2016 Educators Forum

National Contemporary Music Industry Educators Forum


A half day national contemporary music industry educators forum.

A dynamic skilled workforce is vital to a successful music industry.  This forum will bring together national educators with industry representatives to examine how best to optimise our contemporary music industry skills base.

The Forum will build linkages with industry, scan provision, identify opportunities, and forge a commitment to further strengthen skills, training and workforce development for the Australian contemporary music industry.

Session 1: Education
9.30am – 10.30am

Overview of education sector and skills development issues identified by industry, why this group is convening, and proposed Forum outcomes. Includes a National Training briefing, Internships proposal, and an Alumni case study.

Speakers: Ben O’Hara Dean Collarts (Convenor); Scott Adam, Head of Programs, Events, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism North Metropolitan TAFE Perth Phillip Le Feuvre, Head of Engagement PwC’s Skills for Australia; Dr Donna Weston, Deputy Director (Gold Coast), Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Session 2: Industry briefings
10.30am – 11.30am

Representatives from national peak bodies provide high level briefings on key contemporary music industry trends and issues, and current and future skill sets required in their industry segments.

Speakers: Mark Callaghan Publisher Relations Advisor APRA AMCOS; Rick Chazan co-Chair AAM (Association of Artist Managers); Matthew O’Sullivan, General Manager AMPAL (Australian Music Publishers Association); Stuart Watters, AIR (Association of Independent Record Labels).

Session 3: Open Discussion
11.30am – 12.30pm

New initiatives to strengthen industry education and training, mechanisms to foster cooperation between educators and industry, advocacy to government, ongoing dialogue, recommendations.

Discussion leaders: Kerry Furlong, Sydney Institute of TAFE; Guy Morrow, Macquarie University; Ed Montano, RMIT; Ben O’Hara, Collarts.

  • Convene a national meeting of music industry educators
  • Provide briefing / insight to attendees on:
    • Scope of provision nationally
    • Key training needs identified to date by industry
    • Key trends and dynamics of music industry globally and nationally

(These briefings to be provided by national Skills bodies and music peak bodies)

  • Identify key priorities for development
  • Foster commitment to ongoing collaboration and action between educators and industry
  • Commit to specific deliverables to pursue through advocacy or direct implementation
  • Briefings on state of play in contemporary music industry
  • Briefing on vocational training and higher education in music nationally, including scope of provision: internships, traineeships, face to face, workplace assessment, online delivery, etc
  • Briefing on workforce development provision, needs and opportunities
  • Discussion on key trends, insights, identified gaps, likely future needs, and opportunities
  • Highlight case studies of best practice here and overseas
  • Present proposals for new initiatives, eg: national internship program and code of practice
  • Discussion on strengthening industry and education sector engagement and relations
  • Recommendations – for government, for educators and for industry


Draft Outcomes
  • Agreement by educators and industry to work together – and commit to mechanism for this
  • Agree on recommendations to present to Roundtable plenary for adoption by delegates
  • Commit to new initiatives, eg: National music industry internship program & code of practice
  • Commit to a course of advocacy to government to strengthen industry training
  • Agree to hold a further national forum, and to form and maintain a national network
  • This forum is open to all contemporary music vocational, higher education and workforce development course providers and leaders around Australia.
  • Representatives from Skills Councils and related bodies, relevant policy makers, officials, employer and employee representatives are also welcome..

This forum is organised by Music Australia, the national peak body for all music. The Forum Convenor is Ben O’Hara, Dean of Collarts.

  • The Educators Forum is on Wed 3 August. It is part of the National Contemporary Music Roundtable on 3 and 4 August at Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney.
  • Attendees can register for one day to attend the Forum, or for the whole Roundtable.

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