2017 Contemporary Music Roundtable First Speakers Announced

2016 Roundtable: Lisa Colley, Rick Chazan, Andrew Stone
Chris Bowen
| June 6, 2017

For the third year Music Australia unrolls the welcome mat to Australia’s contemporary music sector who gather, deliberate, and set action agendas for the future.

In two short years the Roundtable has firmed as Australia’s go to conference for contemporary music policy and development. It offers key insights for contemporary music professionals on emerging trends, hot issues, and important debates. It’s all part of Music Australia’s contribution to growth of Australian popular music.

Working with our key members and dozens of talented professionals, we have a huge three days of conferencing, networking, interactive sessions and insightful talks lined up for 1 – 3 August. All at historic Customs House, Circular Quay Sydney.

Read more info and first full program release here.

Who’s coming?  

We have a keynote from legendary Rock photographer Tony Mott, young people’s music with triple j’s Zan Rowe, and The Push’s Kate Duncan, insights from industry chiefs Dan Rosen and Brett Cottle, Create NSW exec Grainne Brunsdon, chat with ABC music head Chris Scaddan, Dan Medland from IE Music, Moneypenny founder Jacqui Crouch (now Generate), broadcaster Tracee Hutchison, state music bosses Joel Edmondson and Patrick Donovan, ABC Publishing’s Marianna Annas, Kat Dopper from Heaps Gay, and many more.

Check out the full list of speakers announced so far here.

Program highlights

Here are some program highlights:

Digital streaming: With our partners AAM, we examine the commercial market, unpack and explain the services and distributors, and explore how to maximise streaming for Australian artists.

Music educators: education is fundamental to great music, and our Music Educators Forum, a national first, is the national platform for vocational and tertiary popular music educators.

Music Innovation: this is the key to growing the music industry pie; from harnessing music and tech to clever licensing, we share successes, start-ups, and smart thinking from across the country.

Regional music makers: Activating dynamic music across a vast country is a juggling act. We explore how to optimise music towns, festivals, touring circuits, all ages programs, and local strategies. This forum welcomes all those involved in and passionate about activating music in regional Australia.

Social networking: two evening soirees are planned, inclusive for delegates. Courtesy of our partners Moshtix and Aon, join us for Tuesday drinks at a Circular Quay Bar, and a for mystery function on Wednesday evening. Network with your colleagues in the heart of Circular Quay.

Sound Solutions for music cities: With our partner City of Sydney we present a specialist forum to grapple with the fascinating, and challenging, task of balancing the interests of live music and cities.

Valuing Music: Music is an enigma, enormously valued as the planet’s most popular artform. Yet equally valuing our creators and makers is our fundamental task. A new Viewpoint session makes the case.

Women in music: We’re committed to playing our part to achieve a totally inclusive music industry. Our convenors have assembled a terrific program to advance representation of women in Australian music.

Young audiences: A third of young Australians make music, yet a shift away from all-ages live music, could lead to a loss of young audiences. With The Push we explore youth audience renewal.


Tickets from $40, with generous discounts for Music Australia members. Book now.

Note – more announcements to come, and program subject to change.

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