ACT- Meet the Locals + Free Legal Advice

Ready to get your affairs in order this year? We’ve brought together some of the state’s top music industry pros to share their knowledge and help you get ahead of the game in 2017.

They’ll talk grants, band agreements, song splits and funding, and introduce you to the organisations they represent – and how they can support your music career. A speed dating session at the end will give you a chance for some one-on-one time with these experts.

A representative from the RECOGNISE campaign will also let you know how you can get involved in the call for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.



As part of Meet the Locals, Arts Law is offering free 45 minute consultations during the day on Monday 20 March and Tuesday 21 March. To register your interest, email or call 02 9356 2566.


Suzanne Derry, Senior Solicitor, Arts Law

Suzanne has worked at Arts Law for over seven years, and has also worked for a number of community legal centres and a boutique entertainment law practice. Suzanne enjoys educating artists about their rights and provides legal advice on a copyright, contract, defamation, debt and business structures.

Jen Teale, Grants Officer, Australia Council

Jen works with artists across all art forms providing application advice and feedback, and administering contracts & acquittals. Previously Jen worked extensively with major publishing and record labels across music licensing, A&R production, marketing, copyright and royalties. In her spare time, Jen sings with vocal trio Lounge DeLuxe.

Gavin Findlay, Vice-President, MusicACT

Gavin is a member of the Board of the Australian Music Industry Network and is currently undertaking PhD studies at the ANU. Gavin continues to perform as a musician with the Canberra Wind Symphony as well as rock and electronic bands. In 2016 he was appointed General Manager of the Canberra International Music Festival.

Robert Piani, Arts Support Manager, artsACT

Robert is the Manager of Arts Support within artsACT, which is responsible for managing the ACT Arts Fund. The ACT Arts Fund supports high quality work across a range of artforms and practices through a number of funding categories geared towards individual artists, organisations and community groups. 

Event Info

20 Mar 2017

Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon ACT 2612



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