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MESS Professional Development 2024

A 12-class course delivered by established artists and industry professionals, created to transform emerging practitioners into established artists.

The MESS Professional Development (PD) course is a wide-ranging program designed for electronic sound and music artists looking to move their practice into a profession. Each week, experienced people share their practical skills and knowledge to provide the inspiration and confidence that comes with understanding.

From listening skills to applying for grants, using MIDI to royalty collection, playing synths to booking shows – each week, an eclectic mix of topics will consolidate existing knowledge and skills while providing new avenues for growth and expansion.

Along with each week’s class are time and resources to create new work. Each week’s class includes 2 hours of access to the extraordinary MESS Studio collection, with an additional 4-hour weekly, self-directed studio session. Each participant is expected to present a new piece at the conclusion of the course, along with an opportunity to present their work in progress to their peers in the cohort.

Consisting of 12 weekly classes and a 13th week dedicated to showcasing participants’ work, the MESS Professional Development Program aims to develop both the artist and their artwork.

Who is it for?

Participants should have an established (emerging to mid-career) practice and a working knowledge of creating and producing electronic sound and music. This course is unsuitable for beginners.

This course is open to participants aged 18+.

Participants will need tools of their own to be able to work on course material outside of workshop times as well as for working in the MESS Studio.

If you are unsure if your equipment will suit this course, please contact Tess

Application Process

Course attendance is by application only. We will accept applications until 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 26th, 2024 (26/05/2024). All applicants will be contacted with their application results by 6:00 pm on Tuesday, June 4th, 2024 (04/06/2024).

Please note: Due to the number of applications we anticipate, we cannot offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Places in the course are secured by application only. This course is offered free of charge to successful applicants.

Class Schedule and Delivery Mode

Classes run from 6.30 pm to approximately 8.00 pm. Participants can use the MESS Studio for practical work after class from 8 pm until 10 pm.

Studio sessions:
During the course, participants can book 12 free, self-directed sessions (1 per week) at MESS during regular studio session hours. These sessions must be booked between Week 1 – Week 12 classes. These free sessions cannot be used after the course has finished.

Monday 6:30 pm – 10 pm AEDT
From July 15 until October 7

Class dates:
Jul 15 – Electronic Sound Fundamentals: consolidating and outlining your knowledge about electronic sound creation
Jul 22 – Analog Synthesis Automation: how to use computers to control and manipulate analogue machines
Jul 29 – Eurorack Modular Synthesis: a survey of the tools and techniques used in contemporary synthesis & sound design
Aug 5 – Forms & Structures: an overview of the methods used in musical composition to organise and arrange sonic material
Aug 12 – Generating passive income: licensing and royalties
Aug 19 – Presentation – participant’s work in progress
Aug 26 – Creating opportunities: Fundraising and grant application for electronic sound & music artists 
Sept 2  – Electronic sound and music events: inside the curatorial process of how festivals are programmed
Sept 9 – Immersion: Creating work for multichannel diffusion and installation contexts
Sept 16 – Working with Vision: Music and Sound creation for Screens
Sept 23 – Performing with Electronics: methods for creating and delivering live electronic music & sound
Sept 30 – Finalling: polishing and finishing your work
Oct 7 – Presentation – final presentation of participant’s work

The course will utilise Google Classroom to share notes and resources where available and communicate with the class.


Classes will be held at the MESS Studio (15 Dowling Place, North Melbourne). Week 12 will be held off-site at a studio in North Coburg.


There are no fees for this course. It is offered fee-free to all successful applicants.


This course is limited to 12 places in total. Attendance is by application only. 

Course Dates

July 15 until October 7
Mondays 6:30 pm – 10 pm AEDT

Course Overview

Learn more about the course, prerequisites, requirements and class schedule.

Apply Now

Applications are now open.
This course is by application only.

Applications close at 6:00 pm, Sunday, 26th May 2024.

All applicants will be contacted with their application outcome by 6:00 pm, Tuesday, 4th June 2024.

Please note: due to the number of applications we anticipate, we cannot offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Listen to tracks previous PD participants

Check out the work from previous PD classes below or on Soundcloud.