Everything You Need to Know About Australian Music Week / by Tomika Steele

Joining the Australian Music Week lineup today (L-R): RedHook, DOBBY, Florian, Shellie Morris, Hibiscus Biscuit, Maverick, Bodie, Megan Cooper, Mirrah.

Joining the Australian Music Week lineup today (L-R): RedHook, DOBBY, Florian, Shellie Morris, Hibiscus Biscuit, Maverick, Bodie, Megan Cooper, Mirrah.

Australian Music Week today reveals its full 2019 live lineup and conference program making it a must for professionals, musicians and music fans who care about real music discovery, relevant industry discussions and good times with good people.

Set in Sydney’s beachside town of Cronulla 7-9 November, Australian Music Week features live performances from more than 100 national and international acts, panels and masterclass workshops with 48 industry experts, as well as a Music Film Festival (10-11 Nov).

From dedicated heavy, hip-hop, Americana and country showcases to world-first music technology, an opening address by Senator Glenn Sterle on the state of the music industry, the premiere of film “Turn It Up - Finding Sydney’s Sound” and an exclusive 301 Studios Live Session with multi-platinum, ARIA-winner, Diesel, Australian Music Week is certainly shifting gears in its fourth year.

“If you are in the music industry scouting for new talent or a music fan looking for your new favourite act, Australian Music Week is without a doubt the place to be this November,” said program director, Geoff Trio.

“The level of talent applying was so strong that we just kept expanding the program and brought on specialist genre advisors across the board to ensure we are showcasing the best. You do not want to miss this!”

Joining acts like Tori Forsyth, Chymes, Tasman Keith and Amaru Tribe today are multi award-winning Australian singer songwriter, Shellie Morris, Sydney alt-rockers RedHook, hip-hop MC, Mirrah (L-Fresh The Lion), critically acclaimed country singer, Megan Cooper, 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition finalist, Florian and many more.

Today’s announcement also sees industry professionals like Leanne DeSouza (Association of Artist Managers), Peter Noble (Bluesfest), Christina Thiers (Warner Music) and Tim Price (Collision Course/The Faction) join the conference program; which covers a wide range of music-related topics from touring, management and marketing to mental health, diversity, the business of music, streaming, radio and more.

“Australian Music Week is the best value conference around,” said conference manager, Jon Howell.

“We bring in speakers and delegates who are doing incredible work in their field and most importantly, are approachable and accessible to artists throughout the event, which makes for real connections and tangible results.

“The program tackles the key opportunities and challenges facing artists and the industry day in, day out, including the big ones around diversity and mental health, with a focus on practical advice you can actually take away and use.

“And of course, put that on top of 150 live shows and a cool music film festival for just over one hundred bucks, and you just can’t go wrong.”

Tickets to Australia’s most accessible, grassroots music industry conference and festival, Australian Music Week are on sale now via Oztix with prices ranging from $25 for a one night live music pass to just $129 for a full conference ‘gold’ pass. 

Tickets are also on sale for an exclusive Studios 301/ AMW Live Session in The Church on Saturday 10th November with multi-platinum, ARIA award-winner, Diesel, as he heads out on his 30th Anniversary Tour.

Australian Music Week is proudly presented by Oztix.

See below for:

  • Full artist lineup

  • Speaker lineup

  • Conference program

  • Australian Music Week fast facts

  • Links to high res images and music

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(Alphabetical order; bold = new additions)

Abbie Ferris
Adyn Townes (CAN)
Amaru Tribe
Amy Nelson (CAN)
Angus Dawson
Arna Georgia
Bag Head
Ben Leece
Beyond The Willows
Black Bird Hum

Christie Lamb
Dan Parsons
Dande and The Lion
Dani Young
Dave Wells
David Spry
Declan O'Donovan (CAN)
Demi Mitchell

Dylan Wright
Ella Fence
Fripps & Fripps
Goodnight Japan
Harry Heart
Hawksley Workman (CAN)
Hayley Marsten
Hibiscus Biscuit
Hill Town

Hollie Col
Hot Wax
Idiot Box
Jaguar Jonze
James Thomson
James Van Cooper
Jess Spahr
Jessica Irwin
Jordan Kenny
Kingpin Temples

Kingston County
Lincoln MacKinnon & The Wrecking Train

Little Georgia
Lolo Lovina
Lost Tropics
Luca Fogale (CAN)
Lucy Neville
Magpie Diaries
Mark Lang (Skipping Girl Vinegar)
Mason Rack
Megan and the Vegans
Megan Cooper

Mike Elrington
Mo Kenney (CAN)
Natalie Henry
Nathan Cavaleri
Nicholas Connors
Nothing Like You
Oly Sherman
On The Stoop
Pan-Pacific Grand Prix
Peta Caswell
Professor Groove & The Booty Affair
Random Recipe (CAN)
Red Wine Roses

Scumdog Zillionaire
She Cries Wolf
Shellie Morris

Sketchy Fancy
Smile Don't Smile
St Joan
Steve Balbi
Sweet Banana
Sydnee Carter
Tasman Keith
The Earth Bloomers
The Fossicks
The Hundy Pers
The Ramona Flowers (UK)
The Rucksaks
The Winnie Blues
Tom West
Tori Forsyth
Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Veronica Fusaro (SWITZ)
Vetty Vials
Watching Wolves


(Alphabetical Order)

Adam Simon (Americana Music Association of Australia)
Brad Hinds (Oztix)
Bree Hartley (Canyon Bookings)
Bryan Sainsbury-Hore (Showtime Marketing)
Cathy Kirkpatrick (Nomadic Fish)
Chris Maric (Maric Media)
Chrissie Vincent (Collarts)
Christina Thiers (Warner Music)
Clive Miller (Support Act)
Debra Thorsen (Semaphore Music Festival)
Deena Lynch (Jaguar Jonze)
Emmy Mack (Music Feeds)
Francis Daly (troubadour music)
Graham Ashton (Footstomp Music)
Hawksley Workman
Hazel Savage (Musiio)
James Van Cooper
Jeremy Hutton (Triplespeak)
Jessica Irwin
Jessica Iuliano (Media Arts Lawyers)
Jessie Miller (MJR Presents)
Jez Ryan (Mammal Sounds / Acid Stag)
Jon Howell (Rhythm Section)
Justin Rudge (Public Bookings)
Kylie Cobb (Kitty Kitty Bang Bang)
Leanne de Souza (Association of Artist Managers)
Lynley White (Studios 301 / Coda Conduct) 
Mardi Caught (The Annex)
Mark Muggeridge (Seventh Street Media)
Melania Jack (The Ironing Maidens)
Mike Schwartz (MusicFit Collective)
Natalie Henry
Pam Merrigan (National Folk Festival)
Peter Noble (Bluesfest)
Poppy Reid (Seventh Street Media)
Rachel Jones-Williams (Caroline Australia)
Ron Haryanto (Studios 301)
Ross Ferraro (RC Studios)
Sabian Lynch (Chase Music Group)
Samantha Morris (Blank GC + Gold Coast Music Awards)
Sarah Woolcott (Media Arts Lawyers)
Tim Price (Collision Course, The Faction)
Vivienne Abla (Vyva Entertainment)
Will Watson (PS Music Group)
Zac Abroms (Viceroyalty)



Full Conference Pass: $129
Day/Night Pass:  $49 student / $69 full price
Live Showcase Only Passes: 1 night $25/ 3 nights $40

Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/amw18


Australia’s Most Accessible, Grassroots Music Industry Conference.

Real music discovery. Relevant industry advice. Good times with damn good people.

Conference passes start at just $49 for students.

Full program and conference passes now available at australianmusicweek.com


150 shows across 10 venues over 3 nights featuring more than 100 Australian & international artists from indie pop, electronica, rock, heavy and blues through to folk, Americana, country and more. 

Live Show Tickets start at just $25 for one night.

Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/amw18


Showcasing the best in long and short form music-related cinema across 2 days with special events and screenings at GU Filmhouse, Cronulla.

Feature Films:
ARADA (Turkey)
Rockumentary: Evolution of Indian Rock (India)
Slave to the Grind (Canada)
Burkinabe Rising: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso (Burkina Faso/Bulgaria/US)
Now Sound: Melbourne’s Listening (Australia)
Lost in France (Ireland/Scotland)

Short Films:
Wannabe (Australia)
Mixtape (India)
Broadband (UK)
Busking For Change (Australia)
Elska: Heart + Harp (Australia)
Somewhere In Their Heads (UK)



Official Opening: Welcome to Country, Address from the Mayor & Film Premiere
(WEDS 7 NOV 3.00 PM - 4.40PM | GU Filmhouse Cinema 4)

Join us for the official opening of 2018 Australian Music Week with a Welcome To Country, speech by local Mayor, Cr Carmelo Pesce and the exclusive film premiere of “Turn It Up - Finding Sydney’s Sound”.

Keynote Address: Senator Glenn Sterle
(WEDS 7 NOV 4.40 PM - 5.10 PM | GU Filmhouse Cinema 4)

Follow his recent speech to the Australian Senate, Senator Glenn Sterle will kick off the conference program with a keynote address on the current state of the Australian music industry and culture.

Opening Party
(WEDS 7 NOV 5:30 PM - 7.00 PM | El Sol Bar)

Hip-Hop Showcase
(WEDS 7 NOV 7:30 PM - 11:45 PM | Brass Monkey)

Take Me To Town Americana Showcase
(WEDS 7 NOV 7:30 PM - 11 PM | El Sol)


The Power of Radio: Is Australian Radio Selling Our Own Talent Short?
(THURS 8 NOV 10.00 AM - 11.00 AM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 6)

Radio play on commercial stations can provide a massive boost to any artist, but are radio content regulations for Australian radio selling our emerging local artists short? A recent study by Collarts head Chrissie Vincent has indicated that major networks are not keeping up their end of the bargain. This session looks at radio quotas, and the positive effects they can have on our local industry from top to bottom.

Moderator: Stuart Coupe | Speakers: Chrissie Vincent

Association of Artist Managers Presents: A Deep Dive into the Artist/Manager Relationship
(THURS 8 NOV 10.30 AM - 11.30 AM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 5)

Presented by The Association of Artist Managers and lead by Leanne de Souza, this session is a conversation with AMW artist Dobby, and his manager Vyvienne Abla together on stage. Covering creativity, business, music making and health & wellbeing in an accessible and practical way, this session will be a 'Deep Dive' into the workings of the manager-artist relationship.

Moderator: Leanne de Souza | Speakers: Vyvienne Abla, DOBBY

Americana is The New Black
(THURS 8 NOV 11:20 AM - 12:20 PM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 6)

Over the last 5 years, the genre of Americana music has become a bona fide hot property, providing a outlet and platform for artists drawing inspiration from country and western, Appalachian, gospel, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues and here in Australia, adding a local sound that is starting to become noticed domestically and internationally. With the rise of Americana music, this panel delves into some of the successes, challenges and opportunities for artists and managers who identify within this genre and where they see it heading in the next five years.

Moderator: Adam Simon | Speakers: James Van Cooper, Bree Hartley, Natalie Henry, Debra Thorsen

Media Arts Lawyers presents 'The Business'
(THURS 8 NOV 11:20 AM - 12:20 PM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 4)

Music business specialists Media Arts Lawyers represent a huge number of Australian artists for all things legal. In this masterclass the MAL team will touch on deal negotiations, contract creation, brand endorsements, publishing deals and more. A must-see for anyone that's ever been asked to "sign on the bottom line".

Speakers: Sarah Woolcott, Jessica Iuliano, Jez Ryan, Mardi Caught

Pyskinetic Atmosphere: World-First Eye-Controlled Music Technology
(THURS 8 NOV 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 4)

Developed by renowned biomedical engineer, Dr Jordan Nguyen and his Psykinetic team, Atmosphere is a digital interface enabling pre-recorded and programmed notes, chords and sound sequences to be triggered and controlled by eye-movement and blinks. Jessica Irwin, an emerging Australian musician with Cerebral Palsy, will showcase this groundbreaking technology at Australian Music Week. In an unprecedented creative collaboration, Jessica and multi-platinum, award-winning musician, Steve Balbi (Mi-Sex, Noiseworks) recorded and released a reimagined version of Balbi's song, Winners, which they will perform live at Australian Music Week, as well as participate in an expert panel on this amazing new tech.

Moderator: Jeremy Hutton | Speakers/Performers: Jessica Irwin, Steve Balbi

First Steps to Export: Pathways to International Adventures
(THURS 8 NOV 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 5)

In a big country with a small population it makes sense that artists would want to get to some small countries with big populations. Aussie artists have been heading overseas to bigger audiences since long before the Easybeats jumped on a boat back to the UK. In this masterclass we talk with some export experts about pathways to bigger adventures.

Moderator: Glenn Dickie | Speakers: Dave Batty, Zac Abroms

Oztix presents: Getting the Numbers - Event Marketing in 2018
(THURS 8 NOV 3:20 PM - 4:20 PM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 4)

From the corner pub to Australia's biggest festivals, getting people to the show is one activity that is front and centre in the minds of artists, promoters, presenters, and venues. How can your ticketing company help? What role does street and digital marketing play? Find out the answer to these questions and more, as we delve into the latest ticket selling techniques from the pros.

Moderator: Jessie Miller | Speakers: Bryan Sainsbury, Mark Muggeridge, Brad Hinds, Poppy Reid

Live Showcases
(THURS 8 NOV 6:45 PM - 11:45 PM | Various Venues)

Heavy Music Showcase
(THURS 8 NOV 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM | Miranda Hotel)


Media and Marketing Masterclass: Launch for Success!
(FRI 9 NOV 10.00 AM - 11.00 AM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 6)

Presented by Blank GC and Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, this Media and Marketing Masterclass aims to give creatives a better understanding of how all the promo pieces fit together for a successful marketing campaign. Join Samantha Morris and Kylie Cobb as they take you through a content-rich, intensive session that’ll kick your butt into the world of marketing your music business for better results.

Speakers: Kylie Cobb, Samantha Morris

Mental Health On Tour: The Musician’s Guide To Surviving The Rock Star Lifestyle
(FRI 9 NOV 10.00 AM - 11.00 AM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 4)

Are we all over hearing about mental health at music conferences? Well, no, because mental health issues continue to plague our industry from top to bottom. In this session we have a look at touring and the special pressures it can put on all involved. Living in each others pockets for extended periods, being away from home and regular support networks.

Moderator: Mike Schwartz | Speakers: James Van Cooper, Deena Lynch, Clive Miller

Plus Supports: How to Nail It As The Opening Act
(FRI 9 NOV 11:20 AM - 12:20 PM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 6)

The relationship between the different artists on a line-up is not often discussed, and we're here today with a panel of experts to change all that! How can supporting bigger artists fit in to an artists live strategy? What's the best way to get support shows and how do make the most of the opportunity when you get on? What's expected of you once you have the show in the book? And much more.

Moderator: Jon Howell | Speakers: Cathy Kirkpatrick, Justin Rudge, Will Watson, Sean Simmons

Taking Care of Business... The Folk Way
(FRI 9 NOV 11:20 AM - 12:20 PM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 4)

A panel discussion that will map the changing face of Folk and how Australian artists can navigate this landscape and create their own way forward. Learn from diverse folk industry representatives - national and international- who will share their experiences and insights.

Moderator: Una McAlinden | Speakers: Shelley Nordstrom, Bob Charter, Fran Daly, Pam Merrigan

Getting Heavy 1: Is Rock Dead?
(FRI 9 NOV 2:10 PM - 3:10 PM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 6)

A cross-section of the Australian Heavy Music Industry takes the article written by Vice "Rock is Dead, Thank God" and breaks it down. The statement made in the article "It’s time to face the reality that rock has been eclipsed by pop, hip-hop, and EDM, and accept that it might actually be a positive thing for the genre." is discussed by the panel.

Moderator: Tim Price | Speakers: Chris Maric, Graham Nixon, Emmy Mack, Rachel Jones-Williams, Edwin Tehrani

How Identity in Music Shapes Careers and Culture
(FRI 9 NOV 2:10 PM - 3:10 PM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 4)

As the microscope on diversity in music magnifies, choosing how you present yourself as an artist can have a big impact on your career. This diverse panel of musicians and event programmers look at the critical role of identity and how using gender, racial, religious and sexual identifiers in music affects artists careers, event programming and our music industry culture - for better and worse.

Moderator: Kylie Cobb | Speakers: Nooky, Peter Noble, Melania Jack, Shellie Morris 

Getting Heavy 2: Heavy Music Festival Bookings…I Think I'm Ready, Am I Though?
(FRI 9 NOV 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 6)

"We need a booking agent" - an oft-heard phrase from Australian Heavy bands - but is it true? Are you ready for an agent? Are you ready to be booked on the multitude of emerging festivals, large and small? What are the ACTUAL realities of touring, playing festivals and playing shows in Australia? Tim Price moderates a panel with Edwin Tehrani and Sabian Lynch, two of Australia's leading heavy music bookers.

Moderator: Tim Price | Speakers: Chris Maric, Graham Nixon, Emmy Mack, Rachel Jones-Williams, Edwin Tehrani

Changing Trends in Music: How Big Studios Can Adapt To Making Music In The Modern Market
(FRI 9th NOV 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM | GU Filmhouse - Cinema 4)

As artists become increasingly less dependent on record labels and large format studios to create and release music, we discuss with an expert panel ways in which studios are transforming in order to adapt to current market trends. How does this impact the artists, producers and music professionals that utilise them, as well as those who hope to work in big studios later down the track?

Moderator: Lynley White-Smith | Speakers: Ron Haryanto, Ross Ferraro, Christina Thiers, Hawksley Workman

Live Showcases
(FRI 9 NOV 6:45 PM - 11:45 PM | Various Venues )

Country Music Showcase
(FRI 9 NOV 6:30PM - 11:45 PM | Club Cronulla)


Australian Music Week Film Festival
(SAT 10 NOV 2.00 PM - 9.00 PM | GU Filmhouse)

The Australian Music Week Film Festival features six feature-length films accompanied by a short film, altogether shaping up 11 Australian premieres, a number of international and world premieres.

Record Fair
(SAT 10 NOV 10.00 AM - 4.00 PM | St Andrew’s Church Hall)

301 Studios Live Session w/ Diesel (supported by Hawksley Workman and Luvia)
(SAT 10 NOV 7.00 PM - 11.00 PM | St Andrew’s Church | NB. separate ticket required)


Australian Music Week Film Festival
(SUN 11 NOV 1.00 PM - 8.00 PM | GU Filmhouse)

The Australian Music Week Film Festival features six feature-length films accompanied by a short film, altogether shaping up 11 Australian premieres, a number of international and world premieres.

Closing Party w/ Professor Groove and The Booty Affair
(SUN 11 NOV 7.30 PM - 11.30 PM | El Sol)


Tickets: bit.ly/amw18
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Official hashtags: #AusMusicWeek #AMW2018


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