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ENGAGE: AIM’s Festival/Event Student Volunteer Program
Starting in 2015 the Australian Institute of Music in conjunction with Architects of Entertainment launched the ENGAGE program, a platform designed to provide AIM students with the opportunity to build professional development relative to their chosen careers by volunteering at some of Australia’s biggest events, tours and music festivals. To date we have had AIM volunteers, or ‘AIMERS’ work on a multitude of some of the country’s premier music events including-
  • Dungog Festival
  • Mumford and Sons Gentlemen of the Road Tour
  • Fairgrounds Festival (Berry)
  • Lost Paradise Festival (Central Coast)
  • Laneway Festival (Sydney)
  • Harley Days Festival (Wollongong)
  • Splendour in the Grass (Byron Bay)

This program provides students with first hand work placement within the industry relevant to their degrees to allow for professional development. Our students have worked in various roles vital to the live music environment such as assisting the larger production team as stagehands, helping with the greater construction of the festival on the event team as well as theming the event by aiding the décor team bring the festival to life.
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By working closely with Architects of Entertainment (AoE), the ENGAGE program puts our students directly into the festival/touring/live music field allowing them the chance to network and start gaining their own networks of industry contacts and professionals from a range of different fields: artist managers, tour managers, audio engineers and tour managers.
The feedback from the students and industry has been overwhelmingly positive; ENGAGE has cemented AIM’s position as the leading school of today’s music industry with our students applying knowledge from their degrees first hand in the eyes of the music industry and abroad. We look forward to continue working with Architects of Entertainment in the future and hope the ENGAGE program continues to grow from strength to strength, stay tuned for more ENGAGE stories!

Laneway Festival Sydney
“The AIM Volunteer program with Architects of Entertainment has been the greatest chance I’ve ever had to get my foot in the door to the Australian Music Industry…The Work as an Architects Volunteer is very different from a usual Volunteer. I have learned more than I ever thought in this short amount of time with Architects of Entertainment and all the great opportunities that followed. Many of the things 
I learned do not only apply to live sound but reach from production management to artist liaising to tuning a drum kit and phase aligning instruments in a live sound setting.…” – Felix Gebauer, BMus Audio
Laneway Festival Sydney
“As industry professionals, Architects of Entertainment wishes to endorse AIM’s programs and acknowledge that AIM students possess skills and attributes that meet and exceed industry expectations.”- Nathaniel Holmes, Director Architects of Entertainment
Photos by: Peter Zaluzny
Words by: Brad Kafer
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