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WAMCon announced, revealing fresh format and industry powerhouse speakers

22 Feb

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WAM is proud to announce that WA’s premier music conference, WAMCon, will be returning to the State Theatre Centre of WA on Friday 26 – Saturday 27 March as part of WA Music Week presented by Act Belong Commit. WAM is excited to take WAMCon to new levels in 2021 with a hybrid in-person and digital format enabling attendees from all corners of the state to engage with the career-bolstering opportunity.

The 2021 conference features a carefully curated program of in-person and digitally streamed panels, presentations, and networking activities, providing an accessable opportunity for the home-grown industry to learn, engage and interact with the wider music sector.

The first WAMCon reveal boasts an impressive and diverse selection of local, national and international industry speakers. Attendees will be treated to keynote presentations from international cultural icon Sub Pop Records and 8Stem Interactive Music co-founder Bruce Pavitt (US), Berklee College of Music Professor and multi-platinum-earning record producer Susan Rogers (US), plus multi-awarding winning artists Zaachariaha Fielding and Michael Ross of Electric Fields (SA); and Water & Music Publisher and Founder, music and tech guru Cherie Hu (US). They’ll be joined by Australian industry experts Jonathon Harrison (Spotify Australia), Amy Vee (Listen Up Music), Patricia Adjei (Australia Council for the Arts), Brodie Popple (New World Artists) and more. The full list of speakers can be viewed here.

WAM Industry Development Officer and WAMCon DirectorClaire Hodgson says of the event, ‘In light of the challenges the music industry has faced in the past 12 months, we’re excited to be presenting the first ever hybrid WAMCon event which will feature opportunities to engage both online and in-person!

‘This year’s conference aims to provide a highly-inclusive space for musicians, industry representatives and music fans to come together to discuss and share ideas, celebrate the innovation and opportunities that have come about in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, and though this navigate their own path forward as part of the industry’s road to recovery.’

In addition to the two-day conference program, Professor Susan Rogers and Anna Laverty are teaming up for an exclusive music production workshop and Q&A on Saturday 20 March. The online workshop Sonic Signatures & Psychoacoustics will dive into the fascinating world of sound perception, and is a must attend for any budding or established sound engineer. Tickets are now available here.

With a continued focus on supporting all levels of the WA music community, WAM have introduced a WAMCon 2021 Free Virtual Pass, providing ticket holders open access to all online WAMCon sessions. Attendees also have the option to purchase a single, or two-day Hybrid Pass providing them access to both in-person and online sessions, lunch and speed dating networking meetings. Tickets are now on sale via wamusicweek.com.au.

WAMCON 2021 FIRST SPEAKER ANNOUNCE

Bruce Pavitt (Co-Founder Sub Pop Records, Co-Founder & Creative Director 8Stem interactive music) US
Susan Rogers (Professor Music Production & Engineering Berklee College of Music) US
Zaachariaha Fielding & Michael Ross (Artists Electric Fields) SA
Amy Vee (Artist, Board Director Listen Up Music, Mental Health Advocate) NSW
Angie Ayers (Presenter Triple M South West) WA
Anna Laverty (Music Producer, Sound Engineer, Writer) VIC
Bel Skinner (Manager RedRock Music, Advanced Skills Lecturer North Regional TAFE) WA
Booka Nile (Mental Health Recovery Partner Southern Cross Care, Founder & Director Sonic Minds, Artist Make Them Suffer, Internet Friends) WA
Brodie Popple (Agent New World Artists) QLD
Cherie Hu (Founder and Publisher Water & Music) US
Em Burrows (Audience Development Officer WAM, Artist Web Rumors, Presenter RTRFM 92.1, Podcast Host Wide Open Road) WA
Geraldine Rey (Event & Marketing Consultant Suzette Collective, Manager Queency, Director Digital Chic) WA
Grace Barbé (Artist, Founder Afrotropik Records) WA
Jackson Hawdon (Presenter RTRFM 92.1) WA
Jaycee (Artist) WA
Johnny Ma (Filmmaker Good Kid, Owner Johnny Ma Studios) WA
Jonathan “Jono” Harrison (Artist & Label Partnership Manager Spotify Australia) NSW
Kyron “Kyza” Smithson (Owner & Operator Kyza Presents) WA
Mike Wafer (Artist Tanami, Covøids, Co-Founder Fuck Yeah! Media) WA
Natasha “Tash” Shanks (Artist Little Lord St Band) WA
Nic GidleyKing (Co-Founder Modern Day Entertainment, HipHopCharts.com.au, Manger Jaycee) WA
Ofa Fotu (Artist Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics, Hot Brown Honey) WA
Patricia “Trish” Adjei (First Nations Arts & Culture Director Australia Council For the Arts) NSW
Shelagh Magadza (Executive Director Chamber of Arts and Culture WA) WA
Skinny O’Leary (Coordinator Hyperfest, Manager Sly Withers, Flossy, Ursula) WA
Sose Fuamoli (Music Writer, Content Producer, Publicist) VIC
Taylah Strano (Breakfast Presenter, Producer RTRFM 92.1) WA
Tenille Elkins (Senior Writer Services Representative APRA AMCOS, Lecturer North Metropolitan TAFE) WA
Tonchi McIntosh (Artist, Manager, Community Music Development Balgo, Mulan, Billiluna, Kutjungka Music Festival, The Saltwater Music Festival) WA
Trent Rojahn (Artist Last Quokka) WA
Will Backler (Music Director, Interviews Coordinator, Program Director, Head of Training RTRFM 92.1) WA

WAMCON 2021
9AM – 5PM | FRIDAY 26 MARCH – SATURDAY 27 MARCH
STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WA
GET TICKETS

HYBRID PASS – TWO DAY | $60 + BF
Access to all available in person and virtual conference sessions on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 March, lunch and speed dating included.  All sessions subject to COVID capacity.

HYBRID PASS – SINGLE DAY | $40 + BF
Access to all available in person and virtual conference sessions on Friday 26 OR Saturday 27 March, lunch and speed dating included.  All sessions subject to COVID capacity.

VIRTUAL PASS | FREE
Access to all virtual conference sessions on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 March. Does not include access to in person sessions, lunch or speed dating, limited sessions.

SONIC SIGNATURES & PSYCHOACOUSTICS WORKSHOP
10AM – 11.30AM | SATURDAY 20 MARCH | TICKETS
An essential guide to music production with Professor Susan Rogers and Anna Laverty.

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The ArtsGovernment of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.