Claire Evans – “The Future is Digital”
Claire is a screen content producer. For the past few years, Claire’s focus has been completely cross-platform, looking at the relationship of convergence media on storytelling and entertainment.
Claire is also a sought after speaker on transmedia and digital producing, focusing on working with new platforms for the delivery of stories and connecting audiences.
Rob Antulov – “Sourcing Finance & Private Investment”
Rob Antulov is an experienced media and technology executive, having held senior management, consulting and advisory roles in the sector over the past 20 years.
He is Managing Director of Medianext, a strategic advisory business in media and technology, and is a Partner at Hall Capital, a boutique corporate advisory firm operating in the media, technology and ICT sectors.
David Court – “Planning for Growth in Your Creative Business – Lessons from William Shakespeare”
David Court is the founding director of the AFTRS Centre for Screen Business.
He is an experienced industry practitioner who has been involved in the financing of more than a dozen film and television productions. David recently completed a review of the New Zealand Film Commission for the NZ government, with filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson.’
Catherine Haridy – “Reflections on the Music Biz”
Catherine Haridy’s career has run the full gamut of the Australian music industry from the music press, to major labels and now music management.
At present, Catherine Haridy Management’s stable includes Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Adalita, Bob Evans and songwriter Steve Parkin, talented music producers, Steven Schram, Jimi Maroudas, Gareth Parton, Mick Glossop and Tony Buchen along with involvement in a development label with members of Eskimo Joe.
Catherine is currently Chairperson of the Association of Artist Managers, an APRA Ambassador, board member at the Community Broadcasting Foundation, head of the Australian Music Grants Advisory Committee and is involved in various advocacy issues that effect managers and their artists in Australia.
Andy Kelly – “Reflections on the Music Biz”
Andy Kelly is one of many former bass players populating the fringes of the music industry for want of anything better to do and his lack of tertiary education.
He has played in indie rock bands, done stints working in record stores and for indie labels before blindly starting his own business.
Now a partner in Winterman Goldstein Management and Ivy League, he has worked with The Vines, Jet, Empire Of The Sun, The Sleepy Jackson, Something For Kate, Paul Dempsey, Youth Group, 78 Saab, Lanie Lane, The Mess Hall, Josh Pyke, Alpine, Lisa Mitchell, Deep Sea Arcade, Alpine, The Rubens, and Catcall amongst others.
Will Larnach-Jones “Reflections on the Music Biz”
Will Larnach-Jones started life in the music industry as a publicist in London.
On his return to Melbourne in 2001, he did bookings and promotions for several venues before turning to music management. In 2005 he ventured out on his own to start up a management company. His first clients were Via Tania and The Presets. In 2010 Will also began to lend his A&R services to Sony Music Australia as a consultant. Artists he has signed to the label include Mr Little Jeans, Strange Talk, High Highs and Ingrid Michaelson.
Dr Chris Stevens – “Resilience – The Key To Thriving In An Ever Changing Business Environment”
Chris is Principal Psychologist with the CommuniCorp Group – a psychological consultancy specialising in maximising individual and organisational innovation and creative performance.
He is a registered psychologist and has over 20 years experience. A recognised expert in the area of creativity and innovation, he is a sought-after speaker, facilitator and consultant internationally, particularly in relation to successfully adapting to rapid technological, market and social change and practical creativity.
Jennifer Wilson is a Director of The Project Factory (a multiplatform media company), teaches Multiplatform Content for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and Transmedia for MetroScreen; lectures in mobile and convergent media for the University of Western Sydney; and has taught on the Asia Australia Media Emerging Leadership program (AAMELP).
Jennifer is co-author of “The Writer’s Guide to Making a Digital Living” (Australia Council) and author of “Getting in the Digital Frame – a screen content producer’s guide to the digital landscape”; and “The Digital Deadlock – a paper that looks at how content and clearance issues are keeping Australian content offline”.
Jennifer is fascinated by the intersection of creative concepts, their technical implementation and the commercial reality that underpins this in the digital space.
Keith Welsh & Michael McMartin
Keith Welsh began his career in the music industry as a founding member of Australian international success story Icehouse after which he managed artists, staged events and ran an indie label until the mid-1990s.
Thereafter he was co-publisher of Australia’s influential weekly music/record/radio/retail trade magazine, The Music Network, (until its acquisition by Peer Group Media in 2009) and partner in Rough Cut Music Publishing. All this has led him to work extensively in the US, Canadian and UK markets.
He serves on the Board of MusicNSW and formerly served as Chair of AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited) and on the Board of AMCOS (Australasian Music Copyright Owners Society). Keith is currently managing the musical interests of his long-time friend Iva Davies /Icehouse and provides consultancy services to a range of music industry organisations.
Michael McMartin moved to Australia from Canada in 1971 where he started Trafalgar Records, recording and publishing artists as diverse as Radio Birdman, Robyn Archer, 1927, Gyan and many others.
In 1983 he formed Melody Management and signed as his first clients the Hoodoo Gurus, whom he manages to this day. As well as representing a number of artists and bands who have performed and released albums throughout the world Michael manages producers including his long time associate at Trafalgar, Charles Fisher (1927, Savage Garden, Hoodoo Gurus etc), Tim Whitten (Powderfinger etc) and Wayne Connolly.
Michael was a founding member of the Music Managers’ Forum in Australia and is presently Vice Chairman of the International Music Managers’ Forum, the umbrella organisation for managers from some 15 countries, He was made an Honorary Lifetime member of the MMF (Australia) in 2002.
Keith Harris began work in the record industry in 1974 at a small independent UK label called Transatlantic records which represented mainly British folk musicians and distributed the Blue Note and Milestone Jazz labels.
In 1976 he joined EMI Records in the promotions department. He then joined Motown, becoming General Manager for the label and worked with artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, The Commodores, Rick James, The Supremes, Thelma Houston and Stevie Wonder. He left Motown in 1978 and moved to Los Angeles to work with Stevie Wonder and became Operations Manager for Stevie’s companies.
He formed his own UK management company in 1982 and has managed Junior Giscombe, Junior Tucker, Paul Johnson, & Omar and still represents Stevie Wonder. Keith is the Director of Performer Affairs for PPL He is a former Chairman of the MMF and Chairman of Musictank www.musictank.co.uk
Dr Chris Stevens on Resilience
Dr Chris Stevens on Stress
Dr Chris Stevens is Principal Psychologist with Creative Mastery International (CMI) – a psychological consultancy specialising in maximising individual and organisational innovation and creative performance.
A recognised expert in the area of creativity and innovation, he is a sought-after speaker and consultant internationally, particularly in relation to successfully adapting to rapid technological, market and social change.
He has published articles on personal adjustment, creativity, insight and constructive outlooks. He is currently teaching a postgraduate course on Managing Creativity and Innovation for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School’s Centre for Screen Business.
Victor Gugger has worked in the investment and money markets for over 20 years in Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong , London and Singapore. His involvement in music has been as an artist, producer and investor of talent over the last 20 years.
He has invested in many start-up business’s over that period of time, some successful, some not. These start-ups have been in a diversified field of activities and have involved many various forms of financing.
He can speak just as easily with creatives as with hard nosed number crunching accountants and has had a number of experiences trying to mesh the two together, with the ability to deliver a business plan that makes sense to both sides of the spectrum.