G’day Forte fans,
Well, our Victorian winter has arrived. For us, this doesn’t mean hibernation for the next few months. In fact, we are ramping up our events and industry engagement with more awesome things than ever.
In our last Forte column, we expressed our excitement in announcing CHANGES music summit and festival (Melbourne), to be held over 4 & 5 July 2018. Over two days, CHANGES will fill our brains and ears, and outline the future direction and sound of the Australian music industry. Covering MUSIC, TECH, TALKS, and IDEAS, CHANGES has assembled a roster of ground-breaking voices to ask “what’s next?”. Now, we are super pumped to announce the Music Victoria Regional Showcase at The Grace Darling (Collingwood) from 7.30-11.30pm on Thursday 5 July 2018 as part of CHANGES. Why should this excite me, you ask?! Inspired by the Victorian Music Crawl, we’re getting behind regional Victoria’s hottest emerging talent, including Bones and Jones, Chapel, Nancie Schipper, Yergurl, and White Bleaches.
In other very cool news, Music Victoria is excited to announce the 10 music industry coaches who will be engaged in one-on-one coaching sessions with the 20 successful participants in the Live Music Professionals program.
The 2018 LMP coaches are:
Ashlea O’Loughlin – Co-Founder Social Season
Ben Thompson – Venue Booker 170 Russell
Brian Taranto – Co-owner/Managing Director, Love Police ATM/Owner Love Police Touring (Boogie, New Years Evie, and Out On The Weekend Festivals)
Emily Kelly – Co-owner and Director of PR and Creative, Deathproof PR
Moira Mckenzie – Senior Associate, Sanicki Lawyers
Nigel Melder – Tour Promoter & Download Festival Booker (Live Nation)
Sally Mather – Music & Marketing Manager, Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club
Sharlene Harris – National Entertainment Manager, ALH Group
Shaun Adams – Venue Programmer, Karova Lounge and
Tom Harris – Artist Manager, Business Manager and Managing Director, White Sky
Participants in the program will each complete three, one-hour coaching sessions with three of the different coaches listed above. The LMP participants will also get to attend the new Changes conference and be involved in numerous networking activities throughout the conference period. They’ll attend a closed-door Live Music Professionals conference in Ballarat and a number of masterclasses and workshops throughout the program period which will run from July through to October 2018.
See you on the d-floor…
Coops, Sarah and the Music Vic crew
MV Member of the month:
The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Freshly renewed, long-time member The Bridge Hotel most definitely deserves a big, fat plug and some MV love. Producing some of regional Victoria’s finest live line-ups, and some delicious fare from its amazing kitchen, please – do yourself a favour. Just a small selection of upcoming shows includes Raised By Eagles, Nigel Wearne, Didirri, and Baby Blue w/ Georgia Spain. Need we say more?!
Regional gig of the month (actually in Melbourne as part of CHANGES):
Music Victoria Regional Showcase – Thursday July 5
Music Victoria is SAH excited to present its very own Regional Showcase as part of the CHANGES live music summit and conference on 4 and 5 July 2018. Inspired by the Victorian Music Crawl, we have wrangled some of the hottest acts from regional Victoria for one amazing night. You can show your support of the best of regional Vic by purchasing a ticket on the door for just $10, or even better, by purchasing a CHANGES Summit and Live Music Pass (or a Live Music Pass only), giving you access to the WHOLE summit, including two days of conference and two nights of the best live music – 20 showcases across 10 venues. We hope to see you there.