WA Music Conference panels preview
Whilst the full WAM Festival Official Program will be out soon, we thought we’d reveal the sessions planned to give you an idea of what’s to come at the WA Music Conference, the must-attend event for everyone from band members to producers, managers, students, industry professionals, bookers, soundies and music fans. This year offers unprecedented value with 64 international and Australian music industry experts set to captivate, inspire and educate audiences over the two-day event at the State Theatre Centre of WA, thanks to Perth Theatre Trust.
Included in ticket prices, pitch your songs to Australia’s leading radio programmers from triple j, Triple R, RTRFM and more. A heap of music industry experts will also be available for exclusive speed dating sessions at the WA Music Conference, with 1-on-1 networking sessions available to register with booking agents, publishers, publicists, labels & more.
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE:
► Final Presale Release via Ticketek til 5pm Thurs 5 Nov: $190 for WAM members | $230 non-members
► After 5pm Thurs 5 Nov: $250 from Ticketek (subject to availability)
WA MUSIC CONFERENCE
Friday 6 November (from 9am) & Saturday 7 November (from 10am)
State Theatre Centre of Western Australia | 174 – 176 William Street, Perth
FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER
REGISTRATIONS OPEN FROM 9AM
WAM CEO MIKE HARRIS
Time: 10-10:10am Room: Studio Underground
KEYNOTE – FRED PESSARO
Time: 10:10 – 11:10am Room: Studio Underground
Editor-in-Chief of VICE’s online music arm, NOISEY, ultra-music fan and Brooklyn Vegan blogger Fred Pessaro shares candid thoughts on the future of music journalism, what it’s like to work for VICE and what makes a ‘hipster capital of the world’.
Interviewer: Sarah Tout (RTRFM)
ARE WE COOL YET?
Time: 11:20am – 12:20pm Room: Studio Underground
What do A&R representatives really look for in an artist? In an industry where trends seem to be ever changing, find out what excites labels looking for new acts, and how “cool” is really defined.
Panellists: Blake Rayner (Dew Process), Lance Robinson (A&R Department), Tim Kelly (Inertia), Garth Carwardine (Spinning Top / Co-Management, Tame Impala)
Moderator: Yvette Myhill (AAM)
Time: 11:20am – 12:20pm Room: Rehearsal Room 2
Could you be the promoter behind WA’s next successful festival? With many Australian festivals going under or cancelling their WA legs, our panel of experts unpack the reasons why some festivals are failing and others flourishing, both at home and overseas.
Panellists: David Chitty (Sunset Events), Phaedra Watts (Nannup Music Festival), Coel Healy (Camp Doogs), Harley Evans (Moshtix / Music Victoria), Archie Hamilton (Split Works)
Moderator: Damian Cunningham (Live Music Office)
12:20 – 1:10pm
THE BIZ – STARTING A SUCCESSFUL MUSIC BUSINESS
Time: 1:10-2:10pm Room: Studio Underground
Whether you’re a self-managed artist or music industry business, having strong business acumen will always lead to successful outcomes. Find out how our industry experts not only started their own music businesses, but the approaches they take to ensure their businesses continually succeed.
Panellists: Tim Kelly (Inertia), Bourby Webster (North Street Music), Adam Weston (Firestarter Music / Birds of Tokyo), Andrew Fuller (New Action Management / My Entertainment Lawyer)
Moderator: Scott Adam (CIT)
Time: 1:10-2:10pm Room: Rehearsal Room 2
Looking to attend or perform at a music export event like BIGSOUND or Music Matters (Singapore)? Comprising of some of the most knowledgeable reps in the business, we’ll dissect what you should be thinking about when applying and how to make the most of the experience.
Panellists: Maggie Collins (triple j / BIGSOUND / Fans Creative Management), Sammy Shirra-Moore (Music Matters Live, Branded), Edwin Tehrani (New World Artists), Andy Gumley (Village Sounds), Justin Sweeting (Artist Voice Asia / Clockenflap / Proper Job Ltd / Magnetic Asia Ltd)
Moderator: Millie Millgate (Sounds Australia)
Time: 2:15-3:15pm Room: Studio Suite
Mastering the fine art of publicity is an essential part of being a self-managed muso, band or music business. Not only can it help you build your following, but also develop your profile and provide more revenue opportunities. These industry experts will go through the do’s and don’ts of writing A+ press releases and how to develop successful publicity plans. It’s time to make your publicity classy, masterclassy style!
Panellists: Sarah Chipman (Title Track), Janelle Morse (Morse Code PR), Adam Christou (RTRFM)
KNIGHTS OF THE LIVE TABLE
Time: 2:25 – 3:15pm Room: Rehearsal Room 2
Live music venues are the life-blood of the music industry. Recognising their importance, decision makers across the country have been making moves to support and develop the sector. Our panel will provide an overview of national developments and discuss exciting plans underway in the West, and how you can make a difference.
Panellists: John Wardle (Live Music Office), Mike Harris (WAM), Joe Algeri (Altus Planning & Appeals / The JAC)
Moderator: Dr Christina Ballico
SYNCING & PUBLISHING 101
Time: 2:25-3:25pm Room: Studio Underground
Sync licensing and publishing offer sources of potentially lucrative revenue for musicians, but how to tap into these revenue streams? We’ll decipher the best way to approach developing sync and publishing opportunities, proving these opportunities are accessible for all.
Panellists: Clive Hodson (Perfect Pitch Publishing), Michael Szumowski (Alberts), Jacob Snell (Monster Management), Susan Cotchin (International Royalties Rescue Pty Ltd), Michael Tucak (creative | legal)
Moderator: Noah Shilkin (Sonic Lolly)
BIG IN JAPAN
Time: 3:30 – 4:15pm Room: Rehearsal Room 2
One of the most pop culture-obsessed countries on the planet, Japan’s dedication to following Western trends has made their music scenes some of the most vibrant and interesting in the world. Find out surprising truths about the country from WA musicians who have organised their own DIY tours, showing you how easy it is to be “Big in Japan”.
Panellists: Pat McLaughlin (APRA AMCOS / Sugar Army), Predrag Delibasic (SMRTS / Zerodent), Claire Hodgson (WAM/The Shakeys)
Moderator: Andy Jarvis (CIT, various bands)
KEEP ON STREAMING
Time: 3:30 – 4:15pm Room: Studio Suite
Ever noticed how music, tech and marketing are now the standard building blocks for any modern brand? Coming from a range of backgrounds, join our panel as they discuss the interplay between these three elements and tell you how best to leverage them to better build your brand as a musician or music business.
Panellists: Andy Vincent (Spotify), Mike O’Hanlon (Hipflask), Tim Kelly (Inertia), Dan Cribb (TheMusic.com.au)
Moderator: Sarah Chipman (Title Track)
SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER
REGISTRATIONS OPEN FROM 10AM
GET SMART, ON SOCIALS
Time: 11am-12pm Room: Studio Underground
Integral to our daily lives and businesses as musicians, the ever-changing social media landscape can be a difficult one to keep up with. To keep you ahead of the pack, these communications experts will provide lessons in making the most of online power.
Panellists: Janelle Morse (Morse Code PR), Andrew Mathwin (Clarity Communications), Troy Mutton (Pilerats)
Moderator: Anton Maz (WAAPA / Death Disco)
TOTAL CONTROL: THE STATE VS. MUSIC
Time: 12:15-1pm Room: Rehearsal Room 2
Government regulation plays a major role in making or breaking major music events. Find out how this has affected events, both in our home state and overseas, and the creative ways festival producers have managed the state versus music relationship.
Panellists: Archie Hamilton (Split Works), Rosco Stewart (Ex-Big Day Out, Soundwave WA), Justin Sweeting (Artist Voice Asia / Clockenflap / Proper Job Ltd / Magnetic Asia Ltd)
Moderator: Larry Heath (The AU Review / Heath Media)
TO DIY OR NOT TO DIY?
Time: 12:15-1pm Room: Studio Suite
There are so many options to record your music these days, with everything from studio to bedroom recordings all making it onto the airwaves. Find out about what’s involved and what option might be the best for you in this session, which asks of recording; to DIY or Not to DIY?
Panellists: Anna Laverty, Kyle Gleadell (Helta Skelta Records), Coel Healy (Camp Doogs)
Moderator: David Hyams (Miles To Go Music)
LOVE THY AUNTY
Time: 1:45-2:30pm Room: Studio Underground
Affectionately known as “Aunty,” Australia’s much-loved national broadcaster is our country’s biggest cheerleader for original Australian music. Find out how to access opportunities across the ABC’s radio network from a superstar line-up of some of its most well known radio presenters and programmers.
Panellists: Jacinta Parsons (Local Radio / Double J), Nick Findlay (triple j), Jamie Burnett (720 ABC Perth), Dave Ruby Howe (triple j Unearthed), Maggie Collins (triple j / BIGSOUND / Fans Creative Management)
Moderator: Aarom Wilson (WAM / Aaromedia)
ALL THE THINGS
Time: 2:45-3:30pm Room: Studio Underground
With so much happening, you couldn’t have caught everything, so we’ll help fill the gaps. A selection of conference and 1-on-1 industry experts present their take on what they’ve learned at the WA Music Conference and WAM Festival in this fun and informative final session to end on an inspirational high note.
Panellists: Anna Laverty, Nick Findlay (triple j), Simon Winkler (Triple R), Adam Montgomery (123 Agency), Sarah Tout (RTRFM)
Moderator: Tomás Ford