An Example Band Plan

Example of a SUITCASE BAND PLAN Printable PDF Mission statement: To start a FUN band where we can develop our skills in playing together and performing at casual events like BBQs. We’re not aiming for perfection, priority is fun and hanging out, though we would like to develop our skill level wherever we are at. […]

Starting a songwriting group

A Supportive Songwriting Group Plan Printable PDF VISION: A creatively supportive and diverse group of people who meet regularly to inspire and help each individual participant to develop their songwriting skills. (inspired by Kristina Olsen‘s songwriting class) People: a diverse group of people with varying experience, genres and interests but with a shared passion for […]

Suitcase Cabarets: a guide

Melissa Main’s Suitcase Cabarets: a guide Printable PDF DEFINITION A cabaret is a broad, flexible art form. It is a well-kept secret that almost anything can be cabaret! A Suitcase Cabaret, in this case, is loosely a collection of stories and songs, with minimal extra staging resources (except perhaps those that can be transported in […]


INCLUSIVE MUSIC JAMIFESTO Printable PDF A Jam is a musical conversation between two or more people. The key to a successful jam is COMMUNICATION and CONNECTION. Overbearing egos are best left at the door: everyone has equal worth here. START One person needs to start something simple: a basic rhythm, not too fast, not too […]

The Suitcase Diaries: July

Phew! I raise my head in the winter sun from a deck in Murrumbateman near ACT. I’ve had about a month since the Suitcase Cabarets at the Anywhere Theatre Festival finished. What an amazing and inspiring (and tiring!) experience! These were our shows: The Patron Saints Of Disappointment FB EVENT The Patron Saints of Disappointment […]

The Suitcase Diaries: March

I sit in the lovely studio apartment of Anita: who has gone off into the wilds of Cooma on a roadtrip of her own. She’ll be back in a few days, when I will need to perform the housesitter-confession in regards to the demise of her love fern (alas ferns are so very thirsty!) and […]

Summer is calling me

And I keep picking up, but it’s a prank caller. Late spring disguising its voice and asking if my refrigerator is running. And I can’t catch it! Melbourne doesn’t allow you to pack away your woolies in November, no way. But you have to get out your sandals and thigh-rub remedies, oh yes you do. […]

Death is really rather busy

We’ve been rehearsing and writing and photographing and playing dress ups and we’re so close to being ready to perform KICK THE BUCKET for you! We’ve just got a few more things to do, but it is very very close to being finished. It is the most complex show I’ve done to date and it’s […]

A quiet revolution

See what I mean? It’s nearing the end of February already! Festivals, celebrating, catching up with peeps, meeting new ones, getting a day job Ka boom. Summer done. I went to Melbourne’s White Night the other night. Except I went to bed at 9pm and I got up at 3.30am to skip the crowds. What […]

Songs and imaginary friends

As soon as it gets to this time of year it’s easy to feel like the year is practically over. But it’s not! It’s not, we have months and months left. But Oct is almost done and then November is always too much fun, then December is always crazy too much fun and January is […]