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ARIEL PINKFACE THE MUSIC, the annual Victorian music think-tank, talk-fest is on again in November and this week they’ve announced some wonderful speakers in the their first line-up of guests.

And they are:

Ariel Pink, 11 albums deep this year with Dedicated to Bobby Jameson. Who? A 60s near-popstar who shunned the spotlight and spent much of the rest of his life in and on the edge of homelessness and addiction. Hear Pink talk about Jameson’s influence and the record at his very own keynote, proudly co-presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Music Week.

Chippy Nonstop, Torontonian quadruple threat: DJ, rapper, actor, writer. Make that quintuple: she’s a boss too. The pioneer of Intersessions brings the workshop series of artist-run seminars to Face The Music, addressing the significant gender and sexuality imbalance within the music industry.

Marky Ramone, a punk rock historian who was part of punk rock history himself. As drummer for The Ramones over 10 records and thousands of shows, he’s seen it all and been it all. If you’ve got any questions after reading his 2015 memoir Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone, you can ask ‘em at his keynote.

Silke Westera, booking agent for FKP Scorpio. It’s not just a cool name: Westera’s roster at the agency features some of your faves. Warpaint, Wolf Parade, Yeasayer, Twin Shadow, Metz, and local legends like Amy Shark, Alex Lahey, and Middle Kids.

And speaking of hotshot bookers: Rebecca Young heads up Collective Artists, a boutique booking agency looking after unparalleled Aussie talent like GL, Jen Cloher, Jeremy Neale, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Body Type, and more both locally and abroad.
Anika Mottershaw, heard of her? Maybe you’ve heard of a little record label called Bella Union? Beach House? Father John Misty ringing any bells? Anika works in A&R and project management. And yeah she’ll listen to ya demo.

You know what’s bigger than Face The Music? Reeperbahn… at 37,000 attendees annually the Hamburg-based conference and festival is perhaps the finest in all of Europe and FTM has got Bjørn Pfarr. For the first time in Australia, the music programmer for Reeperbahn is headed our way.

Amrita Hepi is a dancer, choreographer, activist and foremost a proud Bundulung and Ngapuhi woman. ‘Cause who says you can’t dance at a music summit?

Plus there’s  Nick Findlay (Music Director – triple j), Mallrat (Artist), Monica Tan (Writer/Journalist) and Nicole Prutch (Music Supervisor – Lussier).

Bjørn & Silke are the first of six Germans who will be attending Face The Music 2017 as a part of the Victorian Government’s Music Passport program, aimed at bringing change makers and deal breakers from a key market country to Melbourne to connect with the local music industry.

And that’s just the first of it.

Full Summit $140 / Concession $112
Members of APRA AMCOS, Music Victoria, AMIN, AAM & AIR are eligible for a 10% discount off a full conference pass.
Contact member services at your relevant organisation for a discount code.

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