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Hi friends! I'm keeping it brief this month, but be sure to come along to the Music Managers Forum this Wednesday night for a chance to "talk shop" and make some contacts - details below. See you there!

Film Screening and Industry Panel Discussion

When? Wednesday 17th October - Members/Networking Session 6:00pm, Film Commences 7:00pm, Panel starts at 8:30-10pm
Where? UC Theatre, located next to The Green Room, University of Canberra Bar, Belconnen
How Much? MMF Members FREE, Students $5, Public $10

The ACT branch of the Music Managers Forum (MMF) Australia is proud to present the screening of a new and thought provoking film made by two American independent film-makers titled 'Before The Music Dies'. The 90 minute film, which is refreshingly supportive if you are an original performer of music, explores art versus pop and the obstacles facing today's
artists in the music business world and beyond.

'Before The Music Dies' includes an interview with Eric Clapton plus a host of other artists and independent industry figures, as well as fans of both the singer songwriter and pop music. 'Before The Music Dies' is the type of film that provokes debate and discussion and will be followed by a question and answer session at 8:30pm addressing ideas relating to the current
Australian music industry situation affecting independent artists.

Topics to be explored include:

  • How healthy is the current Australian music industry in regards to original songwriting and performance?
  • What are the main obstacles facing independent artists today in the Australian music business?
  • Does the panel believe that the existence of pop culture negatively affects the careers of independent artists?
  • What similarities and differences face Australian developing artists in overseas markets in comparison to Australia?
  • What attitudes do major corporations of the Australian music business have towards independent artists and independent sectors of the industry?
  • Are major corporations of the music business as selective as their reputation suggests or do they provide opportunities to independent artists?

Confirmed panelists include:

Geof Cook (Let's Create Entertainment)
I have been involved with music since I was sharing a house with a Sydney Northern Beaches band, Taman Shud. I've worked with Frontier Touring on gigs like Dragon, Sharon O'Neill, & others. I worked with Micheal Franti when he was here last through Micheal Gudinski. But the day to day of booking, running & following up on 9-12 gigs a week is the main thrust of Let's Create Entertainment. I have worked in the industry on the Gold Coast, booking, & running local acts up there, as well as the ACT when I started LCE with my partner Gaye Reid, a singer who has been singing Jazz, Rock, Pop & Blues for over 30 years, including a 7 year residency at the Durham Arms in Kingston. LCE has booked over 1,000 gigs in the last 4 years, no double bookings, all artists paid on time, every time. Our Audiences are growing rapidly & then Venues we book acknowledge this. October 2005 we ran 'Roomsful o' Blues at the National Press Club of Australia, with some of the best Blues acts in Oz, to critical acclaim. I play guitar OK but sing really badly, & so stand in awe of some of the acts I see around the ACT. I have recently started 'Roots n All' at the Old Canberra Inn on Saturdays to give young musicians a place to polish their acts & get a bit of a gig fee. My main gig on stage is MC & I have MC'd many top line acts & festivals. I hold a 'Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) qualification.

Joe Lee (Manga Republic)
Joe Lee is an experienced and well connected practitioner within the entertainment business both in Australia and internationally. In the music business Joe has worked across a very broad spectrum of it's operational areas; as a musician (bass player for Canberra band Baby Grande which was the first ACT band to be signed to a major label; EMI, in 1976. The band went on to become THE CHURCH); venue promoter (booker for Brownies at Paddington Green 1980 - 1982); recording engineer and record producer (Joe has produced over 24 full format records for Mando Pop stars across the Asia Pacific region, these records sold in excess of 5 million units, yielding Joe with 2 Diamond and 21 Platinum awards); record company and music publishing executive (Joe was the Executive Vice President for FRIENDLY DOGS RECORDS & FRIENDLY DOGS/BMG MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD between 1993 - 1997, in charge of it's operation across Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, PRC, Singapore and Malaysia and as an artist manager. Joe made a transition across to the cable TV industry in 2001 when he became the CEO for GEE MEDIA LTD, a television content design and production house attached to STAR TV; a property of Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp LTD in Asia. Joe is currently on an eighteen month sabbatical to complete his Master of Business and Technology.

Nigel McRae (Loadedog.com)
Coming from a visual arts background, Nigel McRae has been playing in and managing bands in Canberra for ten years. He has managed to graft a meager living from a combination of gigging, p.a. hire and operation, a recording studio partnership, gig promotion, art sales and occasional casual teaching. In 2004 he launched Loadedog.com, an on-line magazine which aims, among other things, to provide a serious forum for local music to be exposed, discussed and promoted as an entirely relevant and worthwhile contribution to contemporary culture.

For a synopsis of the film and more go to:

Rubycon took out first place at the 2007 National Campus Band Competition A.C.T. finals on the 20th of September 2007 at the Music Industry Centre (CIT Southside Campus, Woden). The guys will be off to battle other state winners at the national final in Melbourne. Up for grabs is $5,000 cash, recording time, CD pressing, musical equipment and more!

Gasma took out second place and Friend or Enemy came in third - both scoring a spot on the bill at Indyfest 2008!

CIT's Music Industry Centre (MIC), will again be showcasing the work of it's music students at MICfest 07 on Saturday the 10th of November. Submissions are being accepted right now for the School Stars and Going Solo competitions to be held on the day.

The School Stars Competition is a secondary school band competition with some cool prizes up for grabs. Contact Greg Stott on 6207 4902 or email greg.stott@cit.act.edu.au to register your band NOW!

The Going Solo Competition is a singer/songwriter competition, open to all ACT solo artists (registration is now open, contact the "Going Solo" coordinator for more information on 0413 445 400 or by email team.solo07@gmail.com )

Visit the MICfest Website or MySpace pages for more details.



Here's some direct links to sections on the MITACT web site:
Bands/Artists  •  Venues  •  Businesses  •  Resources  • The Gig Guide  •  The MITACT Forum

Carve Media Empire recently released their August edition of Carve Monthly. You can subscribe to Carve Monthly by following the instructions on their web site.

Eight Shock Music are hard working folks, promoting and organising gigs in Canberra, with connections in other cities. They also release a monthly newsletter. Check out their MySpace page for more on Eight Shock.

Littlesmoke's Just Bands is an awesome place for local music news and a great communication tool. Here's the link.

The Canberra Blues Society have an extensive web site on blues music in the Canberra region. Heaps of reviews, articles, bios and an awesome gig guide. Check it out here.

BMA Magazine. With a reputation like that of the BMA Magazine, little needs to be said about the great work they put into their magazine and the Canberra music scene (as you already know!). Pick up a copy just about anywhere! or head straight to the web site and read it online.

Sketchy Crew is a web site dedicated to dance music in the ACT, with a gig guide, reviews, profiles, photos and more. Check it out here.

All Ages ACT have a comprehensive ACT All Ages gig guide at their MySpace page.

Loaded Dog have a music blog, podcast and gig guide on their website.

Destitute Zine is a Canberra based punk/rock/hardcore zine. Check it out.

Cardboard Charlie has an online shop selling music from ACT artists. This is seriously cool!

Check out the MITACT.com resources page for plenty more helpful resources.


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