Welcome to Dig Deep

Arts Centre Melbourne’s flagship hip-hop and urban music mentoring program Dig Deep supports the development of young people aged 14 to 24 on Tuesday evenings in our new participatory community space The Channel. An incredibly diverse range of young artists work with a team of established hip-hop practitioners to create and present new work, develop peer mentoring skills and collaborate with young artists from other creative disciplines.

“Dig Deep has taught me that it doesn’t matter who is better…but the importance of doing your own thing…being authentic.”  Participant



Through its utilisation of music as a positive form of expression, and social connection and building a strong community referral network, Dig Deep has established itself as a benchmark in the development of tomorrow’s rappers, singers and music producers in both metropolitan and regional areas.

“…the program clearly achieves its goal of increasing the professional and personal development of young emerging artists…” 

Clare Keating, Effective Change



Dig Deep establishes a collective, creative working environment in the form of ongoing series of weekly workshops. The Channel is located at street level on the Southbank side of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall just past the restaurant Fatto. 

See below for a map.

“You don’t get this level of training and the high level of skills of the mentors anywhere else.” Referrer

The Channel Street View

The Dig Deep Mentorship Program is delivered by the following key personnel:

Arts Centre Melbourne’s Youth Programmer Dan West has wide experience developing and delivering music mentorship programs that focus on contemporary music for inner–urban marginalised young people. He has coordinated these programs at both through his work at Arts Centre Melbourne and externally – including work at Yarra Youth Services, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre. As well as an arts enabler, Dan is also an experienced performer and facilitator of arts events which provide a wealth of creative networks to draw upon.

• Mentor Robert Tremlett (aka Mantra) is one of Australia’s most respected hip-hop lyricists, best known for his work as a solo artist as well as with Melbourne outfits Illzilla and Equills. In addition to a busy performance schedule, Robert devotes much of his creative energy to working with young people, facilitating Hip-hop workshops and mentorship programs for disadvantaged and at risk youth throughout Victoria. He has worked at Parkville Youth Residential Centre, Baltara School and Secure Welfare facilities, Living Music and Freeza.

• Mentor Mohamed Komba (aka MC Momo) migrated to Australia from the Comoros Islands in the early eighties and has been performing with Diafrix for six years. An established emcee and producer, Mohamed teaches production, song writing, performance techniques and music industry skills to provide youth with the confidence required to peruse a career in the arts.

• Dig Deep Leaders support participants of the program to develop their music, through mentoring, creative inspiration and friendship, the leaders were Dig Deep participants who have grown to become the next generation of artist and producers in Melbourne’s Hip-Hop community.