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25 October 2016

Victoria's leading contemporary music industry conference is set to return in 2016, bigger and better than ever.

Ecca Vandal

Ecca Vandal

Presented by The Push, Face the Music will descend on the State Library from 17-18 November with more than a hundred music industry experts in tow and a bustling slate of talks, networking opportunities and events for musicians and music industry personnel at all career stages.

Speakers in 2016 will include Pandora's Alex White, Bandcamp's Andrew Jervis, triple j's Zan Rowe and Youtube music critic Anthony Fantano, as well as a host of experienced local talent.

Highlights from the two-day roster of panel talks and discussions include:

  • * Empowering Communities Through Leadership
    Moderated by Briggs, whose powerful voice galvanises communities on and off stage, this panel explores how to 'Make It' and how to maintain it – how to sustain a career as a musician and how to facilitate that sustainability by empowering your community.
  • * The Idiosyncrasies of Artist Management
    From running the merch booth to jetsetting around the world to cutting record deals, artist managers come in all shapes and sizes. This  unique panel presents three of Australia's most celebrated contemporary artists Tkay Maidza, Japanese Wallpaper and Elizabeth Mitchell (Totally Mild) sitting beside their managers and puts their relationships under the microscope.
  • * Songwriters Live in the Round
    Three of Australia's most beloved songwriters – Alex Lahey, Ainslie Wills, and Hiatus Kaiyote's Nai Palm – speak to The Age's Chris Johnston about their creative influences, musical and lyrical inspirations, favourite songs, revered idols, and individual approaches to the craft of songwriting.
  • * Music on the Mind
    Does listening to Mozart make you smarter? Doctors Sarah Wilson, Katrina McFerran, and Margaret Osborne and the University of Melbourne's Solange Glasser offer critical insights into the impact of music on the mind.
  • * Peking Duk: 'Australiana' – A Tour Goes Under the Microscope
    Featuring members of Peking Duk and their support team, including managers, their agent, sound director, and visual director, this panel moderated by the Live Music Office's Damian Cunningham will examine Peking Duk's national tour from every angle.
  • * Women In Electronic Music
    The latest in Face the Music's proud lineage of panels on gender equality in music, this session  focuses on one of the most male-dominated genres of all – electronic music. The session will look at some of the initiatives under way and practical steps we can all take to help create a diverse and inclusive music industry.

In addition to the conference talks, Face the Music will present a host of showcase performances from celebrated and emerging talent. Catch the euphoric pop of GL and Dorsal Fins, the mesmerising rock of Jess Ribeiro, the vicious punk rap of Ecca Vandal, the synth reverie of SAATSUMA, the precocious jangle of Good Morning and more.

Face the Music 2016 is presented in partnership with Melbourne Music Week and is supported by Creative Victoria. Tickets to the conference begin at $80.

Head to Face the Music for full program details