Leading an innovative, connected and sustainable arts sector in regional Queensland and beyond that provides value for the community, businesses, government and creative professionals.

The Creative Arts Alliance works across South East Queensland North in partnership with six local councils – Gympie, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Somerset & Redlands.

Creative Arts Alliance recognises that we work and create on the lands of the Quandamooka, Yuggera, Turrbal, Jinibara, Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Waka Waka and Butchula/Badtjala peoples. We acknowledge them as Traditional Owners, Custodians, First Peoples and the first artists, storytellers, performers and creatives of these lands. We pay our deep respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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I am loving being apart of Live and Local Folks. It has given me the opportunity to meet lots of amazing artists great venues, new places to hopefully become great venues and wonderful media helpful folks willing to offering their time and help. As you know touring Over Seas has come to an end for the time being for us as  Hat Fitz & Cara so this opportunity from Creative Arts Alliance is something I am most passionate about. If you have any ideas of young artists that could really benefit from this opportunity please message me. Look forward to hearing from you all. Photo by Thomas Gleißner Berlin Cheers to you all Cara

Joining the curator team for Live & Local is the talented and delightful Cara Robinson of @hatfitzandcara

Cara Robinson has over 30 years experience in the music industry as an artist, writer and producer, 20 years as a booking agent for independent artists. Cara has written music for and collaborated with numerous artists including David Holmes and Corrine Bailey Rae, on top of her own 6 albums and 3 EP’s, all original compositions.

She completed a National Diploma and BA-HONS in Music before moving on to manage various bands, and touring them overseas to the UK and Europe, as well as Japan, USA and Canada. Her main project has been manager, booking agent and member of Australia’s well known act Hat Fitz and Cara for the last 12 years. She was also hired as professional soprano singer for the production of Carnival Messiah which was performed in front of the Queen at the Common Wealth institution in London. She also performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin as a singing wall of peace.

Cara has spent years mentoring young artists, working in England for the Bronze project which helped young artists move forward with their creative career in the industry of music. She was also a member of the CED (Community Education Department) in Leeds University for over 4 years and part of The Moving On Music project integrating jazz music into correctional boys facilities and youth detention centres and teacher at the B-Tech National Diploma institute of Music in Ireland. More recently she has been program consultant for the Blues Stage at the Woodford Folk Festival and plays a hands-on role in helping the bands from overseas into Australia and Australian bands to start their journey creating their music overseas.

She believes that the more information young artists have the more tools they have to navigate their way successfully in this world today. That was taught to her at an early age and has remained with her ever since. To also recognise the people that help you on your way up in music is an integral quality as an artist.

Welcome aboard Cara!

#LiveandLocal #LiveMusicSEQ #LocalArtist #OriginalMusic #BluesandRoots #hatfitzandcara #visitqueensland #MusicCommunity
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Joining the curator team for Live & Local is the talented and delightful Cara Robinson of @hatfitzandcara 

Cara Robinson has over 30 years experience in the music industry as an artist, writer and producer, 20 years as a booking agent for independent artists. Cara has written music for and collaborated with numerous artists including David Holmes and Corrine Bailey Rae, on top of her own 6 albums and 3 EP’s, all original compositions. 

She completed a National Diploma and BA-HONS in Music before moving on to manage various bands, and touring them overseas to the UK and Europe, as well as Japan, USA and Canada. Her main project has been manager, booking agent and member of Australia’s well known act Hat Fitz and Cara for the last 12 years. She was also hired as professional soprano singer for the production of Carnival Messiah which was performed in front of the Queen at the Common Wealth institution in London. She also performed at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin as a singing wall of peace.

Cara has spent years mentoring young artists, working in England for the Bronze project which helped young artists move forward with their creative career in the industry of music. She was also a member of the CED (Community Education Department) in Leeds University for over 4 years and part of The Moving On Music project integrating jazz music into correctional boys facilities and youth detention centres and teacher at the B-Tech National Diploma institute of Music in Ireland. More recently she has been program consultant for the Blues Stage at the Woodford Folk Festival and plays a hands-on role in helping the bands from overseas into Australia and Australian bands to start their journey creating their music overseas.

She believes that the more information young artists have the more tools they have to navigate their way successfully in this world today. That was taught to her at an early age and has remained with her ever since. To also recognise the people that help you on your way up in music is an integral quality as an artist.
 
Welcome aboard Cara! 
 
#LiveandLocal #LiveMusicSEQ #LocalArtist #OriginalMusic #BluesandRoots #hatfitzandcara #visitqueensland #MusicCommunity

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Good on ye Cara!

Looks like she is in severe pain.

Cara…. One talented musician 💥

Love this 👏

Hooray!

She is incredible

Hope for the future!

Congrats Cara Robinson .

Amazing talent, amazing voice! Hat Fitz and Cara a just wonderful. Hope to see them back in the UK one day 🙏😊

Do yourselves a favour ppl.. Hear Cara belt out a song Fkn AWESOME Love Hatfitz & Cara 💜💚💙

When is she playing in Dublin again awesome musician

Saw Cara & Hatz at The Stag & Hunter Hotel some years back. Great night. Both very talented. #supportoriginalmusic

Cara is a force to be reckoned with. Knowing what she wants how to get it and how to share a wealth of knowledge to the eager artists who dream of her talent, creativeness and forward thinking xx.

Well deserved Cara

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Expressions of Interest for Live & Local project have been extended until August 8th.

LIVE AND LOCAL IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND FOR THE SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND REGION – A SERIES OF MICRO EVENTS SHOWCASING LIVE, ORIGINAL MUSIC ORGANISED BY THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY, FOR THE GREATER COMMUNITY.

This project will be delivered as part of the Regional Arts Services Network - RASN and Creative Arts Alliance partnership with Arts Queensland encompassing Gympie Regional Council, Noosa Council, Sunshine Coast Council, Redland City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council regions. We are also pleased to announce Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), Live Music Office, APRA AMCOS and QMusic are also, all presenting partners of the first edition of Live & Local.

These key industry partners have garnered support to fund and run the initiative which aims to support the creative and career development of original music creators and future music venues.

“This project is a natural progression for CAA, following the successful workshops, forums, mentoring and professional development we have hosted over the past three years.” CAA Chair Phil Smith said.

“Live and Local is a national project but we have tailored it to the specific needs of the communities our RASN covers, to bring businesses that are traditional live music venues and those who are interested in investing in live music together, and matching them with musicians from the regions.

“The curators in each region understand the landscape of the local scene and have brought several new businesses on board to deliver live music events through the micro-festivals which we aim to have lasting programming that impacts into the future.

The national partnership with the Live Music Office will enable music industry mapping, policy development and more – which is a vital right for music – one of the industries hit hardest by COVID.”

The inaugural Live and Local Program is a capacity building project being rolled out over five regions, which will focus on strengthening and supporting local live music, through the engagement of creatives and communities to present a series of micro festivals.

The project aims to deliver a number of opportunities including:
· mentorship of an emerging local event curator/producer
· the creation of a digital platform for performers to link artists with venues and local festival and event organisers
· the delivery of paid performance opportunities for musicians focussing on creating original work
· local and regional industry networking opportunities
· skills and professional development programs.

Each region has a Music Working Group whose first priority is to encourage as many local musicians as possible, to register for a region-wide festival of micro-events being held later this year. In order to offer the best outcome for all involved with running each regions’ project, the date to register your expression of interest has been extended.

Musicians can register their Expression of Interest online until Sunday 8 August 2021.

For more information on the Live and Local program, visit
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Expressions of Interest for Live & Local project have been extended until August 8th.

LIVE AND LOCAL IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND FOR THE SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND REGION – A SERIES OF MICRO EVENTS SHOWCASING LIVE, ORIGINAL MUSIC ORGANISED BY THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY, FOR THE GREATER COMMUNITY.

This project will be delivered as part of the Regional Arts Services Network - RASN  and Creative Arts Alliance partnership with Arts Queensland encompassing Gympie Regional Council, Noosa Council, Sunshine Coast Council, Redland City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council regions. We are also pleased to announce Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), Live Music Office, APRA AMCOS and QMusic are also, all presenting partners of the first edition of Live & Local.

These key industry partners have garnered support to fund and run the initiative which aims to support the creative and career development of original music creators and future music venues.

“This project is a natural progression for CAA, following the successful workshops, forums, mentoring and professional development we have hosted over the past three years.” CAA Chair  Phil Smith said. 

“Live and Local is a national project but we have tailored it to the specific needs of the communities our RASN covers, to bring businesses that are traditional live music venues and those who are interested in investing in live music together, and matching them with musicians from the regions. 

“The curators in each region understand the landscape of the local scene and have brought several new businesses on board to deliver live music events through the micro-festivals which we aim to have lasting programming that impacts into the future.

The national partnership with the Live Music Office will enable music industry mapping, policy development and more – which is a vital right for music – one of the industries hit hardest by COVID.”

The inaugural Live and Local Program is a capacity building project being rolled out over five regions, which will focus on strengthening and supporting local live music, through the engagement of creatives and communities to present a series of micro festivals.

The project aims to deliver a number of opportunities including:
·         mentorship of an emerging local event curator/producer
·        the creation of a digital platform for performers to link artists with venues and local festival and event organisers
·         the delivery of paid performance opportunities for musicians focussing on creating original work
·         local and regional industry networking opportunities
·         skills and professional development programs.

Each region has a Music Working Group whose first priority is to encourage as many local musicians as possible, to register for a region-wide festival of micro-events being held later this year. In order to offer the best outcome for all involved with running each regions’ project, the date to register your expression of interest has been extended.

Musicians can register their Expression of Interest online until Sunday 8 August 2021.

For more information on the Live and Local program, visit www.caa.creativealliance.org.au/live-and-local

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Calling PERFORMING ARTISTS and PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS in Moreton Bay - Have your say about your experience in the region!

Moreton Bay Regional Council is undertaking a Performing Arts Network Mapping project to develop a better understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats facing community- based performing arts in the Region. As part of this, Council is interested in the experiences of performing artists and performing arts groups operating within Moreton Bay.

The survey below includes a series of questions relating to your experience as a performing artist. Your answers will help Council to understand how to improve planning for performing arts in our Region.

Please click the following link to access the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MBPerformingArtsFacilitiesSurvey

The survey is open for a two-week period from the 27th of July to the 10th August. 
If you have questions or need assistance with the survey please contact Naomi Thomas at Naomi.Thomas@moretonbay.qld.gov.au.

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“Across its first three years of operation, CAA has consistently demonstrated an appetite and ability to champion regional arts practices and enable the creation of new work – with a particular and necessary emphasis on First Nations arts practices. These are invariably of a high quality and continue to be critically and socially engaged.” 

Michael Brennan Gallery Director, Noosa Regional Gallery

“Our relationship with Creative Alliance allows us to pursue our shared goals for regional artists and audiences and we look forward to building on this as CAA’s continues its growth and influence in the SEQN region.”

Kris Stewart, Chief Executive, QMusic