Gold Coast music bubble set to expand in 2021

As the Gold Coast’s only university to offer a music degree, Southern Cross University has made a seismic impact since launching its music course in partnership with Coomera TAFE one year ago.

In its first year, more than 40 students enrolled to study music at the Coomera Creative Campus location, and already more than 35 have applied to study in 2021.

Even during COVID-restrictions and lockdown, the University quickly pivoted to delivering its comprehensive music degree online. Now with the travel bubble expanded to include Lismore in Northern NSW, students and staff from Southern Cross University at Lismore and the Gold Coast’s Coomera and main Coolangatta campuses can again travel to collaborate, create, teach and perform.

For Southern Cross University Bachelor of Contemporary Music graduate Kate Stroud – who opened and managed the immensely popular Dusty Attic Music Lounge in the Northern Rivers – 2020 has presented new opportunities.

Kate has partnered with Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), managing events and coordinating artists, to breathe life back into the Northern Rivers live music and performing arts scene.

She recently presented the STROUD X NORPA Studio Sessions with Ash Grunwald, Emily Lubitz, Jex Lopez and Harry James Angus a few of the headliners, and this month NORPA is presenting ‘Great Southern Nights’ a series of performances and tour dates from artists such as Tim Freedman, Budjerah, and No Frills Twins. Last week the line-up included stellar emerging artists from Southern Cross University’s contemporary music program including Maya Holstegge, Mykaela Baillie, Joe Conroy and Georgia Cummins.

“It feels so good to be presenting real live music again, and bringing people together to celebrate our talented music makers, performers and community,” Kate said.

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IMAGE of Kate Stroud supplied by SCU

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