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Amped Up Events Committee
Amped Up is a Merri-bek youth program where a group of young people aged between 16 and 24 plan and organise live music events that take place in Merri-bek.
This program is a part of FReeZA, which is an innovative youth development program initiated by the Victorian Government. You can find out more about this program on the Youth Central Victoria website. This program enables young people to lead the planning, development and delivery of music and cultural events in their community, and for young attendees to enjoy fully supervised drug, alcohol and smoke-free events.
As one of 80 state-wide providers, Merri-bek City Council's FReeZA program, Amped Up, provides important performance opportunities for local musicians and emerging artists to showcase their talent.
Previous events organised by Merri-bek's Amped Up group include the
- Oxygen Stage at the annual Sydney Road Street Party
- Move On Be Strong
- Faraway stables
- halloween parties
- Oxygen movie nights
- Flicks and Kicks at Harmony Park
- DJ events in schools
- Oxygen's Christmas parties
- Amped Up goes Acoustic
- The Push Start Competition's local and regional finals.
Our team has also assisted at
- Sunplugged festival Peppertree Place in 2014
- Recognise Festival
- Brunswick Better Block Party
- Splashfest featuring Camp Cope
- It Starts with Us
- R We Ok?
Originally the plan for 2020 was that the Amped Up team would be responsible for producing, promoting and evaluating five music/cultural events within the Merri-bek municipality. But like many others we were held back from this goal by COVID-19 and health advice and restrictions.
In March 2020 Amped Up were able to have their own stage at Sydney Road Street Party. Due to COVID-19 this was the only live event the group were able to host in 2020.
After COVID-19 restrictions began, the Amped Up team have been sharing youth-led ideas online. This included Amped Up TV on the @ampedupfreeza instagram account, and their very own zine. These ideas helped to support artists, musicians, local youth and the general community.
In 2021 the Amped Up team hopes to get back to hosting live events. We are already meeting face to face again, but are mindful of restrictions.
Being a member of the Amped Up team requires a significant level of commitment. In exchange for this committment, each member gets the opportunity to develop event management skills and connections with the music industry with support and guidance from the Merri-bek Youth team.
Members of Amped Up meet up weekly at Oxygen Youth Space (4/8 Gaffney Street, Coburg North) At these weekly meetings you will get to develop your skills in an extensive range of areas including:
- choosing and contacting performers
- designing promotional material, such as flyers and social media posts
- sound and production
- photography and design
- managing budgets
- organising sound engineers and other suppliers
- organising risk management procedures
- stage management
- running an event's front of house (such as selling tickets, handing out programs and recruiting for new members)
Members of Amped Up also run events on the day, including managing performers, suppliers and crew and solving any problems that arise.
Our team for Amped Up meets regularly every Tuesday (excluding school holidays) from 4pm to 5:30pm in the Icicles Studio at the Oxygen Youth Space.
There is a significant level of committment involved with being a member of Amped Up, but in exchange you get invaluable experience in the live music industry. If you are considering joining the team, you will need to commit to attending:
- At least 80% of weekly meetings (these meetings stop over the school holiday periods)
- All Freeza events and training opportunities
Amped Up are always looking for new members.
If you are between 16 and 24 and interested in the arts and supporting the community, we'd love to meet you. If you're interested in Amped Up we're here to help answer any questions you may have or give you some more insight into what being a part of the team is like and what our members do.
Please read through the information above, particularly the section about the time committment for Amped Up members as we need a team that will commit to being there for our meetings and to run the events we plan.
We love supporting local artists (soloists, electronic artists, hip-hoppers, rappers, djs's and bands alike) by giving them the opportunity to showcase their skills at our events.
Along with our annual Push Start Battle of the Bands event, we are always planning new opportunities for Merri-bek artists to perform at Amped Up events.
Moreland Youth Ambassadors
The Youth Ambassadors Program, is a new initiative of Council, involving 12 young people from diverse backgrounds across Merri-bek, to actively participate in representative democracy.
The 12 Youth Ambassadors have the opportunity to discuss, debate and develop solutions to issues that are important to them; and allow other stakeholders within Council and community, to seek their input into policy and projects, as deemed relevant by them.
The Youth Ambassadors Program, is a new initiative of Council, involving 12 young people from diverse backgrounds across Merri-bek, to actively participate in representative democracy. The 12 Youth Ambassadors have the opportunity to discuss, debate and develop solutions to issues that are important to them; and allow other stakeholders within Council and community, to seek their input into policy and projects, as deemed relevant by them.
The young people appointed to these positions are engaged as ‘content experts' with recognised and highly sought-after skills, attributes and lived experiences, affirming a strengths-based approach to youth development.
The Youth Ambassador’s meet monthly and also every subsequent fortnight to work on their projects.
Moreland Advisory Committees and Reference Groups
Applications to join Merri-bek City Council’s Advisory Committees and Reference Groups have now closed. You can find out more about these groupson our Advisory Committee and Reference Group page.