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Focusing on issues that are specifically relevant to the independent music sector, Indie-Con Australia conference offers opportunities for advancement in professional and business development skills, insights into the latest innovations and technological advancements in products, services and strategies and one-on-one networking with key industry stakeholders.

All delegates at this year’s conference will have the opportunity to for one-on-one meetings via this platform. Registration does not guarantee a one-on-one meeting but is required in order for a meeting to be scheduled.

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Alessandro Pavanello

Alessandro Pavanello

Global Business Manager
Kanjian Music

Shanghai based Alessandro is a music industry professional as well as a producer/musician, currently working for China's top indie distributor Kanjian Music (看见音乐). He relocated to China after completing his master degree in Music Industry Management and Enterprise at London Metropolitan University in 2015. Alessandro specializes in the Chinese music market and has been consulting both Western and Chinese labels. With Kanjian, Alessandro has been part of the inaugural edition of the Electric Zoo Shanghai festival, and enjoyed working with the Grammy-nominated artist ZHU and indie labels such as Hyperdub and Hospital Records. The producer and singer-songwriter Alessandro is actively ghostwriting for Chinese labels and touring local clubs with his drum and bass project "Fractale" and as a drummer for Shanghai based metal band Alpaca.

Amy  Jarman

Amy Jarman

Senior A&R Manager
BMG Australia

As Senior A&R manager for Publishing and Label at BMG Australia, Amy currently works across a diverse roster of Australian talent that includes artists such as Peking Duk, What So Not, Dune Rats, Manu Crooks, Montaigne, Dead Letter Circus, Wolfmother, Golden Features, The Living End, Illy and many more. Amy also has experience as a musician herself and as an artist manager helping grow the career of Australian musician Matt McGuire from YouTube covers artist to the touring drummer and musical director for Grammy award winning electronic/pop act The Chainsmokers.

Andrew  Stone

Andrew Stone

General Manager
Chugg Music

Andrew Stone is the Head of Chugg Music, the Management, Publishing, and Record Label arm of Chugg Entertainment, and is the manager for Australian artists, Sheppard, Lime Cordiale, The Griswolds, Casey Barnes, and New Zealnd artist, Avalanche City. Chugg Music artists have received multiple #1 album and #1 single certifications, as well as Gold and Platinum sales in over 25 countries. This includes the longest running #1 single for an Australian independent artist of all time, for Geronimo by Sheppard. Andrew is a current AIR Board member and executive member of the Association of Artist Managers. He has been a speaker at music conferences in Australia, the USA, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, UK, Singapore, India, and The Netherlands.

Basil Cook

Basil Cook

Contemporary Labels Manager
ABC Music

Basil has worked in the Australian music industry for many years with roles in various record labels including marketing, A&R and digital strategy, and he is a passionate supporter of Australian music. Basil is currently the Head of Contemporary labels at ABC Music and has worked with a diverse array of bands and artists including Mojo Juju, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Tim Rogers, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand, Justine Clarke, The Wiggles and many more.

Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

SVP, Operations & Innovation, Music
Entertainment One

Bill Wilson began his career music when he founded NYC indie label Blackout! Records in 1989. Over his 20+ year career, he’s worked for various music and tech companies, including RED, Caroline, Earache, Haystack, Cellfish (now Bandsintown) and Atlantic. Starting in 2009, he assumed a digital strategy role at the Music Business Association, creating many successful digitally-focused initiatives and recruiting new members. He has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, Billboard, The Next Web and other publications for his work at the association. For the last several years, Bill operated his own boutique consulting firm, and co-founded music industry freelance platform indie.ninja and blockchain rights-management solution dotBC. Most recently, Bill has joined eOne Entertainment as SVP, Operations and Innovation, Music. His focus will be on optimizing the company’s digital supply chain, as well as new digital revenue. When he’s not working, Bill and his wife are active in animal welfare and American Pit Bull Terrier rescue/ advocacy.

Brian Dubb

Brian Dubb

Founder
centralize.me, MPAL Pro + bdubb

Brian Dubb is the founder of the world’s first automated digital manager for emerging musicians, providing them with guidance, control over their careers and connection to the music industry… so they can spend more time creating! Having spent his formative years as a songwriter, recording artist and performer, he currently also advises the thought-leading UK technologist and musician, Imogen Heap, on her music career, as well as her ground breaking projects; Mycelia for Music and Creative Passport.

Bonnie Dalton

Bonnie Dalton

General Manager
Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO)

Bonnie Dalton is the General Manager of the Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO), where she works with her incredible team to help grow the prosperity of Victorian music businesses. In the twelve months since the VMDO opened its doors, Bonnie and the team have been busy developing pathways into China, investigating innovation, researching and connecting Victorian music businesses with the world and with each other. Prior to the VMDO, Bonnie worked predominantly as an artist manager but also across events, production, and programming. A recipient of the Lighthouse Award for management, she has previously worked with Little Red, The Vasco Era, Ali Barter and Oscar Dawson. She was the producer of the Melbourne St Jerome’s Laneway Festival for ten years, senior management at Falls Festival prior to that and worked in IT Development and international operations for cinemas way back when.

Chris Maund

Chris Maund

Chief Operating Officer - Mushroom Labels and Publishing
Mushroom Group

Chris Maund has over 20 years’ experience in the music industry and is the head of The Mushroom Group’s record label and music publishing divisions. Mushroom Labels consists of many of Australia’s leading independent labels and together with Mushroom Publishing represent some of Australia’s and the world’s most respected and successful artists, including Vance Joy, Childish Gambino, Violent Soho, Julia Jacklin, The Rubens, Bliss n Eso, alt-J and DMA’S to name but a few. Chris also sits on the board of global digital rights agency, Merlin.

Coco Eke

Coco Eke

Label Manager
Bad Apples Music

Coco Eke is the label manager at Bad Apples Music, an Aboriginal owned record label established by Briggs to create and nurture Black Excellence in the music industry. Coco is driving growth at the label as it expands into publishing, major events, establishing a not-for-profit to inject the Australian arts sector with prepared, sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, whilst developing in-house services for the label's roster. Her background is in marketing and events in Australia's biggest sporting codes, and fundraising and governance within community arts organisations. Coco has managed the labels roster of Philly, Birdz and worked with Blue Max Music managing A.B. Original.

Correne  Wilkie

Correne Wilkie

Manager
Maven and Muse; Management for The Cat Empire and Two Shoes Records, Co-Founder Super Bloom Festival

Correne Wilkie, as Director of Maven and Muse, is the Manager of The Cat Empire, and co-founder of SuperBloom Wellbeing Festival. Under her management, The Cat Empire has toured all over the globe, released seven studio albums, sold millions of records, amassed number one debuts & top ten chart positions in 26 countries, and has played headline spots on some of the world's biggest festivals, & on TV shows like Letterman and Leno. The Cat Empire became a fully independent band in 2013 for the release of their album Steal The Light, which debuted top 10 in 16 countries. They have released 2 further albums on their own label, in 2016 (#1 AIR, #1 ARIA) and 2019 (#1 AIR, #4 ARIA). Correne is their Global manager, Australian Agent and Promoter, and also runs their record label Two Shoes Records. No stranger to the touring lifestyle, Correne convenes this specialty panel to join together her two loves; Wellbeing and the Music Industry, in the hope of inspiring a cultural shift in long term industry practices to promote better health outcomes for people working in Entertainment.

Dave Batty

Dave Batty

Director
Custom-Made Artist Representation

Over the past two decades, Dave Batty has established himself as one of Australia’s most experienced and well-regarded artist managers. As CEO and founder of Custom-Made Artist Representation, Batty is responsible for guiding the careers of Ali Barter, C.W. Stoneking, Ecca Vandal, Bell City Square, producer Oscar Dawson and ARIA-winners The Jezabels, both locally and internationally. The diversity of Batty’s roster speaks of a manager with an aptitude for working in whatever context and model best suits each artist. He has done deals directly in each territory and worldwide deals with a label group, based on each artist’s needs. Before opting to focus solely on management in 2015, Batty had a long history in touring and booking. He founded Custom-Made Touring and Artist Representation in 1998, bringing acts as diverse as Tegan and Sara and Mariachi El Bronx to Australia, and in 2011 he merged the agency side of the business with Sydney based talent agency Artist Voice, where he represented acts such as Neil Finn and Sarah Blasko. This experience has helped Batty strategically develop national and global audiences around his artists. Overall, though, it’s his emphasis on creating careers through dedicated and unrelenting commitment that makes him such an accomplished manager

Dan Rosen

Dan Rosen

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
ARIA & PPCA

Dan Rosen is the CEO of ARIA and PPCA, the peak bodies for the Australian recorded music industry. Prior to joining ARIA and PPCA, Dan was based in New York working to take a tech start-up to NASDAQ listing. Before leaving for the US, Dan was an Advisor to the Federal Minister of Communications and the Arts focusing on innovation policy, and started his career as a lawyer with Minter Ellison specialising in the media and technology sector. As a musician, Dan won Triple J Unearthed and has toured throughout the US and Australia. He is a passionate voice for creativity as a Board member of Creative Partnerships Australia, Advisory Board member of the National Indigenous Music Awards, former Chair of the NSW Creative Industries Taskforce and member of the Victorian Government’s Creative Victoria Taskforce. Dan is Fulbright Scholar who completed his Masters of Law at New York University, and holds undergraduate degrees in Law with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University.

Dom  Alessio

Dom Alessio

Digital Export Producer
SOUNDS AUSTRALIA

Dom Alessio is the Digital Export Producer for Sounds Australia, which means he’s working to increase the opportunities for Australian artists on streaming and digital services internationally, as well as overseeing Sounds Australia’s own digital presence. In a previous life, Dom was the host of triple j’s Australian music show Home & Hosed, offering an early platform for artists such as Alex Lahey, Courtney Barnett, Flume, Gang Of Youths, Meg Mac, Remi. Sampa The Great and countless others to be heard by the nation. Aside from his work at Sounds Australia, Dom is the voice of the podcast Other Side Of The Tracks, a regular guest on ABC Radio and an irregular DJ.

Frank Varasso

Frank Varasso

Head Of Promotion - Australia & New Zealand
Ditto Music

Frank Varrasso started Varrasso PR in January 2009. Prior to this he was the Senior Director of National Promotions and Publicity at Sony Music. Over the years, he has run promotions and publicity departments on both a state and national level for numerous major & independent Record Labels. Upon his departure from Sony, Frank established his own company, Varrasso PR. With over 20 years experience in the music industry, Frank has worked with international and local artists including P!nk, Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Blur, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Vanessa Amorosi, ZHU, Armin van Buuren, Kimbra, to name but a few. Throughout Frank's years of experience in the music industry, he has formed valuable and respected relationships with media across several platforms – radio, television and print. Frank now joins the team at Ditto Music as the head of Radio Promotions for Australia.

Evan Dalziell

Evan Dalziell

Youth Activities Officer
Northern Sound System

Evan has worked for 10 years in youth advocacy, case management, mental health support and education support. He has a passion for engaging with young people through new and innovative mediums – Music, Gaming, Social Action. Evan isc urrently working in Youth Development at Northern Sound System specialising in youth support and project management for Creative industries projects and events – Game Design, Visual FX and Non-Traditional youth recreation (Skate, Scoot and BMX) and Gaming/E-Sports. He is also a Puggle and Beagle Owner, Sneaker Collector and Student of Hip Hop as a medium for creative social change.

Graham Donald

Graham Donald

Creative Director
Seven Network

Graham Donald is Creative Director for Australia’s Number 1 TV Network. He has headed the team for over 20 years. As well as launching some of the biggest Australian and International shows, and six Olympic Games, he has been the leader in his field in spearheading the launch of music artists in Australia, by using them to market TV shows. Some examples of his work are Coldplay’s “Paradise”, resulting in it becoming their biggest ever hit in Australia. Launching John Legend’s “All Of Me” to Australia, which then spread around the world, making him a household name. His ability to spot new talent and great songs have brought success to countless international and national artists. Australian artists such as Dean Lewis, Conrad Sewell, Sheppard, Tina Arena, The Veronicas, Amy Shark, and Jessica Mauboy, are grateful for his support.

Guillaume Deront

Guillaume Deront

Country Manager - Australia
Gleam Futures

Following 8 years at Google, including 3 years at YouTube where Guillaume was responsible for developing the ecosystem of content creators in Australia and New Zealand, he is now heading-up the Australian office for Gleam futures. Gleam was the first, and is the biggest management company in the world dedicated to managing ‘Digital First’ talent. With their offices in the UK (London headquarters), US and now Australia, they represent some of the biggest names in the World including Zoella, Tanya Burr, Louise Pentland and Jamie and Nikki. Gleam develop the careers of thei roster across all forms of media and entertainment including publishing, film, TV, licensing and merchandising.

Harry James Angus

Harry James Angus

Artist
The Cat Empire & Harry James Angus

Harry James Angus, the firebrand trumpet-playing vocalist from The Cat Empire, is known both for his thrilling live performances and for his constant musical re-invention. His dynamo new live project and album, Struggle With Glory, continues to cross musical boundaries, transporting the classic Greco-Roman myths into a surreal world of old-time jazz and gospel music. Struggle With Glory has been performed live at Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and has been nominated for an AIR Award. If you like toe-tapping, dancing in the aisles, sweating and shouting, but don’t particularly like going to church much, why not try shouting Zeus instead? Revenge, giant beasts in strange lands, the doomed love affairs of Gods and men, and the unstoppable torrent of fate is served up with barrelhouse piano, thumping double bass, soaring church choir vocals and the unmistakeable sound of Harry James Angus’ old dented trumpet.

Harry James  Angus

Harry James Angus

Artist
The Cat Empire + Harry James Angus

Harry James Angus, the firebrand trumpet-playing vocalist from The Cat Empire, is known both for his thrilling live performances and for his constant musical re-invention. His dynamo new live project and album, Struggle With Glory, continues to cross musical boundaries, transporting the classic Greco-Roman myths into a surreal world of old-time jazz and gospel music. Struggle With Glory has been performed live at Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and has been nominated for an AIR Award. If you like toe-tapping, dancing in the aisles, sweating and shouting, but don’t particularly like going to church much, why not try shouting Zeus instead? Revenge, giant beasts in strange lands, the doomed love affairs of Gods and men, and the unstoppable torrent of fate is served up with barrelhouse piano, thumping double bass, soaring church choir vocals and the unmistakeable sound of Harry James Angus’ old dented trumpet.

Harry James  Angus

Harry James Angus

Artist
The Cat Empire + Harry James Angus

Harry James Angus, the firebrand trumpet-playing vocalist from The Cat Empire, is known both for his thrilling live performances and for his constant musical re-invention. His dynamo new live project and album, Struggle With Glory, continues to cross musical boundaries, transporting the classic Greco-Roman myths into a surreal world of old-time jazz and gospel music. Struggle With Glory has been performed live at Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and has been nominated for an AIR Award. If you like toe-tapping, dancing in the aisles, sweating and shouting, but don’t particularly like going to church much, why not try shouting Zeus instead? Revenge, giant beasts in strange lands, the doomed love affairs of Gods and men, and the unstoppable torrent of fate is served up with barrelhouse piano, thumping double bass, soaring church choir vocals and the unmistakeable sound of Harry James Angus’ old dented trumpet.

Guy Blackman

Guy Blackman

Label Manager
Chapter Music

Guy Blackman, with parter Ben O'Connor, is co-manager of long-running Australian record label and management company Chapter Music. Founded in 1992, Chapter has a catalogue of more than 160 releases from artists such as The Goon Sax, Twerps, Dick Diver, Laura Jean, NOZU, Beaches and many more. Tone Deaf have called Chapter "almost unequivocably the most treasured record label in Australia", while Rolling Stone called us "one of Australia's most enduring and popular independent labels." Chapter is a champion of Australian music with a strong Melbourne focus, although it has also released artists from the US, Sweden, Japan and elsewhere. The label is committed to being a queer, female and people of colour friendly label. Guy & Ben began managing artists in the mid 2000s. Together they manage the careers of The The Goon Sax and Cable Ties, while separately Guy manages Laura Jean and Ben manages Power. Together they have also previously worked with Twerps, Crayon Fields and Geoffrey O’Connor, while Ben has worked with Architecture In Helsinki, the Presets and Worlds End Press. Guy & Ben’s work has seen their artists signed to prestigious international labels, tour overseas regularly and develop significant international profiles. Guy is regularly invited to speak or moderate panels for the likes of Bigsound, Face the Music, Song Summit, Sound Summit, Going Global and other music industry conferences.

Heidi Braithwaite

Heidi Braithwaite

Founder
Riot House Publicity

After previously working for an independent record label and as a band manager, Heidi founded her own publicity company, Riot House Publicity, in 2006. The agency has since expanded to include two other staff members, and continues to work with a varied roster of artists and festivals including Alex Lahey, Marlon Williams, The Jezabels, C.W. Stoneking, The Cat Empire, and the Beyond The Valley and Grapevine festivals. Heidi joined the board of Music Victoria in 2018 and is a member of the AICD. Through her years working in publicity, she has developed skills in media relations, crisis management, and image development/management. After 15 years in the music industry working in record labels, management companies and as the director of her own publicity consultancy, she brings a breadth of knowledge and experience from a marketing and PR background.

Helen Smith (UK)

Helen Smith (UK)

Executive Chair
IMPALA

Helen Smith is IMPALA’s Executive Chair. Originally from Scotland, Helen is based in Brussels. She drives the organisation's key strategies with the board on a political, commercial and promotional level. Helping put thousands of independent companies and artists on the map of Europe by leveraging collective strength, IMPALA's milestones is an impressive read, from Europe's first ever class action court case on a merger and its tough stance on digital platforms who don't play ball, to its various action plans and awards schemes.

Irma Bolzonello

Irma Bolzonello

Principal
Banks Group

Irma has over 25 years’ experience specialising in management consulting. She is highly skilled in establishing internal systems and procedures to instil effective business management. Irma has extensive knowledge in numerous accounting systems, programs and the latest cloud based technology. Irma and her team can establish sophisticated modelling to assist in business monitoring and growth. She enjoys socialising with friends at the weekend and is actively involved in fundraising events for the Banks Group Charitable Foundation.

Henry Compton

Henry Compton

Director, Sales & Operations - Australia & New Zealand
The Orchard

Henry Compton, Director, Sales & Operations - Australia & New Zealand, The Orchard The first Australian employee for The Orchard, Henry's career has covered many bases: from work in warehouse and logistics management through retail sales, bookings & promotions, and artist publicity enabled him to learn the industry from the ground up. He has handled label management, radio, acquisitions, retail & online marketing, artist management, strategy & planning across the board for hundreds of clients. The Orchard's local client list includes artists like Triple One, Ziggy Alberts, OK Moon, Opiuo and labels from across the genre spectrum including Poison City Records, Cooking Vinyl Australia, Unified Music Group, TMRW Music, Bedroom Suck Records, Cutters Records and Room 40 among thousands of other creators. Henry has also served as a Director on the AIR board. Find out more about The Orchard, which has a presence in over 40 global markets and is also a top-ranked YouTube Multi Channel Network, at www.theorchard.com.

Jacqui Louez Schoorl

Jacqui Louez Schoorl

CEO, Co-founder and Executive Director (GAICD)
Jaxsta

Jacqui Louez Schoorl’s career spans more than two decades across music, film and television. She has spent the past six years establishing Jaxsta – a world-first online database of official music credits that, in this digital age, preserves and celebrates the credits once stored in album liner notes. Jacqui is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and an in-demand speaker at events in Australia and the USA. She is the founder of Women In Music Sydney, a not-for-profit organisation bringing together music professionals. Jacqui also works as a Dementia Australia advocate, having lost her father to the disease.

Jaddan Comerford

Jaddan Comerford

CEO & Founder
UNIFIED

Jaddan Comerford is the CEO & Founder of UNIFIED, one of the fastest growing independent music companies. Formed in Australia, UNIFIED is a music company that provides a range of services including management, label, publishing, touring, festivals and merchandise to a diverse roster of internationally recognised and awarded artists. The company is also home to a group of established brands including UNFD, 24 Hundred, ONETWO, NLV Records and Exist. Recordings as well as the newly launched touring arm UNIFY presents. Currently based in Los Angeles, Comerford manages clients such as Vance Joy, Amy Shark and Tash Sultana. Along with overseeing the global expansion of UNIFIED, which also has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles and London. Jaddan's passion for artists, music and the independent community is stronger than ever as he works with Australian artists both locally and internationally.

Jasmine Hessel

Jasmine Hessel

Coach, Facilitator & Mentor
The Leaders Mentor

Jasmine Hessel is an international coach, facilitator and mentor with over 20 years corporate experience managing large diverse teams in retail, telecommunication, financial services and hospitality sectors. Jasmine is a Partner at The Leaders Mentor and helps clients become authentic leaders, build strong business relationships and make proactive decisions to drive business results.

Jason Fielding

Jason Fielding

Senior Vice President and Managing Director
Endeavor Global Marketing

Jason Fielding is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Endeavor Global Marketing in Australia, the cultural marketing agency within the Endeavor network which includes leading talent agency WME and sports and fashion industry pioneer IMG. Endeavor Global Marketing is now nearly 800 employees strong globally, providing expertise in brand strategy and activation, digital marketing, public relations, sponsorship, influencer strategy, original content and business intelligence to major brand clients. Endeavor is a global leader in sports, entertainment and fashion operating in more than 30 countries. Named one of Fortune’s 25 Most Important Private Companies, Endeavor specialises in talent representation and management; brand marketing, sponsorship and licensing; media sales and distribution; event operation and management; and sports training and league development. Prior to leading Endeavor Global Marketing’s leading experiential team, IMG LIVE in Australia, Jason founded an agency called The Sound Campaign which operated successfully for over ten years and became Australia’s leading independent music and culture agency. The Sound campaign joined forces with Endeavor Global Marketing in 2017 to expand the cultural agency’s business offerings and capabilities in the APAC region. A pioneer of experiential marketing and strategic partnerships, Jason has driven teams in the UK, Singapore, China and the US and has always been at the forefront of what is now referred to as The Experience Economy. Projects that Jason has driven over the years include Vodafone and their iconic partnerships with Ferrari F1 and Manchester United, 12 years as Jack Daniel’s culture consultant, the David Jones & Walt Disney partnership, The ARIA Awards, Luzhou Laojiao at this year’s Australian Open and countless other campaigns and activations in sport, music and culinary.

Jen Taunton

Jen Taunton

Music Supervisor
Level Two Music & DISCO

Jen Taunton is the founder of Australian music sync agency The Midnight Choir and co-founder of rights management company Nice Rights. She has been a Music Supervisor with Level Two Music since 2005 and is passionate about championing independent Australian music and ‘using sync’ to enable artists to create.

Julian Hewitt

Julian Hewitt

Managing Partner
Media Arts Lawyers

Julian is the Sydney managing partner of Australia's largest dedicated entertainment law firm. He represents high profile musical talent, managers, labels, publishers, events and start-ups, and with a large overseas network has been instrumental in setting up international deals for his clients, who include acts like RUFUS DU SOL, Stella Donnelly, San Holo, Courtney Barnett, Flume, Peking Duk, Middle Kids, Alison Wonderland, Gang of Youths, Matt Corby, Nick Murphy, Confidence Man, Methyl Ethel etc and labels like Future Classic, Bedroom Suck and Mirror Music. He has been a musician signed to major and indie labels, and has a post-graduate degree in corporate finance.

Justin Cosby

Justin Cosby

Founder
Inertia Music

Justin Cosby is the founder of Inertia Music, Australia's leading independent label and distributor. As the Director of A&R at Inertia, Cosby has been instrumental in forging careers in Australia and abroad for a diverse array of acts that include Sia, Asgeir, ODESZA, Bon Iver, M83 and Hockey Dad amongst many more. Inertia Music was co-founded by Cosby and Ashley Sellers, and moved from humble beginnings of boxes piling up in a living room and maxed out credit cards, to Colin Daniels guilding the trifecta and becoming the behemoth of the Australian music industry that it is today, with dozens of employees and a reputation for signing some of the most interesting and innovative music both locally and overseas. Although founded with electronic music at the forefront of the business model, Inertia Music has become a home for music of all genres, grabbing from a spectrum of pop, hip-hop, rock, punk, electronic, jazz and more. Recent successes for Inertia Music, under the guidance of Cosby, include Bjork, Ali Barter, Floating Points, IDLES, Nils Frahm, Jai Wolf and Robyn to name a few. Furthermore, Inertia Music has also recently merged with [PIAS], the largest independent music force in the world, which has seen the label launch itself into the global market.

Justin Wight

Justin Wight

Director
Monkeystack

Justin is co-founder of Monkeystack, a South Australian company that currently employs over 20 South Australian artists, animators, producers, programmers, developers and designers. Throughout his career he has directed and produced animation series, films, VR documentary, simulations, visualisations and educational applications. He is dedicated to finding meaningful, engaging ways to tell stories on any type of screen. Often this results in pushing creative and technical boundaries, resulting in unique and surprising experiences for all types of audiences. He is particularly passionate about the use of effective digital communication to achieve social and environmentally beneficial outcomes.

Katie  Wighton

Katie Wighton

Artist
All Our Exes Live In Texas

Katie Wighton is one quarter of ARIA-award winning folk outfit All Our Exes Live in Texas. All Our Exes Live in Texas has gained a wide and loyal audience, touring with a range of diverse international artists including The Backstreet Boys (USA), Passenger (UK), Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (USA), St Paul & The Broken Bones (USA) and Marlon Williams (NZ). Not to mention Australian icons Midnight Oil, Megan Washington and Kate Miller-Heidke. They also provided backing vocals on Kesha’s multi-platinum selling comeback single “Praying”. The Exes also hosted ABC TV’s Rage in 2016. Wighton has worked with a huge range of international songwriters and producers including Marc Orrell (Dropkick Murphys), Tony Buchen (The Preachers, Courtney Barnett), Jenny Owens-Young (LA - Panic! At The Disco), Jake Sinclair (LA - Panic! At The Disco, Taylor Swift, Pink) and Henry Wagons (Wagons). She is currently working on a solo project called KIT which is being co-produced by Dave Symes (Boy and Bear) and James Seymour (Feelds). 2018 saw Katie inducted as an APRA ambassador which entailed carrying out advocacy work in Canberra, Hobart and Sydney. She spoke at the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the music industry and met with several key politicians to address the sustainability of being a working musician in Australia. She continues to work with APRA as part of their Songmakers Program in Tasmania as well as other advocacy work in her role as ambassador.

Lolly Fan

Lolly Fan

Artist Manager
Maybe Mars Records

Lolly Fan is the Artist Manager at Maybe Mars Records. She is a core member of one of the most influential labels in China. With years working experience at the forefront of China indie music scene, Lolly has built a strong network with indie artists, music media, booking agents and venues across China. She now manages Carsick Cars, Chui Wan, Dream Can and White+.

Lorrae  McKenna

Lorrae McKenna

General Manager
Our Golden Friend

Our Golden Friend is an independent record label and management collective from Melbourne, Australia. "We deal with people who make music that we love and help them share it with the world." Our Golden Friend's management roster currently consists of Chitra, Elizabeth, Good Morning, Jade Imagine, Jess Ribeiro, RVG and POPPONGENE – and their label roster 808s and Greatest Hits, Chitra, Moonlover, RVG, Peak Twins, POPPONGENE and Way Dynamic. Lorrae McKenna and her partner Skube Burnell set up our Golden Friend in December 2015 as an outlet for their years of experience and passion for the Australian Music Industry. Lorrae McKenna, was previously the Promotions and Marketing Manager at Remote Control Records. Joining Remote Control Records in 2013, Lorrae was instrumental in re-invigorating the labels Australian roster of artists, signing, developing and A&Ring acts Courtney Barnett, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Methyl Ethel, The Murlocs, Saskwatch, Lost Animal, Teeth & Tongue, Total Giovanni, Milwaukee Banks, Velociraptor, Sui Zhen, Banoffee, Sunbeam Sound Machine, Gabriella Cohen, friendships and many more. As well as undertaking the A&R and development of Australian artists at Remote Control and Dot Dash Records, Lorrae also created and implemented PR & Marketing strategies for a range of international artists including Adele, Radiohead, Anohni, Queens of The Stone Age, The National, Kim Gordon, Sigur Ros, Cat Power, Future Islands, Beirut, FKA Twigs, Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Jack White, Tom York, Jungle, The xx, Jamie xx, Kurt Vile, Warpaint and others. Lorrae has been an active part of the Australian Music Industry for the past 13 years working in a range of varying roles including; Allans Billy Hyde Music (as Marketing & Publicity Coordinator), Crucial Music (The Living End, Gyroscope, Children Collide, 360, Pez, Hunting Grounds) & at 774 ABC Melbourne (PR & Marketing Coordinator).

Mads Brown

Mads Brown

Head of Events and Community
Fortress Esports

Mads began an unlikely career in esports after she began moonlighting as a Twitch streamer while working at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Despite hailing from a background of law and governance she quickly carved a space in the esports scene going on to become a competitive Counter-Strike player, an esports industry speaker, a brand manager of an esports club, a Fox Sports presenter for the FIFA Eleague and a brand partnership manager at Supanova Comic Con and Gaming. She is now on the team at Fortress Esports, a company aiming to shake up the market and push gaming and esports into the casual entertainment industry.

Maria Amato

Maria Amato

General Manager & CFO
Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR)

Maria is results orientated and has worked in the Arts and not-for-profit sector for over 25 years specialising in finance and business management. She is currently the Chair of the Creative Industry Advisory Board for the Australian Institute of Music and has held former positions as CEO/CFO of the Melbourne International Film Festival and board member of Music Victoria.

Marion Briand

Marion Briand

Music Partnerships lead AU/NZ, YouTube and YouTube Music
YouTube and Google Play

Marion has been working at Google for 8 years - 3 years in Ireland and 5 years in Australia. She has extensive experience helping artists, management and labels promote music on YouTube and unlock new audiences. Marion is leading the Music Partnerships team in Australia and New Zealand where she manages labels and artists on both YouTube and YouTube Music. Marion is very passionate about exporting Australian and New Zealand artists on the global stage. Currently listening to a lot of Latin music like Romeo Santos, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Anitta, as well as Rosalía, Lolo Zouai, Tash Sultana, Tones and I, Kaiit, Perto, Mallrat

Matthew Donlevy

Matthew Donlevy

Managing Director
Cooking Vinyl Publishing Australia

When Matthew left school he joined the Sheet music Department at Castle Music (now EMI Publishing) picking sheet music out of shelves and sending them to retailer’s across Australia and New Zealand. After working in the creative department at EMI for a few years Matthew moved to ATV Northern songs as Creative manager. The company was sold to Michael Jackson so Matthew moved onto become General Manager of peer music. Later he was made Managing Director then Regional Head of S.E. Asia. Matthew was there over 25 years and in that time he was on the AMCOS board for about the same amount of time. Next up he became Managing Director of Cooking Vinyl Publishing Australia, role Mathew has had for the last 3 years. A start up here in Australia we now represent a diverse range of acts including Shane Nicholson, Luca Brasi, Screen Composer Dinesh Wicks, Make them Suffer, Alpha Wolf, Quails, Nick Wales, Jess Ribeiro and Jade Imagine.

Matthew Rogers

Matthew Rogers

Chief Operating Officer (COO)
UNIFIED Music Group

Matthew Rogers is the Chief Operating Officer of UNIFIED Music Group, the fastest growing Australian independent music company. As an entertainment lawyer, he has represented some of the most well-known Australian labels and artists, including working as in-house counsel at the iconic Mushroom Group. At UNIFIED, Mat is now involved in managing Australia’s largest artist management group, a suite of online merchandise stores that includes D2C stores for Sony Music Australia and STL Tones, a record label group including UNFD, Domestic La La, THAA, Exist. Recordings, ONETWO and NLV Records, an award-winning boutique publishing catalogue and an events business that promotes tours as well as the hugely successful UNIFY: A Heavy Music Gathering festival. Mat is a member of the board of the Australian Independent Record Label Association (AIR) and is a Vice President of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN Council) where he represents Australian independent labels. Mat has been involved in various advocacy issues for the industry including the Parliamentary Friends of Music events in Canberra and the Creative Victoria Music Passport Advisory Board. Mat's passion for artists, music and the independent community is stronger than ever as he works with Australian artists both locally and internationally.

Maya  Janeska

Maya Janeska

Project Manager + Artist Services & Development - Australia & New Zealand
Believe Digital

Maya Janeska Believe Artist Services & Development Project Manager - Australia & New Zealand Maya Janeska is the Project Manager for Believe Artist Services for Australia and New Zealand, a newly launched division of the Australian business. Believe is the leading fully independent digital distributor and services provider for artists and labels worldwide. Believe empowers artists and labels to maximise the value of their music in the transitioning digital music space by providing them with a full suite of services. Previously General Manager of UNFD at Unified Music Group, Label Manager at Shock Records and Digital Marketing Manager at Remote Control Records.

Megan Spencer

Megan Spencer

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Breathworks

Megan Spencer is an Australian media arts professional and mindfulness meditation teacher. Now based near Adelaide, she recently returned to Australia after living in Berlin for 2½ years. Megan has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2009 and teaching it in workshops, courses, sessions and retreats since 2015. Completing initial teacher training with The Gawler Foundation, she has also taught mindfulness workshops at The School of Life in Berlin, Sydney and Melbourne, and undertaken further studies in Australia and Europe. With a particular interest in self-care and creativity, Megan has also teacher-trained in Mindful Self-Compassion and is currently a teacher-in-training with UK-based ‘mindfulness for health’ organisation Breathworks. Her teaching practice is Megan Spencer Meditation. Megan has three decades experience working in the creative and media industries: as a film critic (triple j, ‘The Movie Show’, Radio National), a broadcaster and presenter (ABC Local Radio), music, film and arts journalist and (Double J, Guardian Australia), music industry advocate (MusicNT), filmmaker (‘Heathens’, ‘Lovestruck: Wrestling’s No. 1 Fan). Most recently she has turned her hand to podcasts, creating series ‘From A Whisper To A Bang!’ for the Australian War Memorial.

Mick Tarbuk

Mick Tarbuk

Country Manager - Australia and New Zealand
Believe Distribution Services

Mick Tarbuk is the Australia and New Zealand Manager for Believe, the leading fully independent digital distributor and services provider for artists and labels worldwide. Believe empowers artists and labels to maximise the value of their music in the transitioning digital music space by providing them with a full suite of services. Joining Believe in November 2015, Mick was made responsible for the Australian and New Zealand business unit. Using his previous experience and knowledge within the Australian Music Industry Mick has quickly helped develop a strong footprint within the independent music community. With a career spanning over a decade in the Music Industry, Mick has held roles at Fable Music Publishing, Shock Records/Distribution as Label Director along with running his own record label L X V I and artist and label services company A Northern Soul.

Dr Oscar Serrallach

Dr Oscar Serrallach

Doctor of Functional Medicine
Medical Practicioner

Dr Oscar Serrallach graduated with a medical degree (MBChB) from the Auckland School of Medicine, New Zealand in 1996. He received his fellowship of Family Medicine and General Practice in 2008 and is currently completing a Fellowship in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. Dr Serrallach is a Doctor of functional (integrative) medicine, with a focus on mother care and womens health. He is also consultant Doctor to numerous well respected Australian Musicians and industry figures, and he brings that direct insight to this conversation.

Nicholas Pickard

Nicholas Pickard

Director of Public Affairs
APRA AMCOS

Nicholas Pickard is Director of Public Affairs at APRA AMCOS. As part of the executive leadership team he oversees government relations, advocacy, communication campaigns and events. Prior to this he was Director of Corporate Affairs at Copyright Agency where he drove sector-wide collaboration to create a major campaign against damaging proposals to water down Australia’s copyright framework. A former arts journalist, theatre critic and ministerial adviser who has worked in London, Canberra and Sydney, Nicholas has been arts policy adviser to ministers in the Australian and NSW Governments and was central to the team that created, devised and launched Australia’s national cultural policy – Creative Australia. Nicholas is on the Board of the Australian Society of Authors and Regionals Arts NSW.

Paige X. Cho

Paige X. Cho

Senior Music Strategist
Bolster Digital

Paige X. Cho is an advertising strategist curious about music, data-driven marketing and consumer psychology. She's a Senior Music Strategist at Bolster, a digital & creative agency specialising in music, events and entertainment. Her current role combines her background in psychology and digital advertising with over 10 years of music industry knowledge, creating digital advertising strategies for music campaigns. Over the past four years at Bolster, Paige has worked on the likes of Splendour in the Grass, London Grammar, The xx, Falls Festival, Elton John, Sia, Angus & Julia Stone, Queens of the Stone Age, Adele, Groovin The Moo, Bluesfest, Laneway Festival, LNWY and many more.

Pete Nicholson

Pete Nicholson

Product Manager
DISCO

DISCO is a web app for music companies and artists that makes it easier to store, organise, and share music files. Pete Nicholson has been the product manager for DISCO since its launch in 2015, and has worked in the music industry in various capacities for over a decade.

Philip Mortlock

Philip Mortlock

Creative Director
ORiGiN Music

Philip Mortlock has been active in the Australian music scene for a while now. Starting out as a graphic designer and photographer he worked his way through marketing, A & R, PR and senior management roles with Warner Music and then co-established the ORiGiN Music company of which he is Creative Director. ORiGiN has been active as label and publisher for 25+ years and is focused on developing and supporting a unique range of creative artists and composers. The company also has a Theatrical division. Philip has also been an active board member of AIR for close to 20 years as well as participating on the boards of ARIA (as independent representative) and The National Film & Sound Archive as well as being a founding Patron of the Australian Music Prize (The AMP).

Rochelle Flack

Rochelle Flack

Content & Support - Australia & New Zealand
Ditto Music

Rochelle Flack (often known as Ro) is a community-minded metadata enthusiast. With a keen eye for style guides, she looks after support and content operations for Ditto Music across Australia and New Zealand. Outside of hours, she manages music publication Casual Band Blogger and contributes to community radio.

Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly

Creative Director & Head of Sync
Downtown Music Publishing

An experienced music executive with expertise in Creative Services, Rachel has held senior roles at music publishers Warner/Chappell, J Albert & Son (Alberts) BMG Rights Management Australia and Downtown Music Publishing. As Creative Director & Head of Sync, Rachel is responsible for establishing and promoting Downtown’s brand and catalogue, signing and developing songwriters, artists and producers, while overseeing synchronisation and operations in Australia & New Zealand. Direct signings include Stella Donnelly, John Butler Trio and The Teskey Brothers. Rachel has presented on panels for APRA AMCOS NZ, Women In Music, BIGSOUND and the Australian Institute of Music.

Sarah  Hamilton

Sarah Hamilton

Regional Manager - Australia and New Zealand
Ditto Music

Sarah is Ditto Music Australia's AU/NZ Regional Manager and has been working in digital distribution in Australia since 2008, with a short stint in New York City. She loves working with independent artists and seeing them gain access to the same opportunities as artists signed to major labels. Ditto Music works with over 200 000 artists and labels, and has 20 offices globally, working with artists like Chance the Rapper, Yeasayer, and Tash Sultana. Sarah loves watching the industry change and grow, and helping artists navigate the changing digital space. She has eclectic music taste and loves hip hop, soul, pop, with some alt-country thrown in. Sarah also runs a side-project called One of One with Joanna Cameron and Ellen Kirk, a website that highlights women in the music industry and hosts annual events for International Women's Day. When not at her computer with headphones on she can be found eating Vietnamese food on Smith Street.

Serge Bolzonello

Serge Bolzonello

Director
Banks Group

Serge is a qualified Chartered Accountant highly specialised in the entertainment and creative industry. Serge has worked for both the Australian Taxation Office and as the manager of a boutique Melbourne firm specialising in the entertainment industry. The experience he gained from this work in the 1980s and 90s, together with his enthusiasm and vision, gave him the impetus to establish one of the largest and most successful firms in Australia dealing specifically with music and entertainment. His list of clients reads like a who’s who of the music world: Jet, Eskimo Joe, Sneaky Sound System, Evermore, Pete Murray, Kasey Chambers, Tim Minchin, Temper Trap and many more. His philosophy has always been based on assisting his artists to build wealth from their creative talents.

Stu Watters

Stu Watters

Director of Licensing & Business Affairs
Nightlife Music

Stu is the Director of Licensing & Business Affairs at Nightlife Music. Previously, Stu has held a broad range of roles including CEO of AIR, curator of Indie-Con AU, EO of Q Music, serving on the board of AIR, the Worldwide Independent Network and Q Music, member of APRA’s ADR Committee. He runs his own music services and consulting service whose clients (past and present) include Nightlife Music, AIR, Hydric Media, The Seed Fund, Arts Queensland, QPAC, Hunted Media, Brisbane City Council, Mix It Up, Fieldworx, The Gin Club, Mountain Goat Brewery and Q Music. Stu is unashamedly parochial about Australian independent music and about independent music globally.

Sweetie Zamora

Sweetie Zamora

Head of Labels and Promotion
Remote Control Records

Victoria Sweetie Zamora is Head Of Labels & Promotions at Remote Control Records. Sweetie has managed campaigns for artists including Adele, Courtney Barnett, Methyl Ethel, Queens of The Stone Age, The xx, The National, Donny Benet, Sunbeam Sound Machine and many more. She is the main point of contact for Remote Control’s local and international artists, managers and label partners (Beggars Group, Omnian Music Group, Milk! Records, Barely Dress Records + more) and also works with the full Remote Control team to organise release planning, strategy and PR campaigns. Since 2007 Sweetie has worked for the likes of Bossy Music, Laneway Festival, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and Warner Music Australia. She also plays bass guitar and is a Ken Done enthusiast.

Thaddeus  Rudd (US)

Thaddeus Rudd (US)

Co-President and Co-Owner
Mom + Pop Music

Thaddeus Rudd is Co-President and Co-Owner of Mom+Pop Music, along with Michael Goldstone. Mom+Pop was founded in 2008 and is based in New York. The label has released music by a wide variety of artists including Flume, Courtney Barnett, Alina Baraz, Tash Sultana, Jai Wolf, Alice Merton and Sunflower Bean. Rudd is a graduate of Northwestern University and currently a board member of A2IM.

Tim  Janes

Tim Janes

General Manager
Caroline Australia

Caroline is the Label Services arm of Universal Music that was established in 2013 specifically to partner with independent artists and labels. Current international label partners include Because Music, Communion, Fader, Loma Vista, Fearless, Wolftone, Ed Banger, Fiction and locally Spinning Top, Spunk and more. Artists they represent through these international label relationships include Mac DeMarco, Denzel Curry, Glass Animals, St Vincent, Christine and The Queens, Catfish and The Bottlemen and Iggy Pop. Local independent artists Caroline partner with include Marlon Williams, Parcels, POND, Alex Lahey, CW Stoneking, Phantastic Ferniture, Clowns, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and more. Tim has over 20 years experience working largely with independent artists and labels through his time at Coooperative Music and Shock Records previously.

Tom Harris

Tom Harris

Founder and Managing Director
White Sky

Tom Harris started out in the music biz in 2003 as the bookkeeper at Rubber Records. From there he started helping a few bands on the side, all the while promoting himself under the name White Sky. White Sky is now the largest music accounting firm in Australia; handling the finances for over 500 bands, record labels, festivals and various music businesses. Since 2006 Tom began to establish himself as an artist manager, co-managing The Temper Trap from 2006 to 2011, and currently managing The Little Stevies since 2009, as well as their kids’ music spin-off Teeny Tiny Stevies. In 2010 Tom was asked to join the Board of the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) and in 2012 took on the role of Treasurer. Over the last few years Tom has been developing TourTracks software for artists and managers to automate the tour planning and budgeting process.

Tom  Mee

Tom Mee

Label and Artist Marketing Lead
Spotify Australia and New Zealand

As Label and Artist Marketing Lead for Spotify Australia and New Zealand, Tom is responsible for working with record labels, industry bodies, managers, and the creator community on marketing music releases to consumers, both on and off Spotify’s platform. Tom previously worked at Universal Music Australia and Warner Music Australia in digital marketing and label management roles, and has ten years experience in; digital marketing, digital account management and label management in recorded music; festival production and marketing, live production and audio engineering. Tom was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, but now calls Sydney, Australia home. He has recently completed his MBA, and (with what spare time he has) enjoys all sorts of active pursuits, live music, reading, and travel.

Vanessa Hutley

Vanessa Hutley

General Manager
Music Rights Australia

Vanessa Hutley has worked as a lawyer in the creative industries for over a two decades She has been responsible for the development of intellectual property programs in Australia, New Zealand and the South Asia Pacific region.Vanessa is the General Manager of Music Rights Australia which represents both independent and major record labels and songwriters and music publishers. Vanessa is responsible for overseeing Music Rights Australia’s education, advocacy and protection programs.

Yasmin Naghavi

Yasmin Naghavi

Senior Lawyer
Media Arts Lawyers

Yasmin practises in creative industries law, representing world-class graphic and motion design studios, agencies, illustrators, streaming services, visual artists, authors, managers, fashion designers, format and content creators, influencers, photographers, tv/radio talent, and app developers. Additionally, Yasmin has a strong employment law practice at the firm. Holding both a Juris Doctor (hons) and an MBA, Yasmin combines experience with expertise, industry insight, and a passion for the creative sector. Working in close partnership with her clients, she brings clarity to their legal rights and obligations, and advises with the intention of achieving the very best strategic and commercial outcome. Committed to giving back to the industry, she’s also a serving board member of The Lifted Brow, the former Secretary of the Creative Women’s Circle, and a Volunteer lawyer for the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Zoe Huang

Zoe Huang

Founder
Mega Stage

Zoe Huang, with more than a decade of working experience in copyright licensing and music distribution focused on China market, has been consistently playing an indispensable role in improving copyright regulative circumstances and exploring new revenue model for local music industry. Zoe is the founder of Mega Stage, a company engaged in helping international non mainstream musicians and independent music companies to grow and monetize inChina. With its handful of connections with industry sectors from digital platforms, radio networks, event organizers and brands, Mega Stage develops a full-dimension marketing model tailored to international non-mainstream music. Before that, Zoe was the Content VP of Starmaker Interactive Inc., a San Francisco based tech company, taking charge of global copyright licensing for music content made available at StarMaker, a Karaoke APP operated by the company. Under Zoe’s efforts, StarMaker built up a global legitimized Karaoke backing track library offered to its 40 million users located worldwide. She also successfully operated cross-promo campaigns with influential, globally or locally, music talent shows like The Voice, American Idol, Sing Like A Star, etc., and high-profile musicians in multiple jurisdictions. Before joining Starmaker, Zoe had been working for R2G Limited since 2004. R2G is the forerunner of legitimate digital music distributor in China and was acquired by Tencent Music Entertainment as the most influential music distributor with the biggest licensing repertoire. It was in those years that Zoe was able to participate to create some of the most marking milestones in history of China’s music industry. Zoe led the campaign to separate publishing right from recording right, which was taken as a whole right in practice before. Zoe designed and put to practice a “drive-and-draw” strategy, leading to successful collection of royalties from music websites and OTTs for the first time in China. Zoe also served as industry specialist for competent governmental authorities including the then National Copyright Administration and the then Ministry of Culture in process of policy design and regulation making. Zoe is always enthusiastic about music and ready to contribute to its prosperity.

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July 25 -26, 2019

Lot Fourteen

North Terrace Adelaide 5000, SA
Australia