Ballico: Isolated Sounds, Australia
Translations’ pioneer, USA - Keynote Speaker
Manager, Shock Music Publishing
, Australia - Keynote
VP, Artists & Events CMJ Network
Supervisor for Ugly Betty - Mothlight Music, USA
:The Planetary Group
, Hong Kong
: CEO, AIR
- The Australian Independent
Record Labels Association
: Music Supervisor, Australia
: Managing Director of Immedia
and the Music Business Conference, Australia
: General Manager, AMPAL
- Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited
: Local Music Producer/Music Director/Events
Manager at RTRfm
, Perth West Australia
: GM of Mixed Industry, Australia
Cunningham: Interactive Music Video Researcher, Film & TV - Curtin University,
Rivers: APRA - National Manager, Writer
Scales: Media Entertainment Arts Alliance,
Rinaldi: Sweet Mate Promotions, Australia
Businovski: Music Photographer, Australia
Contemporary Music Industry Training lecturer at Central
TAFE, Perth West Australia
Francesca Neumann: The
Great Escape, UK
Hewitt: Media Arts Lawyers, Australia
Sputore and Sam Price: The
Penguin Empire, Australia
Wilkinson: Department of Culture and the Arts,
Johnson: Walking Horse Records &
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Robert Singerman has worked in the music business for over thirty years
as an entrepreneur, agent, manager, label executive, consultant,
producer, programmer and music supervisor. Known for discovering and
developing talent, he's represented a wide range of artists, including
R.E.M., Gipsy Kings, James Brown, Suzanne Vega, Sun Ra, Violent Femmes,
Fleshtones, 10,000 Maniacs, Smithereens, Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade,
Professor Longhair and The Hoodoo Gurus, alongside many others.
Recognized as one of the main proponents of new jazz, new wave and
world music from the late 70's and '80's, Robert has spoken at
conferences and panels worldwide, including SXSW, Midem, CMJ, New Music
Seminar, Popkomm and the World Cultural Economic Forum.
Robert has been instrumental in creating many businesses and non-profit
organizations. From 2004 he created and directed a pilot office for the
European Commission of the European Union: European Music Office, US,
and served as Director of The French Music Export Office in North
America until January 2009.
Robert’s current mission is creating a system to give music
subtitling and dubbing solutions, so that music becomes truly universal
and global, through localization. With full implementation of these
systems, people will be able to finally understand each other's songs,
across languages, in real time. Robert is working with various
technology companies and international institutions, as well as many
executives worldwide to achieve this revolutionary vision.
Matt McDonald has more than ten years of music industry experience,
focusing primarily on live events and developing/emerging talent. As
Vice President of Artists and Events at CMJ Network, he oversees
everything that CMJ does in the live music realm, including tours,
talent competitions, promotional events, and CMJ Music Marathon
showcases. As such, he listens to over 6,000 artists every year, most
of them unsigned, self-released, or independently released. Prior to
joining CMJ in 2005, he was a talent buyer at several New York City
venues, most notably the Knitting Factory.
|JOHN BISSELL |
John Bissell has been music supervising film, television and
commercials for 20 years. Initially, he worked in-house at
Paramount Pictures and contributed on such films as Days of Thunder and
Godfather III, along with television shows such as Star Trek: TNG and
Since then, he and the company he has started, Mothlight Music, have
worked on a wide array of films including “The Horse
Whisperer”, “American Wedding”,
War”, “Ladder 49” and “No
and the upcoming Kathryn Bigelow film, “The Hurt
Locker”. He also supervises television series such
“Ugly Betty” and “Eastwick” as
commercial campaigns for: Cadillac, American Express, Johnnie Walker,
Nike, Master Card and AT&T.
A veteran of the music industry, Adam Lewis is one of the co-owners of
the Planetary Group, an artist development and promotions firm based
out of Boston. Lewis oversees a staff of 15 individuals
determined on helping new and upcoming artists be heard and
discovered. Over the past few months, Planetary has worked
such acts as The Decemberists, Bloc Party, Peter, Bjorn & John,
Apples In Stereo, Kings Of Leon, and The Lemonheads.
Adam also currently handles all publicity, promotion and media buying
for Great Northeast Productions. Great Northeast is responsible for
producing 50 shows a year throughout New England, including
Phish’s millennium concert in Florida and the annual
Festival at Lake Placid.
Before co-founding Planetary with Chris Davies, Lewis spent five years
as the New England Sales Manager for TVT Records, where he helped
promote such acts as Sevendust, Guided By Voices and Snoop Dogg.
|KONSTANCIJA RUZA |
Music Matters, Hong Kong
Konstancija (Stan) Ruza is the Commercial Director of Branded, which
produces Music Matters. Music Matters is Asia’s leading event
the entertainment industry. Stan is one of the co-creators of Music
Matters, which has been held in Hong Kong for the past four years.
Music Matters was launched in 2006 to celebrate all that is good in the
music business and related industries. It rapidly established itself as
Asia’s leading music industry forum by discussing and
the issues and challenges facing a digitally converging world. In four
short years it has become a permanent, must-attend fixture on the
global music industry calendar.
Past speakers at Music Matters include U2 manager Paul McGuinness,
Warner Music Group Chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr, Nile Rogers, Terry
McBride, IFPI’s John Kennedy, Universal Music’s Max
and Harvey Goldsmith, as well as a long list of distinguished local
Asian industry leaders.
Stan has a wide range of experience across all levels of the business,
from planning and producing events to negotiating sponsorships,
entertainment contracts and event-marketing solutions for numerous
global entertainment brands.
Stan has lived in Hong Kong for the past four years and has also worked
in London, Copenhagen and Riga.
Brian Joseph began his career in radio hosting the two hour program
“Too Much Drama for Yo Mama” on John Abbott
closed circuit radio station CSKY. During his studies at John Abbott
College Brian was guided by two influential professors, both of whom
were strong role models for the Caribbean Canadian community of
Montreal: Prof. Trevor W. Payne, C.M., conductor of the Montreal
Jubilation Choir and Prof. Ernest Tucker, the first black reporter
hired to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
In 2004 Brian became a volunteer at CJLO as the host of the hip hop
program “Phantastiq Cypha” under the moniker Doc
In 2006, he became the Hip Hop Music Director and then the Program
Director in 2007. Brian was present to usher in CJLO’s launch
onto 1690AM in September of 2008.
Brian now oversees a variety of tasks that include; hiring new DJs,
reviewing show content, planning radio specials and keeping CJLO within
the guidelines of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC). While helping the station to keep within the CRTC
guidelines and after 9 years in College/University radio, Brian has
developed an interest in making Canadian content a priority.
Attending the annual CMJ Music Marathon on several occasions since
2006, Brian has also developed new relationships with fellow
broadcasters from all over North America.
Music Publishing, Australia
Clive Hodson is the General Manager of Shock Music Publishing and
responsible for operations of the company globally. Shock is a large
independent publishing company and part of the Shock Entertainment
Group. Shock Music Publishing represents over
international copyrights with in excess of 4000 Australian works across
Prior to Shock, Clive was a writer/performer and started his playing
and music business career in Perth. He has held senior
positions within the Australian Music Industry, including GM,
and Marketing – PolyGram/Universal (20 yrs), as well as Head
ABC Music – Australian Broadcasting Corporation (5 yrs).
has represented independent labels on both PPCA & AIR Boards
currently a Board Director of AMCOS and a publisher member of both APRA
Music / QT Music, Australia
After an extensive career as Network Co-ordinator and Assistant Program
Director at Australia’s national contemporary radio network
Triple J, Rob Scott moved into the music business creating ABC Music
contemporary label Fly Music. Here he signed artists like Vassy, Andy
Clockwise, The Morning After Girls, Endorphin and Deepface.
He has since moved into business for himself with two companies. QT
Music is a consultancy offering label, licensing, marketing and
strategic advice. His clients include indigenous label Gadigal Music
and funding body Arts Queensland. His other company Sandcastle Music is
a new publishing and recording entity with partners in film &
music supervision and advertising. Sandcastle publishes songwriters and
film composers and has a sub-publishing arrangement with respected UK
|KIM GREEN |
Music Supervisor, Australia
Kim Green is one of Australia’s leading freelance Music
Supervisors. As a long standing member of the Australian
industry, Kim held senior positions in a number of major music
publishing companies such as MCA Music, PolyGram Music Publishing and
BMG Music spanning a 20 year career in music publishing.
this time, Kim was responsible for suggesting and licensing music in
high profile feature films such as PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT and
SHINE, and working directly with songwriters and catalogues in all
Now an independent Music Supervisor, Kim works with a wealth of
creative clients in film, television and theatre around the
world. Offering services including music research,
song sourcing, negotiation, rights clearances, and general copyright
and music licensing advice and support, Kim draws on expert skills and
experience and a substantial network of contacts both locally and
globally. Some current project highlights include feature
MAO’S LAST DANCER and THE BANK JOB, the worldwide hit
show DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE in UK, Europe and North
America and WALKING WITH DINOSAURS in US and Europe as well as numerous
documentaries and TV projects ranging from KATH AND KIM to THE WIGGLES.
Some other highlights include feature films such as SAMSON
DELILAH, CRUSH, FORBIDDEN LIE$, THE TENDER HOOK and FAT PIZZA, and the
long running hit stage show MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL. Television
ranges from SHAPELLE CORBY - GANJA QUEEN, THE LIBRARIANS, THE CUT,
BASTARD BOYS, TRIPPING OVER, MCLEOD’S DAUGHTERS and many
more. Other clients include KENNEDY MILLER MITCHELL, SNEAKY
SYSTEM and SCREEN AUSTRALIA.
Neal Hunt comes to music management through a reasonably well worn
path… musician, writer, then manager.
Neal wrote initially for Adelaide music magazines, then fulltime for On
The Street, Revolver, Brag and on occasion a couple of other
heeled Sydney magazines. This meant that one way or another Neal found
himself talking to musicians and bands, and helping them if possible
– involving an equal mix of knowledge and
Over time a couple of these relationships developed and he began to
manage bands, including The Beautiful Girls whom he has managed since
the band began in 2000-01.
Touring, booking and releasing The Beautiful Girls and other acts such
as Rogerthat (QLD) and Black Market Rhythm Co (QLD) internationally
followed. With their ‘Learn Yourself’ album going
Australia, The Beautiful Girls turned their focus to North America and
have also made many trips to the U.K., Japan and Europe. In a similar
vein. Rogerthat are making their second trip through Canada, Europe and
the U.K. in June 2009. Neal has also toured foreign artists into
Australia: Mason Jennings (U.S.), State Radio (U.S.) and Nine Mile
In July 2007 with partner Magda Jansen, Neal began Sureshaker Music.
The company is active in artist development, covering publicity and
developing audience/band relationships. Sureshaker is also a publishing
and management company and occasionally releases records through their
affiliation with MGM. Currently managing developing artists
Rogerthat, and Black Market Rhythm Co, Sureshaker is also touring Lucky
Fonz III (Netherlands), and provides consultation and advice to artists
the company is associated with.
|STUART BUCHANAN |
Community Engine Creative, Australia
Born in Helensburgh, Scotland, and currently living in Sydney,
Australia, Stuart Buchanan is a creative industries professional,
specialising in the social web, digital media, music and
broadcasting. Following work at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre and
international festival Mayfest, Stuart took on a senior role at the
world's largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in
1994 developed its first web site. In 1998, Stuart was appointed Head
Of Marketing at London's prestigious Royal Court Theatre, one of the
world's leading proponents of new writing and modern theatre, and
continued to drive new online strategies as a cornerstone of audience
From 2001 - 2007, Stuart managed his own web agency, developing
solutions for both the music industry and the broader creative
industries. During this time, Stuart developed sites for Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Depeche Mode, The Delays, Gronland Records, Kid Confucius and,
for four years, managed the web strategy for UK band Goldfrapp, winning
an MTV Europe Web Award for their 'Black Cherry' site.
After a move to Sydney in 2003 and a brief stint at Belvoir Street
Theatre, Stuart took on the role of General Manager for Sydney's FBi
Radio. From 2003-2008, Stuart presented FBi's international music show
Fat Planet and edited Fat Planet's companion blog at fatplanet.com.au -
featured in the UK's Guardian newspaper as 'Best Blog For World
Music'. Stuart currently presents Disorient on FBi and also edits
the new music blog, Discontent (discontentblog.com).
Professionally, Stuart handles a dual-role as Director Of Strategy for
Sydney-based digital agency Community Engine (communityengine.com) and
as Executive Producer of Creative Sydney, a festival celebrating
Sydney's creative industries to be held in June 2009
(creativesydney.com.au). He also edits The Social Pages
(thesocialpages.net), a blog examining the intersection between the
creative industries and the social web.
Media Arts Laywers, Australia
Julian Hewitt is a Solicitor who has been signed as an artist to major
labels and independents and has an extensive background in touring,
publishing, recording and remixing bands. Aside from music law Julian
has a strong commercial law background and has written national
franchise agreements, represented high-profile Australian fashion
designers, established public charities and advised on major funding
projects and litigations for listed public companies. Julian has a
post-graduate degree in corporate finance and he is a volunteer
Solicitor at the Fitzroy Legal Service.
After ten years of production/tour management and festival production
in the US plus teaching music business in Atlanta, Phil emigrated to
Sydney in 1981 where he ran Australia's largest record retailer,
Palings, for openers. Pursuing a love of media, he became a leading
music trade writer and investigative journalist with credits in over
100 major domestic and international magazines or newspapers. These
included trades such as Billboard, Hollywood Report, Variety, Music
Business, National Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian,
Rolling Stone and many more.
After four years of writing, he created IMMEDIA! Public Relations to
service artist and corporate clients - especially in their needs or
strategies to penetrate overseas markets. He is an export expert having
served as an adviser to AUSTRADE in the 1980s and 90s and has
represented music industry trade fairs such as MIDEM for a decade, New
Music Seminar for five years and currently South by Southwest in
Austin, Texas for the past five.
In 1988 Phil created the first Australian Music Industry Directory
which turned AustralAsian in 1990 and has published 44 biannual
editions. He's been online for over 20 years, starting first with a
Tandy 100 and 300 baud modem on the ESI email service in 1984 and has
evolved to put the entire company and all directories on the Internet
as well as creating an online weekly music industry trade magazine
TheMusic at http://www.themusic.com.au.
Aside from running a company that also produces the major music
industry conference AustralAsian Music Business Conference every other
year since 1992 (http://www.immedia.com.au/ambc), he represents South
by Southwest in Austin as their Australian, NZ and Hawaiian agent
(http://www.themusic.com.au/sxsw) where IMMEDIA! has run the Australian
stand for Austrade and published the Australian Music Guide.
Australasian Music Publishers Association Ltd (AMPAL)
Mark joined AMPAL in April 2007 following five years as General Manager
of Shock Music Publishing. Prior to his time at Shock, Mark worked as
Artist and Repertoire Manager at Festival Records for 4 years and
before that, as Professional Manager at Sony/ATV Music publishing.
In addition to his music industry work, Mark is probably best known as
the singer and songwriter of GANGgajang (with whom he continues to
preform). He has a broad knowledge of all aspects the music business
having managed bands, worked in music retail and as a record producer.
Mark has also composed over 400 songs including classics like
‘Sounds Of Then (This Is Australia)’, ‘Gimmie Some
Lovin’ and ‘House Of Cards’. He’s toured
nationally and internationally and spent over 10 years as an industry
professional, all of which has given him a unique perspective on the
music business and a passion for Australian music that remains
undiminished since he first grabbed a guitar and strummed a few
tentative chords in sleepy 1970’s Brisbane. Mark also holds a
degree in design from the University Of Queensland.
Sweet Mates Promotions
Luke is a music manager at Sweet Mate Promotions and manages bands
Capital City, The Ghost Hotel and Red Jezebel. He worked in various
roles at The West Australian Music Industry Association including Act
of Youth All Ages Coordinator, Kiss My WAMi Festival Coordinator and is
currently the WAMi Festival Live Coordinator. Luke is the current
booker for the Rosemount Hotel and Saturdays at the Hyde Park Hotel,
and has recently joined the team at Champion Music as booking agent for
North Fremantle venues The Railway Hotel and The Swan Basement.
Formerly the State Coordinator for the Music Manager's Forum Australia
(Western Australian Branch), Luke was also the winner of the
Golden WAMi award for contribution to the industry in 2003 & 2006.
The Fox in March Photography
The Fox in March Photography officially began in late 2007, however
Lisa Businovski has been photographing musicians and bands as well as
Fashion Photography, Contemporary Performances and private functions
Lisa currently works at Edith Cowan University (where she also studied
her BA of Art, Grad Dip in Education and Post Grad in Art) in the Print
Making Studios as Technician and recently began working for X-Press
Magazine just shy of her 24th birthday, as Music Event Photographer and
now for the first time for the WAMi’s.
Lisa has two photographic works exhibiting as apart of Kiss My Camera for WAM currently displayed at the W.A Museum.
APRA | AMCOS
Kirsty is the National Writer Services Manager for APRA I AMCOS. APRA
represents over 55,000 songwriters, composers and publishers for the
public performance of copyright music and on behalf of AMCOS members
the reproduction right. She is the Vice Chair of Victorian youth
organisation The Push, Curriculum Advisor to several educational bodies
and has a background in Music Retail and Sales.
|DAVID HYMAN |
David Hyman is the CEO and Founder of MOG. Introduced in June 2006, MOG
is a network of thousands of music blogs powered by industry leading
music discovery technology.
Prior to MOG, Hyman was CEO at Gracenote, the world's largest music
database and music identification service. His successes
included raising venture capital from Sequoia Ventures and bringing the
company from $50,000 in annual booked revenue to over $20 million in
four years. Hyman played an integral role in the build-out of
Gracenote's international business, including the creation of Gracenote
Japan KK, and established sales offices in China, Korea, and
Europe. Hyman created new businesses for Gracenote including song
identification and state-of-the-art playlist management services.
As SVP-Marketing at MTV Interactive, the digital holding company for
all of MTV's online properties, Hyman oversaw all marketing activities
for MTV.com, and VH1.com. His successes included leading an
innovative 30 person guerrilla marketing team and production of a
highly successful $30 million television campaign. Hyman came to MTV
through its acquisition of SonicNet, where he had been SVP, Sales &
At SonicNet, Hyman broke new ground in the online music arena, creating
bleeding-edge products for ad sponsorships, including the development
of the Web's first “Video-On-Demand” (V.O.D) platform,
Streamland, the premiere website for music V.O.D.
Before SonicNet, Hyman was co-founder of Addicted To Noise, the Web's
first online music website. There, he was instrumental in shaping the
perception that the Web is a place to build a brand for online
marketers. Hyman brought many major brands online for the first time
including Levi's, Coca Cola, Microsoft and Ford. Hyman forged the
merger between Addicted To Noise and SonicNet, creating the largest
online music website at the time.
|CHRISTINA BALLICO |
Isolated Sounds / Honours Reseachers "Regulating the Notes"
Christina Ballico is an honours student within the School of
Communications and Arts at Edith Cowan University and runs Isolated
Sounds, a website profiling the behind-the-scenes and support sectors
of the WA music industry. First gaining experience in the music
industry at age 16 doing work experience (read: cleaning and getting
lunches) at a recording studio, she then did a short stint in
television production, before spending two years in community radio.
Having decided she wanted to try something new, Christina went into
print journalism. She has written for youth and street press
publications including Reakt! and base.ad, and is the former assistant
editor and music journalist for Colosoul Magazine. Having learnt the
ropes of writing, editing, event coordination and publicity throughout
her time with other publications, she felt it was time to step out on
her own. Isolated Sounds was launched in early 2008, and exists to pay
homage to those working tirelessly to develop, nurture and promote WA
music to Australia and the rest of the world. A nerd at heart, she
balances music journalism pursuing all things academic.
Centre for Music Industry Training, Central TAFE
Scott Adam has been working in the music business for more than 15
years as an artist manager, record label owner and lecturer. Prior to
starting WA's first qualifications in music business at Central TAFE's
Centre for Music Industry Training (CMIT), Scott headed up Qstik
Records & Management, a business that worked to develop
distribution, marketing and touring networks for WA artists. One
such act was The Panda Band who toured to the USA three times and the
UK twice, signed to Filter / Fontana and released two CD's across
Australia and North America in the fours years they worked with Qstik
These days, Scott is training up and coming music agents, managers and administrators
through the Certificate IV and Diploma courses run out of Leederville
Campus of Central TAFE. He is currently developing a combination of
classroom and workplace based training culminating in an internship
program at the end of the Diploma and has been setting up various
industry partnerships to benefit the employment and experience
opportunities for his students.
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance
Luke is the industrial organiser for the Media Entertainment and Arts
Alliance and head of the Musicians Alliance WA Branch. He graduated
from Edith Cowan University in 2006 with a double major in Human
Resource Management and Industrial Relations. Luke is also the
guitarist for Perth band The Wilderness.
Dave Cutbush, affectionately referred to as Cutter, hosts RTRFM’s
popular new release program – Out to Lunch – and has been
doing so since 1998. Apart from Out to Lunch he has hosted programs
such as Homegrown, Morning Magazine, Absent Without Zahn and has been a
fixture at the station since being a volunteer receptionist in 1993. He
is also RTRFM’s Local Music Producer/Music Director/Events
Despite being widely regarded as a music snob among RTRFM’s less
discerning on-air talent, Cutter does a sterling job of keeping us up
to date with the latest and greatest tunes from around the planet
– he is also in charge of the music direction for the station.
In 2008 at the Western Australian Music Industry Awards Dave won the Media Award for an individual.
Masters Researcher in Interactive Music Video
Michael Cunningham is a music video producer/director based in Perth,
Western Australia. He has been researching music video
interactivity for a number of years, with current research focused on the evolution of the music video and he
is attempting to create a framework for music video makers and
interactive designers to create interactive music videos through new
The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR)
Stuart is the CEO of AIR, the Australian Independent Record Labels
Association (AIR), the representative trade body for the independent
recording sector in Australia. AIR is the lead advocacy body for
the independent sector; develops and manages the AIR Charts,
Australia’s only independent weekly and monthly sales charts; the
AIR Awards; AIR Pocket Skills Development Program and the Independent
Walking Horse, Australia
Matt Johnson has worked as a label manager and publicist for Qstik
Records in Perth for the last 5 years. He has worked with and promoted
acts such as New Rules For Boats, The Panda Band, Superengine and Emily
Barker, and is also working as a manager and tour manager for some of
these acts. In 2009 Matt started up a new label, Walking Horse.
|GRANT SPUTORE and SAM PRICE|
The Penguin Empire
The Penguin Empire, co-founded by Grant Sputore and Sam Price, is a
brand-focused creative studio that works across the disciplines of
film-making, design, motion-graphics and visual effects. Their clients
include industry leaders such as Warner Music, Illusive Sounds,
Multiplex, The Fidelity Corporation, Curtin University, and ABC
Their music video work has included award-winning clips for J-Award
nominated artists like Birds of Tokyo and Downsyde. Their WAMi
nominated clip for Downsyde’s single “Fortune and
Fame” received daily airplay on Channel V for over a month, was
selected as video of the week on a number of influential music blogs
and was featured on the iTunes homepage. Most recently the
company produced a music video in Sydney for Warner Australia and are
in post-production on a clip for local band Eleventh He Reaches London.