Face The Music revealed its full program online last week, featuring exciting new additions to the speaker line-up. 

Information on the full program of 45 topical panels, practical workshops and 100+ Face The Music panellists is online now at facethemusic.org.

Face The Music opens the conference with a special forum challenging the shakedown in Australian Festivals this year. Do we have a crisis? Or is it just a shift in what music punters want? Some festivals are having their best year ever, while some of Australia’s favourites like Homebake, Harvest, Parklife, Peats Ridge and Pyramid are cancelling or restructuring. What The Festival! Please don’t take our summer away! Face The Music presents people who should know: Festival creators Ken West (Big Day Out co-founder), Paul Sloan (Rock-It WA, Billions Australia), Groovin The Moo Promoter Steve Halpin and Blink (Camp A Low Hum, NZ). 

With his band’s reputation cemented as one of Australia’s most prolific purveyors of indie-pop hits, two album releases and four entries in triple j’s 2013’s Hottest 100, Ball Park Music’s singer Samuel Cromack will discuss his song writing in an intimate APRA In Conversation with Triple J’s Dom Alessio, before joining presenters including filmmaker Darcy Prendergast and Rage Programmer Tyson Koh for Moving Pictures, discussing how great visuals can combine with a good song to leave a lasting impact.

Melbourne artist Courtney Barnett joins the Face The Music program for the APRA Songwriting Masterclass. Courtney has received numerous AIR and APRA Award nominations and played shows across the USA, UK and France. Her dense but honest lyrics combined with psychedelic folk and pop sensibility has caused chaos at CMJ in New York this week as “people squeeze into every available nook and cranny to catch the Melbourne songwriter. …the word is well and truly out” (themusic.com.au).

ARIA Award winning artist and producer M-Phazes has featured on releases from a who’s who of international talent (Talib Kweli, Redman, Kimbra, 360, Bliss N Eso). Yamaha presents a unique workshop opportunity to take a walk through M-Phazes unique production methods, focusing on drum programming and sampling, and providing an insight into the approach of one of Australia’s most sought after producers.

Held over two days at Arts Centre Melbourne November 15th and 16th, Face The Music is Melbourne’s annual contemporary music summit for artists and the music industry. With last year’s event selling out to a record number of local and global industry attendees don’t miss your chance to attend one of Melbourne’s most important events on the music calendar.

Also announced are Face The Music speakers, Andrew Fuller (Lawyer), Andrew Furze (Hoodwink Productions), Andrew Hayden (Poison City Records), Anthony Zaccaria (Bolster Music), Cael Johnston (Destroy All Lines), Clinton Walker (Author), Dario Phillips (Music Tasmania), Dave Larkin (Dallas Crane), Dave Ruby Howe (triple j Unearthed), Denise Foley (AMIN Chair, QMusic), Dylan Liddy (Blue Max Music), Emily Kelly (Deathproof PR), Fee B-Squared (3RRR), Greg Macainsh (Skyhooks), Guy Blackman (Chapter Music), Joel Ma (Joelistics/TZU), Jordana Borensztajn (Comedian), Kirsty Brown (MusicNSW), Marcus Walkom (Media Arts Lawyers), Moira McKenzie (GI & Sanicki Lawyers), Randall Nolan (Blue Max Music, Premier Artists), Ros Abercrombie (Walker Abercombie), Tom Harris (White Sky), Tom Larkin (Homesurgery) and Woody McDonald (Presenter, 3RRR).



Face The Music 2013 – Arts Centre Melbourne, Friday November 15th & Saturday 16th 2013