wamcon 2019 | paul mac, mark kneebone & full speakers list announced!

JUST ANNOUNCED!

 

WAM is excited to announce the full list of WAMCon 2019 speakers including keynotes from PAUL MAC and the Co-Head of Promotions at Live Nation Australasia, MARK KNEEBONE!!
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PAUL MAC
Saturday 2 November

One of the leading songwriters and producers in Australian music over the past few decades, multiple ARIA winner Paul Mac has collaborated with and remixed some of the biggest names in Australian music and beyond, including Sia, Kylie Minogue, Silverchair, Ngaiire, The Potbelleez, Gorillaz, The Presets (plus many more!) and also received critical acclaim for his work with pioneering EDM act Itch-E & Scratch-E and his solo work. Currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts in composition Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Paul shares his extensive knowledge and insights on what makes for a good song in this special in conversation with Gemma Pike.

MARK KNEEBONE

Friday 1 November

Having a ton of high-level tour promotions experience under his belt, including being the Director of Laneway NZ for over 10 years, touring some of the world’s biggest names in his role’s at Isaac Promotions and Paint It Gold, Mark Kneebone now is now the Co-Head of Promotions at Live Nation Australasia, providing him with a unique insight into the live landscape in Australia and New Zealand. He shares his perspective regarding the state of play in AU/NZ live music scenes in this special Q&A with Harley Evans (CEO, moshtix).

 
announcing new speakers
Stella Donnelly (Artist)
Danielle Caruana (Mama Kin)
Dom Alessio (SOUNDS AUSTRALIA – Sydney)
Cecilia Yi (Zandari Festa – Korea)
Murray Curnow (Wildlife Entertainment – UK)
Tara Benney (Strawberry Fields Festival – Melbourne)
Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse (live performance @WAMCon!)
Anthony Zaccaria (Bolster – Melbourne)
Elise Reitze-Swensen (Feels/WOMPP)
Andrew Khedoori (AMRAP – Sydney)
Timmy Hefner – Ground Control Touring/Chaos in Texas, Austin, USA
+ more!
 
CHECK OUT THE FULL LIST OF OVER 65 SPEAKERS HERE!
 
highlights
BOOKERS & BURGERS
Friday 1 November

The best way to get to know booking agents better, over a burger! Bookers and Burgers returns, providing a fully catered lunch for conference attendees while booking agents introduce themselves and provide a glimpse into what they do (gluten-free, vegan & vegetarian options available). Hosted by the wonderful MC Odette Mercy.
 
SPEED DATING
Friday 1 Nov & Saturday 2 Nov

One of the most popular sessions from WAMCon is back! Speed dating sessions provide ticket holders with direct one-on-one access to industry professionals speaking at WAMCon, featuring guests from booking agencies, record labels, publishing companies, music media, artist managers and more. Gain personalised advice from some of the industry’s biggest movers and shakers.
RADIO PITCHING
Friday 1 November

If you’ve never been quite sure of how to get your music on the radio, or wanted the opportunity to get your music straight into the hands of a particular presenter, this is the place to do it. Featuring the makers of triple j, FBi, RTRFM and more – it’s the perfect opportunity to ask for some expert advice and receive raw, honest feedback about your music.
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panels
SO, YOU WANT TO TOUR ASIA?
Friday 1 November
 

Find out about what’s happening from Korea to India with our panel of promoters and festival bookers who can give you the low-down on what’s happening in music-wise in their countries, plus touring tips and advice on how to make the most of the showcasing opportunities on offer.

Panellists: Laiq Qureshi (Urban Beat Project), John Uy (Karpos Multimedia Inc/Wanderland Music & Arts Festival), Sammy Shirra-Moore (Music Matters), Cecilia Yi (Zandari Festa/DMZ Peace Train Music Festival), Dan Gordon (Now/Live), Justin Sweeting (Magnetic Asia/Clockenflap)

Moderator: Matt Johnson (Walking Horse Music/North Metropolitan TAFE/WAM)

LORDS OF CHAOS: LOW/NO BUDGET MUSIC PROMOTIONS
Friday 1 November

Punks and metalheads teach us about promoting shows, tours and releases on low (or no!) budgets in this expose on how to get the most out of social media and build a fanbase with better engagement, on the cheap.

Panellists: Timmy Hefner (Ground Control Touring), Matt Bacon (Prophecy Productions/Dropout Media), Amir Barber-Skwarko (ALT/Hearts of Darkness Inc), Gina Goodrich (Monster Management), Alex Paioff (Pilerats/Made In The Pile)

Moderator: Ai-Ling Truong (RTRFM)

RTRFM & WAM PRESENT: SEEN & HEARD – SERVICING YOUR MUSIC TO RADIO & BUILDING A FANBASE
Saturday 2 November

Radio is an amazing resource for building an audience both locally, national and overseas! Get the low-down on how to maximise radio airplay opportunities from your hometown and beyond, and grow your fanbase with our panel of radio experts who work in all facets of broadcasting from presenting and curation, to radio plugging and distribution, from around Australia and overseas.

Panellists: Gemma Pike (triple j), Dorothy Markek (Double J), Andrew Khedoori (AMRAP), Amelia Jenner (FBi Radio), Bri Aab (Secretly Group)

Moderator: Will Backler (RTRFM)

CUPPA WISDOM: MANAGEMENT MASTERCLASS
Saturday 2 November

Music managers are the lifeblood of the music industry and are responsible for the successful careers of many of Australia’s biggest names. There’s a fine art to music management which can take years to hone, luckily WAMCon has you covered with some of Australia and the world’s top managers sharing their wisdom and offering you all the advice you need to help navigate the complexities of the music industry, in this session aimed at artist managers or those interested in getting into management over cups of tea!

Panellists: Ashleigh Hills (UNIFIED), Murray Curnow (Wildlife Entertainment)

Facilitator: Scott Adam (North Metropolitan TAFE)

FULL PROGRAM COMING WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23
 
keynote speaker
FIFA RICCOBONO

As the first female CEO in Australian music history, Fifa’s 40-year career has taken her from secretary to CEO of Albert Music, where she worked with the cream of Australian artists and songwriters, including Vanda and Young, AC/DC, The Easybeats, Stevie Wright, John Paul Young, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, Flash & The Pan, The Choirboys, Cheetah, Dallas Crane and Beasts of Bourbon. Fifa was a Director of APRA, AMCOS and AMPAL for 15 years. She also worked tirelessly to help build Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy during her decade-long stint as the organisation’s Director. In 2015 Fifa was the recipient of the prestigious Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music. On 10th June this year, Fifa became a Member of The Order Of Australia (AM) in the Queens Birthday Honours list. Fifa is currently a Director on the Board of Support Act Ltd (SAL) and is a Music Industry Consultant.

Check out this impressive video showcasing the many achievements and highlights throughout Fifa’s impressive carreer HERE.

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