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WAMCon Early Birds Extended & Stacks More Speakers Added!

30 Aug

If you’re yet to pick up your pass to WA’s leading music industry learn-fest and networking event, you’re in luck! You now have until 11:30pm Friday 14 September to grab a WAMCon early bird pass before prices go up. With an early bird pass the only way to guarantee access to the VIP Quay Note Boat Party, radio pitching, and 1-on-1 networking, you’d be crazy to let this one pass you by!

If you’re searching for more reasons to purchase your early bird, the next lot of WAMCon speakers set to ignite your music career at the State Theatre Centre of WA from Friday 2 November – Saturday 3 November 2018 have just been revealed!

The latest lineup unearths a diverse mix of expert industry folk from the likes of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, triple j, 4ZZZ, Way Over There, Perfect Pitch Publishing, Barefoot Bands, Pilerats and more, as well as leading music brains from Queensland University of Technology, the University of Western Australia and Griffith University School of Cultural Research – injecting a unique research-fuelled angle into the program.

We’re excited to see Director of Way Over There and festival programming extraordinaire Richard Moffat join the lineup, even though it won’t be as a speaker. Having vowed to retire from industry panels to make space for fresh voices, he joins this year’s conference as a workshop facilitator. Richard will moderate a small artists-only workshop that aims to help artists pick apart the existing music business model and forge a new path suited to today’s digital landscape.

Leading the charge for our next crop of industry panellists are reps from Aussie music’s biggest international exporter SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, with their newly appointed Digital Export Producer Dom Alessio (formerly from triple j) and Associate Producer Esti Zilber both onboard. They’ll join speakers from Australian broadcasters such as triple j’s Home and Hosed Presenter Declan Byrne and Weekend Lunch Presenter Karla Ranby, and 4ZZZ Music Coordinator Liz Ansley. Stacks more speakers from all walks of the industry are revealed below.

Alongside all the industry reps, we’re excited to welcome two published professors to this year’s program: Emeritus Professor Alan Harvey (UWA), neuroscientist and author of Music, Evolution, and the Harmony of Souls, which explores the importance of music as a driver of interactive behaviour from social and neurological perspectives; And Professor Patrik Wikström (QUT), author of The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud, which unpacks the immense change facing the music industry with the rise of streaming and other digital media.

We’re also pleased to welcome PhD Candidate Lisa Nikulinsky to the lineup as a panel facilitator. With Lisa’s research in youth, identity, and popular music culture in regional Australia, she promises to fuel conversations around privilege and the obstacles facing artists growing up in remote communities.

WAMCon Coordinator Claire Hodgson said, “This year we’re excited to be presenting a conference program which incorporates cutting-edge research from music academia alongside meaningful advice from a selection of some of the most highly experienced, resourceful and diverse voices in music today. With this new program direction we hope to offer conference-goers two-days of thought-provoking sessions which will provide artists and industry practitioners alike with the knowledge and networks they need to take their music careers to new heights!”


Alex Paioff – Creative Director, Made In The Pile / CEO,
Alan Harvey – Board Member and Chair of Research Advisory Committee, Perron Institute / Emeritus Professor, School of Human Sciences The University of Western Australia
Brenton Meynell – Co-founder, Barefoot Bands & Barefoot Coral Coast Tour
Clive Hodson – Managing Director, Perfect Pitch Publishing
Dan Riches – Co-founder, Ardiol Media / Performer, The Struggling Kings / Admin Officer, WAM
Declan Byrne – Home & Hosed Presenter, triple j (NSW)
Dom Alessio – Digital Export Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA (NSW)
Esti Zilber – Associate Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA (NSW)
Karla Ranby – Weekend Lunch Presenter & Group Music Researcher, triple j (NSW)
Lisa Nikulinsky – Researcher & PhD Candidate, Griffith University School of Cultural Sociology / Mental Health Practitioner
Liz Ansley – Music Coordinator & Presenter, 4ZZZ / Publicist & Creative Consultant, Special Interest (QLD)
Patrik Wikström – Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Creative Industries Faculty / Head of School, School of Communication / Chief Investigator, QUT Digital Media Research Centre (QLD)
Richard Moffat – Festival Programmer, Groovin’ The Moo / Director, Way Over There (VIC)


Anna Laverty – Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Anna Laverty (VIC)
Graham Ashton – Director, Footstomp Music / Bookings, Marketing & Publicity, The Triffid / Manager, Busby Marou, Colin Lillie, Eden Mulholland, Tia Gostelow / Booker, Kilcoy & Village Festivals / Publicist, Nettwerk & Nonesuch Records (QLD)
Jesse Elliott – Director, The Music District / Performer, These United States, Arc Life – Fort Collins, Colorado (US)
Shannon Driscoll – Program Co-Director, Girls Rock! Melbourne / Performer, The Beat Taboo, Juliette Seizure & the Tremor-Dolls, The Reprobettes, Powerline Sneakers (VIC)
Susan Heymann – General Manager, Chugg Entertainment (NSW)
Will Evans – Label Ambassador, Bandcamp Australia & New Zealand / Label Owner, Neat Lawn / Booker, Night Cat / Manager, Midlife (VIC)
Zal Kanga-Parabia – Performer, Ru / Creative Coordinator, Propel Youth Arts WA / Youth Award Finalist, Western Australian of the Year 2018

Dive into the future of music at WAMCon!

Proudly supported by City of Perth, WAMCon returns to the State Theatre Centre of WA on Friday 2 – Saturday 3 November as part of WAMFest 2018. Early bird tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite until 11:30pm 14 September 2018. For more information, visit

$140 +BF for WAM members / $185 +BF for non-members
Guaranteed access to Quay Note Boat Party, 1-on-1 Industry Speed Dating Sessions, Radio Pitching and all other events/sessions.
Deadline: 11:30pm 14 September 2018


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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.