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Elizabeth Drummond. (Supplied)

Sixteen young musicians will have the chance to learn from three of Australia’s most exciting songwriters and producers when the SongMakers workshop returns this July.

Open to musicians aged 16 to 21, the two-day APRA AMCOS workshop will be held at Customs House on July 9 and 10.

Participants will work with award-winning mentors Elizabeth Drummond, Anna Laverty and Joel Ma (Joelistics), creating and recording original songs while exploring issues around the music industry.

Singer-songwriter Drummond’s songs have been streamed over 200 million times on Spotify, Laverty has production credits on projects by Lady Gaga, G Flip and Nick Cave and Ma has enjoyed a 25-year career spanning hip-hop, songwriting, production, musical theatre and film.

Mayor Trent Sullivan said Geelong council was thrilled to bring the SongMakers workshop back as part of the City’s Live and Local program after a sold-out workshop in April.

“If you’re aged between 16-21 and are a budding musician, SongMakers will help you explore your music style, refine your skills, develop your music career and connect with other creatives,” Mayor Sullivan said.

“The two day workshop will delve deep into the art of songwriting and production and you’ll experience a real- world co-writing session with the best of the best in Anna Laverty, Elizabeth Drummond and Joel Ma.”

Councillor Melissa Cadwell, chair of Creativity and Culture portfolio said Greater Geelong was home to many talented and creative musicians, covering a broad range of genres.

“SongMakers participants will be supported by three renowned music industry mentors as they write and record new tracks,” Cr Cadwell said.

“Attendees will receive a free lunch each day and a showbag of goodies, and leave the workshop with a new sense of direction in their music career.”

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