Alison has spent over 35 years working in the music industry, and is one of the most experienced and well-known practitioners in the business. As the newly appointed, full time CEO of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), Alison provides a collective voice and platform for independent music companies and their national trade associations. WIN’s membership stretches across every continent, with trade associations in all the well-developed music markets taking a particularly active role: AIM (UK), A2IM (USA), AIR (Australia), CIMA (Canada), VUT (Germany), IMNZ (New Zealand), UFI (Spain), IMICHILE (Chile), ABMI (Brazil), with Impala representing the whole of Europe. Alison was Founder and Chairman and CEO of AIM from 1998 to 2016, and guided it through growth in membership, stature and influence. AIM members represent around 23% of the UK market, and independents are the acknowledged creative backbone of the industry, developing new trends, new artists and adopting new technologies ahead of the multinationals.
ALLYSUN MARSHALL Lead Creative, Sugaroo! Music (USA) Allysun Marshall is one of the lead creatives at Sugaroo!, handling A&R, pitching, and clearance. She previously worked alongside Julia Michels at Format Entertainment and with Jackie Shuman, former Head of Sync at Crush Management. Additionally, Allysun worked in multiple facets of the music industry in Nashville, including artist management and promotion, social media and marketing, song plugging, and music merchandising. She hails from a family of professional musicians who ingrained in her a deep-rooted love for music and the arts.
AMINE RAMER Music Supervisor, States Of Sound (USA) As a music supervisor and consultant, Amine Ramer has influenced the sound and mood of feature films, documentaries and award-winning television series for nearly a decade Ramer has worked with film and television heavyweights Lionsgate, HBO, Showtime, MTV, Netflix, Focus Features, Sony, Comedy Central and NBC among others. Currently working on a docu-series for Netflix and has a new music supervision venture with Huw Stephens from BBC 1.
ANDREW JERVIS Chief Curator, Bandcamp (USA) Andrew Jervis is Chief Curator at Bandcamp, the online music community for artists, labels and fans. Overseeing label and artist outreach, he helps bring in music from all around the world. He works closely with labels to define new tools and features. He also hosts the Bandcamp Weekly show, combing through the site to present selections of amazing new music available on the site. Prior to Bandcamp Andrew had his fingers in many musical pies running Ubiquity Records, hosting a longtime radio show in San Francisco, DJing around the world, and writing and editing for various music publications.
ANDREW STAFFORD Freelance Journalist, The Guardian (United Kingdom / Australia) Andrew Stafford is a freelance journalist and the author of Pig City, a musical, political and social history of Brisbane, now in its third edition. In July 2007 the book was transformed into a key event as part of the Queensland Music Festival, headlined by the first performance by the original line-up of the Saints in nearly 30 years. His journalism appears in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The Monthly and more. He is also co-owner and founder of independent Brisbane label Pig City Records.
BEN SWANSON Co-Founder, Secretly Group (USA) Ben Swanson is one of the founders of Secretly Group and has over the last 20 years overseen album campaigns with Anohni, The War on Drugs, Jens Lekman, Whitney among many more on the Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian labels. Based in Bloomington, Indiana, Secretly Group has independently developed a global operation with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Austin. More recently, Ben has partnered with Chicago’s premier re-issue label The Numero Group, opened the vinyl plant Independent Record Pressing as well as the publishing arm of the operation, Secretly Publishing.
BILL ROE Label Owner, Trouble In Mind (USA) A Chicago, IL resident since 1992, Bill Roe has been an active participant in the underground music scene since his teenage years growing up in Texas; either as a musician performing in bands, putting on shows or designing fliers and album art. He established Trouble In Mind Records with his wife, Lisa Roe in August of 2009. Now 126 releases deep, the couple continue to maintain the label's DIY aesthetic.
CATHERINE HARIDY Artist & Producer Manager, Catherine Haridy Management (Australia) In 2006, Catherine Haridy decided to make the move from labels to full-time artist management and founded the friendly empire. At present, Catherine Haridy Management’s (CHM’s) stable includes a roster of talented musical artists including Jebediah, Tigertown and Bob Evans along with some of Australia's brightest talents in music production and writing. Catherine was Chairperson of the Association of Artist Managers in Australia for 4 consecutive years and remains a board member, a former board member for the Community Broadcasting Foundation, is an APRA Ambassador, a board member on the Community Broadcasting Foundation and Support Act Limited.
CHARLES KIRBY-WELCH Founder, Kartel Music Group (United Kingdom) Charles' career in music started in 1999 at EMI Virgin Records in the Regional & Club Promotions dept. In 2004 Charles left Virgin and founded Kartel Ltd with a grand vision to build a disruptive and creatively-led management services company. In 2005 Kartel extended its management activities into record label services and handled the international release of the debut album from New Zealand band Fat Freddy’s Drop. Charles aspires to be at the forefront of a progressive artist-led industry empowered by greater transparency, accountable service provision and innovative technology that breaks down barriers and allows professional creators to retain ownership and create profitable creative business models.
GRAHAM 'ASHO' ASHTON Director, Footstomp (Australia) A favourite character from the Australian music scene, Asho, is returning to the Going Global Music Summit following a most excellent session last year as facilitator of a conference highlight conversation with Inertia head, Colin Daniels. With experience in A&R, Marketing, Promotions, Publicity, International Licensing and Sales, Asho started Footstomp Music in 2010 launching as a music services company specializing in artist, project and event management, label services and artist development. Footstomp currently manage Eden Mulholland and Tia Gostelow. Footstomp are now also bookers of a number of Brisbane’s top venues and Asho has is an Executive Programmer for Australia’s music summit mecca, BIGSOUND. Asho takes great pleasure in sharing his passion for music and is proud to have worked closely with hundreds of artists including the likes of Robbie Williams, Powderfinger, The Living End, Paul Kelly, The Go-Betweens and Mumford & Sons.
JACKIE NALPANT Booking Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency (USA) Jacqueline Nalpant hails from Merrick, NY, also home of Debbie Gibson. Nalpant worked at Island Records, various clubs and then at Manage This! before settling down at Monterey Peninsula Artists, and has remained with the company through its transition into Paradigm Talent Agency. Her client roster includes Tash Sultana, Middle Kids, Vulfpeck, Walk the Moon, Cold War Kids, Local Natives, Dr. Dog, Sylvan Esso, FIDLAR and others. She prides herself in Artist-development and a personal approach to the booking process.
JAKE FRIEDMAN Artist Manager, We Are Free (USA) Jake Friedman co-founded Lovepump United Records in 2004, while still in college in upstate New York. The label released albums and singles from Crystal Castles, HEALTH, Pictureplane, Deradoorian & Washed Out, among others. In 2011, he partnered with Jason Foster to form the management team We Are Free, which currently represents the artists Arlie, Beach House, Chairlift, DARKSIDE, Dave Harrington, DIIV, Evian Christ, Hundred Waters, Jacques Greene, Miya Folick, MNDR, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Sleigh Bells, Tanlines, TOMI, Weyes Blood, Wild Nothing & Yeasayer. Jake is currently producing the off-broadway show “In & Of Itself” created and starring Derek DelGaudio, directed by Frank Oz and featuring an original score from Mark Mothersbaugh.
JANE ABERNETHY Director of A&R, 4AD (USA) Even as young as 14, Jane Abernethy knew she wanted to work in A&R. A passion for finding new music and working with artists has taken her from her roots in Scotland all the way to a Ghanaian radio station, The University of Westminster and 4AD in London and New York, where she now resides with her husband in Brooklyn, and works as Director of A&R for the label. As a scout she brought Bon Iver to 4AD and her current signings include tUnE-yArDs, Grimes, The Lemon Twigs & Pixx.
JON TOOGOOD Artist, Shihad / The Adults (New Zealand/Australia) Jon Toogood is the founding member of two bands, Shihad and The Adults, a solo artist, multi instrumentalist, radio presenter, mentor, theatre performer and voiceover artist. Shihad formed 25 years ago in Wellington New Zealand, and has since sold more than 250,000 albums with two albums certified double platinum and five albums certified gold in New Zealand and Australia. Jon has been awarded for 25 singles & most number 1 albums by NZ artists with 5 number 1 albums; written more NZ radio hits than any other artist in NZ music history; inducted into the RIANZ NZ Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Jon continues to mentor NZ high school music students for the NZ Music Commission.
KEITH TAN Founder / CEO, Slate Entertainment (Singapore) Keith has over a decade of experience in the music business, spanning festival and venue programming and management, touring, artist management and development. Some of his key accomplishments include producing the Mosaic Music Festival (a 10-day music festival and one of the biggest music festivals in Singapore) and OVERDRIVE (which featured director/choreographer Wade Robson), developing the music programming at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay as well as conceptualising and launching TAB, one of the first-ever live music venues of its kind in Singapore (as well as Southeast Asia) in 2010. He founded a label services and music publicity firm in 2012 to help independent artists and labels develop and grow their businesses out in Asia. He founded Slate Entertainment in 2008 for international artists, management companies and booking agencies to grow their business in the Asia Pacific region. A management arm was added in 2012 to develop artists to prepare them for the global music stage.
LARS BRANDLE Correspondent, Billboard (Australia/New Zealand) Lars Brandle has reported at the frontline of the international music industry for almost 20 years. A former musician, Lars joined the American music trade bible Billboard in 2000 and went on to serve as Global News Editor, based in London. Now Billboard’s Australia correspondent and “overnight editor” for Billboard.com, Lars’ voice has been heard on CNN, the BBC and ABC, American Public Media's Marketplace and South Africa's EastCoast Radio, and he has spoken at Midem in Cannes, Popkomm in Berlin, Amsterdam Dance Event, London's City Showcase and at music industry gatherings on both sides of the Tasman. His works have been published by Reuters, Media Week, Spin, and The Hollywood Reporter, and he has featured as a pundit in the Australian Financial Review, Business Review Weekly and Britain’s The Independent.
MAGGIE COLLINS Artist Manager, BIGSOUND Programmer, Triple J host (Australia) Maggie Collins is a festival programmer, artist manager and radio broadcaster. She is the Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND in Brisbane, she manages multi-ARIA Award-winning party-thrash duo DZ Deathrays and with her radio hat on, she was Music Director at 4ZZZ before transitioning to triple j where she was a presenter for 6 years and is now presenting and producing for various shows across triple j Unearthed and Double J.
MARSHALL BETTS Booking Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency (USA) Marshall Betts has only had two jobs in his entire life, being a lifeguard and being a booking agent. He’s been lucky enough to work in music for 10-plus years and has worked with a multitude of artists in different capacities including Guided By Voices, Yoko Ono, Mastodon, Robyn, Veruca Salt, and Henry Rollins. Four years ago he joined The Windish Agency and remained with the company through its transition into Paradigm Talent Agency. His client roster includes Courtney Barnett, Alvvays, Andrew W.K., Cloud Nothings, Preoccupations, Middle Kids, Methyl Ethel, Julia Jacklin, The Strumbellas and more.
MATTHEW ROGERS Chief Operating Officer, UNIFIED Music Group (Australia) Matthew Rogers is the Chief Operating Officer of UNIFIED, one of Australia's fastest growing independent companies. As an entertainment lawyer he represented some of the most well known Australian labels and artists. Matt now oversees Australia’s largest artist management group, a suite of online merchandise stores, a record label group including UNFD, ONETWO, NLV Records and Exist Recordings, a touring and events business and an award-winning boutique publishing catalogue.
MATT WALTERS Founder/Director, Parlour Gigs (Australia) Matt Walters spent 5 years as a recording artist with Universal Music, touring extensively in Australia & USA opening for artists such as Jeff Beck, Ben Folds & Tori Amos. While on a songwriting stint in Austin, Texas, Matt found himself broke and unable to get his next show in Nashville. He suggested playing a house concert in the house he was staying. The hosts invited their friends and charged $10 a head. Matt played one of the best shows of his life and easily made enough money to get to Nashville. And Parlour Gigs was born. Parlour Gigs is a web platform that connects artists to audiences, empowering them to create unique entertainment experiences together. Parlour Gigs is now powering gigs all across Australia & New Zealand. Since launching in 2015, Parlour have facilitated over 750 gigs in Aus & NZ.
MEL BROWN Owner, Impressive PR (United Kingdom) Mel Brown began working in PR at the age of 18, in 1988, for CBS Records (now Sony). She worked in-house at indie record labels East West and Arista/BMG before establishing Impressive PR in 1998, breaking the likes of Muse, Coldplay and Snow Patrol, amongst others. In addition to PR, Mel also offers project management by advising bands and management without labels, creating a strategy to break into the UK. Mel’s love for comedy and entertainment resulted in the creation of a new department that looks after the cream of the comedy world as well as personal PR for actors / celebrities, tours and festivals.
OLIVER RESTUCCI General Manager, IMICHILE (Chile) Director and founder of the record label Discos Rio Bueno and booking agency La Union. He has worked with over twenty bands for the past 10 years, including Astro, Como Asesinar a Felipes, Pedropiedra, and Los Jaivas. He is also the founder and President of Independent Music Industry Chile (IMICHILE), a trade association that brings together the leading companies in the Chilean independent music sector, and is the Executive Director of the music conference and festival 'Fluvial'.
PAUL ADAMS Artist Manager, New Community Management (USA) Starting his career in his native Manchester, Paul was a promoter during the height of "Mad"chester. A move to London followed to represent the careers of songwriters & producers before moving to New York to carry on in the same field and see hits with the likes of Radiohead, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and many more. During this time, Paul also managed three album/international touring campaigns for superstars Duran Duran. Paul is also a successful DJ, spinning regularly in LA and New York as well as festivals internationally. Paul now runs the producer/songwriter division of New Community Management.
SAM WALD Booking Agent, WME Asia Pacific (Australia) Samuel Wald is an Agent at William Morris Endeavor, based in Sydney. Since 2008, Sam has worked in the entertainment industry in various capacities including artist management, tour management, talent buying, and promotion. Sam began working at WME’s head office in Beverly Hills in 2010, before being recruited to the Sydney office (formerly Artist Voice) as an Agent in 2013. Sam’s expertise in electronic music led him to be appointed the territorial agent for WME’s Electronic roster in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In addition to his territorial roster, Sam’s clients also include ZHU, Gallant, Starley, Julia Jacklin, Jarryd James, Matoma, Elliphant, Porter Robinson, Hermitude, Gang of Youths, and some of New Zealand’s most promising talent including Broods, Marlon Williams, Yumi Zouma, Leisure, Baynk, and TAPZ.
STUART MEYER A&R/Production, Sub Pop (USA) Stuart has been with Sub Pop since December 1997, celebrating 20 years in later 2017. In addition to being Sub Pop's production manager since 2000, he has worked with The Shins, Iron & Wine, Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, The Head and the Heart, Washed Out, Shearwater, The Murder City Devils and Foals in an A&R capacity. Most recently, he brought Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever to the label. Prior to Sub Pop, Stuart worked at Epic Records (1992-94), Atco/Atlantic Records (1989-92) and got his start at Billboard Magazine (1987-89), all based out of NYC.
TOM MEE Manager, Artist & Label Services, Spotify (Australia/New Zealand) As Manager, Artist & Label Services, for Spotify Australia & New Zealand, Tom is responsible for working with record labels, industry bodies, managers and the creator community on marketing music releases to consumers, both on and off Spotify’s platform. Tom previously worked at Universal Music Australia and Warner Music Australia in digital marketing and label management roles, and has ten years experience in digital marketing, digital account management and label management in recorded music, festival production and marketing, live production and audio engineering.
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The New Zealand Music Foundation marked Mental Health Awareness Week with the launch of the second edition of its landmark NZ Music Community Wellbeing Survey into the health and wellbeing of people working and volunteering in live and recorded music in New Zealand.
With a week’s worth of events, Music Therapy New Zealand’s annual awareness campaign will run from October 20-28 to draw attention to the life-changing affect of music therapy and the support services available in New Zealand.
Recorded Music New Zealand has announced the three finalists for the inaugural Music Teacher of the Year Tui, with each being recognised for their incredible impact on their students and the local community.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are gracing our shores on the 28th of November at Galatos. After a 4-year hiatus, they have burst back onto the scene and headed straight for the spot they are most familiar with, number 1 on the Billboard Christian Rock Charts.
Breakups are never easy - whether it's a romantic tryst, a teenage crush, or with a young Mark and his favourite band Dream Theater, that dark moment when founding keyboardist Kevin Moore left the group in 1994.
There's no denying that at my core, I'm a lover of progressive music - whether that means I love "prog" music or not is a question for another day, and is a topic which I touched on whilst talking to Steven Wilson the other week regarding the upcoming To The Bone show at Auckland's Bruce Mason Centre.
Auckland-based quartet Openside have added an extra date to their first, all-ages, nationwide tour. The group headlines The Seamless Tour will now perform a final show in Tauranga on July 20th featuring special guests DUNES .
Consisting of drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla, This Way Northwill be a part of a very special night in Auckland called ‘Sass the Patriarchy’ an event they have been running in Australia.
As the days and nights get colder, we need something more to laugh about than the unpredictability of Auckland weather and lucky for us, The New Zealand International Comedy Festivalreturns (kicking off this Thursday 26 April).
I Am Giant’s have recently released their third and final album ‘Life in Captivity’. Featuring the singles ‘Dead Flower’, ‘Playing With Fire’ and ‘Don’t Look Back’, the band are currently touring New Zealand; their final tour and last hurrah in NZ.
To this day I still remember my introduction to Sepultura - camped out in the granny flat bedroom of long-time friend Kerry - a live version of their cover of Motörhead's Orgasmatron, and from there it continues to this day
The wait is almost over as Auckland City Limits is set to take place this Saturday (March 3rd) at Western Springs Stadium. Included on the bill are one of France’s most famous four-piece band's Phoenix.
In true kiwi summer tour tradition Marlon Williams will now take The Tūrangawaewae Tour to a further six markets this February making it a total of 12 shows - Marlon’s most comprehensive New Zealand tour ever!
With sounds primed for a hot summer ahead, Christchurch four piece Mako Road have arrived with the perfect soundtrack for long nights, cold drinks and hazy days with the ‘Local Safari’ EP, which releases today.
“Music can bring us all together, it bonds us, it strengthens us...” this song “Your Guardian Angel” by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has been dedicated to Toyah Cordingley.
Please spread the word to anyone who loves the song, or has lost someone too early also, feel free to leave any dedications in the comments of which we will share direct for Toyahs’ family and the band to see.
In celebration of his three wins at this year’s VNZMA’s for Album of the Year, Best Solo Artist and Best Video , Marlon Williams has just added five new shows in addition to his performance with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at Villa Maria Winery.
Breakups are never easy - whether it's a romantic tryst, a teenage crush, or with a young Mark and his favourite band Dream Theater, that dark moment when founding keyboardist Kevin Moore left the group in 1994.
On the heels of releasing several collaborative hit tracks this year, five-time Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson returns with a brand new single of his own ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ featuring Miley Cyrus.
George Ezra toured the world nonstop for more than two years following the release of his debut LP Wanted On Voyage, finally making it to Aotearoa for one of the standout sets of this year’s Auckland City Limits.
Following the release of her critically-acclaimed My Design, On Others Lives in April this year, Estère teams up with the poetically tongued NZ/Rwandan MC Raiza Biza, to take on the myth of an infamous figure in cross-continental African folklore, the Tokoloshe.
Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood and Greg Proops the popular stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy for one show only at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland.
In a New Zealand first, five of the stars of Twin Peaks, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson, Michael Horse, Al Strobel, Dana Ashbrook and the Executive Producer of Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, Sabrina S. Sutherland, will visit Auckland and Christchurch for an exclusive and unique CONVERSATION WITH THE STARS evening.
Singer Elaine Paige has announced an 8-date series of concerts from October 10 to October 25 2018, which will see her perform songs from her illustrious career along side an array of her favourite tracks by contemporary songwriters.