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*This event is being held in 2 x two hour sessions from 9:00am to 11:00am AEDT on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th October.

*This event is free to attend for Country Music Association of Australia Inc (CMAA) members. CMAA membership costs $55 including GST per year and you can find more information on becoming a member by clicking here:


The Country Music Association of Australia Inc (CMAA) and Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) are proud to present the first ever Canada-Australia Country Connects event. The online program will consist of interviews and panels featuring leaders in the Canadian and Australian country music industry.

Whether you are at the start of your country music career or touring internationally, there will be plenty of knowledge to be gained about the landscape and best practices in both countries.

Presented with the support of Sounds Australia and the office of the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney, the aim of this event is to create a community that continues to foster the spirit, and creativity of country music for our members on an international scale.

Program (Subject to change):

Tuesday 19th October:

9:00am - 10:00am AEDT - In Conversation:

  • Michael Chugg AM (Chugg Entertainment/Chugg Music, AUS) with Jim Cressman (Invictus Entertainment Group, CDA)

10:00am - 11:00am AEDT - Radio Panel featuring:

  • Amanda Kingsland (Rogers Radio, CDA)
  • Brianne Deslippe (Big Loud Records, CDA)
  • Frank Varrasso (Varrasso PR, AUS)
  • Justin Thomson (KIX Country Australia, AUS)
  • Tiffany Astle (penelopePR, CDA)

Wednesday 20th October:

9:00am - 10:00am AEDT - Touring Panel featuring:

  • Joel Baskin (The Feldman Agency, CDA)
  • Karen-Lee Herrmann-Smith (Entertainment Consulting, AUS)
  • Mark Duckworth (Groundwater Country Music Festival, AUS)
  • Ron Kitchener (RGK Entertainment/Open Road Recordings, CDA)
  • Steve White (Stephen White Management, AUS)

10:00am - 11:00am AEDT - In Conversation

  • Lindsay Ell (Recording Artist, CDA) with Jeremy Dylan (Potts Entertainment, AUS)

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