FReeZA committee member JayJay, right, with Cr Liam Hughes, is looking forward to developing his sound engineering skills through the FReeZA program.
Young people are gaining valuable skills in organising music, arts and cultural events through Frankston’s FReeZA program thanks to support from Frankston City Council and the State Government.
FReeZA is a Government initiative that helps young Victorians get involved in their communities by planning and running drug, alcohol and smoke-free events for other young people. The Government and the council are funding the Frankston program with committee members and supporters planning, organising, promoting and running all-ages music, arts and cultural events and projects for the Frankston community. The program is being run by Frankston Youth Services.
JayJay, who has served on Frankston’s FReeZA committee for three years, said the program had given him a great insight into how the music industry – particularly the business side – worked. “The program has definitely developed my confidence to plan and manage events as well as provide me with a creative outlet,” JayJay said. “While I aspire to further develop my guitar skills, my current interests are in sound engineering so I’m really excited to develop this with the program this year.”
Frankston councillor Liam Hughes said 14 young people had recently joined the FReeZA committee and would receive training and mentoring by industry members in event management, promotions and design, production and sound production. “The program this year will have a special focus on music production with the Fresh recording studio, based at the Ebdale Community Hub, set to reopen,” Cr Hughes said. “Volunteers operating the recording studio are matched with young people who live, work and/or study in the Frankston municipality to support them to record their music. Between June and July, Frankston FReeZA will be recording, creating press release photographs and videos and releasing the music at the Local Showcase in August.”
FReeZA will run music events in line with COVID-safe practices as part of this year’s Live and Local Event Series, which replaces the former Waterfront Festival, from March 20-21. Find more information about the FReeZA program here and Live and Local here.