Special Announcement: Top Up Goes Online
Monday 20 April, 2020
Topology announces TOP UP ONLINE, bringing composition and instrumental expertise to schools and artists during COVID-19 closures
Topology today announced Top Up Online, bringing their unique and engaging education program online after a sell-out, virtual, composition workshop series over Easter. Individuals, schools, and communities throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory will be able to benefit from this program, as Topology’s award-winning Top Up program becomes more accessible amidst the self-isolation, lockdown, and travel restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to providing a supportive avenue for teachers’ and parents’ delivery of the Australian Curriculum during COVID-19 school’s closures, Top Up Online offers composition workshops, instrumental lessons, and professional development with Topology’s Principal Artists and expert pool of instructors, including John Babbage (composition, saxophone), Louise King (cello), Bethan Lewis (viola), Andrew Maddick (violin), Toby Loveland (guitar), Christa Powell (violin), Thomas Green (electronic/gaming composer), Andrew Johnson (bass, trumpet & music technology) and Grant Collins (Drums).
Announcing the Top Up Online launch, Topology’s Creative Director Christa Powell said, “I am very excited to be launching Topology’s Online Program, Top Up Online. Top Up Online has always been a goal of ours – to connect artists, composers, musicians, educators, students of all ages to each other from across the globe.”
"Now more than ever, it is vital that we stay connected." - Christa Powell
“Through Top Up Online we will share and make available, both nationally and internationally, the expertise, skills and experience of our talented pool or artists and collaborators.
Top Up Online can range from one-off sessions to a series of workshops depending on participants’ create goals. Prospective participants and teachers are encouraged to consult with Topology to explore their options and get the most out of their experience. Program costs may vary depending on the scope and number of sessions requested, but Topology is committed to making this program affordable. Topology also aims to provide continued employment opportunities for their instructors, whose livelihoods have been greatly affected by the recent crisis. Topology will endeavour to strike a balance here and encourages consultation with their team regarding concerns in this area.
Top Up is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and Arts Queensland, which affords subsidies to regional schools and communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory. In some cases, Top Up Online programs will be free of charge providing much needed inspiration and educational support during lockdown. Upon submission of an Expression of Interest, applicants will be notified on the subsidies they are eligible for.