New speakers announced for Going Global 2018 including Ruban Nielson from Unknown Mortal Orchestra


Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) is thrilled to welcome 2018' keynote speakers Ruban Nielson & Ann Harrison to the 2018 Going Global Music Summit.

Are you ready to rock Auckland? No stranger to Aotearoa, Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra fame will be speaking to New Zealand audiences ahead of his national tour dates about the rise and rise of UMO and how he has developed his craft over the past decade. 

Ann Harrison, music lawyer, author of the music industry bible, ‘Music: The Business’ and one of the "Top 100 most influential women in the music business worldwide (2016)" will bring to the studio her years of experience and advice in the creative world.  And... adding to the already impressive list of curated speakers attending the two-day music conference are international delegates; 

Alison Rosenfeld and Tyler McLoughlan both specialise in locating, securing and overseeing music talent for TV and film -  they will take participants through their process from pitching to placement - all with the goal of securing their artists some cash! Ben O'Connor, Co-founder of one of Australia's longest running and independent record labels Chapter Music Australia will discuss his 25 year career within the alternative music and the DIY culture of Australia. Senior publicist Jacob Daneman will teach his tricks and tips on a successful publicity campaign and deliver the latest PR strategies to help artists spread the word about their art, while respected journalist and Managing Editor of Australia’s fastest-growing music media company, Poppy Reid will report on exactly what cuts through the noise. Going Global welcomes back leading Australian industry figure Maggie Collins to share her eleven years experience in radio, management and festival programming. And rounding off the list of music industry luminaries is Owen Mallon, a music agent for leading entertainment talent agency Paradigm Talent who will guide the audience through what's involved in representing the careers of artists.


Friday 31 August  / Saturday 1st September

- Roundhead Studios, Auckland, New Zealand -

Tickets on sale now from Eventbrite *



Saturday 1st September

- Whammy, Wine Cellar, Whammy Backroom -

Auckland K'Road

Tickets on sale now from

*All Going Global 2018 registrants are eligible for a 10% discount ticket to The Other's Way Festival 2018, Friday August 31. Discount code details & links are included during the registration process.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to run social media for Japandroids and Tom Waitsor work directly with artists such as Mac DeMarco or Unknown Mortal Orchestra? How to be one of the youngest woman-identifying A&Rs in the industry? How to book a tour in China or perform at a four day festival in Mexico with 18,000,000,000 portaloos? Own your own artist management company, head an independent record label or successfully licence music? The two day GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT is a rare opportunity for any local artist, manager, publicist, A&R, producer, music writer, record label and venue manager to connect with, question and hear ideas from some of the international music industry's most relevant and forward-thinking superstars. IMNZ is bringing to New Zealand; international booking agents, synch licensors, international media, PR experts, artist managers with international experience and those working for the fast-moving live and digital music platforms. You never know who you will meet! 

The 2018 GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT is thrilled to announce the following representatives and experts in their fields of music A&R, booking, licensing, managing, marketing, promoting and publishing as the first of many international speakers attending the summit...

AMBER CAREW (A&R, Saddle Creek Records, USA), BRIANNA LIEBLING (Booker, Billions Corporation, USA), BRIAN ZABINSKI (TAMIZDAT Artist visas, USA), BRONTË JANE (A&R Director, Third Side Music, USA), FABRIZIO ONETTO (Artist Manager, A&R, OCESA Seitrack / Partner, DiscoPanoram, MEXICO) , JEN PEARCE (Music Licensing & Strategy / Founder/CEO, Low Profile, USA), JESSI FRICK (Manager, Citrine Management, USA), KATIE GARCIA (A&R, Secretly Group / Owner, Bayonet Records, USA), KEVIN PEDERSEN (Label Manager, Dead Oceans, USA), NEVIN DOMER Maybe Mars, China) AND TOM WIRONEN  (Manager, Friendly Announcer, USA).

Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) General Manager, Dylan Pellett says “We are building another great line-up of speakers for this year’s GOING GLOBAL. Following on from the success of 2017s sell out event, we are once again elated to be able to host the conference in Neil Finn's world class recording studios". 

The two day conference culminates on Saturday night at three of Auckland's vibrant music venues; Wine Cellar, Backroom and Whammy! Bar. With a hand picked New Zealand music festival experience that showcases New Zealand's next big thing to fans, industry, and international tastemakers. 

"I’ve met with many of the industry speakers coming to New Zealand for the 2018 summit and they are very excited to be travelling to the South Pacific – with all the recent global attention being paid to our artists... it has them all wondering!” 
Dylan Pellett - Independent Music New Zealand

The 2017 event sold out and showcases over the years have been instrumental in the discovery of some of New Zealand's biggest success stories. Previous artists include; Aldous Harding, Tami Neilson, Tiny Ruins, Anthonie Tonnon, Sachi, Fazerdaze and Nadia Reid.

Dunedin musician Kane Strang is a Going Global success story with his 2015 showcase being a deal-sealer for U.S. record label, Dead Oceans (Mitski, Marlon Williams, Slowdive). Head honcho Phil Waldorf says, “I was a huge fan of Kane’s music when I travelled to New Zealand for Going Global…It’s one thing to like a few songs you’ve heard on Bandcamp or Soundcloud, it’s another to see it live. It was an inspired, invigorating performance, and confirmed what I already loved in the recordings. We had to work with him.” Kane Strang released his sophomore album in June 2017 on globally-distributed Dead Oceans and has successfully toured the U.S., U.K. and Europe.

Performing Artist applications for the GOING GLOBAL PRESENTS 2018

are now open at

Application deadline is Tuesday, July 31st 2018 with all artists performing being announced Thursday, August 9th 2018.


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Former A&R + Digital Marketing at Los Angeles-based label Anti Records. Signed Japandroids, Cass McCombs, The Drums, Delicate Steve, Girlpool, Prism Tats, Andy Shauf, Un Blonde, Cameron Avery, Xenia Rubinos, Doe Paoro + more. Ran socials for the label, Japandroids and Tom Waits. Implemented digital campaigns for the entire active roster. Currently A&R + Social Media at Saddle Creek, a label born in Omaha NE. Opened a Los Angeles office late last year and focused now on expanding both the staff & roster from there, as well as improving the label's digital presence.

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Brianna is a music agent at The Billions Corporation in Chicago, IL. She was previously at Flowerbooking where she worked with such artists as Jimmy Eat World, SURVIVE, Ted Leo, Tamaryn and Frightened Rabbit. Brianna currently represents acts like Diet Cig, IAN SWEET, Palm, Land of Talk, Charly Bliss and more. She’s been involved in the music industry for almost ten years, working mostly in booking but also at local venues and a label.


Brian J Zabinski is a senior case manager at CoveyLaw, and has worked with Tamizdat, where he is a volunteer artist mobility specialist, since 2012. He graduated from Monmouth University in 2010 with a BA in Music Business and has been working in the music industry since 2007, with stints at Capitol, EMI, Sire, Warner, and Ba Da Bing Records. As an avid music fan, he hosted weekly shows and performances on WMCX radio, was a representative of the Count Basie Theatre’s box office and marketing team, and has a wide range of experience in the industry, with a focus on artist and project management.

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At 24, Brontë Jane is one of the youngest woman-identifying A&Rs in the industry. As the A&R Director at independent music publisher, Third Side Music, Brontë has had her hand in bringing in key artists such as Sofi Tukker, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, BadBadNotGood, Blonde Redhead, Lost Under Heaven, and more. These acts have since been licensed in projects across Film, TV, Advertising and beyond, including Sofi Tukker’s feature in Apple’s recent launch of the iPhone X. Previously, Brontë got her start working as an Editor at EARMILK, a journalist (The Line of Best Fit / DIY Magazine), and as a Music Consultant at Instinct Entertainment (The Handmaid's Tale / Vikings).

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Fabrizio Onetto is part of the management and A&R team at OCESA Seitrack, Mexico’s top artist management and booking agency which handles the careers of more than 30 artists, such as Mexican superstars Pepe Aguilar, Los Ángeles Azules, Ha*Ash, María José, Bronco and Zoé. He is in charge of the agency’s catalogue and label, taking care of A&R duties. He is on the advisory board at IMMF and a founding member of MMF LATAM. Fabrizio is also a partner at Discos Panoram  and a music supervisor.

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Jen Pearce is the Founder and CEO of Low Profile, a music licensing and strategy company based out of Brooklyn, NY. She has extensive experience in helping brands, music supervisors and film/TV networks integrate music in their products, and has been responsible for some of the most memorable song placements throughout her career at companies including Warner Bros. Records, Downtown Records, and Terrorbird.  Low Profile offers music licensing & strategy services to a purposefully small and diverse roster of artists from around the world, in addition to providing music consulting and programming services to brands, innovators, and creatives.

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Jessi Frick got her start in independent music in the late 1990s while at Fiddler Records, home to Dashboard Confessional, New Found Glory, The Bled and Recover. Originally from Miami, FL, she traversed the country tour managing The Impossibles (Fueled By Ramen). After bouncing from coast to coast, she settled in San Francisco, CA. Jessi owns Citrine Management, an artist management company with such clients as Girlpool, The Hotelier, Half Waif, Diet Cig, and IAN SWEET and runs Father/Daughter Records, an independent record label that has released records with Vagabon, Shamir, Mutual Benefit, Forth Wanderers, and more.

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Katie Garcia currently runs a label of her own called Bayonet Records alongside her husband and Beach Fossils founder, Dustin Payseur. In addition to running Bayonet, she does A&R for Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, and Secretly Canadian). Katie was also the label manager of independent label Captured Tracks for 4 years between 2010-2014. Across all her label experience she's worked with such artists as Mac Demarco, Slowdive, Frankie Cosmos, Japanese Breakfast, serpentwithfeet and more.


Kevin Pedersen is head of What's Your Rupture? an American indie label that was worked with Royal Headache, Parquet Courts, BODEGA, Fucked Up, Iceage and Comet Gain... amongst others. A+R over at Dead Oceans too.


Working in the Chinese music industry since 2005, Nevin Domer managed the bookings at legendary rock venue D-22 and helped found two of China's top indie labels, Maybe Mars and Genjing Records, where he oversaw promotion, production, and distribution. Through these two labels, he has worked as an executive producer on recordings with the likes of Wharton Tiers, Andy Gill, Martin Atkins and Brian Hardgroove. Nevin has also booked and tour managed several international bands in China, including Die! Die! Die! (NZ), Primitive Calculators (AUS), and Psychic Ills (USA).


Tom Wironen has been managing artists for over a decade. After 10 years with Post Hoc Management, he formed Friendly Announcer in 2017. His current roster includes Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Big Thief, and Courtney Marie Andrews.