Campus life got a whole lot cooler when a group of students teamed-up with the Student Union for a series of Chill n Grill music events at RMIT’s Alumni Courtyard.
Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) students curated the events through REMIT Records, a student-led label founded as part of their program.
Hundreds of students broke from their busy study schedules to enjoy free sets from local DJs, Michael Tharratt, Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Parks Development, who are also RMIT students.
The events were organised in partnership with the RMIT University Student Union’s (RUSU) weekly Chill n Grill series, where students are provided with lunch and drinks all while enjoying Melbourne’s sunny winter weather.
Dr Ian Rogers, Music Industry lecturer, said he was extremely happy with the outcome of the student-led project.
“It proved an excellent learning experience for the students,” he said.
“They organised and executed the events and they will walk away from this with real-life production and administration credits.”
REMIT Records is managed as an operational working project.
Modelled to run much like any small music enterprise, students managed the program of events from end-to-end.
They booked performers, liaised with student union event staff, coordinated audio visual professionals, as well as designed and managed marketing and communication plans.
For two hours per week, students worked in groups, discussing the direction of the label, while also providing regular briefings to their class.
Claire Rosenberg, a student involved in REMIT, said the project was a great learning experience.
“It was so hands on, and it gave me a great insight into the music industry,” she said.
“Throughout the semester I was able to work alongside others in my course to create and run the label and gain skills and experience that would easily translate into work outside of the course.”
“It was also really great to be making something, rather than just learning about the theory of how a record label should run,” Rosenberg said.
Rogers said the project will be delivered in Semester Two and there were plans to grow the concept in the future.