Face The Music 2015 - Full Program Released

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Jodie Regan (Spinning Top Music)Stories from the stage and tour bus, behind-the-scenes advice from those running chart-topping bands, labels and tours, and one-on-one meeting opportunities with leading insiders are among the treasures on show when the Australian music industry comes together on 13th and 14th November for Face The Music 2015. With fifty different music talks, workshops, meetings, parties and performances under the Arts Centre spire and surrounding arts precinct, this is a must for musicians wanting help to advance their career, creative business people, students and music fans.

To open Face The Music 2015, we bring together a powerhouse trifecta of top-tier, homegrown music business leaders across artist management, touring and record company leadership. Creative, fearless and influential, Mardi Caught (Warner Music Australia), Jodie Regan (Spinning Top Music, pictured) and Susan Heymann (Chugg Entertainment) delve into their respective fields to share unique personal experiences and real-life examples of the essential steps needed to build a successful record label, touring operation and artist career.

Combined, this towering trio working here and abroad steer the careers of one of Australia’s most successful music exports in Tame Impala, manage a major label housing the talents of Ed Sheeran, Skrillex and Safia, and handle countless tours, the most recent being Florence + The Machine.

Face The Music and Melbourne Music Week present special guest speaker, New York-based Editor in Chief of Noisey, Fred Pessaro. Vice Media’s way cool international music channel Noisey has become an essential stepping-off point for Australian music breaking overseas and Fred will be out on the town to find some new favourites from Melbourne’s renowned live scene. At Face The Music, he joins Editor of Rolling Stone Australia, Mathew Coyte and writers Brodie Lancaster and Marcus Teague in a discussion exploring trends in music journalism, from listicles to fan reviews to long form essays, and opportunities to be published (and paid!).

Immersed in punk and electronic subcultures, Berlin has long held a creative allure for Melbourne’s music makers – attracting acts such as The Birthday Party, Ash Wednesday, Mick Harvey and the late James Cruickshank in the early ‘80s and influencing Melbourne’s rave scene in the ‘90s. This captivation is still evident in the artistic pilgrimages that continue today. We are joined by Dr. Motte, founder of Berlin’s Love Parade, Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten / Die Haut / Automat), Berlin-based writer of City Of Exiles Stuart Braun and electronic producer and lecturer David Haberfeld (aka Honeysmack) to discuss the grit and glitz of musically-inspired urban subcultures. The session will also explore the influence of Geniale Dilletanten, Germany’s formative era of musical upheaval 1979-84, the subject of a visiting exhibition currently at RMIT Gallery. Presented by the Goethe-Institut as part of the Urban Subcultures series.

Face The Music offers up a number of exclusive meetings and small workshop opportunities for artist managers, producers and artists alike. Head to facethemusic.com.au to apply and reserve your place in a range of sessions such as the triple j Listening Lounge, The Evolution of Digital Music workshop, Music Hacks digital marketing masterclass, the Native Tongue Publishing 101 workshop, a Drumming masterclass presented by the folks at the SoundLab, an APRA AMCOS Songwriting masterclass with Holy Holy and plenty more. One-on-one meetings can also be booked with loads of leading industry insiders including Noisey’s Fred Pessaro, 123 Agency’s Damian Costin, 3RRR’s Simon Winkler, Queenscliff Music Festival’s Andrew Orvis and publicity queen Chrissie Vincent. Applications close November 9th.

Today’s announcement includes the following new speakers: Archie Roach, Dr Motte (Love Parade – GER), Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten – GER), Mardi Caught (Warner Music Australia), Susan Heymann (Chugg Entertainment), Jodie Regan (Spinning Top), Fred Pessaro (Editor In Chief, Noisey – USA), artists Harvey Miller & Monte Morgan (Client Liaison), Ali  Barter, Phoebe Baker (Alpine), Honeysmack, Oscar Dawson & Matt Redlich (Holy Holy), Murray Robertson (The Thunderbirds), Chris Maund and Marihuzka Cornelius (Ivy League), Damian Costin (123 Agency), Harvey Saward (Remote Control), Ian James (Mushroom Publishing), Anita Nedeljkovic (Venue Collective), Bill Armstrong AM (Armstrong Studios), Dean Ormston, Andrew Harris & Nicholas Albanis (APRA AMCOS), Joel Connolly (Umbrella), Adam de Cata (Run It Wild), Larry Heath (AU Review), Matt Tanner & Kate Mills (Native Tongue), Chrissie Vincent (Publicist), Ben O’Hara & Byron Georgouras (Collarts), Mikey Cahill (Herald Sun), Chris Johnston (Fairfax), Kirsty Rivers & Dean Linguey (Creative Victoria), Peter Chellew & Melinda Krause (The Push), Simon Winkler (3RRR), Andrew Orvis (Queenscliff Music Festival), Melanie Lewis (Spur Presence), Marcus Teague, Jenny Valentish & Stuart Braun (Writers), Cassie Walker (Peachy Entertainment), Kate Duncan (Decibels), drummers Alejandro Adams and Jeff Consi, Laura Semple (Semplesize), Louis Cornell (Engineer), Carolyn Laffan (Arts Centre Melbourne) and Alex Yabsley (Yamaha)

Face The Music passes are available at facethemusic.com.au and member discounts are available from Music Victoria, AAM, APRA, AIR, Collarts, AIM and The Push.

Face The Music
Arts Centre Melbourne
Friday November 13th & Saturday November 14th 2015