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AUSTRALIAN MUSIC WEEK 2019 welcomes Music Industry heavy weights Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment), Roger Field (Live Nation), Jaddan Comerford (Unified Music Group), Sahara Herald (Frontier Touring), Tim Worton (ASM Global, previously AEG) and Owen Orford (New World Artists) as they come together on a Panel to discuss the State Of Play in the Australian Music Industry.

The Panel will be moderated by Bob Lefsetz – U.S. music industry legend, podcaster & author of The Lefsetz Letter who also joins the event as a Keynote Speaker, which will be moderated by Noise 11 founder Paul Cashmere. Also confirmed as a keynote speaker is the Chief Executive Officer of TEG Live, Geoff Jones who’s talk will be moderated by journalist Lars Brandle.

AMW 2019 also brings you live Podcasts including Bob Lefsetz in one on one talks with Michael Gudinski
(Mushroom Group), John Watson (Eleven Music) and Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil), while Jeremy Dylan (My Favourite Album podcast) will interview Hayley Mary (The Jezebels), and The Vinyl Guide (for fans and collectors of Vinyl!) also bring their podcast to the stage.

New panel speakers just announced include Susan Heymann (Chugg Entertainment), Justin Cosby (Inertia Music), Rod Yates (The Right Note/Journalist), Bernard Zuel (The Right Note / Bernard Zuel), Howard Duggan (Scenestr), Rhoda Roberts (Sydney Opera House), Dom Alessio (Sounds Australia), Neal Hunt (Sureshaker), artist manager Keith Welsh and more – click here for current list. Additional Panel discussions now include Women In Music, Taking Care of Business, Bands & Brands, Music Industry For Dummies (How it really works), Media, Marketing & Digital, Country Music revolution, Management – Who Needs It Where & When, Exporting our Talent, Hypothetically, Labels, Mental Health, Agents & Touring, Radio, and Americana.

The Free 5 Day beach Concert series, held at the Western Sydney Uni stage in Dunningham Park on Cronulla Beach, features an array of talent including William Crighton, Adam Eckersley Band and Bullhorn on November 6, Laura Hyde, The Moving Stills and Gold Member on November 7, Adam Miller, The Dave Orr Band, Nathan Cavaleri and Ray Beadle on November 8, Fripps & Fripps and The Kava Kings on November 9, culminating in the final show on November 10 with Alex Lahey, Ali Barter, Hayley Mary, Dylan Wright, James Van Cooper and Doko.

As well as the beach Concert series performing acts, the second round of artists confirmed to perform showcases at AMW are: Adam Miller, Alannah Russack’s Entropy Band, Alysha Brilla, Ange, Benny Nelson, Big Sky Mountain, Blake Williams, Bunny Racket, Calan Mai, Chelsea Warner, Chris Tamwoy, Cinta Tee, Colin Buchanan, Cooks & Bakers, Coterie, Dancing Fingers, Daniel Twining, Dancing Fingers, Dave The Band, Declan Kelly, Duncan Crawford, Electrik Lemonade, Elysae, Emily Alice, Evie J, Field of Wolves, George, Good Pash, Hiaground, Hurricane Fall, Jimmi Carr, Jordan Mac, Josh Reck, Kingston County, Leah Senior, Little Green, Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells, Magnus, Matt Ward, Melanie Horsnell, Miani Doe, Michael Burrows, Michael Kopp, Miles Recommends, Muka Vhatti, Nathan Seeckts, Ollie Thorpe, Orange Passiona, Pirra, Poppy Galactic & The Beat, Professor Groove & The Booty Affair, Rachel Clarke, Rosario De Marco, Shaun Kirk, Skyscraper Stan, Smith & Jones, St Joan, Stellar Addiction, The Coconut Ruffs, The Hideaways, The Midnight Infirmary, The Tin Knees, Velvet Bloom, Watching Wolves.

Now in its fifth year AUSTRALIAN MUSIC WEEK kicks off the Summer with its biggest conference yet, taking over Sydney’s iconic Cronulla Beach this November 6-10. The annual Music Industry Conference will see national & international industry professionals and artists converge on the beachside town for a five-day music program of live showcases, panels & masterclass workshops. Australian Music Week is also proud to host the Sydney premiere of Tommy Emmanuel – The Endless Road with 2 screenings scheduled for 4pm Wednesday November 6 & 7.00pm Saturday November 9.

2019 also sees the addition of shows for the young and young at heart, taking place at St Andrew’s Church Hall – Friday November 8 with Colin Buchanan (5.30pm) and Saturday Nov 9 withBunny Racket + Poppy Galactic & The Beat (5.00pm).

Bob Lefsetz announced as Keynote Speaker | First round of artists confirmed
AMW introduces Podcast Festival
Tommy Emmanuel | The Endless Road – Sydney film premiere

The fifth annual Australian Music Week Conference is proud to announce its first round of performing acts, panels & speakers…and what a sizzling mix of music artists and industry panels it is to kick things off as the Cronulla Beach summer event approaches this November 6-10.

AMW 2019 welcomes our Keynote Speaker, Bob Lefsetz – U.S. music industry legend, podcaster & author of the  email newsletter, The Lefsetz Letter.   The Santa Monica based industry analyst is renowned for his passionate take on the music industry’s state of play & current issues – from streaming and ticketing through to the music itself.  Followed by the likes of Steven Tyler, Drake and Deadmau5 through to Quincy Jones and record company executives, with Bob’s wealth of knowledge within the industry, you can expect an engaging & insightful talk. For the aspiring artist and industry delegate, this is one AMW session not to be missed.

There will be plenty of live music on offer with over 120+ emerging music acts set to take over the beachside towns’ venues and hotspots across the five days, including the AMW free open-air Beach Concert series which will wrap up the festival on Sunday November 10 and feature live performances from the likes of Alex Lahey & Ali Barter, plus more tba.

The first round of artists confirmed to perform at AMW are:  Alex Lahey, Ali Barter, Arna Georgia, Ben Leece & Left of the Dial, Boom Child, Born Lion, Braidwood City Trading Company, Breizers, Charbel, China Tiger, Dande and the Lion, *David Garnham & The Reasons To Live, Dylan Wright, Earth Bloomers, Eleea, Ellie Drennan, Fenn Wilson, Froggy Prinze, Georgia State Line, *Gretta Ziller, Hey Major (Canada), Hibiscus Biscuit, Hill Town, Holly Arrowsmith (NZ), Jackie Marshall, Jackson Carroll, James Van Cooper, JD and the Hunger Men, Jess Spahr, Jones The Cat, Jordan Kenny, Katie Brianna, Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes, Leah Flanagan, Leanne Tennant, Lisa De Angelis, Lost Tropics, Lucie Tiger, Maina Doe, Mardi Wilson, Melanie Dyer, Michael Simic, Ms. Thandi, Nathan Cavaleri, Peta Caswell and the Lost Cause, Petiguana, Ray Beadle, Rebel Fox, Rhythm Hunters, Rissa, Sam Shinazzi, Sketchy Fancy, The Barren Spinsters, The Butlers, The Carbons (Canada), The Dave Orr Band, The Rucksacks, Tiali Eliza, Vetty Vials, Wanderers, Yeevs and Zyad   
*Rhythms Magazine’s choice picks for the Rhythms stage.

Geoff Trio, Australian Music Week creator/curator says “We are mindful of being the only Music Conference/developing artist showcase in Sydney. In our fifth year we are proud to be producing an event that is as relevant not only to industry delegates but also to those that enjoy multiple styles of music in their playlists.  Australian Music Week is a non-genre specific music event and this year we will be opening up to the public with free access to all performances on Cronulla beach across all five days. Bob Lefsetz, as Keynote Conference speaker, will garner attention for Australian Music and Artists on the world stage.”

AMW introduces its first Podcast festival.  2004 was the year Podcasting was born.  15 years later there are more than 700,000 active podcasts and more than 29 million podcast episodes. Join AMW to catch some of the world’s most entertaining live podcast shows that you will ever see / hear / enjoy!  Bob Lefsetz will record several live podcasts with high profile industry identities for ‘The Bob Lefsetz Podcast.  Sydney-born, Nashville-based filmmaker and concert promoter, Jeremy Dylan will interview an artist for his podcast My Favorite Album’.  For lovers of vinyl, Nate Goyer will share his insight on all things music & record related on The Vinyl Guide… and there’s more to come.

Australian Music Week is also proud to hold the Sydney premiere of Tommy Emmanuel – The Endless Road. Directed by Jeremy Dylan and produced by Jaime Lewis, the 80-minute documentary details the rise of the iconic Tommy Emmanuel, from child prodigy to ARIA Award winner & Grammy nominated guitar legend, and features a star studded cast, including Jason Isbell, Eric Idle, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Sir Barry Gibb and more…  Winner of ‘Best Music Documentary’ at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival earlier this year, the film will also premiere in Nashville next month.   As part of the opening day’s events, AMW will screen ‘The Endless Road’ at Cronulla Cinemas onWednesday November 6 from 3.45pm, followed by a Q&A session with Jeremy Dylan and Jaime Lewis.  Entry is with a delegates ticket via OZTIX.   An extra screening will be shown on Saturday November 9.  View a sneak peek here.

20 music industry panels will cover topics on Management, Radio, First Nations, Women In Music, Labels, Distribution, Mental Health, Country Music, Americana and more.   Panel speakers include Catherine Haridy (AAM), Trina Massey (AAM), Chris Beckhouse (2MMM), Paul Samuels (AEG Global Partnerships), Michael Hutchings (APRA), Lynley White (Studios 301), Owen Orford (New World Artists), Jeremy Dylan (Potts Entertainment), Dan Biddle (CMAA), Poppy Reid (Seventh Street Media), Rico Soto (Australian Blockchain Music Association) ,  John Zucco (The Right Profile), Aaron Curnow (SPUNK!), Jason ‘Noddy’ Velleley (Aussie Music Weekly), Karen Lee Goody (Entertainment Consulting), Luke Girgis (Seventh Street Media), Stuart Coupe (Stuart Coupe Publicity/Dirt Music/FBi), Dave Batty (Custom-Made Artist Representation), Adam Simon (AMAA), Basil Cook (Four Four), Shelley Bishop (301), Scott Mesiti (MJR Presents), Archie Hamilton (China), Troy Barrott (Hup, Dine Alone Records, Believe), Aaron Girgis (Space 44), Paul Cashmere (Noise 11) & Peter Karpin (A&R).

Some of the interactive panels & workshops include:

Hypothetically Live: Listen in as touring plans, venue & promoter deals and creative showcase ideas are designed, structured and negotiated by Agents, Promoters, Venue Bookers, Festival Programmers, Managers, Digital Marketers, Publicists & the Artist, in a dynamic interactive hypothetical panel.

AAM Co-Pilot / First Nations Mentor Program:   Australian Music Week is proud to partner with AAM as they present the initial workshop for their flagship mentoring program Co-Pilot and their new First Nations Mentorship Program.  Through this partnership, the AAM will also be curating a specialised management panel focused on current and future needs of the sector.
More speakers and artists will be announced shortly.

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