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Calling all creatives

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

We’re calling on our community to come up with a Gig Buddies’ slogan.

We’re after someone to come up with some words that sum up who we are and what we do. We’ve been operating for nearly nine years now and - based on received feedback - we feel we’re missing out.


For the person who comes up with the winning idea, they will take home a $50 gift voucher.

 

Help is at hand


For those not knowing where to start, slogans are usually placed under a brand name or logo. They’re typically short in length, with most slogans containing a maximum of 6 to 8 words.


We want our slogan to be short enough that it’s memorable and easy for people to repeat, but long enough that it’s unique and catchy as well.

 

Some tips for writing slogans


Some famous slogan examples include Nike’s "Just Do It", Subway’s "Eat Fresh" and Weetbix’s "Aussie kids are Weetbix kids".


When coming up with a slogan, think about words that relate to Gig Buddies. These might describe what we do, who we support or why we operate.

Perhaps start by brainstorming a list of possible words and go from there.....


Once you have come up with your idea, share it via our website by clicking here.

We appreciate this is not an easy ask, so our slogan competition closes on Sunday 7 January 2024. We’ll then announce a winner in the new year.

 

Are you looking to volunteer?

We need volunteers! Click on the image above for current Sydney roles and the graphic below for opportunities on the Central Coast.

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact us via Facebook or email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org

 

Gigs galore


We have a total of TEN socials taking place between now and the end of 2023.


Firstly, tickets to our two festive gatherings are selling fast.


As a reminder, on Wednesday 29 November we’ll be taking over Marrickville’s Factory Theatre for our Sydney festive party.

And later that week - on Saturday 2 December - we head to the Central Coast, stopping off at Umina Beach’s Margarita Daze.

Whether you’re based in Sydney or on the Central Coast, we invite you to join us for our two festive gatherings. To sign up for both, load up the links below:

 

December done right


And as for the rest of December, we have SEVEN additional outings taking place throughout Sydney and the Central Coast.

For the final month of 2023 we invite buddies to join us in Miranda, Gosford, Waverton, Macarthur, Petersham and Double Bay for bingo, dinner, breakfast and boardgames, live football, markets, an inclusion festival, and pub trivia.

To find out more about our December socials (and to sign up), jump on the links below.


 

A November night out


As for the here and now, we have one remaining November group outing to offer.

To join us in Miranda on Friday 17 November, load up the link below:

Please note, this Wednesday’s trip to Milperra has now sold out.

If you have any questions about our forthcoming events, get in touch: we can be reached via Facebook Messenger, email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org or via text or phone call on 0411 252 228.

 

Out and about


And talking of Gig Buddies’ catch ups, we facilitated two in the last week.

We caught up with buddies in Ultimo and Waitara for art installations and live music, while yesterday’s planned outing in Windsor was washed out due to the downpour.


To see more snaps from our most recent gatherings, click here.

 

Let’s go!


We’ve another four volunteers primed and ready to go.

Thanks to Veronica (top left), Paddy (top right), Jude (bottom left) and Pranamie (bottom right) for joining us via Zoom for training.

 

Gig Buddies on stage


We have more information to share with regards to our presentation at the forthcoming Tubular Festival, taking place on the Central Coast.


On Monday 20 November we’ll be taking to the stage at the FunHaus Factory, Gosford informing an audience about how Gig Buddies works.


Attendees can now register for the event by clicking here, while this Facebook event link provides more details about our presentation.

As for the rest of the festival, there’s live music and workshops taking place throughout the Central Coast between 16 - 26 November.


The event is concluded with Tubular’s FREE concert, taking place on Saturday 25 November at Gosford Waterfront. Music heavyweights The Jezabels, Furnace And The Fundamentals, KEIYNAN, Molly Millington, DZ Deathrays, Muzzle, Soda Simulator & Volume Knob (plus more) are set to rock two stages.


To find out more about the event, click here. And to find out more about the rest of the festival, click here.

 

Kia ora!


And finally, we have some exciting news to share from across the Tasman.


“New Zealand disability service provider Spectrum Care recently launched their own Gig Buddies project in Auckland, which is being operated in collaboration with Student Volunteer Army.

After an extended gestation process, the project went live last week, with Project Lead Hans Matig-a applying the finishing touches to their website.


Whilst fairly similar to the Australian projects, the Auckland project will have a big focus on live events, with a production team in training (including a Gig Buddies DJ crew made up of a talented bunch of young people with a disability), ready to start running events great and small. They have secured informal partnerships with Live Nation (who manage Auckland’s biggest venue and promote many national tours) and Auckland Council’s events team, who have offered for them to undertake a launch event early next year as part of the Music in Parks series, as well as curating future events under their umbrella.


Naturally, this means that there is a focus on unearthing and supporting talented musicians and DJs with a disability alongside their core Gig Buddies matching process.


It's exciting times for this brand-new project, the first of its kind in New Zealand, so stay tuned for updates."


Congratulations to all involved. We look forward to hearing more from our friends from New Zealand.

 

Matthew: Central Coast coordinator (0402 708 814)


Carol: CEO (02 9419 6951)

Chelsea: NDIS coordinator (0412 145 819)

Tony: Funding and sponsorship coordinator (02 9419 6951)

Bec: Sydney coordinator (0411 252 228)

Aylin: Western Sydney coordinator (0466 389 961)

Lara: Greater Western Sydney coordinator (0478 045 121)

Sandon: Southern Sydney coordinator (0478 043 996)


 

Would you like more information about Gig BuddiesSydney? You’re only a click away. Connect with us via the links below.

 

Fancy revelling in legendary status? If so, please support us in our cause to get more people out to live events in Sydney.


Donations over $2 are tax deductible and all are gratefully received.

The Gig Buddies Sydney project is an initiative of ACL Disability Services.



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