a new initiative to help activate the Brighton Cultural Precinct — an area in Brighton which boasts several arts and culture services. In an effort to encourage patrons and residents of the area to stay awhile, the Council has put forth a new hospitality initiative — a cafe that will operate within the former Brighton courthouse.

“There’s a very strong push in Bayside that we get much stronger utilisation out of our buildings…we had a building (the courthouse) that wasn’t being very well utilised and it was really on us to find a purpose for it,” explains Bayside Council mayor Felicity Frederico.

The Brighton Cultural Precinct was established roughly 10 years ago as a means of involving the community in various arts and cultural activities. The precinct consists of the Brighton Town Hall – which holds the Brighton Historical Society, the BACC gallery and the Brighton Theatre Company – the Brighton library and the former courthouse.

“We wanted a different numbers of arts and cultural offerings in the same place…to provide lots of opportunities for residents to enjoy various different kinds of activities — they can connect with different groups and organisations,” adds Mark Patterson, the Council’s Family and Cultural Services Manager.

The cafe initiative supports the Council’s objective to increase visitation to the Brighton Cultural Precinct. “There’s really no hospitality in that Precinct. If you go up Wilson street there’s the old milk bar which is becoming a small cafe, but apart from that there’s nothing else,” says Frederico.

Frederico predicts that the cafe would be frequented predominantly by the parents of local schools Firbank, Brighton Grammar and Brighton Primary School. Both Frederico and Patterson agree that the cafe could also be a rest stop for people spending a morning or afternoon in the Precinct.

The cafe initiative was only one idea of utilisation that came from a recent updated report. The 2015 Brighton Cultural Precinct report identifies a number of strategies which could be implemented to encourage increased visitation — the cafe being one of them.

“The report was really looking at how to improve the utilisation of the Brighton Cultural Precinct and also improve the activation — by activation we mean people spending time in the Precinct rather than just coming to the Library and then leaving without doing anything else in the area,” Patterson explains. The report was born out of various internal conversations with stakeholders and partners.

Another strategy that came from the report was the implementation of appropriate signage.

“Pedestrian signs could be improved — it can be difficult to understand what’s located where and it can be difficult to navigate one’s way around the Precinct,” says Patterson.

“If the cafe idea didn’t work out we would certainly look at utilisation of that building (former courthouse) in some shape or form, as long as it was keeping within the theme of the Precinct,” states Frederico.

Frederico also stresses the importance of remaining sympathetic to the community. “It won’t be a cafe with loud music until 2am — it will be respectful of its environment.”

The development of the cafe is still yet to come;  an expression of interest has gone out and community consultation will commence in April.

Keep up to date with Bayside City Council news here