Breaking news, fierce debates, political revelations, passionate discussions, knowledge sharing, hilarious anecdotes and vital industry networking encompassed this year’s vibrant Face The Music program.
Over 850 punters flocked to Arts Centre Melbourne for the seventh year of the two-day summit, where they soaked up vital industry knowledge. The highly anticipated ‘Vote For Me! State Election – The Parties Bring It!’ session shone a spotlight on five of our main political parties and their election promises, while music legends The Living End revealed details on their seventh record and forthcoming solo albums, and world renowned industry heavyweight Steve Albini offered his thoughts on the positive changes that have developed in the new digital world.
Playing host to over 150 industry experts, delegates were treated to smorgasbord of unique opportunities across group sessions, master-classes, speed meetings, free legal consultations and small group workshops. In the ‘Kirin J Callinan Takes You Pedalling’ session Kirin J Callinan explained “The guitar is a paintbrush, the pedals are your colours. But you still need a story to tell.”
In a conference first, this year Face The Music also offered an open ticket to those who couldn’t make it down to Arts Centre Melbourne, with free online streaming of the ‘How To Earn A Living In The Music Industry’ session. Giving people the opportunity to post their questions remotely and have them answered in real time, this was an exciting and inclusive addition to the program.
Planning your conference schedule was a breeze this year with the introduction of the official Face The Music app, which provided delegates the chance to schedule their sessions ahead of time and receive regular conference updates and alerts.
Intimate sessions offered delegates intimate opportunities to catch up with industry experts such as Deathproof PR‘s Rebecca Reato, BBC’s Jen Long and triple j’s Dom Alessio and pick their brains, while the innovative ‘Testing Ground’ artspace offered networking sessions, which saw the building of new business relationships in a relaxed and atmosphere.
According to Pandora Internet Radio‘s Hazel Savage, the seventh Face The Music conference was a tremendous networking opportunity for both industry and delegates alike. “Face The Music is an incredibly forward thinking conference – it has been great to meet other industry professionals in such a welcoming and collaborative setting,” she says. “I would love to come back every year.”
Check out the videos of Face The Music 2014 sessions at www.youtube.com/user/facethemusicaus