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Award-winning DJ course offers opportunities for emerging artists

Published Wednesday, 16th September 2020

The City of Wanneroo is very proud to advise that its ‘Introduction to DJing’ course has received the 2020 National Award for Local Government in the ‘Arts Animates’ category.

Introduction to DJing Course
Graduates from the Introduction to DJing Course (November 2019)

The Arts Animates Award recognises Local Government projects that support wellbeing through arts and culture, creating vibrant, diverse and cohesive communities.

Hon Mark Coulton MP, Federal Minister for Local Government, announced the award winners from over 100 applications submitted across all categories.

The City successfully partnered with Brandon Chowdhurie from Off The Wall Promotions to run the free 10-week course.

“I am absolutely delighted that the City’s course has been nationally recognised,” said Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts. “It is fantastic that the City has received national recognition.”

“The Introduction to DJing course equips young people with practical skills and business knowledge, engaging them in a fun activity that offers potential employment opportunities; it also builds personal confidence and inspires creativity.”

Course leader Brandon Chowdhurie said most DJ courses tended to overlook the teaching of important commercial skills.

“This course is unique in its attention to business development; there’s nothing quite like it in Australia,” Mr Chowdhurie said.

“Many people learn to DJ, but don’t know what to do next. Our course participants have gone on to start their own businesses and made lasting friendships through the course.

“I’m very proud of what we have achieved, working together with the City of Wanneroo. The course has given participants the opportunity to take the next step and even make a career from doing something they love.”

Graduate Brian Farrell said the course had helped him rediscover his passion for music.

“I’d always had an interest in DJing going back to secondary school, but I had lost touch with the technology.

“I was on the City’s Facebook page, saw the course advertised and thought I’d sign up. It gave me a great perspective on DJing, as well as business skills including how to set up an ABN and promote my work on social media.

“If it wasn’t for Brandon I wouldn’t have gotten back in touch with music – I can’t be thankful enough for his guidance and support.”

The City will be running another Introduction to DJing course in early 2021. To pre-register your interest please email economic@wanneroo.wa.gov.au.

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