Melbourne Music Mecca: Face the Music and AWME kick off

Friday, 02 Oct 2015

Forget a ‘hallmark’ week, Melbourne has had a ‘hallmark’ year! The southern capital city has been dubbed the ‘most liveable,’ ‘most musical’ and ‘most resilient’ city by global experts and APRA AMCOS will be on the ground to uncover opportunities for our members in two industry events.

Australian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME) has been directly responsible for creating new touring and festival engagements, international performances, media coverage, publishing and many other career-building activities for Australian artists.

This year, AWME will take place at Arts Centre Melbourne, Max Watts, Shebeen, The Toff in Town and Ding Dong Lounge.

As a presenting partner, APRA AMCOS is hosting a unique Songwriter Speaks session with Emma Donovan, a great opportunity to hear from a young and established career musician.

APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Representative Michael Hutchings will be on a panel to discuss the success of Song Cycles, a program where Indigenous musicians from Victoria journey to the Northern Territory for an intensive week of travel, songwriting workshops and cultural exchange.

“At AWME, APRA AMCOS will host the Ding Dong stage for the first time. It's an amazing live music venue in the heart of Chinatown, with a huge stage and a capacity for 300 people. The performers will have the best showcase to expose their talents.

“We’ll be involved with Face the Music through a master class facilitated by the ‘industry’s finest.’ This master class is a small group of no more than 15 and is a really intimate and unique development opportunity,” said Chris O’Neill, National Manager of Writer Services, APRA AMCOS. 


Live Music supported by APRA AMCOS:   

Songwriter Speaks - Saturday 14 November - 11:20am - 12:10pm - AMCOR Lounge
Presented By AWME and APRA AMCOS  

Emma Donovan though still young is already reaching legend status in Australian music as one of our premier female vocalists and songwriters. Emma has released acclaimed solo albums and with her band “Emma Donovan & the Putbacks” is proving why her music keeps reaching larger and larger audiences because it’s that good. Emma’s music crosses the genre barriers taking in Soul, Funk,  Jazz,  Singer songwriter and more  proving that it’s the power of the song itself that matters most. Rising talent Jess Beck (at AWME with her band Pirra) will talk with Emma about her musical history and the inspiration behind her song writing.

Song Cycles Panel - Saturday 14 November - 2:30 - 3:20pm  - AMCOR Lounge
Presented by AWME & APRA AMCOS  

The Song Cycles Sessions project partners include APRA AMCOS, Creative Victoria and Barkly Regional Arts Winanjjikari Music Centre.
Now in its second year, this important project sees Aboriginal musicians from Victoria journey to the Tennant Creek in central Northern Territory to work with Aboriginal musicians from surrounding districts on song writing, performance and cultural exchange. The project recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) culture is incredibly diverse – the many different ATSI Nations have their own unique histories, languages and cultural practices. These cultures, like any, continue to change and evolve and contemporary music has become an important vehicle in which to explore and speak about the changes within country, as well as a way to keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and song lines strong into the future.

Moderator: Michael Hutchings, APRA AMCOS ATSI Office
Speakers: Elizabeth Liddle (Creative Victoria), Lee Morgan (Artist), Monica Weightman (Artist), Robert Champion (Artist).


Budgeting. Possibly the least exciting part of the music business, but oh so important! Before planning your next tour / recording / international trip, hear from the experts about what you need to consider, where to get the money from and how to stop it coming off the rails.

Moderator: Paul Mason – Director Music, Australia Council for the Arts
Catherine Haridy – Catherine Haridy Management
Tom Harris – Founder & Managing Director, White Sky 
Kirsty Rivers – Manager Contemporary Music, Creative Victoria
Chris O’Neill – National Manager Writer Services, APRA AMCOS 

Date: Saturday 14 November, 2015 
Time: 11.10am – 12.00pm 
Location: Lower Playhouse Foyer, Arts Centre Melbourne

THE SONGLINES OF MUSIC (moderated by Michael Hutchings, APRA AMCOS)

How has oral history played a role in developing the musical landscape of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music today? With an incredible history of oral traditions, music and storytelling, how is this strong cultural element represented in contemporary art forms?

Moderator: Michael Hutchings – ATSI Music Office, APRA AMCOS
Stu Ferguson – Artist, OKA
Gina Williams – Singer-Songwriter 
Peter White – Senior Curator Indigenous Connections, National Film & Sound Archive 
Date: Friday 13 November, 2015 
Time: 4.10pm –5.00pm 
Location: Amcor Lounge, Arts Centre Melbourne


APRA AMCOS Masterclass: Songwriting & The role of the producer with Holy Holy and Matt Redlich
Led by Holy Holy’s Oscar Dawson and producer Matt Redlich, APRA AMCOS invite a select number of songwriters to a unique masterclass in writing and the art of production. Participants will strengthen their understanding of the life span of a song, from the initial build of ideas to the all-important final stages of production. Holy Holy have been part of the latest Australian indie explosion with their 2015 debut release, ‘When the Storms Would Come’ reaching number eleven on the ARIA chart. The success has confirmed the band as NME darlings in the UK and has earned them support to The Preatures, as well as several sold out national tours of their own. This Masterclass is a rare opportunity to workshop ideas and gain a creative and professional understanding of production and recording techniques with some of Australian music’s finest. Numbers are limited, so get in quick.

Date: Saturday 14 November, 2015
Time: 2:40PM – 3:40PM
Facilitator: Nicholas Albanis (Writer Services Representative Vic/Tas, APRA AMCOS)
RSVP: Fill out this form by Monday 9 November


Face the Music is offering APRA AMCOS members a 10% discount off the full conference pass price (both the full and concession rate). Just follow the prompts on the registration page and enter the code “IAMAPRA15”.

AWME is offering a special discount rate of $150 (45% off the full rate) on Platinum Passes. To redeem the offer please email our Victoria/Tasmania Office

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