Beyond art therapy: the studio helping neurodiverse musicians record, release and book shows

Sydney’s Club Weld is flipping the script in an ableist industry, helping neurodiverse artists network and build skills – while putting their music front and centre

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Making music has been “very special” to Nina Gotsis since she began writing songs on guitar 15 years ago. The folk musician, who also plays drums, loves both the recording process and the performances – “it’s exciting when there is a packed audience,” she says.

Gotsis has Down’s syndrome, which makes it hard for her to vocalise. Ahead of performances, she writes out what she will say in between the songs; sometimes she sings along, too.

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