Past Music Talks

Live Music Frontiers | MELBOURNE

Date: Saturday 14 November, 2015
Time: 11.25am – 12.25pm
Location: National Gallery of Victoria, Clemenger Auditorium

Presented by Music Australia and the National Live Music Office as part of Face the Music Conference

As live performance and touring become increasingly central to artists’ financial survival, new and innovative models are being developed for bands to play in live scenarios. From international models of artist collaboration and DIY projects to regional touring opportunities, re-purposing existing venues and halftime entertainment at the footy, this panel explores initiatives and shares examples of clever ideas being used to push the frontiers of live music.

  • Moderator: Yvette Myhill (Executive Director, AAM)
  • Ruth Daniel, UK (Co-Director, Unconvention/In Place of War)
  • Damian Costin (Director / Founder, 123 Agency)
  • Damian Cunningham (Audience & Sector Development, National Live Music Office)APRA AMCOS Music Grants - GREY horiz wide
  • Sharlene Harris (Entertainment Manager, ALH Group)

National Music Issues Forum – Driving Australia’s Contemporary Music Development

Date: Friday 13 November, 2015
Time: 1.25pm – 2.25pm
Location: Arts Centre Melbourne, Theatres Building, Members Dining Room (Level 7)

Presented by Face the Music and Music Australia in association with our national partners

This session will share the work of a unique national partnership to grow our music industry. Capitalising on the creativity and dynamism of Australian contemporary music to strengthen this sector as a key national cultural and economic contributor, a national plan is being jointly developed by all music industry peak bodies. Panellists will discuss this co-operative approach for industry-wide growth, covering creators, jobs, skills, investment, economic contribution and cultural impact.

  • Moderator: Chris Bowen (CEO, Music Australia)
  • Patrick Donovan (CEO, Music Victoria / Chair, Australian Music Industry Network)
  • Yvette Myhill (Executive Director, Association of Artist Managers)
  • Ben O’Hara (Dean, Collarts)
  • Dean Ormston (Head of Membership Services Group, APRA AMCOS)
  • Millie Millgate (Executive Producer, Sounds Australia)
  • Dan Rosen (CEO, ARIA)

Live Music Frontiers | SYDNEY

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Date: Sunday, 6th of September
Time: 3pm – 4.30pm
Location: Erskineville Townhall, 104 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville, Sydney.

Music Australia and The Live Music Office present Live Music Frontiers In association with Sydney Fringe festival and Music NSW.

How do you feel when you see your favourite band live on stage? Or when you discover a new artist at a local venue or festival? Live music lets you feel it in your bones, enhances your music experiences, and contributes significantly to the livelihood of artists, venues and community culture.

Music Australia and the Live Music Office bring you the next in our Music Talks series – Live Music Frontiers. Aimed at artists, the hospitality sector, local government, arts organisations and industry professionals, we will explore the live music industry from different perspectives; of a venue manager, an artist manager and sector development. We’ll also look at the latest from the UK live music scene.  This session, to be held in various cities, will examine the current state of play in live music, here and overseas – exploring developments, trends, challenges and opportunities.

Our select industry panellists will bring their expertise and experiences to the conversation.

  • Mark Gerber; Owner of the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney
  • Bill Cullen; Artist Manager at OneLouder
  • Damian Cunningham; Director of sector development & audience at the Live Music Office
  • Sybil Bell; Director of Independent Venue Week in the UK
  • Yvette Myhill, Executive Director of the Association of Artist Managers (Panel moderator)

Mark Gerber from Darlinghurst’s Oxford Art Factory, a leading new generation venue, explains his approach to running a live music venue, and the role it plays in the sector. Bill Cullen from One Louder unpacks the importance of the live music scene for his roster of artists, for whom live performing is central to their careers. Damian Cunningham from the Live Music Office explores achievements to date in regulatory and live music reform and the next chapter in sector development with a view to increasing opportunities and strengthening live music across the country. Sybil Bell shares insights into her work celebrating and promoting Independent live music in the UK, and with advocacy body the Music Venues Trust. The Panel will be moderated by AAM’s Yvette Myhill, whose association represents some of Australia’s most experienced artist managers.

The Session will run from 3pm till 4.30pm at the Erskineville Town hall on Sunday the 6th of September, the same day as the King Street Crawl (KSC). KSC is a celebration of the area’s cultural diversity and musical life. A range of venues and businesses will open their doors in one long musical crawl up and down King Street and Enmore Road.APRA AMCOS Music Grants - GREY horiz wide

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 Live Music Frontiers | BRISBANE

Date: Wednesday, 9th of September
Time: 2pm – 3.30pm
Location: Judith Wright Centre Music Rehearsal Room

Music Australia, the Live Music Office  and QMusic bring you  Live Music Frontiers. Held in Brisbane and aligned with Big Sound – Australia’s number one music industry gathering, this session will examine the current state of play in live music, here and overseas – exploring developments, trends, challenges and opportunities.

Our select industry panellists are:

  • Yvette Myhill, Executive Director Association of Artist Managers (moderator)
  • Sybil Bell, Director Independent Venue Week, Trustee Music Venues Trust, UK
  • Damian Cunningham; Sector Development & Audience Director at the Live Music Office
  • Gregg Donovan Artist Manager, Wonderlick Entertainment
  • John Wardle Policy Director Live Music OfficeAPRA AMCOS Music Grants - GREY horiz wide
  • John Collins Artist and Venue Owner The Triffid

 Classical Futures – New Frontiers for Music and Audience

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Date: Friday, 5th of June
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Location: Erskineville Townhall, 104 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville, Sydney.

The seminar is presented in Association with Vivid Ideas and theAustralian Music Centre.

Do you enjoy your fine music in a venue with a drink in hand or do you prefer a recital hall with wonderful acoustics? What will classical and art music look like in the future – 10 or 20 years from now? Is the future as much outside as inside the concert hall? As intimate and socially engaged as impressively large-scale?  Embraced by many people of all ages, or the preserve of a few?

As part of   2015 Vivid Ideas   this panel session  is aimed at young and mid-career music practitioners & future leaders. Our panel of leading practitioners and producers will explore these questions, and provide a lively survey of current practice and likely futures for the artform, and its audiences.

We explore where this artform is heading, some key trends, and what future audiences can expect. From inventive approaches to repertoire, performance and engagement, to examples of great practice, we investigate opportunities, realities, and energising possibilities for classical and art music in Sydney and beyond. We will also grapple with some practical strategies to inform sector development, practice and policy.

Our expert Panel of performers, composers, producers and presenters includes four Music Australia Councillors:VIVID_MASTER_BLACK_HOR_VC

  • Andrew Batt-Rawden – Publisher Limelight Magazine, composer and curator, Music Australia Councillor
  • Lieven Bertels – Director of Sydney Festival
  • Daniel Blinkhorn – Award-winning composer and sound artist, Music Australia Councillor
  • Nicole Canham – independent performer, writer, former Artistic Director Canberra Music Festival, Music Australia Councillor
  • Claire Edwardes Co-Artistic Director Ensemble Offspring, award winning percussionist
  • Kate Lidbetter – CEO Symphony International, Chair Gondwana Choirs, Music Australia Councillor (Panel Chair)AMC_RGB_Fresh copy
  • Kate Tribe – Owner, Online Manager ClassikON, classical music concert promoter

This session will include Q&A and refreshments and time to meet and mix with our expert panellists.

Music Copyright – the Artist and the Internet

Brisbane Session presented by:  Music Australia in association with QMusic
Sydney Session presented by:  Music Australia in association with Music NSW

This Q&A/Panel Discussion looks at the latest developments to enhance protection for composers and creators from their content being used on the internet without authority.  Our expert panel explains what is happening here and overseas, unpacks the terms involved, and answers your questions. Attend this seminar to understand what a ‘safe harbour’, a ‘takedown notice’ and ‘web blocking’ is, and the copyright issues involved for musicians and music makers.

QMusicBrisbane panel

  • Chris O’Neill – Panel Chair, National Team Leader – Writer Services APRA AMCOS
  • Vanessa Hutley – General Manager, Music Rights Australia, Music Rights Advocate
  • Rick Chazan – Manager, GROUNDCONTROL Music Management (AUS)
  • Matt McCormick – McCormick Lawyers

Sydney panel

  • MusicNSW_logo_wireMichael Smellie – Chair, Music Australia, Panel Chair
  • Vanessa Hutley – General Manager, Music Rights Australia, Music Rights Advocate
  • Lindy Morrison – Artist Content Owner
  • Fiona Phillips – Executive Director, Australian Copyright Council, Expert Commentator


The Music, The Artist and The Internet – The Latest in Digital Rights – Melbourne Session
Presented by:  Music Australia in association with Face the Music

This lively discussion brings together users, artists and experts to look at the future of digital music rights in Australia. The Government’s recent Online Infringement discussion paper is a hotbed for discussion for rights advocates and artists who want the right to choose how their music is used, and those who make their living from composition or recorded music.  From the latest developments for composers and right holders, to artists wanting to know more about sampling to media and users who want to understand fair dealing, we’ve got you covered. We’ll explore and demystify copyright as our expert panel explain developments here and overseas, unpack the terms involved, and answers your questions.

Face the Music


  • Nicholas Jones – Tone Deaf: Moderator
  • Vanessa Hutley – General Manager, Music Rights Australia
  • Frank Rodi – Deputy Director Writer Services, APRA AMCOS
  • Ben O’Hara – Head Of Music Business, Box Hill Institute / Business Writer,

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