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2019 Australian Music Week Conference

AUSTRALIAN MUSIC WEEK  is set to kick off the Summer with its biggest conference yet when it hits Sydney’s Cronulla Beach this November 6-10.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Music Industry Conference will see national & international industry professionals and artists converge on the beachside town for a five-day music program of live showcases, panels & masterclass workshops.

Providing the perfect opportunity to gain an insight into the inner workings & current issues of the music industry, over 20 conference panels & workshops will see  80+ speakers discuss the latest in digital streaming & music technology, and the current state of play within the world of record labels, publishing, radio promotion, publicity & marketing, touring, artist management and more.

If you’re a keen music lover or looking for the next big thing, there will be plenty of live music on offer with a dozen local venues playing host to over 150 Australian & International performing acts, covering an array of genres from rock & blues, indie pop, electronica through to folk, Americana & country.

Stay tuned for our first announcement of speakers & performing acts.

Want to play at Australian Music Week?

Artist applications are now open, with submissions closing 11.45pm, Sunday September 1, 2019. Apply here.


Update as at 20 September 2019

The fifth annual Australian Music Week Conference is proud to announce its first round of performing acts, panels & speakers…and what a sizzling mix of music artists and industry panels it is to kick things off as the Cronulla Beach summer event approaches this November 6-10.

AMW 2019 welcomes our Keynote Speaker, Bob Lefsetz – U.S. music industry legend, podcaster & author of the  email newsletter, The Lefsetz Letter.   The Santa Monica based industry analyst is renowned for his passionate take on the music industry’s state of play & current issues – from streaming and ticketing through to the music itself.  Followed by the likes of Steven Tyler, Drake and Deadmau5 through to Quincy Jones and record company executives, with Bob’s wealth of knowledge within the industry, you can expect an engaging & insightful talk. For the aspiring artist and industry delegate, this is one AMW session not to be missed.

There will be plenty of live music on offer with over 120+ emerging music acts set to take over the beachside towns’ venues and hotspots across the five days, including the AMW free open-air Beach Concert series which will wrap up the festival on Sunday November 10 and feature live performances from the likes of Alex Lahey & Ali Barter, plus more TBA.

The first round of artists confirmed to perform at AMW are:  Alex Lahey, Ali Barter, Arna Georgia, Ben Leece & Left of the Dial, Boom Child, Born Lion, Braidwood City Trading Company, Breizers, Charbel, China Tiger, Dande and the Lion, *David Garnham & The Reasons To Live, Dylan Wright, Earth Bloomers, Eleea, Ellie Drennan, Fenn Wilson, Froggy Prinze, Georgia State Line, *Gretta Ziller, Hey Major (Canada), Hibiscus Biscuit, Hill Town, Holly Arrowsmith (NZ), Jackie Marshall, Jackson Carroll, James Van Cooper, JD and the Hunger Men, Jess Spahr, Jones The Cat, Jordan Kenny, Katie Brianna, Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes, Leah Flanagan, Leanne Tennant, Lisa De Angelis, Lost Tropics, Lucie Tiger, Maina Doe, Mardi Wilson, Melanie Dyer, Michael Simic, Ms. Thandi, Nathan Cavaleri, Peta Caswell and the Lost Cause, Petiguana, Ray Beadle, Rebel Fox, Rhythm Hunters, Rissa, Sam Shinazzi, Sketchy Fancy, The Barren Spinsters, The Butlers, The Carbons (Canada), The Dave Orr Band, The Rucksacks, Tiali Eliza, Vetty Vials, Wanderers, Yeevs and Zyad
*Rhythms Magazine’s choice picks for the Rhythms stage.

Geoff Trio, Australian Music Week creator/curator says “We are mindful of being the only Music Conference/developing artist showcase in Sydney. In our fifth year we are proud to be producing an event that is as relevant not only to industry delegates but also to those that enjoy multiple styles of music in their playlists.  Australian Music Week is a non-genre specific music event and this year we will be opening up to the public with free access to all performances on Cronulla beach across all five days. Bob Lefsetz, as Keynote Conference speaker, will garner attention for Australian Music and Artists on the world stage.”

AMW introduces its first Podcast festival.  2004 was the year Podcasting was born.  15 years later there are more than 700,000 active podcasts and more than 29 million podcast episodes. Join AMW to catch some of the world’s most entertaining live podcast shows that you will ever see / hear / enjoy!  Bob Lefsetz will record several live podcasts with high profile industry identities for ‘The Bob Lefsetz Podcast.  Sydney-born, Nashville-based filmmaker and concert promoter, Jeremy Dylan will interview an artist for his podcast My Favourite Album’.  For lovers of vinyl, Nate Goyer will share his insight on all things music & record related on The Vinyl Guide… and there’s more to come.

Australian Music Week is also proud to hold the Sydney premiere of Tommy Emmanuel – The Endless Road. Directed by Jeremy Dylan and produced by Jaime Lewis, the 80-minute documentary details the rise of the iconic Tommy Emmanuel, from child prodigy to ARIA Award winner & Grammy nominated guitar legend, and features a star studded cast, including Jason Isbell, Eric Idle, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Sir Barry Gibb and more…  Winner of ‘Best Music Documentary’ at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival earlier this year, the film will also premiere in Nashville next month.   As part of the opening day’s events, AMW will screen ‘The Endless Road’ at Cronulla Cinemas on Wednesday November 6 from 3.45pm, followed by a Q&A session with Jeremy Dylan and Jaime Lewis.  Entry is with a delegates ticket via OZTIX.  An extra screening will be shown on Saturday November 9.

20 music industry panels will cover topics on Management, Radio, First Nations, Women In Music, Labels, Distribution, Mental Health, Country Music, Americana and more.   Panel speakers include Catherine Haridy (AAM), Trina Massey (AAM), Chris Beckhouse (2MMM), Paul Samuels (AEG Global Partnerships), Michael Hutchings (APRA), Lynley White (Studios 301), Owen Orford (New World Artists), Jeremy Dylan (Potts Entertainment), Dan Biddle (CMAA), Poppy Reid (Seventh Street Media), Rico Soto (Australian Blockchain Music Association) ,  John Zucco (The Right Profile), Aaron Curnow (SPUNK!), Jason ‘Noddy’ Velleley (Aussie Music Weekly), Karen Lee Goody (Entertainment Consulting), Luke Girgis (Seventh Street Media), Stuart Coupe (Stuart Coupe Publicity/Dirt Music/FBi), Dave Batty (Custom-Made Artist Representation), Adam Simon (AMAA), Basil Cook (Four Four), Shelley Bishop (301), Scott Mesiti (MJR Presents), Archie Hamilton (China), Troy Barrott (Hup, Dine Alone Records, Believe), Aaron Girgis (Space 44), Paul Cashmere (Noise 11) & Peter Karpin (A&R).

Some of the interactive panels & workshops include:

Hypothetically Live: Listen in as touring plans, venue & promoter deals and creative showcase ideas are designed, structured and negotiated by Agents, Promoters, Venue Bookers, Festival Programmers, Managers, Digital Marketers, Publicists & the Artist, in a dynamic interactive hypothetical panel.

AAM Co-Pilot / First Nations Mentor Program:   Australian Music Week is proud to partner with AAM as they present the initial workshop for their flagship mentoring program Co-Pilot and their new First Nations Mentorship Program.  Through this partnership, the AAM will also be curating a specialised management panel focused on current and future needs of the sector.

More speakers and artists will be announced shortly.

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