Australian Music Vault and The Push present Forever Young

The Australian Music Vault and The Push have collaborated to release, Forever Young, a three-part short documentary series revealing the positive impacts and life-changing moments that access to all-ages live music has on musicians, artists, music practitioners and punters.

The series features recognisable faces from The Push’s past and present including singer/songwriter Paul Dempsey (Something for Kate), Susan Forrester, artist manager Nathan Gunn, musicians Lachie Brown and Elias Hodson (Good Sniff), Production Manager Shane Wickens and triple j Unearthed’s Sara Glaidous. Produced by KEWL Studio and released exclusively at the Australian Music Vault, it captures over three decades of archival footage of The Push events alongside artist interviews.

Forever Young is more than just a look back with nostalgia. The series shares stories of how access to live music and music opportunities for young people inform and help form their identity, connection with community, careers, and overall wellbeing.

Paul Dempsey, Musician, Something for Kate:

When I was a teenage kid dreaming of starting a band and playing gigs, The Push were absolutely pivotal. Going to their all-ages events and seeing other young people playing music made the impossible seem possible and before I knew it Something for Kate were playing at Push Over

Arts Centre Melbourne Associate Director Programming and former Artistic Director of The Push (1995-2001) Susan Forrester reflects on the new and inclusive pathways that The Push community offered from its earliest days.

From performing at Push gigs, to producing projects and leading the organisation as Artistic Director, Forrester’s experience is a quintessential story of The Push.

If you weren’t into sport, there wasn’t really anything for you. It was helping young people to self-determine what they thought was appropriate for them. That’s what The Push was really good at and it’s a point of difference that’s really unique.

Victoria’s vibrant contemporary music scene is no accident. For generations of young people, The Push has been a much-loved and often needed source of inspiration, support, and belonging – and The Push has never missed a beat. From the 80s to today, by developing live music audiences, artists, and industry practitioners, The Push has been instrumental in making Melbourne the live music capital of the world.

The Push CEO Kate Duncan:

Every day I am told a story about how The Push has changed a life, kick-started a career or introduced a young person to their community. Hearing and seeing the stories in this video series affirms the instrumental role The Push continues to play as a pipeline into our vibrant Australian music sector.

For more than three decades, The Push has created opportunities for young voices, a space for self-directed community and a vital stage for industry talent. Forever Young dives into the archives of an organisation deeply entrenched in the story of Australian live music.


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