FTM 2015 – 2nd Announcement: Innovators Shine A Light On Our Music Industry’s Future

Monique Rothstein (2)Face The Music drops its second announcement of Australia’s music industry leaders and innovators who will join with Victoria’s local contemporary music community for their eighth annual conference on November 13 & 14 at the Arts Centre, Melbourne. A summit of ideas, discussions, workshops and music, Face The Music maps the fast- morphing international landscape of new music, technologies, business and opportunities.

Innovation is the key for Australia’s music businesses and talented artists. FTM is pleased to welcome the following speakers to the list of speakers previously announced:

Mathew Coyte, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of The Australian edition of Rolling Stone, the world’s most recognised music title, first printed here in 1972, who has launched rollingstoneaus.com, an annual awards bash and a series of pop-up music venues.

Peter Noble, Director of one of Australia’s favourite and most successful festivals, Bluesfest, and one of Australia’s most experienced music industry operators with a long career in artist management, live music touring, festivals and who was awarded the 2014 Rolling Stone Award for his services to Australian music.

Sophie Miles of Australian independent record label and touring company Mistletone, who has promoted more than 50 tours for artists including Beach House, Kurt Vile and Ariel Pink. Fiercely independent, the Mistletone record label boasts releases from Panda Bear, HTRK, Jessica Pratt and Toro y Mio.

Joel de Ross, co-founder of the Australian Virtual Reality Industry Association, who works in the fascinating world of app development, immersive technology and augmented reality, where he explores how futuristic technologies can be deployed in the music industry.

Monique Rothstein (pictured), founder of Sydney-based PR and artist management agency Positive Feedback, who has run successful local and global PR campaigns for the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, Alison Wonderland, Beck, Imogen Heap, Spinning Top Records, SAFIA and The Presets. Monique co-manages breakout female indie-folk trio Little May, who inked US and UK deals with Capitol and Island and were named one of the top 10 bands at CMJ, all before the release of their debut album, recorded with The National’s Aaron Dessner.

Yamaha and Steinberg present a panel with internationally recognised producer/artist, M-Phazes. On his studio shelf sits a Grammy, a Billboard Award and a double platinum plaque for his contribution to Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, alongside awards for his production of work for Bliss n Eso, Illy, Kimbra, Daniel Johns and Meg Mac.

Making further connections with the industry abroad, Face The Music is thrilled to welcome China-based director of Split Works United, Archie Hamilton. A key player in a huge and somewhat untapped market of 1.3 billion people, Archie is a tour promoter, booking agent, festival owner and brand consultant. His Split United group has launched four festivals, set up Asia’s first regional booking agency and run more than 400 tours to over 40 Chinese cities for artists including Sonic Youth, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Grimes, Jose Gonzalez, Caribou and Japandroids.

As the date draws nearer, Face The Music will slowly unveil parts of the program.

Influential scene makers, cultural commenters or just over-opinionated? Music bloggers are punching way above their weight, influencing major music businesses like Spotify, Sony and even mainstream media through the new music they champion. Face The Music presents a discussion with the new wave of Australian music critics when the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People (STEP) presents THE BLOGGER. Featuring Lachlan Kanoniuk (Thump AU), Lucy Dayman (Tone Deaf), Tommy Faith (Sound Doctrine), Kish Lal (Stoney Roads/Poncho/Thump) and Maccy Corbett (Cool Accidents) the panel will discuss a massive range of issues including music critics from Pitchfork to personal blogs, Nardwuar via The Needle Drop and the rise of the music nerd online, the power of social media, the do’s and don’ts of submitting music to sites, clever content, traffic talk and the future of music online.

The independent voice of the Victorian contemporary music industry, Music Victoria, joins Face The Music 2015 with a series of important discussions that support our artists’ career trajectory and celebrate our music heritage.

On its tenth anniversary, The Age Music Victoria Awards presents a unique exhibition of photography and other memorabilia celebrating the achievements of their 2015 Hall of Fame inductees John Farnham, AC/DC, Olivia Newton-John, Archie Roach, The Seekers, Thunderbirds, Stan Rofe and Bill Armstrong, Palais Theatre and Sunbury Festival. A special event and panel presentation will be curated by Arts Centre Melbourne and presented by Face The Music and Music Victoria.

Providers of free legal advice to all Australian artists, Arts Law Centre of Australia this year partner with Music Victoria to present Better Get A Lawyer, Son, where some of Australia’s sharpest music legal minds including Brett Oaten (Brett Oaten Solicitors), Jennifer Tutty (Studio Legal), Morris Averill (Arts Law), Darren Sanicki (GI & Sanicki Lawyers) and Marcus Walkom (Media Arts Lawyers) pull apart some of the topics that have served as endless clickbait for the media this year, from royalty rows to illegal download cases and beyond.

Producers Casey Rice (Dirty Three, Ponyface), Anna Laverty (Meg Mac, Cut Copy, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) and Andrei Eremin (Chet Faker, Hiatus Kaiyote, Japanese Wallpaper) will select one production piece from their career catalogue and dissect it in front a live audience. The panel will reveal insight into the inner workings of the producer’s brain – the techniques, artist relationship, technology and decision-making which informed the outcome of their most successful track.

Second announcement speakers include: Archie Hamilton (Split Works United), Peter Noble (Bluesfest), M-Phazes (Producer), Sophie Miles (Mistletone Records), Tim Janes (Caroline Records), Joel De Ross (App Developer, Augmented Reality), Cassandra Pace (Music Victoria), Monique Rothstein (Positive Feedback), Lauren Murray (WME), Craig Lock (Five Four Entertainment), Yvette Myhill (AAM), Heidi Braithwaite (Riot House Publicity), Casey Rice (Producer), Anna Laverty (Producer), Andrei Eremin (Producer), Tim Dalton (SAE), Yeo (Producer), Dub FX (Producer), Mathew Coyte (Rolling Stone), Lachlan Kanoniuk (Thump), Lucy Dayman (Tone Deaf), Tommy Faith (Sound Doctrine), Kish Lal (Stoney Roads/Poncho/Thump), Maccy Corbett (Cool Accidents), Zac Abroms (STEP), Brett Oaten (Brett Oaten Solicitors), Jennifer Tutty (Studio Legal), Marcus Walkom (Media Arts Lawyers), Morris Averill (Arts Law) and Darren Sanicki (GI & Sanicki Lawyers).

Face The Music tickets are available at www.facethemusic.com.au and member discounts are available from Music Victoria, AAM, APRA, AIR, Collarts, AIM and The Push.

Face The Music acknowledges the generous support of its partners. Newly announced conference partners for 2015 are Arts Law Centre of Australia, DoubleTree by Hilton, Goethe-Institut, JMC, MPavilion, Mountain Goat, Testing Grounds, The Channel and Yamaha Music Australia. They join Melbourne Music Week, Moshtix, themusic.com.au, Collarts, Music Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, AIM, Sounds Australia, AIR, the Victorian Government – FReeZA, AAM, APRA AMCOS, Bolster, Travel Beyond, Mecca Medialight, Tone Deaf and The Push.

Face The Music
Arts Centre Melbourne
Friday November 13th & Saturday November 14th 2015