Aspiring musicians, promoters, event managers and artist managers are invited to attend this year's IGNITE Seminars - an official event being held as part of New Zealand Music Month.
Held on Saturday, May 5 at Aotea Centre in Auckland; a host of top music industry professionals will offer insights into organising and marketing shows and tours.
IGNITE is proud to host some of New Zealand's top promoters in the Event Management seminar, which will be held in the morning. The session will cover all aspects of event management, from venues and budgets, to ticketing and sponsorship, and much more.
The seminar will feature Josh Smith (Rhythm and Vines / Netsky), with two more speakers to be announced. It will be facilitated by Kingsley Melhuish, the Programme Manager at MAINZ.
APRA's Communications and Events lead, Lydia Jenkin, will facilitate the Marketing and Publicity seminar held in the afternoon, joined by Josie Campbell (Great Things), Shahlin Graves (Coup De Main / Laneway Festival) and Sahar Lone (Auckland Live).
The seminars are free and open to all, thanks to generous support from Auckland Live.
IGNITE 2018 is made possible by NZ Music Commission, MAINZ and Creative Communities.
Josh Smith has been heavily involved in working across various areas of the live industry. Josh's role at Rhythm and Vines these days is predominantly as an Artist Liaison Manager and is now Netsky's Tour Manager worldwide.
Josie Campbell is a freelance publicist working across music releases and live events including music tours, performing arts and occasionally, sport. It all comes under the banner of her small business Great Things.
During the last 15 years, Shahlin Graves has worked as a digital strategy advisor to Laneway Festival and EMI Music NZ, as well as founded the pop-culture magazine Coup De Main.
Sahar Lone works in marketing for Auckland Live and has worked for organisations Auckland Arts Festival and NZ International Film Festival. Before that Sahar was a journalist for NZ Herald and Aotearoa's first Asian affairs show on commercial radio.
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