Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Australasian Worldwide Music Expo Announcement > AWME Announces High Profile Keynote Speakers for 2012 Conference Program

AWME 2012 four days of showcasing the finest roots music from around the world
Dates 15 – 18 November 2012
Venues Arts Centre Melbourne, The Hi-Fi, Lounge, Toff in Town and Ding Dong Lounge

International Music Person of the Year and legend of the Australian music scene, Michael Chugg, will be joined by former Violent Femmes bassist and curator of Mona Foma, Brian Ritchie, as keynote speakers at the fifth Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME)
, taking place 15-18 November 2012, in Melbourne.

The pair will be part of an extensive contingent of approximately 500 local and international music industry professionals who are set to converge in Melbourne to share music industry knowledge in open discussions, forums, one-on-one sessions, and networking events over four days and nights, as part of the internationally renowned music market event.

Chugg, who has brought some of the biggest acts in the world to Australia including Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel and Prince, will take part in a candid conversation with journalist from The Australian, Iain Shedden. 

Whilst Ritchie will offer the opportunity to engage in an open discussion, drawing on his 25-year association with one of the world’s most popular alternative rock bands, his move into festival curation and his unwavering passion for all forms of music. 

AWME Director Simon Raynor is thrilled so many high profile music industry representatives are attending the event. 

“This is the first year we’ve featured keynote speakers in the Conference Program and to have the likes of Brian Ritchie and Michael Chugg sharing their professional insights is quite a privilege,” Raynor said. 

AWME is a great opportunity for musicians managers and anyone who works in the industry to attend as a delegate and build relationships across borders, in a bid to strengthen professional outcomes for local artists, as well as to share ideas, culture and knowledge. 

“We’ve got one of our strongest conference program’s to date, covering topics which strongly reflect current trends within the industry and address some of the issues associated with our geographical isolation from some of the larger music markets in the world,” said Raynor. 

There will be 28 panel sessions, forums and workshops held over the course of the expo with topics ranging from Selecting The Lineup, which will canvas the opinions of directors and programmers from some of the worlds biggest music festivals; as well as Spotlight On Asia, an exploration of what is fast becoming the key music region in the global market; to the context of Indigenous content at major festivals with The Culture of Contemporary Indigenous Music

The full conference program will be announced soon.

This year’s national and international delegates and conference guest speakers include representatives from: 
Glastonbury Festival (UK), Exit Festival (Serbia), Barbican (UK), BBC (UK), WOMAD Festivals (UK), Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), The Agency Group (USA), Calgary Folk Music Festival (Canada), Sziget Festival (Hungary), WOMEX (Germany), Paquin Entertainment (Canada), Modern Sky (China), Blue Frog Media (India), Chugg Entertainment, MONA FOMA, Bluesfest, WOMADelaide, Peats Ridge Festival, Future Entertainment, Sounds Australia, Boomerang Festival, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, APRA|AMCOS, Songlines, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival, Meredith Music Festival, Premier Artists and many more.

The AWME conference component is complimented by a small film program and an extensive music program which will feature leading roots artists from around the world performing in over 50 showcases taking place at Arts Centre Melbourne, The HI-Fi, Toff In Town, Ding Dong Lounge and Lounge. 

Tickets are on sale now through the venues.

AWME 2012 conference program
Delegate registration is now open at www.awme.com.au/delegates-registration-2012

Early bird registration for a 4-day Delegate Pass ends this Sunday, 07.10.12