FTM 2015: Melbourne Music City Is Open For Business

Dave Ruby Howe (2)The Face The Music program hots up for its November 13-14 Conference, when the Australian music industry gathers for a thought-provoking and career-advancing program of talks, meetings and great gigs. Musicians, creative business people, students and music fans are invited to participate.

This is a great week to be in Melbourne with music awards, showcase gigs, pop-up venues and parties as Face The Music, AWME, Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne Music Symposium, The Age Music Victoria Awards and the APRA Screen Music Awards all hit town together.

As well as 36 big sessions covering new ideas, how-to advice and music sector issues, Face The Music offers up a number of exclusive meetings and small workshop opportunities for artist managers, producers and artists alike.

With the tastemaking power of triple j in 2015 more prominent than ever before, Face The Music will explore the role that national airplay plays, from an artist’s first upload to triple j Unearthed through to play across the triple j Unearthed, triple j, Double J and ABC Local Radio networks. This year, for the 40th anniversary of triple j, Face The Music has secured the participation of key decision-makers across the channels. Dave Ruby Howe (triple j Unearthed), Nicole Cheek (triple j) Dorothy Markek (Double J) and Jacinta Parsons (ABC Local Radio) discuss the behind-the scenes processes that go toward supporting artists, from decisions about playlisting to editorial calls on segments such as Like a Version and Live at the Wireless.

Following the session, Face The Music delegates have the opportunity to have the undivided attention of the triple j team at the Face The Music triple j Listening Lounge. Panelists will offer up to 20 artists and their management the chance to sit down, one-on-one, to pitch their music and to pick the brains of one of the key decision-makers at triple j.

For the producers, Yamaha and Steinberg presents The Evolution of Digital Music Production. In a fascinating insight into the world of music production, producers M-Phazes (Eminem, Illy), Yeo (Hermitude) & Dub FX will discuss their pathways into production and how this ultimately shaped their careers as artists. Music production software helped them become who they are as an artist – how did they adapt to an ever-changing playing field? A small group workshop for future producers and those already at the top of their game.

Head to the Face The Music 2015 Session Page  to apply to join the triple j Listening Lounge or The Evolution of Digital Music workshops; applications close October 28th.

Presented by Face The Music and Melbourne Music Week, JD Samson is set to deliver one hell of a keynote at this year’s Face The Music. An integral member of electronic-feminist-punk band Le Tigre and one of the world’s most visible, outspoken and inspiring gender queer performer/activists, JD will document her rollercoaster ride from experimental punk band to the realities of running a business, creating and touring in support of a crew who sometimes earn more than the band.

JD Samson will also appear on Hens in the Cock House… Shake a Tail Feather alongside Joanna Cameron (One of One), Cassandra Pace (Music Victoria) and producer Anna Laverty.  Feathers flew during robust debate at Face The Music’s “Hens In The Cock House” session last year about gender equality in music. It was an uncomfortable yet powerful discussion that sparked some new ideas. One year on, we revisit the topic with fresh eyes, looking at some of the initiatives that have since sprung up, accelerating conversation to action.

What Makes a Music City Successful? Presented by City of Melbourne, brings together Amy Terrill (Music Canada), Professor Robert Kronenburg (University of Liverpool), Councillor Rohan Leppert (City of Melbourne) and Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria) to discuss with the music community the key findings from the Melbourne Music Symposium 2015, to investigate Melbourne’s international status as a music city and look at other successful music cities around the globe.

Each day of Face The Music opens with an early morning gig in the park, with Morning Ritual presenting two 9am performances at the architecture and design hub MPavilion, slap bang in the middle of Victoria Gardens across the road from Face The Music. Pull up a patch of grass, have a chat with some other industry folk and sip your morning cup o’ joe to the indie-rock stylings of Alexander Gow (the beating heart of Oh Mercy) and the experimental blues loop pop of D.D Dumbo; co-presented by Melbourne Music Week.

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

Today’s announcement includes the following new speakers Dave Ruby Howe (triple j Unearthed), Nicole Cheek (triple j) Dorothy Markek (Double J), Jacinta Parsons (ABC Local Radio), Joanna Cameron (One of One), Amy Terrill (Music Canada), Professor Robert Kronenburg (University of Liverpool), Councillor Rohan Leppert (City of Melbourne), Glenn Dickie (Sounds Australia), Millie Millgate (Sounds Australia), Paul Rigby (Zenith Records), Chris Gill (Northside Records), Josh Merriel (triple j Short.Fast.Loud), Lachlan Watt (triple j The Racket), Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy) and D.D Dumbo.

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