2012 Speakers


Jayce Varden (Co-Founder & COO, PledgeMusic)

Jayce Varden is co-founder and COO of PledgeMusic, the international direct to fan platform which specializes in crowdfunding and pre-order marketing campaigns for myriad music projects. Founded in 2009, PledgeMusic clients include Ben Folds Five, The Lumineers, Rachael Yamagata, Mia Dyson, and The Tea Party. Jayce holds a B.S. in Corporate Systems from Boston College….
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Alberto Guijarro Rey (Co-director, Primavera Sound Festival, SPAIN)

In 1990, at the age of 23, after studying chemical engineering, Alberto left laboratories for the music business. He went on to create Producciones Animadas, a music promotions company that introduced “club culture” to Spain. Since 1995 he’s managed one the most successful clubs in Spain, Sala Apolo. Apolo programs a wide range of styles…
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Evet Jean (Manager, Chet Faker / Director, Opulent)

Evet Jean founded Opulent in 2005 initially as a music magazine at time when MySpace was king and print press littered the streets. During this time, he began to host events with inaugural shows for acts like Diplo, Jamie xx and SBTRKT. After helping launch the careers of many international acts in the Australia market, a…
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Clare Bowditch (Musician)

Clare Bowditch is a musician, writer, creative-business coach, and occasional actor on Channel 10’s TV show Offspring. Clare has been Rolling Stone’s Woman of the Year, ARIA’s Best Female Artist, Yen Young Woman of the Year, EG Female Artist of the Year and has just released her fifth studio album, The Winter I Chose Happiness….
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Chet Faker (Musician)

Since making his live debut in 2011, Melbourne’s Chet Faker has performed two sold out Australian tours, and at festivals, including SXSW (USA), The Great Escape (UK), Splendour in the Grass and Vivid Live. Chet’s acclaimed debut Thinking In Textures (Opulent/Remote Control) has featured numerous radio faves such as No Diggity, Terms & Conditions, I’m…
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Chelsea Wilson (Music & Interviews Manager, 3PBS)

Chelsea Wilson is Music & Interviews Manager at 3PBS and an independent musician. After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Chelsea spent time abroad singing jazz and soul in Japan, USA, Thailand, the UAE, the Caribbean and Indonesia. Chelsea has a Masters Degree of Arts and Entertainment Management and worked as Concerts and Events…
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Stephen Wade (Agent, Select Music)

Stephen Wade is owner and booking agent at Select Music. He represents a diverse array of Australia’s best talent including Boy & Bear, Josh Pyke, San Cisco, Emma Louise, Rufus, Seth Sentry, Lior and Bob Evans to name but a few. A wearer of many hats and interests including Select Touring working with acts like…
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Mike Tucak

Michael Tucak (Principal Lawyer & Director, Creative|Legal)

Michael Tucak is Director of Creative|Legal, an arts, entertainment and creative industries legal firm with offices in Melbourne and Perth. Originally from WA, Michael has worked at SonyBMG and Mushroom / Liberation / Ivy League, before establishing creative|legal in 2008, where he assists emerging artists with contracts and copyrights. Michael appears on the 2012 Face The Music…
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Rebecca Young

Rebecca Young (Agent, Artist Voice)

Artist Voice is one of Australiasia’s leading talent agencies and represents the best in local and International live music, with offices in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and Auckland. Rebecca is a booking agent at Artist Voice and since joining in early 2011, has signed the likes of Chet Faker, City Calm Down, Husky, Snakadaktal, The Rubens, The Trouble With Templeton,…
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Nick Yates

Nick Yates (Manager, UNFD)

Yates first entered the music industry at the age of 19 with the pipe-dream of starting a record label, not knowing anything about what a record label actually did, but just thinking it was a cool idea. Fast forward five years and Yates has worked many different roles in the industry from tour manager to…
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Simon Winkler

Simon Winkler (Music Coordinator, 3RRR)

  Simon Winkler is the Music Coordinator at Melbourne’s community radio station 3RRR. Simon began his media career as a writer and reviewer for street press in Sydney before moving into broadcasting through the nascent FBi radio station in Sydney. Following work experience at various stations Simon began work for the SBS youth arts, music…
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Meg Williams

Meg Williams (Executive Director, AAM)

Meg Williams is a young artist, event and project manager, looking after the careers of Melodie Nelson, megastick fanfare and Shade Lane. Meg was previously Project Manager at MusicNSW and currently their festival’s coordinator and in 2012 was appointed as the Executive Director of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM). Meg appears on the 2012 Face…
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Sarah-Jane Wentzki (Writer Services Representative, APRA | AMCOS)

Sarah-Jane Wentzki has had over 15 years experience in the music industry as a song writer, performer, musician and industry professional. Best known for her work in indie band Princess One Point Five, SJ has also performed in comedy trio Mandaddy, and is currently working on a new duo, Lady Danger. Previously worked at Arts…
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Doug Wallen

Doug Wallen (Editor, Mess+Noise)

Doug Wallen is Editor of the Australian-focused music site Mess+Noise as well as Music Editor of The Big Issue. He is also a regular contributor to TheVine, Rolling Stone and FasterLouder, among others. Once upon a time he lived in America and wrote about music all over the place there, including nearly a decade freelancing…
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Leigh Treweek

Leigh Treweek (Director, Street Press Australia)

As Marketing Director at Street Press Australia, Leigh forged strong relationships with venues, record labels and artist management. He has since gone on to work on major campaigns assisting national and international brands sync their products to music. Recently SPA launched into new media creating Australia first iPad only lifestyle and entertainment magazine that was…
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Sam Thompson (Group Content Director, MCM Media)

Sam Thompson oversees MCM Media’s extensive output across radio, digital, mobile, television and events; which is broadcast across 4 national radio networks and 220 radio stations, 53 digital sites, various mobile apps, television specials and in cinemas. She’s responsible for some of Australia’s best loved music brands including Take 40 Australia, The Hot Hits, My…
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Edwin Tehrani

Edwin Tehrani (Agent, New World Artists)

At age 17 Edwin started his own agency. As a 21 year old “veteran” Edwin was head hunted by New World Artists booking agency and now, 5 years later, is one of the most experienced and savvy, young  booking agents in Australasia. Edwin has worked with everyone from The Living End to Children Collide and…
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Brian Taranto

Brian “BT” Taranto (Director, Love Police)

Brian “BT” Taranto has been involving in concert merchandise since 1985 starting as an employee of Australian Tour Merchandising (ATM). In the late ’90s he started Love Police, a company and brand that has gone on to be a multi-faceted machine producing merch, graphic design, concert and tour promoting and book publishing. In 2011, Love…
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Tom Supple

Tom Supple (Director, Supplefox / Creative Associate, Melbourne Festival)

Tom Supple is a co-founder of Supple Fox, whom The Age described as “maverick event planners”. With creativity and a healthy sense for the absurd, Supple Fox have lent their considerable expertise to such multi-faceted projects as curating the contemporary music program for Melbourne International Arts Festival, painting hundreds of sheep in rainbow colours for…
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Ben Strong (Senior Associate, GI & Sanicki Lawyers)

Ben is a lawyer specialising in the music industry and the fields of media, intellectual property and communications law. Prior to joining Darren Sanicki Lawyers, now GI & Sanicki Lawyers, Ben taught music industry law, intellectual property law and media law at Victoria University. Ben continues to provide legal training to community radio broadcasters Triple…
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Taryn Stenvei (Music Editor, Beat Magazine)

Taryn started working at Beat handling the bars, venues and hospitality accounts but being shouted drinks all day by publicans soon proved too tiring, forcing her to accept a promotion to Music Editor, a position she has held for a year. She has a Communications degree and a few former jobs under her belt, and she…
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Mark Smith

Mark Smith (Manager, Music NT)

Commencing his role as MusicNT’s Manager in 2008, Mark has not only represented MusicNT as part of AMIN (Australia Music Industry Network), but has also been a vital element in developing key programs including the NT Song of the Year and the iNTune music conference, as well as taking the Indigenous Music Awards to a national audience as the National Indigenous Music Awards, engaging with the wider…
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Mark Seymour

Mark Seymour (Musician)

Mark Seymour was born in Benalla and grew up in country Victoria. Paula, his mother, encouraged all her children to sing and play musical instruments. Mark formed Hunters and Collectors in 1980, with a bunch of uni friends. Hunters and Collectors went on to record five more albums, and became a huge touring operation. By…
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Steven Schram (Producer)

An ardent believer in performance and imperfection Steven prefers to place his faith in the artists’ abilities and his own engineering skill and forethought rather than heavily rely on manipulation by modern recording technologies. A fearless approach to production and mixing, and an unmistakable sonic character, has yielded multiple ARIA nominations, top 10 albums, triple j…
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Forrester Savell (Producer)

Forrester Savell has made his mark on the music industry showcasing his talents at the helm of the mixing desk and earning a stack of accolades including multiple Gold Albums and ARIA nominations in 2009 and 2010 for Producer of the Year. Forrester has stamped his brand of magic on the definitive albums for a host of…
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Darren Sanicki

Darren Sanicki (Principal, GI & Sanicki Lawyers)

Darren Sanicki is Principal of the firm GI & Sanicki Lawyers, a boutique Melbourne based law firm specialising in music, entertainment and the arts. Darren acts for many of the biggest names in the music industry in addition to young and emerging artists. The firm specialises in negotiating and advising on all types of music…
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Bernadette Ryan (Manager, Bernadette Ryan Management)

Bernadette Ryan runs her own artist management company Bernadette Ryan Management, she’s currently navigating the career of the irresistible soul/R’n’B band Saskwatch. Having grown up in Redbank in regional Victoria, Bernadette moved to Melbourne where she began her career in the music industry as the booker of iconic venue The Empress. Bernadette has worked with many…
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Dan Rosen (CEO, ARIA)

Dan Rosen brings with him valuable experience across digital media, law, policy and music. Prior to joining ARIA as CEO, Rosen was based in New York working as Head of Americas for KIT Digital, a NASAQ listed digital media company. Before leaving for the States, Dan worked as an Advisor to the Minister of Communications,…
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Frank Rodi (Senior Online & Mobile Licensing Manager, APRA | AMCOS)

Frank Rodi has worked in the music industry over a number of years as a broadcaster, DJ and licensing strategist. In his current role with APRA | AMCOS, his job is to identify new technologies and investigate their impact on the music industry and music copyright in relation to musical works. This involves developing licensing…
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Rowan Robinson

Rowan Robinson (Manager, No Dice Management)

As a Senior Artist Manager with No Dice, Rowan Robinson works with an impressive roster of Australian acts including Xavier Rudd, Seth Sentry, Grey Ghost and Arts Martial. In particular, Rowan has been involved in developing Seth Sentry as a highly successful independent artist from the ground up – including a No. #6 ARIA debut…
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Karl Richter (Director, Level Two Music)

Karl Richter is director of Level Two Music, a music company with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. Level Two’s music supervision work includes film and TV across all networks (the Underbelly series, Offspring, Dance Academy). Level Two’s commercial work spans the globe including on-airs in Singapore, Turkey, Asia, Pacific, South America, USA, UK and…
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Nicci Reid

Nicci Reid (Director, Sugar Mountain)

Sugar Mountain (Melbourne) celebrates creativity across multiple platforms, presenting engaging performances in intriguing spaces and is committed to creating an environment that is convivial and interactive. Nicci Reid is one quarter of the Sugar Mountain team and runs music services company, Wing & Gill, whose clients include artists such as Pets With Pets, Batrider, New…
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Andie Reid (Tour Manager)

Andie Reid is an audio tech, tour/production manager and backline tech. Originally from Adelaide now based in Melbourne, in the past 10 years he has done it all… From running venues in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, running a puppet tour through Europe, countless national tours and countless summer festivals. With a very wide skill…
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Rebecca Reato

Rebecca Reato (Publicist & Co-Founder, Deathproof PR)

Rebecca is a publicist and co-founder of Deathproof PR, a Melbourne-based publicity agency specialising in the promotion of metal monsters, alt-rock troubadours and everything in between. Deathproof works with local and international bands, promoters and record labels such as UNFD, Frontier, Epitaph, Co-Operative and Destroy All Lines to ensure that good music is granted the…
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Daniel Randell (General Manager, Music SA)

Coming from a professional background in accounting and finance, Daniel was appointed as General Manager of Music SA in 2005. Since that time Music SA has grown to become the key organisation for industry development in South Australia, providing training mentoring and performance opportunities for over 500 aspiring artists and practitioners each year. Daniel is…
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Johann Ponniah

Johann Ponniah (Director, I OH YOU)

Johann created Melbourne music company I OH YOU in late 2009 when he received a final notice for an overdue gas bill and in a last ditch attempt to pay it off (and one of many attempts to impress cute girls) decided to throw a house party and charged a ‘donation’ fee. The party ended…
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Stacey Piggot

Stacey Piggott (Publicist, Two Fish Out Of Water)

Covering print, online, radio and TV publicity, Stacey and her small team at Two Fish Out Of Water have been behind successful national PR campaigns for artists like Cog, The Jezabels, The Drones, Mia Dyson, Bon Iver, Henry Rollins, Ash Grunwald, Gareth Liddiard, Augie March, The Waifs, Blue King Brown, festivals like All Tomorrow Parties…
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Daniel Petchey

Daniel Petchey (Booking Agent, Can’t Say / Purple Sneakers)

Daniel Petchey is a hardworking man, he’s been in the nightclub business since before you got a fake ID or jumped your first festival fence. A graphic designer by trade he now puts his business skills to good use, bringing you your favourite Friday night; Can’t Say every single week. Hosting your favourite and hot new…
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Elise Peyronnet (Festival Director, Melbourne Music Week)

Elise Peyronnet started her career in music in an independent record label in Paris, working on artistic projects with the likes of Beastie Boys, Jeff Mills and Femi Kuti. She came to Australia three years ago and has managed Melbourne Music Week since it was first launched by the City of Melbourne. MMW takes over…
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Gareth Parton

Gareth Parton (Producer)

There can be no doubt in Gareth Parton’s depth of experience when skimming through his substantial discography which includes names such as Tom Jones, The Killers, The Breeders, Fucked Up, Foals, The Beta Band, The Pipettes, Pete & The Pirates, Asian Dub Foundation, as well as his internationally acclaimed work with The Go! Team (which…
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Michael Parisi (Manager, Michael Parisi Management)

MPM was set up by Michael Parisi in 2008 as a management and consultancy company to look after Australian artists and create new music based initiatives. MPM’s roster features artists such as Owl Eyes, Dan Sultan, Way Of The Eagle and Stonefield with current projects including Wunderkind label, Audio Branding and Dream Inc. Michael worked…
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Dean Ormston (Head of Corporate Services, APRA|AMCOS)

Dean has worked with APRA | AMCOS for over 15 years and is currently Head of Corporate Services, with overall responsibility for government relations, media, marketing/communications, HR, business and systems development and operations. Dean has been a Board Director of Screenrights since 2007 and is a current Board Director of the Music Council of Australia…
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Shane O’Donohue (Editor, Street Press Australia)

Shane has been writing about music for more than 15 years. After editing Victorian street press magazine Inpress in the early 2000′s, he returned to the editorship in 2010, a position he still holds. As a member of the Street Press Australia network he contributes to themusic.com.au and the Your Daily SPA newsletter. In between…
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Yasmin Naghavi (Solicitor, Media Arts Lawyers)

Yasmin Naghavi is a Solicitor who practices in commercial and entertainment law, particularly in relation to new media, music and design matters; representing local and international musicians, bands, producers, composers, managers, DSPs, designers and radio stations. Yasmin is a passionate advocate for artists rights but also structures deals that are both practical and commercial. Yasmin…
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Johnny Moretti (Musician, Johnny Rock & The Limits)

Johnny Moretti, better known as Johnny Rock, has been a permanent fixture in the music scene for over 10 years. Not only playing in several bands in that time (most notable Johnny Rock and The Limits) but also as a DJ and working in marketing and promotions for music releases and tours, as well as…
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Matthew Minchin (Senior Manager Portfolio Strategy – Environmental Policy Division, Department of Sustainability)

Matthew heads up the team in the Department of Sustainability & Environment recently charged with the responsibility to review Victoria’s statutory environmental protection policies over the coming years. This review process will include a review of State Environment Protection Policy N2 (Control of music noise from public premises). Matthew appears on the 2012 Face The…
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Mikelangelo (Musician / Media Personality)

Mikelangelo has received rave reviews and awards nationally and internationally, appearing at many major music and arts festivals including Sziget Festival (Hungary), the Melbourne International Festival, the Sydney Opera House concert hall and The Famous Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival (UK). He is the front man and composer for two bands – The Tin Star…
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Quincy McLean (Co-founder, SLAM / Bakehouse Studios / Blue Ruin)

Quincy McLean is the co-founder of SLAM and began Melbourne’s iconic Bakehouse Studios in 1991. He has been a prolific musician for the last 30 years having released seven albums, toured and gigged extensively. Quincy is a member of Victorian Music Council and the Industry Advisory Committee at RMIT’s Sound Production Dept. In 2010 he…
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Moira McKenzie (Lawyer, GI & Sanicki Lawyers)

Moira is a Solicitor at GI & Sanicki Lawyers who practices primarily in entertainment law. Moira is also a musician and a music lover. As an artist she has toured nationally and on the industry side, worked for indie label Vitamin Records and is a member of Mullum Music Festival team. Moira has experience in…
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Jess McGuire (Presenter, Breakfasters, 3RRR)

Jess McGuire is a writer and broadcaster based in Melbourne and has presented on iconic Melbourne radio station 3RRR since 2006, currently as one third of 3RRR’s Breakfasters program. Jess has appeared as a regular on triple j and ABC Local Radio and was the editor of pop culture site Defamer Australia for four years….
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Jimi Maroudas (Producer)

Starting as principal assistant engineer at Sing Sing Studios, Jimi Maroudas is now producing, mixing and engineering in his own right and has displayed his diversity, depth and strength in working with artists at all stages of their careers. His discography includes multi-platinum Australian acts such as Tim Rogers and The Living End, with recent…
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Helen Marcou (Co-founder, SLAM)

Helen is the co-founder of SLAM and with long term partner Quincy McLean they own Bakehouse Studios. As an advocate for reforms in the contemporary music sector, she set up National SLAM day; an annual day of awareness and celebration of live music. Helen is a member of the Victorian State Government’s Roundtable, the Lord…
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Adrian Marchesani

Adrian Marchesani (Manager, Standard Publishing)

Adrian has been general manager of Standard Music Publishing for the past 13 years. During this time Standard has had four final nominations in the APRA most performed song award, winning the award in 2001. Adrian also manages Victoria University’s Bachelor of Business Degree course specialising in Music Business and has also just completed his…
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Luke Logemann (Manager, UNFD)

Luke Logemann has been with The Staple Group since 2006, working for Boomtown Records until the launch of their new brand UNFD, of which he is A&R and Marketing Manager. He also manages acts like The Getaway Plan, House VS Hurricane, Dream On Dreamer and Northlane. Luke appears on: The House Meets The Hurricane: A…
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Katie Lio (Editorial Manager, BigPond Music/MOG)

Starting out as a mobile content co-ordinator, Katie has been working with BigPond Music for just under 6 years. Now heading up the editorial and content management, Katie recently helped with the launch of new streaming service MOG in Australia and continues to help with the management, content programming and editorial side of BPM digital…
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Fergus Linehan (Festival Director, Vivid)

Fergus Linehan is a creative director, curator and producer based between the UK and Australia. He has been Artistic Director and CEO of Sydney Festival, the Dublin Theatre Festival and is currently Head of Contemporary Music at Sydney Opera House and Festival Director of Vivid Live (Sydney). Fergus appears on the 2012 Face The Music…
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Darren Levin (Editor-In-Chief, FasterLouder/Mess+Noise)

Darren Levin is the editor-in-chief of FasterLouder.com.au and messandnoise.com, and a regular contributor for Rolling Stone and The Age. Only ask him about Brazilian psychedelic music from the late ’60s if you have three hours to spare. Darren appears on the 2012 Face The Music session: Speed Meetings: Meet The Media


John Lee (Musician, Mountains In The Sky / Composer & Producer)

John Lee first gained praise for his musical compositions and production skills in 2005 when he released a cinematic tonepoem under the name Mountains in the Sky. A track from this Celestial Son album was used by the National Basketball Association (USA) in the promotional campaign for the 2006 playoffs. Since then he has released more…
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Adam Lane (Director, GEA Interactive)

Tech geek Adam Lane 24, is a director of digital strategy outfit GEA Interactive. He is responsible for creating and maintaining the online presence of artists including Angus & Julia Stone, Cage the Elephant, Decemberists, Empire of the Sun, Evermore, Faith Hill, Gotye, Hugh Evans, Kasey Chambers, Missy Higgins, Papa vs Pretty, Paul Dempsey, Something…
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Dave Ruby Howe (Music Director, triple j Unearthed)

Dave Ruby Howe is the Music Director of Triple J Unearthed overseeing the programming of Triple J Unearthed radio, the 2011-launched digital radio station that plays all Australian and all independent music sourced through triplejunearthed.com. Prior to his work at Triple J Dave began his career in the industry as a music journalist as well…
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Sophie Kirov (Tour Manager)

Starting her music career in Perth with Sunset Events, Sophie relocated to the colder pastures of Melbourne to continue her quest for experience in the industry. From a festival volunteer, to door person, merchandise seller and driver, Sophie has given it all a go and is now a tour manager for Australian and international acts. Working…
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Con Kalamaras (Senior Writer Services Representative Vic/Tas, APRA | AMCOS)

Con Kalamaras works at the Melbourne office of APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association), his role is to assist, guide and work through all the Royalties queries that composers call about. His role involves him also organising educational outreach programs within Victoria and Tasmania. APRA | AMCOS help make sure that songwriters and music publishers get…
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Nicholas Jones (Editor-In-Chief, Tone Deaf)

Nicholas Jones is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of Tone Deaf, which in three short years has become one of the biggest Australian music websites covering more shows than any other publication in the country. He’s been involved in Australia’s music scene for seven years, cutting his teeth in his teens by creating visuals for most…
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Janelle Johnstone (Marketing & Events Manager, 3PBS)

Janelle has been working in and around Melbourne’s independent live music scene for over 15 years. She is currently the Marketing and Events Manager at community broadcaster 3PBS 106.7FM. Previously she has been band booker for The Punters Club and The Tote Hotel, programmed festivals including the Melbourne Big Day Out, produced an assortment of…
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Chris Johnson (Manager, AMRAP)

Chris Johnson manages the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP), the Commonwealth Government funded initiative generating airplay opportunities for Australian music on community radio. Since 2008 over 1500 broadcasters from 300 community radio stations have used AMRAP to receive music from 3000 Australian artists. Over 100,000 Australian music files have been distributed online through AMRAP’s…
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Tom Johannesen (Agent, Fetch Agency)

Begging for shows around the country Tom eventually built up a solid relationship with a lot of fellow metal and hardccore promoters and venues. When the band ended he found he still had a strong passion for bookings as he’s always (weirdly enough) been excited by the site of a lot of dates consecutively. Tom’s…
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Adam Jankie (COO, Illusive)

Adam Jankie is the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of the Illusive Entertainment Group. Established in 2002 the Illusive group of companies has cemented itself as one of Australia’s top independent music and entertainment groups. Operating a record label, management company and a touring business, Illusive currently represents some of Australia’s biggest artists and has…
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Scott Horscroft (Vice President A&R, EMI / Producer, Manager, Studio Owner)

Scott Horscroft is an acclaimed record producer, studio owner, A&R executive and artist manager. He made his mark as a mixer, engineer and producer working with some of Australia’s most credible artists such as Silverchair, Birds of Tokyo, The Presets and countless others. Scott has quickly become one of Australia’s most distinguished industry professionals and…
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Julian Hewitt (Senior Solicitor, Media Arts Lawyers)

Julian Hewitt is a Solicitor who has been signed as an artist to major labels and independents, and has an extensive background in touring, publishing, recording and remixing bands. Julian has a strong commercial law background, and has written national franchise agreements, represented high-profile Australian fashion designers, established public charities and advised on major funding…
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Justin Heazlewood (Musician, The Bedroom Philosopher)

Justin Heazlewood is a writer, musician and humourist described as “the Gen-Y commentator it’s okay to like”. As The Bedroom Philosopher, he has released three albums including the multi award-winning Songs From The 86 Tram, including triple j hit Northcote (So Hungover). Last year he published his first book The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries through Affirm…
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Rae Harvey (Manager, Crucial Music)

Rae Harvey has been working with music in some format since she was legally old enough, her first experience being the coordination of nine bands to play at her 18th birthday party. Through the ’90s and whilst learning the trade of management, she worked on a massive amount of international tours from NOFX and Blink…
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Angie Hart (Musician)

Angie rose to fame with alt-pop band Frente! who sold more than a million records worldwide. Post-Frente, Angie relocated to LA where she worked with Anna Waronker (That Dog) and Shelly Peiken (Christina Aguilera). She collaborated with cult screenwriter/director Joss Whedon, writing songs for and appearing in, his hit television shows Buffy The Vampire Slayer…
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Chris Gough (Managing Director, Native Tongue Music Publishing)

Chris is Managing Director of Native Tongue Music Publishing, an independent music publisher with offices in Melbourne, Auckland and London. On October 1 this year Native Tongue America was established as a joint venture with their US sync partner, Sugaroo; representing Australian and New Zealand songwriters including Gin Wigmore, Gosling, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’…
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Jane Gazzo (Broadcaster, Max TV)

Jane Gazzo began her broadcasting career at Triple R and has gone on to present nationally on triple j, as well as around the world on UK stations like X- FM, Capital FM and BBC 6 Music. Currently a host for Channel V and Max (2007-12), Gazzo has also hosted various music television at home…
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Tom Fraser

Tom Fraser (Manager, Big Scary)

Having always had an interest in music, Tom’s relationship with Big Scary grew from “just helping out” to being their fully-fledged manager as the band’s profile grew. With no formal training or prior experience, Tom initially learnt from anyone who was willing to give advice. His instinct and hard work have served him since. Through…
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Roger Field (Vice President – Promotions, Live Nation)

Roger Field commenced Live Nation’s operations in Australia and New Zealand alongside friend and colleague Luke Hede in July 2010 and in 2012, Live Nation acquired Michael Coppel Presents. Prior to this Roger spent seven years working with Michael Coppel in areas including sponsorship, ticketing, festival (mis)management, marketing and other generally hard-nosed business. Roger’s extended…
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Cael Fenby

Cael Fenby (National Events Manager, Destroy All Lines)

Born and raised in Brisbane, Cael spent his early days in the music industry sweeping floors and shit-kicking at local shows until he got a look in at running them himself. Creature comforts pushed Cael away from tour life and into the slightly less chaotic world of running venues and sleeping in his own bed. When…
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Leesa Ellem (Tour Manager)

Leesa Ellem is a tour manager based in Sydney. Leesa started out in the industry as a door person at The Annandale Hotel, doing publicity for the pub, booking local new acts one night a week. Leesa met a whole lot of people in the industry and from there got offered to help out driving…
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Christie Eliezer (Australasian Correspondent, Pollstar / Senior Music Industry Columnist, The Music Network/Beat Magazine)

Christie Eliezer is the Australasian correspondent for international music magazines Pollstar, Senior Industry Columnist for The Music Network, and syndicates his weekly music industry column through Beat in Melbourne, The Brag in Sydney and DB in Adelaide. The one time editor of Juke magazine and Australasian bureau chief for Billboard magazine, he also wrote a…
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Patrick Donovan (CEO, Music Victoria)

Patrick Donovan is the CEO of Music Victoria and is on the board of the National Film & Sound Archive, the Australian Music Industry Network and the Arts Industry Council of Victoria. He sings in punk band Cowsmuff, tour managed Iggy Pop in 1998 and was the former Music Writer for The Age newspaper, where…
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Gregg Donovan (Manager, Wonderlick Entertainment)

Gregg Donovan started his career in the early ’90s as a manager and local promoter in Canberra. In 1997 he moved to Sydney to work as an office manager for promoter Steve Pavlovic (Pav Presents). He soon became a tour manager / promoter rep working with the likes of Fugazi, The Beastie Boys, NOFX and…
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Jess Cornelius

Jess Cornelius (Musician, Teeth & Tongue)

Jess Cornelius is the songwriter and instrumentalist behind Australian solo project/band Teeth & Tongue. As Teeth & Tongue Jess has released two albums (Monobasic and Tambourine, through Dot Dash/Remote Control) and toured in Europe and throughout the USA. In 2012 Teeth & Tongue performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas, as well as New York’s CMJ…
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Jaddan Comerford

Jaddan Comerford (Director, The Staple Group)

Jaddan Comerford started Boomtown Records in 2004 whilst studying, and has since gone on to become one of the Australian music industry’s well-known personalities through his passion for music, conversation, business and the odd cheeky pint of beer. Co-founding The Staple Group with Ben Turnbull in 2006, Jaddan has long shared a vision of creating…
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Maggie Collins

Maggie Collins (Manager, Golden District / Presenter, triple j)

In her time in the music industry Maggie Collins has accrued a wealth of experience that has seen her build a successful career as a national broadcaster and artist manager. Starting out as a presenter on community broadcaster 4ZZZ, she was Music Director for just over a year before transitioning to triple j where she…
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Claire Collins

Claire Collins (Manager & Publicist, Bossy Music)

Claire Collins is the director of Bossy Music, a boutique artist management and public relations company. Bossy Music manages ARIA award-winning artist Art vs Science, and up-and-comers YesYou, and counts Gotye, the Laneway Festival, Flume and Disclosure amongst its publicity clients. Prior to starting Bossy in 2009, Claire was triple j‘s Publicist/Marketing Manager (dream job)….
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Weddings Parties Anything (1984 – 1998)

Weddings Parties Anything are an Australian folk rock band formed in Melbourne in late 1984. The band is led by Mick Thomas, originally from Geelong, who played in bush bands in his youth and wanted to combine his love for punk and folk music. Thomas remains the only continual band member over Weddings Parties Anything’s…
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Jaymz Clements (Editor, triple j magazine)

Jaymz is the Editor of triple j magazine. Out bi-monthly in print and now as an iPad edition, triple j magazine reflects and adds to triple j’s showcasing of the best music Australia and the world has to offer, while celebrating and examining all the aspects of Australian youth culture. All in the most creative…
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Wil Burston (Tour Manager)

Having lost his sanity yet paid the rent for longer than being legal to drink from the music industry, Wil has amassed a breadth and depth of experience that creates a unique perspective on the modern industry. Currently holding the titles of TM/PM/FOH for Darren Percival, TM/FOH/Promoters Rep for Chugg Entertainment, PM/Operations Director/Business Development for…
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Alastair Burns

Alastair Burns (Manager, Jordie Lane)

Alastair manages Australian singer/songwriter Jordie Lane and APRA award-winning New Zealand artist Matt Langley. He is also the founder/producer of online music show BalconyTV Melbourne. Alastair ran Horizon Music NZ, an independent label and promotions company from 2006-2009, while completing a law degree in Dunedin, New Zealand. Since relocating to Melbourne, he has turned his…
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Kirsty Brown (Executive Officer, MusicNSW)

Kirsty Brown is the recently appointed Executive Officer of MusicNSW, the peak sector body for contemporary music in NSW, and is also the former Managing Editor of street press The Brag, which she called home for 4 years before heading off to work on the Flickerfest International Short Film Festival and most recently, with Museums…
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Sophia Brous (Musician, Brous / Board Member, Music Victoria)

Sophia Brous is a multi-award winning vocalist and musician, broadcaster and curator. Sophia studied music at the New England Conservatory in Boston and VCA in Melbourne. At 22, Sophia became the Director of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and has also held the positions of Music Curator to the Adelaide Festival Of The Arts and…
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Martin Boulton

Martin Boulton (Editor, The Age EG)

One of the earliest stories Martin worked on when he arrived at The Age 10 years ago was the renaming of AC/DC Lane in the city. Since then he’s been an award winning journalist on the news desk, spent 5 years covering sport in the town that loves footy as much as its music, and…
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Jerome Borazio (Director, Get Notorious)

Jerome Borazio, is one of Melbourne’s most successful and enigmatic hospitality entrepreneurs. His experience in the industry is not only extensive, but unique. Famously, Jerome created one of Melbourne’s most-loved bars, St. Jerome’s in Caledonian Lane. It was the stuff of legend, but the ethos lives on in his other hospitality venues, including Ponyfish Island, 1000…
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Guy Blackman & Ben O’Connor (Managers, Twerps)

Guy Blackman and Ben O’Connor are a management team and co-directors of Melbourne record label Chapter Music. Together they manage Melbourne acts Twerps and Primitive Calculators, while Ben also manages World’s End Press, Crayon Fields, Geoffrey O’Connor and works with Architecture In Helsinki. Formed by Guy in 1992, with Ben becoming involved in 1995, Chapter…
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Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup (Manager, Buzz Management)

In his over 40 years association with Australian music industry Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup has been a musician, songwriter, producer, manager and booking agent. His notable achievements include 4 albums with The Angels from 1976 – 81 (co-writing and co-producing the hit  No Secrets), co-founder of The Party Boys (3 albums 1982 -84) and GANGgajang (4…
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Peter Bayliss

Peter Bayliss (Spokesperson & Treasurer, MusicACT)

  Peter is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of Into Tomorrow and First Base Music. Peter has been involved in the Australian music industry for over 20 years in a number of roles including artist management, booking and promotion. He has had a parallel career in accounting/business working across private enterprise, community and arts…
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Adrian Basso (President, CBAA & General Manager, 3PBS)

Adrian Basso is the National President of the community broadcasting peak body, CBAA, which represents more than 350 radio stations, reaching 25% of all Australians weekly. He is also General Manager of PBS 106.7FM, Melbourne’s station specialising in a diverse assortment of under-represented music. Adrian’s previous roles have included Business and Development Manager at classical…
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Vanessa Bassili (Publicist, Little Old Me Publicity)

Vanessa Bassili formed Little Old Me Publicity in 2010. Since its inception, Little Old Me Publicity has proudly flown the publicity flag for international artists such as City and Colour, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Akron/Family, The Go! Team, Owen Pallett and Metric; as well as local artists such as Loon Lake, Husky, Pony Face and…
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Gordon Anderson (Industry Development Coordinator, Music SA)

Gordon is the Industry Development Officer at Music SA. He works to build the South Australian contemporary music sector’s profile and networks; advising musicians on securing resources, marketing and distribution strategies, promotion, business management and touring. Gordon is also an event producer and programmer. He designed the AbaF award-winning Cooper’s Alive series for Music SA,…
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Dom Alessio (Presenter, Home & Hosed – triple j)

Dom Alessio is, amongst other things, the host of Triple J’s Australian music show Home & Hosed, a musical journalist, a newly-minted West Wing fan and the owner of the “death metal ukulele”. Someone one said Dom is “the gatekeeper of Australian music” which is an epithet he doesn’t completely agree with, but is happy…
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Ashley Admiraal (Planning & Environment Advisor, Music Victoria / FairGo4LiveMusic)

Ashley has a background in public sector project management, urban and regional planning, infrastructure development, environmental impact assessment and sustainability. Currently Ashley is coordinating the planning for the $1billion plus development of the Port of Hastings as Victoria’s next international container port, and is an advisor to the State Government’s Department of Treasury and Finance…
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Indra Adams

Indra Adams (Booking Agent & Publicist, Singhala Music / Shows In Space)

With over 10 years’ experience working in music out of Melbourne, Indra began booking some of Australia’s best known music venues including The Esplanade Hotel and Ding Dong Lounge. Indra is the now the founder and director of Singhala Music, a booking agency with a roster featuring 20 of the country’s finest artists, an international…
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Zac Abroms (Digital & Social Media Publicist & Manager, Viceroyalty)

In 2007 Zac joined Forum 5 Management & Recordings, undertaking the development and marketing of their artists and releases including Bertie Blackman’s ARIA-Award-winning album Secrets and Lies (2009) and the launch of New Zealand songstress Kimbra. In 2010, Zac launched Viceroyalty, a boutique artist management and music services provider specialising in online PR and music…
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Ryan McLerie

Ryan McLerie (Musician, House VS Hurricane)

Since forming in 2006, Ryan McLerie is one of two founding members of House VS Hurricane to remain in the band throughout their entire history. As vocalist and guitarist, he has contributed heavily to their recent hit album Crooked Teeth (UNFD) – which turned heads worldwide in 2012; as well as their debut full-length Perspectives…
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AJ Maddah (Soundwave/Harvest Festival)

AJ Maddah is the man behind two of Australia’s most successful new all ages alternative music festivals – Soundwave and Harvest. Since Soundwave’s launch in 2007 it has become one of the most popular events on the alternative heavy music scene, selling out in most of the event’s national locations annually, and also spawing various…
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Ian Jorgensen (Founder, Camp A Low Hum, NZ)

Jorgensen is the founder of Camp A Low Hum, a new independent all ages music festival based in Wainuiomata, New Zealand. Established in 2007 and running over three days in February it is being marketed unlike most other festivals. Through CALH, Jorgensen wanted to create an event he would actually enjoy – meaning BYO, being…
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Scotty McKenzie

Scotty McKenzie (Agent, Premier Artists)

Scotty is a national agent for over 30 acts with Premier Artists. Starting out as a volunteer, he has now been with the company for over 10 years and has worked on numerous national tours. Not to mention having worked in every facet of the agency. During this time, he has worked with notable artists…
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Nick OByrne

Nick O’Byrne (General Manager, AIR / Associate Programmer, BIGSOUND)

Nick is the General Manager of AIR, the peak industry association for independent record labels and musicians. AIR’s work involves formulating and coordinating music industry response to government policy, as well as advocating for fair market access for independent artists. AIR publish the Jagermeister Independent Music Charts (AIR Charts) and the AIR Awards. Nick has…
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Kimbra (Musician)

New Zealand born, now Melbourne based 21 year old, Kimbra is without a doubt one of the biggest female artists of 2011/12. Having spent her school years songwriting and gigging around her native New Zealand, Kimbra was discovered by manager Mark Richardson (OutPost Management) at just 17, and since relocating to Melbourne has been carving…
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Martin Atkins (Label Owner, Entrepreneur & Author, USA)

Renowned US label owner, entrepreneur, artist and educator Martin Atkins has drawn on his three decades of music business experience to help artists striving to succeed on their own terms in a challenging music industry. Martin was a member of Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke, founded industrial supergroup Pigface and has worked with Nine…
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Van Walker (Musician)

In 2001 singer-songwriter Van Walker moved from Tasmania to Melbourne intent on following his musical ambition. He formed The Swedish Magazines in 2003 who released their critically acclaimed debut album, Eat More Baby, in 2005. During this time Van was also performing his acoustic solo material and by 2007 he recorded a debut solo album….
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Millie Millgate

Millie Millgate (Export Music Producer, Sounds Australia)

In her role, Millie manages and implements the Sounds Australia project, which aims to represent the Australian contemporary music sector at events such as MIDEM, SXSW and many more. Her role is jointly funded between APRA | AMCOS and the Australia Council. Millie appears on the 2012 Face The Music session: Making Inroads In The…
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Charles Jenkins (Musician / Manager, Push Songs)

Charles is a Melbourne songwriter/musician and performer with more than 20 years experience in the Australian music industry. He started out with the rockabilly/punk outfit the Mad Turks from Istanbul through to power-pop band the Icecream Hands, Charles is now forging a successful solo career, receiving critical acclaim for his four solo albums. “He’s too…
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