A finale worth getting Off the Couch for

crop_720_300_IMG_1234Carclew Youth Arts is on the hunt for young musicians, bands and emerging event coordinators aged 18-26 to take part in the final Off the Couch.

After a long and successful history, Off the Couch will come to an end in 2013. Run annually for the past 17 years, theOff the Couch program has facilitated a series of youth delivered live music events with a focus on independent, unsigned artists and developing event coordinators.

Carclew will continue to work closely with young and emerging musicians through current grant and scholarship programs and also through Fifth Quarter, an initiative that assists all artists in business and career development.

Off the Couch has enabled musicians start building their professional profile through networking and development opportunities and provided a path to forge a career locally and interstate. It’s been a very successful program,” saidOff the Couch coordinator Alice Fraser.

“Carclew will continue to work with young musicians and emerging event coordinators but the Off the Couch program as we know it will come to an end.

“We’re planning on going out with a bang in 2013, with a free one-day multi-arts and music event planned.”

The 2013 program will see a team of volunteer event coordinators assist in the planning and programming of the one-day event at a venue in the CBD during late April.

The program will provide participants with the opportunity to participate in a dynamic event training program featuring a combination of site visits, intensive workshops and panel discussions facilitated by Australia’s leading industry figures including songwriter and performer Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls), Sacha Sewell (El Dorado Music, Big Day Out, Soundwave) and Dr Steve Brown (Flinders University, Adelaide Festival Corporation Board).

“Workshops with representatives from The Adelaide Festival, 5/4 Entertainment, Radio Adelaide, The AU Review will also feature in the training component of the program,” said Alice.

Many previous participants have gone on to secure coveted positions at some of the state’s most respected live music venues, events and festivals.

“This is certainly a great opportunity for people looking to get into the music scene to kick start their career,” said Alice.

Since 1995 Off the Couch has provided performance and development opportunities for more than 2,500 young and emerging musicians and event coordinators, reaching a total audience of 67,000 live music enthusiasts.


Off the Couch application closing dates

Event coordination team 5pm, Monday 4 March 2013

Bands and musicians 5pm, Monday 4 March 2013


All musical genres are encouraged to apply. Applications are essential.

Visit for further information and to download application forms.

For further information about Carclew’s Fifth Quarter, please visit

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