In today’s world, social media has become a popular platform for musicians to show their talents to the public eye. This phenomenon has helped many artists share their songs; gain an increasing amount of followers, with the hope that their music will get noticed. With websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Soundcloud, the competition is now stronger than ever for musicians to stand out and progress in the music industry.

Hey guys, I’m Jena. I am one amongst many local musicians in Melbourne who are working, creating and performing music. It is a real achievement to not only write, record and release it to the world, but ultimately, to have our music be inspirational to others. Throughout my experiences, I have met many passionate musicians whose work has amazed me and I have always wondered why the public have not been exposed to such extraordinary talent.

The Real Songwriters of Melbourne is a Melbourne music initiative designed to give artists the opportunity to share their story and their music. In its third year of running, The Real Songwriters of Melbourne has commenced PR services where artists can now take a step further into spreading the word about an event that they are hosting. Beginning May 2016, RSOM Live gave artists the opportunity to perform live in front of an intimate crowd of family, friends, fans and media representatives bringing them from the computer out into the vibrant Melbourne music scene.

RSOM 3rd Birthday Part 1/3 with Abbey Stone. Produced by The Backline Project

We also has seen featured artists gain an increasing amount of followers, interviews with leading publications and many more. The most rewarding thing is as Editor of RSOM is to see the progression of the artist from the first time we meet and to me, that is what makes RSOM so enjoyable and rewarding.

What makes RSOM so unique is that we like to focus on artists who may not already have an online profile, or who would like to grow a sound fan base as opposed to those who already get countless features. We want your music to be heard!

I am very proud of what RSOM has achieved today and I hope you will be as well. Please support Melbourne’s live music scene and help protect the rights of Australian musicians.

Enjoy! x


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At just 23 years of age, Founder of Melbourne music initiative Jena Marino is a woman of many trades. A musician first and foremost Jena has performed extensively in the Melbourne music scene and is currently working as frontwoman of a Melbourne corporate/wedding band. She has performed and recorded work in Melbourne as well as overseas in America and the UK. Jena can add a Bachelor of Journalism to her name as well as a Diploma in Music Performance (Voice). During her studies, Jena volunteered at many well-known music organisations including Beat Magazine and Melbourne Music Week. Her love of music and writing has brought The Real Songwriters of Melbourne to life. If that isn’t enough on her plate, she also works as a full time travel consultant by day booking amazing travel experiences for her clients. Jena plans to continue networking and growing her knowledge in the music world so that she can use it to continue showcasing the emerging songwriters of Melbourne.



Staff Writer

Jordyn is a second year Bachelor of Media and Communications (Journalism) student at La Trobe University. Hailing from Geelong, she is passionate about the Geelong Cats, live music, trampoline parks, social issues and Melbourne’s café scene. Apart from writing for The Real Songwriters of Melbourne, she is currently a staff writer for upstart- La Trobe University’s Online Journalism publication. She is interested in helping local musicians break into the industry. When she’s not studying or writing, you can generally find her rambling on on twitter at @jordynwrites.


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Social Media Coordinator

Allanah Sciberras is a third-year student, studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications, majoring in Journalism at La Trobe University. She is the Chief Editor of her own blog, ‘Just Another Muso,’ which has allowed her to express her love for music for the past two years. She is also a presenter and podcasting editor on 3CR’s community radio program, Brainwaves. Allanah has a wide passion for all things music and is excited to join the RSOM team.