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    Gold Sounds Music Conference

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    From 13-16 October, Central Victoria’s biggest music conference returns for its second year, bringing together Victoria’s regional and Melbourne music communities for a host of panels, workshops, networking events, and a youth program.

    Held on Djaara Country in Castlemaine, the conference sessions cover a myriad of topics and play host to an extraordinary array of music industry professionals including artist managers, booking agents, musicians, academics, activists and more.


    Gold Sounds Music Conference 2022 Schedule

    Thursday 13 October

    Myf Warhurst The Time of My Life Book Launch at The Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine. This event is supported by Northern Books and Shedshaker Brewing. Tickets for this are sold separately to the conference, and are available via the Gold Sounds website - and include a signed copy of Myf’s book.

    Friday 14 October

    Identity: The Music, The Mind, The Me

    Led by Music Victoria’s Mental Health Clinician/Consultant Bree Chapman-Stewart in conversation with Benny Clark (Drummer, Baker Boy), BATTS (Musician/advocate) and Kiwat Kennell (Musician and Community and Project Manager at Music Victoria).

    Under the Influence: Music & Activism

    A lively discussion including Berish Bilander (CEO, Green Music Australia), Dr Catherine Strong (Associate Professor, RMIT University) and Carissa Nyalu. This session will also present Green Music Australia’s ‘Sound Country’, a green resource for musicians and the music industry, and will include a live performance from Carissa. 

    Where it’s At: Regional Festival & Venue Programming

    With Dina Bassile (Director, Tibi Access/Groove Tunes), Emma Ireland (Director, Chill Out Festival Daylesford / Spring Bliss Hanging Rock), Rebecca Young (Collective Artists) and Justin Rudge (Program Director, Port Fairy Folk Festival). 

    Gimme Some Money: Grants & Funding

    An informative panel presented by representatives from Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria. 

    Team Work is Dream Work: Working in Creative Teams

    A panel discussion about the joy of collaboration with Meagan Loader (ABC’s Head of Music & Creative Development), Alastair Burns (Heart Stop Music - Julia Jacklin/Marlon Williams) and Kate Berry (OK Motels).

    Networking Drinks

    Friday ends as every good conference day does … with an informal gathering to continue discussions and connect over the day’s events. Supported by Shedshaker Brewing. 

    Saturday 15 October:

    Yarning Strong: Breaking Down the Barriers

    Yarning Strong is a series presented by Support Act that focuses on First Nations mental health and what it looks like in the music industry. This session will feature guest panellists Mitch Tambo (Artist), Dallas Woods (Artist), Larissa Ryan (Artist Manager/A&R Warner Music) and is led by Cerisa Benjamin (Support Act). 

    Shout it Out Loud: Marketing/PR: Getting Media Ready & Your Message out there

    With Jane Gazzo (TV & Radio Broadcaster/Writer), Emily Kelly (Deathproof PR), Eliza Hull (Musician/Writer/Disability Advocate) and facilitated by Josh Meadows (Artists/MainFM broadcaster).

    On the Air: Community and Public Radio

    A fascinating discussion outlining why Community and Public Radio is so important, with Meagan Loader (ABC’s Head of Music & Creative Development), Shane Homan (Assoc Professor, Monash University) and Richard Moffat (Programming Coordinator, MainFM).  

    Fight for Your Right: An Introduction to Copyright & Licensing

    With Chris O’Neill, Director - Membership & Stakeholder Engagement, APRA AMCOS - part of the public and youth conference program. 

    Songcraft: In Conversation

    APRA AMCOS presents a fascinating discussion and insight into the process of songwriting Jonine Standish (HTRK), Raquel Solier (Mod Con/Various Asses) and Dallas Woods, led by Annaliese Redlich (Neon Sunset RRR, Imperial Leather).

    Talking to a Stranger: Music Interviewing Skills

    A practical session led by music broadcaster Jane Gazzo, this 3 hour session will equip radio presenters and musicians with the skills to undertake great interviews. Presented by the Community Media Training Organisation and taking place at Castlemaine Community House. 

    Youth Program

    With support from The Push, Saturday’s program will include targeted sessions for Young People, curated in response to their direct requests. The sessions will cover topics such as songwriting, touring and more. Details of these sessions can be found on the website. 

    Laura Jean: Theatre Royal

    Laura Jean returns to the Theatre Royal for the first time in over three years, to preview her forthcoming album Amateurs - out through Chapter Music in early November. Tickets available through the Theatre Royal website. 

    Sunday 16 October

    321 Songwriting Sessions

    A day of in-person collaborative sessions curated by Cash Savage, presented by APRA AMCOS. 321 sessions are a fantastic opportunity to sharpen and hone songwriting skills. Participation is by application only. To register your interest, head to the Gold Sounds website for more information

    Gold Sounds is made possible with the support of Creative Victoria, along with a group of very special collaborators. 

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