Eliza-Jane Doherty is a high school teacher and talented Gold Coast musician who makes up half of the duo Tully John & Liza-Jane.
As a working musician Eliza-Jane knows firsthand how daunting it can be when you are first starting out in your career in music, so she created the Working Musicians Program (WMP) to empower and equip the next generation of musicians with the skills they need to pursue their careers in the music industry.
The program is currently being offered as an extra-curricular program for the Palm Beach Currumbin State High School where Eliza teaches, and has proven to be extremely popular with the music students.
“During the sessions I aim to cover as much as I can with the students, from song writing, booking shows, recording and releasing music, down to some of the nitty gritty logistics behind the life of a working musician. The program concludes at the end of the year with a very special ‘Gig Night’, which the students help plan and promote” Liza explained.
Having networking opportunities and mentors was something that Eliza would have loved access to when she was just starting out in her music career so she created the program as a way to give back and mentor young aspiring artists.
“Like any area in the Arts, there is no clear-cut path for someone wanting to create a career out of their music, which can be pretty daunting. I was motivated to share what I have learned, and what I am continuing to learn in my own music ventures, in an attempt to help young people on their artistic journeys and show them different ways they can build themselves a sustainable career in the industry,” Eliza-Jane continued.
“It’s a competitive field, but it’s so important for artists to keep supporting artists so we can continue to see the creative scene bloom here on the Gold Coast.”
Eliza-Jane would love to expand the WMP in the future to create more opportunities for up and comers.
“Being able to give young talents a professional platform for their original work, for them to be seen and heard by the community and taken seriously as performers, is a very cool and rewarding feeling. I would absolutely love to expand on this idea for the future and create more opportunities for up and comers to showcase their songs and gain valuable experience onstage” Eliza-Jane said.
The PBC Gig Night, which features the participants in the Working Musicians Program and their original songs, will be held on Saturday 21 November at Currumbin Soundlounge. Tickets are available for the 3pm and 7pm shows on the Soundlounge website soundlounge.com.au.
IMAGE (C) Simone Gorman-Clark