20 September 2017
Face the Music, Victoria’s premiere music industry summit, returns in 2017 with a stellar line-up of speakers from around the world.
Running from 23–24 November, the conference will present a series of talks set to spark fresh ideas and tackle the big issues facing the music industry today.
Speakers in 2017 include popstar Ariel Pink; musician, writer and actor Chippy Nonstop; drummer of The Ramones and punk-rock historian Marky Ramone; music programmer for Hamburg music conference Reeperbahn, Bjørn Pfarr; FKP Scorpio booking agent Silke Westera; label manager at Bella Union, Anika Mottershaw.
Bjørn and Silke from Germany will attend Face The Music 2017 as a part of the Victorian Government’s Music Passport program. This new program aims to build global connections for Victoria’s music industry by bringing key international industry representatives to Melbourne. This year’s focus is Germany.
Highlights from the two-day roster of panel talks and discussions include:
Keynote: Ariel Pink
Ariel Pink has released his eleventh album this year – Dedicated to Bobby Jameson. Hear him talk about Jameson’s influence and the record at a keynote address, proudly co-presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Music Week.
Keynote: Marky Ramone
Drummer for The Ramones turned punk rock historian, Marky Ramone delivers a keynote that touches on his memoir Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone.
Intersessions workshops with Chippy Nonstop
Chippy Nonstop is a DJ, rapper, actor, writer and the pioneer of Intersessions, ‘a DJ workshop for females and femme identifying individuals’. Chippy brings the artist-run workshop series to Face The Music.
Silke Westera, FKP Scorpio
As the booking agent for Germany’s largest organiser of music tours, concerts and festivals, Silke Westera has worked with an impressive list of artists including Warpaint, Wolf Parade, Yeasayer, Twin Shadow, Metz, and local acts Amy Shark, Alex Lahey, and Middle Kids.
Rebecca Young, Collective Artists
Booker Rebecca Young heads up Collective Artists, a boutique booking agency looking after GL, Jen Cloher, Jeremy Neale, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Body Type and more.
Anika Mottershaw, Bella Union
Anika works as Project Manager to over half the list of artists signed to UK record label Bella Union. Beach House and Father John Misty are just a couple of the artists she manages.
Dancer, choreographer, activist and a proud Bundulung and Ngapuhi woman, Amirita will perform at the conference.
Face the Music is supported by the Victorian Government, through Creative Victoria, as part of the $22 million Music Works initiative.
Summit passes are now available via Moshtix. A discount of 10% off applies to members of The Push, FReeZA, APRA AMCOS, Music Victoria, AMIN, AAM & AIR.