Top 5 things to see at Australian Music Week next month

Australia’s most accessible, non-genre specific music industry conference is happening next week. Here are the top five things to see at Australian Music Week.

Australian Music Week is just around the corner and this year the festival is offering up some absolute gems.

Running from the 6th to the 10th of November, the conference is bursting at the seams with excellent things to do – all taking place in the beautiful, beachside Cronulla. Today we’re bringing you the top five festival highlights. Check it out below.

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Keynote Speeches

Australian Music Week has always been an opportunity to hear from music industry leaders, and the keynote speeches are just one of those chances. This year, Bob Lefsetz, legendary author of the celebrated email newsletter ‘The Lefsetz Letter’, will be addressing issues at the core of today’s music industry, including streaming, ticketing, and music itself – taking place on Thursday the 7th of November in Cinema 2.

Another highlight is Geoff Jones, the Chief Executive of TEG, the premiere ticketing company for Australia and the Asia Pacific. With a remarkable back story and an exciting vision for the future, this is essential listening for anyone interested in success in the music business – taking place on Friday the 8th of November in Cinema 2.

Live Podcast Talks

Another great feature of the conference are the podcast talks. Always entertaining and insightful, some of the highlights this year include Bob Lefsetz interviewing Michael Gudinski (The Mushroom Group), John Watson (Eleven Music).

Beach Concert Series

Taking place at the Western Sydney Uni stage in Dunningham Park on Cronulla Beach, the Beach Concert Series sees five days of free performances. Highlights include Alex Lahey, Ali Barter, Hayley Mary, Dylan Wright, James Van Cooper, and Doko.

Panel Highlights

State of Play is a panel discussing the current state of the music industry, with figures from Chugg Entertainment, UNIFIED Music Group, New World Artists, Live Nation, Frontier Touring, and ASM Global discussing their predictions on how the music industry will evolve from here.

Hypothetically Live delves into the dynamics influencing performance decisions, with speakers from Blues Festival, New World Artists, Oztix, Sureshaker, Eleven Music, and MJR Presents, as well as Black Angus and Miss Connie from Sneaky Sound System.

Women In Music features speakers from 301, Indica Canada, The Bragg Media, and Chugg Entertainment discussing the current state of women in the music industry, with a Women In Music Stats finding showing that there is still a 70% men to 30% women gender divide.

130 Showcasing acts

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Including the aforementioned acts, the festival includes 130 showcasing artists. From up-and-coming homegrown faces to international acts, with a broad spectrum of genres from indie pop, electronica, rock and blues through to folk, Americana, and country – there’s sure to be something for everyone. Check out the program for the full list of performers.

An opportunity to learn from music industry leaders, interact with panel discussions and meet likeminded people to build your network, Australian Music Week is definitely worth checking out!

For more info and tickets, head over to the Australian Music Week website.