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Chicks With Picks September 20 – Recording Initiative

September 20 posterThis September at Chicks With Picks we’re doing something special to help our artists get their material out there: every act that performs on September 20 will be recorded and they will get a copy of their audio files to take home. One act determined by popular vote will get their set mixed and mastered at Nut ‘N’ Butter Studio for a release quality recording.

This act will also have the option of playing a paid set at the Chicks With Picks 6th Birfday event on the 17th of October.


The same rules as regular Chicks With Picks events apply – the gig is open to any woman fronted musical act. Woman fronted means there can be men in supporting roles in the act but they must not be the focus, e.g. sing lead vocal. This is a women’s performance space.

Please note that RSA rules apply to performers and if the venue staff deem you to be intoxicated they may remove you or disallow entry and we cannot override this – likewise all performers must be over 18 and be carrying ID to get in, no exceptions.

    The Process:

The show will run as normal with 20 minute spots for acoustic acts and 30 minutes for bands, you will receive a full worksheet for the logistics of how this will happen. Backline will be provided for bands.


You need to bring a hard drive or flash drive to collect your audio files, it needs to have at least 5GB free space and be either Fat32 or exFat format. It is your responsibility to bring this and we cannot provide a drive or burn a DVD for you. We will try our best to give you the files at the end of the evening but you may have to leave the drive with us to collect another time, in that event they will be ready for you to collect by the evening of Wednesday the 23.9.15

Chicks With Picks will not own your audio recordings or retain any rights to them. Your worksheet will provide tips on how to get the best possible recording – all care is taken but no warranties are provided as to the quality of your recording. By quality we mean even levels, no clipping etc; mainly this means it is your responsibility to follow instructions during line check, not turn amps up/play & sing louder after that etc.

The audio is recorded at 48KHz in 24 bit .wav files, you get each channel pre-processing (i.e. the stems) and a room mic; to be clear this is a raw data file, it is not “release ready” but you can make a release quality product out of it through your own avenues if you do not win.

The winner gets a release ready mix from Nut & Butter Studios, this is audio only – artwork and pressing etc. is the artist’s responsibility. The prize is not redeemable for cash but you may trade for with a 10% discount on any package Nut N Butter Studios offers if you prefer to do that.


The vote will be held online, we will post a video clip from each acts performance on our Facebook page by the 25th of September – the video with the most likes wins. We will do a post to get the voting started but from there it is your responsibility to promote your video. Make sure when you share that you direct people to like the video itself (not the share link). Only likes on the video itself can be counted.

Voting will close 6pm on the 9th of October. By entering this competition you are consenting to us filming your performance and uploading to Facebook. You may withdraw this consent at any time but if it is before the end of the voting period you will be ineligible for the prize.

    Playing times:

You must be available to perform any time between 5pm and 11pm on the 20th of September to enter; times and the running order are to be decided by the promoter.


Send us an email at telling us the details of your act – are you solo? Duo? Band? Include in that email links to your Facebook artist page if you have one, as well as any existing examples of your work online and please indicate if you are available to play the Birfday gig on the 17th of October should you win the popular vote.

Spaces are limited:
- We will take entries until the 2nd of September.
- If there are more entries than spaces available we will decide the lineup of acts to perform
- If there are still spaces left after the 2nd of September entries are accepted on a first come first served basis.

We reserve the right to amend terms and deadlines if necessary, you will be notified by email if this occurs.

Our First Live Album!

Sally has been quietly locked in her room for the past few months and has finally finished mixing an album recorded at our huge Fair Day gig in February this year. All proceeds will go to Elsie Women’s Refuge in Glebe and it features some of our favourite artists who have all donated their songs in aid of the cause. Aside from the fundraising side we also think it’s a very good album with some great performances, check it out.

You can buy it online at bandcamp now: it is $5 minimum donation but you can pay more if you wish and we do encourage that because it is a fundraiser after all, Elsie and other organisations like it in NSW are facing huge funding cuts at the moment.

If you would prefer a hard copy come to the next Chicks With Picks on May 18, we will be launching it there and the CD will have bonus tracks on it not included on the digital download (it will cost more though!).

Here’s the blurb on Elsie if you’re not familiar with the organisation:

“The other week we got to take a bunch of families to see the Lion King with donated money. Man- the happiness it gave the mums and kids to do something they could never usually afford!!”

- Account of staff member at Elsie Women’s Refuge.

Elsie Women’s Refuge was the first women’s refuge in Australia. It opened in 1974 when a group of women squatted in an unoccupied property in Glebe and opened the doors to women and children fleeing domestic violence. The refuge provides an invaluable service to our community today, as it did when it first opened. You can read more about Elsie Women’s Refuge here.
(It really is an amazing story).

We are hoping to fundraise for the refuge so as to cover social activities for the women and children. Please donate what you can; ALL proceeds will be donated to Elsie Women’s Refuge. There is a $5 minimum donation but if you can donate more, we STRONGLY encourage you to do so. There will be hard copies at a minimum donation of $10 as they come with BONUS TRACKS!!
If you desperately want a copy of the album but are on welfare/living below the poverty line and genuinely cannot afford to pay, please approach Mac at any future Chicks With Picks events and we will arrange a hard copy for you. Thank you for your donation and support :)

Yeah Music And Art Makers

Check out this blog that our long time friend and CWP performer/supporter Pilot Darcy has just launched – it’s a round up of the the local arts scene and stories on some of the people that make it up. Pilot has been playing at CWP since the very beginning and all over the world for…longer than we’re allowed to say. Click on the pic to check out her new page.

Pilot Darcy playing at CWP September 2013

Pilot Darcy playing at CWP September 2013