Music Writers wanted – voluntary role

Music Writer, Gold Coast

We’re on the lookout for a new crew of volunteer music writers.

If you love Gold Coast music as well as Australian and international superstars, know your theirs from your they’res and can review new tunes and live gigs, we want to hear from you.

As well as having your work published in print and online, you’ll get mentoring and support to improve your writing, learn about SEO and social media, score free tickets to gigs, festivals and music conferences, get new music before all your mates and get serious bragging rights. You’ll also have first dibs at paid writing opportunities that arise from time-to-time.

Keen? We need you to commit to writing one piece a month. If you think you can do that, send a 250 word album or gig review along with a brief CV, short bio or resume to news@blankgc.com.au and we’ll be in touch.

Want more info? Here’s some FAQ.

What is Blank GC?
Blank is a monthly magazine that focusses on Gold Coast’s music and cultural scene. We launched the magazine four years ago to shine a spotlight on the talent that calls this city home and to bust the boring stereotypes that exist about the city we love so much.

Who owns the magazine?
The magazine is owned by two women who previously worked in the not-for-profit sector – Chloe Popa and Samantha Morris. They also founded and run the Gold Coast Music Awards alongside Amanda Gorman who sells ads for the magazine.

Why don’t writers get paid?
They do. Sometimes. We have a Cultural Editor who also manages admin for the magazine and writes most of our cultural content and online stories that are published between print magazines. She’s a permanent employee and helps keep things ticking along between editions. We also have a music writer who is paid for four hours a week. Print magazines are expensive to run – that’s why so many of them have disappeared over recent years. Our paid writers write all of our “essential content”, our volunteer writers are offered writing opportunities and can choose whether they want to take them up or not. They’re usually the stories focussed on local artists, local venues or big acts performing outside of the city. Once all the other bills are paid (printing, distribution, staff, admin and marketing costs), then the two owners draw a modest wage – one as overall editor and one as designer. It’s always been our desire to pay everybody, but unfortunately that’s taken a lot longer than we hoped.

What if I have my own blog?
Awesome. By writing for Blank we can help you boost your profile and get clicks through to your blog. If your stories go in print, we’ll include a link back to your blog there too.

Got another question?
Flick it over to news@blankgc.com.au and we’ll answer it straight away.

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