Canberra’s ‘rock school’ hits right tune

first_imgCanberra’s ‘rock school’ hits right tune Aspiring musicians will be able to write and produce an original song in just five weeks, for free, amid a host of innovative short music courses starting in 2021 at The Open School of Music at The Australian National University (ANU).Over five consecutive Saturdays, participants will expand their knowledge of song writing, while learning the basics of studio recording, rehearsing and mixing.“It’s a unique opportunity for wannabe singers and songwriters. We are unearthing undiscovered adult artists in Canberra and enhancing their talents,” Open School of Music Convenor, Ms Jenny Binovec said.The course, which starts on 13 February, is ideal for budding singer/songwriters who have written original songs in the past but have limited recording experience.Local singer/songwriter Shannon Parnell and former student said: “I loved it. It was fantastic having such an experienced team of mentors. It was especially great to record and mix my song in the School of Music’s recording studio.”For amateur musicians and beginners, The Open School of Music is offering an introductory four-week program to learn basic concepts for playing in a rock band.The Community Rock School short course is the first to launch this year, and will run on Saturday afternoons from 20 February to 13 March for piano, guitar, bass, drums and vocals.“It is during difficult times like this that music can offer so much to all involved, and the connection and expression that is created through music can take on greater significance,” Ms Binovec said.“It is particularly important to continue creating music, to bring what is special and beautiful into the lives of those involved and others in the community.”The Open School of Music, which is funded by the ACT Government through the provision of a Community Outreach Program grant from artsACT, aims to develop a unique program for adults.“By combining the expertise and resources at the ANU School of Music with the ACT Government’s grant funding, we are able to offer development opportunities for all ages in classical, jazz and contemporary genres,” Ms Binovec said.The school also offers a mentorship program run in conjunction with Gugan Gulwan Aboriginal Youth Centre for young artists to learn about song writing, recording and performance.To apply for these programs, or find out more about the Open School of Music, please visit or email [email protected] /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Act, ACT Government, Australia, Australian, Australian National University, Canberra, community, Government, launch, participants, resources, Shannon, Student, university, Youthlast_img read more

Jamaica Must Tap Into Lucrative Nutraceutical Industry – PM

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said that Jamaica must increasingly tap into the lucrative nutraceutical industry estimated to be worth US$86 billion. The Prime Minister, in a message delivered by Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, at the official launch of some seven local nutraceutical products on February 23 at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, said that Jamaica has been sitting on a virtual gold mine of locally grown medicinal plants while the world has been developing a lucrative international market in nutraceuticals. She said studies show that of the 160 established medicinal plants in the world, Jamaica is home to more than 80, and these, if properly harnessed could boost earnings and job creation. “I am told that the nutraceutical industry in the United States of America is worth about $86 billion and the figure is slightly higher in Europe, (while) in Japan, nutraceuticals represent approximately a quarter of total annual food sales … 47 per cent of the Japanese population consume nutraceuticals,” the Prime Minister pointed out. She welcomed the launch of the new products developed by Bio-tech Research and Development Institute, noting that the company has “created value from intrinsically natural products, grown right here in our region, into products for use both locally and abroad.” The research, production and marketing of the products, Mrs. Simpson Miller stated, serves to “demonstrate that we have the business acumen that is required to lead our nation out of its current economic challenges, by creating home grown industries that can ultimately compete with the world, using our own research and development expertise and of course, employing our own people.” She noted further that the development of new products from indigenous resources is an indication of the progress that Jamaicans have made in acknowledging “things Jamaican”. “It is an opportunity to chart a new course. This value-added industry presents expanded opportunities for earnings and boosting job creation through our manufacturing and agricultural sectors,” the Prime Minister stated. Nutraceutical is generally defined as “a food or food product that reportedly provides health and medical benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease”. The research, development and marketing of these products has been a core focus of the Bio-Tech, whose Executive Chairman, Dr. Henry Lowe, is a Jamaican scientist and entrepreneur, known for his pioneering work in cancer research. He has been made a member of the prestigious American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) based on the quality of scientific research, particularly in the area of prostate cancer. The seven products that were launched on Thursday under the ‘Eden Gardens’ brand of pharmaceuticals include its flagship product ‘Alpha Prostate Formula 1’ made from Jamaican ball moss or old man’s beard, to support and enhance prostate health. The others are: – Jamaican Guinea Hen Weed supplement, for the management of cancers, arthritis, rheumatism and diabetes; – Joint Flex Formula supplement, to improve elasticity and movement in the joints and connective tissues of the body; – Women’s Complete Formula, to support the mature woman’s overall health and well-being, with added nutrients for menopausal and post-menopausal health; – Men’s Complete Formula to support men’s overall health and well-being; – Aloe Complex Formula supplement, a mild laxative, which reduces inflammation and enhances colon health; – Anti-Stress B&C with Adrenal Formula to maintain nerve health. According to Dr. Lowe, the Institute’s nutraceutical product development process has been built around solid scientific data and its formulations have been manufactured according to local and international standards, including the United States Food and Drug Administration approved standards. Advertisements RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes RelatedJamaica Must Tap Into Lucrative Nutraceutical Industry – PM Jamaica Must Tap Into Lucrative Nutraceutical Industry – PM Office of the Prime MinisterFebruary 25, 2012 RelatedJamaica Must Tap Into Lucrative Nutraceutical Industry – PM By Allan Brooks, JIS Senior Reporterlast_img read more