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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.

Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone

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.

Amrita Hepi

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.

Visit Face the Music for more detail on the program