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Electronic Music Conference 2019: first speakers and programming revealed

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Now in its ninth year, Electronic Music Conference is an annual summit of all things electronic music. The event includes high-profile speakers, performances from up-and-coming musicians, workshops, talks and more.

Returning to Sydney in 2019 on the 13th and 14th of November, EMC have just revealed this year’s speakers, conference theme, and a teaser of the upcoming program.

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Photo: Electronic Music Conference via Facebook

Prepare yourselves for Electronic Music Conference 2019, Sydney’s annual summit covering the state of affairs for all things electronic music.

This year’s conference theme is ‘The Next Now’, a focus on the decade ahead and the “needs and fears” it will bear. The five key questions asked by this theme are:

  • How do we prepare for and embrace the next wave of changes ahead for our business?
  • How do we move beyond conversations about mental health to creating a future foundation in our sector that is supportive of health and wellbeing for all within it?
  • What are the traditional business models that are out of date and holding us back from a sustainable and thriving future?
  • What needs to be done to ensure a fair and equitable playing field for our ecology of businesses, individuals and artists?
  • What are the opportunities to harness new technologies to create new revenue streams and influence a sustainable music business?

As for the first round of international speakers, EMC 2019 will host Shesaid.so Founder Andreea Magdalina, Warner Music Chief Innovation Officer Scott Cohen, Sonar Head of Communication for Sónar festival Georgia Taglietti, Mixmag China CEO Donald Hau, Female First Sessions CEO Megane Quashie, Beirut based Producer and DJ Liliane Chlela, Collective Minds Founder Zaran Vachha, plus more to be announced.

On the Australian front, expect to see Bolster Content Director Darren Levin, Strawberry Fields Festival Co-Founder and Director Tara Medina, Navitas Higher Education Compliance Manager Patrick Nellestein, DJ, Radio Host and Promoter Simon Caldwell, and more to be announced.

EMC have also revealed a teaser of what exactly the program will entail, including the following:

  • Panel: ‘Embracing The Fringe: How we’re driving diversity within culture and nightlife’
  • Workshops: Beginner, Intermediate/Advanced Ableton Workshops
  • Listening Session: ‘Pass The Auxiliary’ Listening Lounge to demo your tunes
  • Panel: ‘Can music events survive without its silent partner… alcohol?
  • Investigative Session: ‘Music Recognition Technology: How Do I Get Paid When My Music Played?’
  • Spotlight Session: Western Sydney
  • Panel: ‘Music Education: Is it worth the investment?’
  • Interactive Session: ‘The Future of the Australian Music Media Landscape’
  • Spotlight Session: ‘The fast-emerging Middle East North Africa market’
  • Investigative Session: ‘Financial Stability (and realities) for Artist Managers’
  • Panel: ‘VIP / Bottle Service Culture in Electronic Music: Help or Hindrance?’
  • Music Making Challenge: The Beat Collective

If you’re a musician making electronic music, an industry figure, or simply a fan, EMC marks one of the biggest dates on the calendar for you to discover new talent, hear from the world’s finest, and make a few connections.

Conference passes are on sale now via EMC’s website, with student prices, group rates, and payment plans available.


Electronic Music Conference – University of Technology, Ultimo – Wed 13 & Thu 14 September


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September 12, 2019