Stories from the stage, behind-the-scenes advice from chart-topping bands, labels and tours, and one-on-one meeting opportunities with leading insiders are among the treasures on show when the Australian music industry comes together for Face The Music 2015.

With 50 different music talks, workshops, meetings, parties and performances under the Arts Centre spire and surrounding precinct, this is a must for musicians wanting help to advance their career, creative business people, students and music fans.

To open the event, Face The Music will bring together a powerhouse trifecta of homegrown music business leaders. Creative, fearless and influential, Mardi Caught (Warner Music Australia), Jodie Regan (Spinning Top Music) and Susan Heymann (Chugg Entertainment) delve into their respective fields to share unique personal experiences and real-life examples of the essential steps needed to build a successful record label, touring operation and artist career.

Special guest speaker, New York-based Editor in Chief of Noisey, Fred Pessaro will be out on the town to find some new favourites from Melbourne’s renowned live scene. He will join Editor of Rolling Stone Australia, Mathew Coyte and writers Brodie Lancaster and Marcus Teague to discuss trends in music journalism, from listicles to fan reviews to long form essays, and opportunities to be published (and paid!).

Immersed in punk and electronic subcultures, Berlin has long held a creative allure for Melbourne’s music makers – attracting acts such as The Birthday Party, Ash Wednesday, Mick Harvey and the late James Cruickshank. Face The Music will be joined by Dr. Motte, founder of Berlin’s Love Parade, Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten / Die Haut / Automat), Berlin-based writer of City Of Exiles Stuart Braun and electronic producer and lecturer David Haberfeld (aka Honeysmack) to discuss the grit and glitz of musically-inspired urban subcultures.

One-on-one meetings can be booked with loads of leading industry insiders including 123 Agency’s Damian Costin, 3RRR’s Simon Winkler, Queenscliff Music Festival’s Andrew Orvis and publicity queen Chrissie Vincent.

Today’s announcement includes the following new speakers: Archie Roach, Dr Motte (Love Parade – GER), Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten – GER), Mardi Caught (Warner Music Australia), Susan Heymann (Chugg Entertainment), Jodie Regan (Spinning Top), Fred Pessaro (Editor In Chief, Noisey – USA), artists Harvey Miller & Monte Morgan (Client Liaison), Ali Barter, Phoebe Baker (Alpine), Honeysmack, Oscar Dawson & Matt Redlich (Holy Holy), Murray Robertson (The Thunderbirds), Chris Maund and Marihuzka Cornelius (Ivy League), Damian Costin (123 Agency), Harvey Saward (Remote Control), Ian James (Mushroom Publishing), Anita Nedeljkovic (Venue Collective), Bill Armstrong AM (Armstrong Studios), Dean Ormston, Andrew Harris & Nicholas Albanis (APRA AMCOS), Joel Connolly (Umbrella), Adam de Cata (Run It Wild), Larry Heath (AU Review), Matt Tanner & Kate Mills (Native Tongue), Chrissie Vincent (Publicist), Ben O’Hara & Byron Georgouras (Collarts), Mikey Cahill (Herald Sun), Chris Johnston (Fairfax), Kirsty Rivers & Dean Linguey (Creative Victoria), Peter Chellew & Melinda Krause (The Push), Simon Winkler (3RRR), Andrew Orvis (Queenscliff Music Festival), Melanie Lewis (Spur Presence), Marcus Teague, Jenny Valentish & Stuart Braun (Writers), Cassie Walker (Peachy Entertainment), Kate Duncan (Decibels), drummers Alejandro Adams and Jeff Consi, Laura Semple (Semplesize), Louis Cornell (Engineer), Carolyn Laffan (Arts Centre Melbourne) and Alex Yabsley (Yamaha).

Face The Music 2015
Friday November 13th & Saturday November 14th
Arts Centre Melbourne