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21 October 2016

Melbourne's Bakehouse Studios and RMIT University have won the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Local Hero Award for a project pairing film and television students with the local music industry.

Photo of Bakehouse Studios sign from the facade.

Bakehouse Studios in Richmond.

In 2015 Bakehouse Studios and RMIT began a yearly collaboration that would see over 120 students and teachers work alongside music and film industry mentors to create the live music film series, The Gift.

Each episode of the series featured a high profile music industry professional interviewing an up-and-coming Victorian band of their choice. The band then performed live-to-air in the famous 'Scrap Museum' at Bakehouse Studios.

The Gift presenters have included musicians Jen Cloher and Courtney Barnett; Dark Mofo creative directors, Supple Fox; Meredith Music Festival curator Woody McDonald; Triple R broadcasters Simon Winkler and Lauren Taylor; and soul guru Chris Gill.

Guided by experts, students from a variety of RMIT faculties contributed to the show and gained hands-on experience in the real-studio environment. Bakehouse Studios provided the platform and creative vision for the project, connecting students with the local music community.

Announced last month, the ACEN Local Hero Award is a prestigious accolade given to a small–medium enterprise partner that is contributing to work-integrated learning beyond the expectations of the size of their organisation. The award recognises the huge value Bakehouse Studios has brought to RMIT through The Gift.

Look out for The Gift, coming soon to the Bakehouse YouTube channel.

Visit the Bakehouse Studios website