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Organisation : Wild At Heart Community Arts

Location : Melbourne, VIC Regional (North Melbourne)

Work type : Part-time

Sector : Community Development, Community Engagement, Community Support Services, Disabilities, Education & Training, Mental Health

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 31 Jan, 2021

About the role

Wild At Heart is seeking an arts project manager to run our statewide songwriting and artist development programs for people who experience mental health challenges, disability and disadvantage.

Wild at Heart’s songwriting program currently supports a vibrant community of over 60 songwriters from all over Victoria. The program is a safe and friendly space where participants learn skills in songwriting, recording, public performance, broadcast and online distribution. Artists range from beginners through to accomplished songwriters. The program aims to provide a pathway from community based access to music making through to full participation in the music industry.

You will be …

–        an experienced project manager who has a clear eye on the goal and fastidious attention to detail

–        a songwriter, musician, music industry worker or someone who can adapt and work well in this sector

–        able to relate well with people who have lived experience of mental illness, disability or disadvantage and empower a peer led community environment

–        someone with excellent networks in all or some of the disability, mental health, music industry, community arts, government and funding sectors.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Wild At Heart Community Arts

Wild At Heart is one of Australia’s leading disability arts organisations, providing opportunities for people to to tell their own stories through arts and music and use their voice in society through their artistic work.

Wild at Heart creates and supports an extraordinary community of artists who experience severe isolation, exclusion and stigma through mental illness, disability, addiction, trauma and poverty.

Our artists’ work ranges from beginner through to emerging professional standard. The quality of the art is engaging, entertaining and captivating in its musicality and authenticity. The songs are unique and extremely important for Australia’s cultural expression, coming from voices in our community who are never heard and are often not confident in the value of their own stories.

We deliver community based songwriting and music workshops in metro and across regional Victoria. We work in long term partnership with artists and communities in each location to develop a strong sense of friendship, artistic development and engagement with the local arts and music scene.

We have been doing this work for over twenty years.

We employ and train local professional musicians to work with participants to create their own original music, recordings and performances. We engage highly regarded songwriters as tutors, including Dan Sultan, Dallas Frasca, Liz Stringer, Dan Parsons, Leah Senior, John Fleming and many more.


We support our artists to retain ownership and self representation in their creative work and public performances. We work with our artists to advocate for their inclusion in their local communities, the local music industry, local and national media.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Arts Program Manager - Music and Disability via Pro Bono Australia.


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