Returning to its home at the State Theatre of Western Australia on the 1st and 2nd November of 2019, WAMCon continues its focus to deliver West Australian Artists and Industry accessible opportunities to learn, engage and interact with the broader music sector. This year’s Conference draws attention to issues including diversity, accessibility and sustainability practices through a combination of panels, presentations and one-on-one networking opportunities.

2019 SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE: 
Fifa Riccobono – Music Industry Legend, Sydney AU

 

SPEAKERS:

Amanda Mason | Amelia Jenner | Prof. Andy Bennett | Andy Rantzen | Ashleigh Hills | Bec Young | Bri Aab | Catherine Haridy | Chelsea Gough | Dan Gordon | Dorothy Markek | Francesca de Valence | Gemma Pike | Giulia McGauran | Guven Yilmaz | John Uy | Justin Sweeting | Kelsie Miller | Laiq Qureshi | Liam Saunders | Louise Devenish | Matt Bacon |  Phaedra Watts | Simon Collins | Simon Hunt | Timmy Hefner

Amanda Mason

Senior Lawyer, Media Arts Lawyers

Amanda is a senior entertainment industry lawyer at Media Arts Lawyers and practices across the spectrum of defamation, music/entertainment industry, intellectual property and commercial law. Amanda represents clients from all corners of the commercial and creative industries including media outlets, festivals, promoters, comedians, artists, musicians, game developers, and various other commercial entities. Outside of her role as a lawyer, she’s active in the music industry; managing artists and running events and was previously the assistant editor of Heavy Music Magazine.

Andy Rantzen

Grants Administration Manager, Australia Council

Andy Rantzen is the Grants Administration Manager for the Australian Council for the Arts. The Australia Council provides grants for arts and music projects via a competitive assessment process. We fund national and international tours, songwriting and composing, recording, pressing, distribution, promotion, festivals, programs and events, skills development, collaboration, and other music-related activities.

Ashleigh Hills

Co-General Manager, UNIFIED Artist Management | Artist Manager, UNIFIED Music Group

Ash Hills is an Artist Manager at UNIFIED Music Group which encompasses Artist Management, Recorded Music, Merchandise and Touring divisions. She also runs the UNIFIED Artist Management (UAM) pillar of the company alongside CEO, Jaddan Comerford. UAM is made up of 15 managers, with 13 based in Australia and two in the company’s LA office. Together the division manages the likes of Vance Joy, The Amity Affliction, Tash Sultana (The Americas), Illy and Dashboard Confessional. Ash personally manages Client Liaison and Stellie.

Bri Flannery Aab

Head of Radio Promotions, Secretly Group [Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, Secretly Canadian]

Bri Flannery Aab is the head of radio promotions at Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, and Secretly Canadian). She is the former non-commercial radio director of Beggars Group (Matador, 4AD, Young Turks, XL Recordings, and Rough Trade). She worked at the radio station, WKNC in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she served as the general manager, program director, assistant promotions director, and on-air DJ. She interned at Merge Records and worked for a music venue in Durham, North Carolina called The Pinhook. Bri has worked on campaigns including Phoebe Bridgers, Spoon, The National, Mitski, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Queens of the Stone Age, Future Islands, Warpaint, Phosphorescent, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Destroyer, Bon Iver, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, and more.

Prof. Andy Bennett

Professor of Cultural Sociology at Griffith University

Andy Bennett is Professor of Cultural Sociology in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University. He has written and edited numerous books including Popular Music and Youth Culture; Music, Style and Ageing; and Music Scenes (co-edited with Richard A. Peterson). He is a Faculty Fellow of the Yale Centre for Cultural Sociology, an International Research Fellow of the Finnish Youth Research Network, a founding member of the Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture and a founding member of the Regional Music Research Group.

Chelsea Gough

Director, Native Tongue Music Publishing | Director, Best & Fairest Records

After graduating from VCA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Chelsea began her career as a visual artist and tertiary educator in NZ. Whilst in NZ, Chelsea worked as Production Assistant for the large-scale festival, Whopper Chopper, hitting six locations around NZ annually. In 2009, Chelsea returned to Melbourne to work in the family business, Native Tongue Publishing. Native Tongue Publishing represents over 1 million copyrights with a growing roster of local talent & a formidable repertoire of international catalogues. Chelsea started in Copyright & Royalties before taking on the Financial Management as the company transitioned into maturity realising ongoing financial commitments. Co-managing the business with her brother, Jaime Gough, Chelsea is particularly focused on working with artists in a financially meaningful way with flexibility and trust. With 16 staff with offices in Melbourne, Sydney & Auckland, together Chelsea and her brother manage resources & develop strategies to ensure Native Tongue Publishing remains a proactive world-class independent publisher. In 2018, the pair also started a record label, Best & Fairest Records.

Catherine Haridy

Director, Catherine Haridy Management | Executive Director, Association of Artist Managers

Catherine Haridy has been managing musical artists and producers, mixers, writers and a music philosopher for the last 13 years. Cath cut her teeth at both Warner Music and Festival Mushroom Records in A&R before crossing to Management. Her stable of artists includes Eskimo Joe, Jebediah and Bob Evans along with the brightest in music production and writing: Anna Laverty, Tony Buchen Steven Schram, Joel Quartermain, Jimi Maroudas. Catherine’s management company also forged a wonderful partnership with Berlin-based Australian music philosopher Craig Schuftan. Catherine is a board member of Support Act (SAL), the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) as well as recently becoming an Executive Director at Music Victoria.

Justin Sweeting

Music Director, Magnetic Asia

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Justin Sweeting has over nineteen years of music industry experience, centered within Asia. Having established the pan-regional, cross-media platform AMP (Asia’s Music Platform) for Channel [V], Justin went on to co-found Magnetic Asia as Music Director. Magnetic Asia operates festivals & events: Clockenflap, Sonar Hong Kong, regular live shows (under the ‘Clockenflap Presents’ and ‘YourMum’ banners); Ticketing; and offers further agency services including marketing, PR, production and consultancy to a broad reach of clients. Connecting the dots between Asia and the global industry at large, Justin enjoys spreading the word on the region’s music potential and is actively involved in its positive evolution.

Fifa Riccobono

Music Industry Legend

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.

Gemma Pike

triple j Assistant Music Director | Host, The J Files

Gemma Pike is triple j’s Assistant Music Director, and host of the much loved J Files on Double J. An ex-Perthie, she began her radio career at RTRfm 92.1, before moving over to triple j in Sydney in 2011. As part of triple j’s music team, she is heavily involved with programming all the new music you hear at the station, and by discussing possible Feature Albums and which tracks should be added to the rotation, Gemma will help you find your new favourite songs. While hosting The J Files – a weekly two-hour music documentary on Double J and available via podcast she gets to flex her music knowledge to share the stories behind the music you already love.

Giulia McGauran

Creative Director & Photographer

Giulia Giannini McGauran is a creative director and photographer. After beginning her career exhibiting in both group and solo exhibitions in Rome, Tuscany and Miami she became fascinated by the music world. Through collaborating with local and international artists, she has explored the power and playfulness in music through creating sets, costuming and using post-production as an illustrative tool. Her vibrant images have been featured in several music publications including Rolling Stone, Interview Mag, NME, LNWY, The Music etc. She has also worked with several commercial clients including Facebook, Twinings and the VCA.

Guven Yilmaz

Founder & Director, Vita Music Group

Guven Yilmaz, director of Vita Music Group, maintains a key focus on artist development, agency/touring and boutique management. Based in Melbourne, VMG provides representation to a diverse and dynamic roster of artists, which include Peking Duk, Nyxen, Milan Ring, Kwame, Raave Tapes, CHAII, Benson and more.

John Uy

President & CEO, Karpos Multimedia Inc. | Overall Festival Head, Wanderland Music & Arts Festival

John Uy is the President & CEO of Karpos Multimedia Inc., a Manila-based Events Production & Content Marketing company behind the Philippines’ biggest annual Music & Arts Festival: Wanderland. Aside from major indie headline shows, the company has also launched a new event series called Karpos Live that features a carefully selected group of artists – presenting international acts and uplifting homegrown talent. Karpos Multimedia also renders Marketing services to some of the country’s biggest brands. Entering the live music business at the age of 18, John Uy has since had significant experience in the areas of Event Management & Production, Artist Booking and Marketing.

Dan Gordon

Managing Director, Now/Live

Dan Gordon is the Owner and Managing Director of Now/Live; a leading, independent live music promoter based in Singapore. Dan has been promoting shows throughout Asia since 2011 from Club level to Arenas with world-renowned and emerging artists such as The xx, Bon Iver, Ellie Goulding, Damien Rice, Tame Impala, AIR, Cigarettes After Sex and many more. As well as booking international artists for various festivals and events in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Laiq Qureshi

Founder & CEO, Urban Beat Project

Laiq Qureshi is the founder of Urban Beat Project (UBP), a music agency based in Mumbai and Goa (India), with a strong focus in brand development and bookings for artists across India, UK & Europe, Middle East and bit of Africa. UBP focuses on curating and producing experiences in music, arts and technology, through the various Festivals and Events the company is involved in, as well as developing independent and branded online video content, mainly for it’s own youtube channel. One of the flagship festivals that UBP is involved in is Goa Sunsplash, held in Jan every year. An ex-journalist and a trained musician, Laiq has been in the music industry for over a decade.

Liam Saunders

Booking Agent, New World Artists

During his study of Entertainment Business Management, Liam was operating his own entertainment agency before joining New World Artists in 2018. Liam operates from the Melbourne office for NWA, who also have offices in Sydney and Brisbane. Over the past year, Liam has acquired a personal roster of 15 acts who regularly wow crowds at festivals & events around the country. Liam has extensive experience with integrated city and regional touring spanning across countless genres, creatively refining and expanding national live audience models for NWA. Liam’s client list includes RINI, Kings, Wombat, Windwaker, Ruby Gill, Ambleside and Ro to name a few and is also a major contributor to touring for Allday, Hands Like Houses, Luca Brasi, Slumberjack, In Hearts Wake and Dead Letter Circus. His recent signings include JAMO, Randa, Concrete Surfers, Jordan Dennis & Stuck Out.

Kelsie Miller

Artist Manager & Promoter, Across The Road Music

Kelsie Miller started her own music company called Across The Road Music because she couldn’t hack the 9-5. Kelsie has been managing Great Gable, one of the most incredible bands out of Perth. Since working together They’ve been on four national tours, an international tour to New Zealand, put out a few cracking singles and made some over-the-top exciting plans for 2020. Together, they’ve become CanTeen Side of Stage Ambassadors, providing free tickets to youth affected by cancer. Kelsie joined forces with the amazing guys at 20Talk to throw unique events focused on bringing people together to talk about mental health, and also joined FEAT.artists, investing $1 from every ticket sold on tour into renewable energy to offset the environmental impact of touring. Kelsie recently began a series of zero waste music festivals in the South-West, and work hard to make sure all events they are involved in are as waste-free as possible. It’s important to Kelsie that the music industry leads the way in environmental change and she is conscious of doing everything she can to make that a reality.

Lousie Devenish

Senior Lecturer and Chair of Percussion, University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music | Percussionist

Louise Devenish is a contemporary percussionist whose creative practice blends performance, collaboration and artistic research. A passionate advocate of new music and Australian music, Louise has commissioned over 50 works for percussion, and her performances are acknowledged for their “dazzling vitality”, “stunning virtuosity”, “interpretive flair and technical brilliance”. Louise is a core artist with the acclaimed electroacoustic sextet, Decibel (WA), Australia’s leading percussion group, Speak Percussion(Vic), theatre percussion project The Sound Collectors and chamber ensemble Intercurrent. With these ensembles and as a soloist she develops new works exploring graphic notation, post-instrumental practice and collaborative creativity, performing around Australasia, Europe, North America and the UK. Louise is Chair of Percussion at the UWA Conservatorium of Music, a Churchill Fellow, and recently published her first book, Global Percussion Innovations: The Australian Perspective.

Matthew Bacon

Owner, Dropout Media | Artist Development at Ripple Music/A&R and Marketing, Prophecy Productions | Social Media Marketing, Artoffact Records

Matt Razat (Bacon) is a consultant, A&R man, and journalist specializing in the world of heavy metal. Matt has worked with everyone from glam rock icon Phil Collen of Def Leppard to rock legends Coven by way of legendary thrashers Exhorder as well as labels including Prophecy Productions, Artoffact Records and Ripple Music. Far from simply trying to work with the biggest acts he can find, Matt has dedicated his life to helping young bands develop. Having started his own blog at the age of 14 he views his career in artist development as ‘a hobby that got out of hand’. In 2015 he formed Dropout Media in order to better support the artists he loves. In the last year he has used his daily Instagram video series ‘Bacons Bits’ and his podcast, ‘Dumb & Dumbest’ to be able to give bands advice in an easily digestible way. With countless tours booked, records released and deals signed, he loves every minute of it.

Phaedra Watts

Festival Director, Nannup Music Festival

Phaedra Watts spent her youth watching bands in her hometown of Fremantle, which offered a rich and fertile upbringing. In her 20’s she moved to Nannup – the perfect place to grow her young family. Yet, instead of settling into the slow pace of country life she became the programmer at the Nannup Music Festival. 2015 saw the expansion of her role to Festival Director- using her passion, devotion and dedication for the festival in not just the programming and promotion but the creative aspects, expansion of venues, bars and production, financial and sustainable vision, while always being aware of the environmental footprint and how to lessen the impact of running such a large event. The Nannup Music Festival is a much loved – music lovers’ festival, which has grown to be a recognised and appreciated event on Australia’s music calendar. Phaedra has been able to use her appreciation of Indigenous Australia, and love of music to program, showcase and support Indigenous and Emerging Music. Phaedra was incredibly humbled and honored to win the prestigious Golden WAMi award in 2017 and in 2018 the Nannup Festival winning the NLMA award for Best Live Music event in WA.

Rebecca Young

Director, Collective Artists

Rebecca Young is the director and senior agent at Collective Artists, a boutique booking agency which launched in 2016 as part of the Inertia Group. Rebecca’s roster includes Aldous Harding, Ali Barter, Carla Geneve, City Calm Down, D.D Dumbo, Julia Jacklin, Manu Crooks, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Sarah Blasko and more. Rebecca also programmed the 2019 lineup for Secret Garden Festival in NSW.

Simon Collins

Senior Features Reporter, Seven West Media

Simon Collins has waxed lyrical about music for The West Australian since 2002. Before then he held various positions for the newspaper, mostly covering culture, entertainment and lifestyle. He can often be found out at concerts ranging from the biggest names in music to great local bands. Career highlights include interviewing Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Timmy Hefner

Agent, Ground Control Touring

Timmy Hefner got his start booking shows when he was a teenager as a way to get the bands he liked to come to the small town where he grew up. He later established himself as a respected promoter in Austin, producing shows at all the major clubs as well as the “Chaos in Tejas” festival. Timmy’s varied experience and strong relationships within the industry made for a natural transition into his role as an agent. Today, his clients include acts such as Parquet Courts, Waxahatchee, Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail, Iceage and many more.

Cecilia Yi

Executive manager at Zandari Fiesta, Head of Content at DMZ Peace Train Music Festival

Cecilia Soojeong Yi manages music and performing arts projects such as festivals and artist tours. She has been working for Zandair Festa since 2016 as the executive manager, overseeing the festival itself as well as related international projects. In 2108, she co-organized the first edition of the DMZ Peace Train Music Festival and now works as head of content, specializing in international businesses.

Dorothy Markek

Music Director Double J

Dorothy Markek is the Music Director of Double J, a digital radio station that plays music from your past, present and future. As triple j’s older sister station, Double J shares new music discoveries and relives the music that soundtracked your life. Dot’s immense knowledge and expertise is a product of her lifelong passion for music, and she’s honed her skills in her past roles at EMI (Australia and the UK), Channel [V], MAX TV and having co-created the documentary series 'Great Music Cities of The World'.

Murray Curnow

Artist Manager at Wildlife Entertainment

Murray Curnow is an Artist Manager at Wildlife Entertainment. He represents Royal Blood, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets & Dulcie.

Paige X. Cho

Senior Music Strategist at Bolster

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.

Blake Williams

Host Producer of The Scene at mix94.5

Blake Williams is a Western Australian musician, media personality, actor, MC and host of mix94.5's Australian music show, The Scene. The Scene champions WA music on commercial radio. Blake is also a theatre actor (We Will Rock You - 2018/19) singer (PROOF The Band) and MC at various events around WA, including the 2018 WAM Awards.

Andrew Khedoori

Manager at Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap)

As manager of CBAA’s Amrap initiative, Andrew oversees distribution of new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide where listenership and interest in new Australian music is at its highest ever. As 2SER’s longterm Music Director, Andrew presided over music programming to broadcast successfully diverse and dynamic program schedule that gave acts like Gotye and Hermitude their first airplay. He has interviewed everyone, from new local bands to legends such as David Byrne, Neneh Cherry and Henry Rollins. Andrew also co-founded independent label, Preservation, releasing works from the likes of Grand Salvo and Sophie Hutchings, and currently curates the acclaimed online deep listening series, Longform Editions.

Harley Evans

Managing Director at Moshtix

Harley is Managing Director of Moshtix, Australasia’s leading GA ticketing and marketing company, and part of the Ticketmaster family. Harley joined Moshtix in 2010 when the company was owned by News Limited. During his tenure, Harley has overseen Moshtix’s market share and ticketing volume double through the development of a unique service, technology and marketing offering, complimented by a growing reputation for outstanding delivery. Through his industry relationships, Harley has expanded Moshtix’s ticketing beyond its primary roots in live music into categories including sports, culture and exhibitions. Harley credits the consistently high quality of Moshtix staff as well as the company’s outstanding relationships with Australia’s leading promoters and event organisers with the evolving success of Moshtix as one of Australia’s premier service providers and online destinations for live entertainment. Moshtix and Harley have been long standing and active supporters of Australian music, with significant ongoing support provided to the likes of WAM (West Australian Music), Music SA, and Music Victoria, of which Harley is a previous (and first Sydney-based) board member.

Steven Aliyan

Artist. Co-Director of Camp Doogs Festival and Musician in Injured Ninja, Selfless Orchestra and Usurper of Modern Medicine

Steven Alyian (Steven Aaron Hughes) is a film director, video artist, musical composer and live performer. Founding member of film production company Blue Forest, directing and producing feature and short length Documentaries & Dramas for clients including SBS and ABC. As an editor and visual effects artist, Steven has worked on countless internationally recognised productions. His artistic works are interactive and performance-based experiences using dynamic video projection, three-dimensional mapping and reactive sound. He hosts large scale public events that challenge political norms and encourage positive interaction with the natural environment. Steven is a co-founder of events organisation Good Times Arts inc. responsible for music and arts festival Camp Doogs (est. 2013) and records, releases and performs music with acts Usurper of Modern Medicine and Injured Ninja and many more.
Music Industry Speed Dating

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

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. Radio pitching returns, 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.

Bookers & Burgers

What better way to get to know all about the agent delegates in attendance than over a burger. The always-packed- out event returns to The Bird for a fully catered luncheon event where you can get to know the agents in attendance, who they work with and decide for yourself what they might be able to do for you!

Quay Note Boat Party presented by Moshtix

The increasingly popular Quay Note Boat Party presented by Moshtix offers WAMCon Early Bird ticket holders the opportunity to mingle with some of the industry’s big-fish, setting sail down the swan river for a sundowner session featuring drinks, nibbles and plenty of entertainment from local artists and DJ’s. It’s the perfect way to kick off a huge WAMCon weekender.