Music Love presents The Pathway To The Platform at Vivid Ideas this year. Hear from incredible panelists from all areas of the Australian music industry!
At Music Love, we endeavour to place a big bright spotlight on women from all over the music industry in Australia. Be they an indie-pop artist, engineer, academic, industry head, ARIA award winning artist, music journalist, opera singer, jazz musician, oboe player, whoever - we want to tell their stories and put their names in lights. Actually, over the past six months since our launch on 2 November, we have profiled just over 100 women in music. Pour a cuppa or a glass and start perusing our pages to catch up. And there are still so many more women to profile. We constantly have a backlogue of artists and women working in the industry from all over Australia whose stories we want to tell.
So we decided it was time to hold an event where we can all come together in the same room and hear from women who have incredible careers and stories. It is with this in mind, that we are working with Vivid Sydney 2017 to have an event at Vivid Ideas! Vivid Sydney is such an important festival in Australia's calendar. Not only is it the largest festival of lights, it is also a chance to have a great selection of music events as well as an exchange of ideas. On June 10, from 9-11am at the gorgeous Museum of Contemporary Art in the Rocks, Music Love will present a panel discussion called The Pathway to the Platform. The pathway to having a sustainable career in music is not straightforward. Professional development is often self-funded and there are many times where one has to choose to have a portfolio of work as opposed to one solid full time job. But however it turns out for people, the music industry is different for everyone. And that is what this event is about.
(If you subscribe to our newsletter, you will receive 25% off the ticket price!)
Our incredible panelists are:
Manager, Producer, Director of the Women in Music Awards, President of Cicada International, Former ARIA Board member
Vicki Gordon is a dynamic champion of gender-equity and creative excellence in the Australian Music Industry. Her achievements include success as a Executive Director of Transistor Music when she released Vanessa Amorosi’s debut album achieving five times Platinum sales and as the first woman voted onto the ARIA Board as a Director in her own right, in 50 years, to represent the Independents. As Founding President of Australian Women’s Contemporary Music Inc. she instigated Australia’s first Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women's Contemporary Music Festival, first Training program for Female DJ's and first All Girl Rock Festival. She has received a Human Rights Commendation Award for her work in this area as well as numerous Gold and Platinum ARIA Awards. In 2012 she created Barefoot Divas - Walk A Mile in my Shoes showcasing female singer/songwriters from Australia, New Zealand & PNG touring the group to North America and Canada and selling out the Hong Kong Concert Hall in 2015. Currently Vicki is President of Cicada International Inc, Director of the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards & Conference, as well as working for change on the Women in Music Equity Committee and Associate Producer for the new Indigenous musical Barbara and the Camp Dogs at Belvoir St Theatre in December 2017.
Artist, Producer, DJ, triple j Presenter
Operating under the moniker KLP, Sydney artist Kristy Lee Peters is quickly gaining notoriety as a DJ and radio host, producer, songwriter and vocalist, amassing much deserved national and international attention. Whether it’s through hosting triple j’s House Party each Saturday night, writing her own solo music or co-writing with numerous other artists, chances are you’ve listened to a KLP track before. With her numerous local and international collaborations, topping Hype Machine at #1 as well claiming the #1 position in Japan’s Electronic Chart, KLP is gaining notoriety as a songwriter as well as a vocalist. As well as amassing a huge 14 million plays for her work on Soundcloud - KLP's recent single Ember ticked over 800,000 streams on Spotify and was a widely acclaimed by the online tastemaker community. KLP has gained a reputation as a stellar vocalist and performer, working with industry talents such as Skrillex, What So Not, Slumberjack, Young Franco, Terace, Goldfields, Zimmer, Crayon, Satin Jackets, SACHI and many more, KLP is one of Australia’s most in demand artists. (Read our interview with KLP here)
Assistant Principal Oboist, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Shefali Pryor grew up in Sydney where she graduated with first class honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During her studies she participated in numerous programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra and was a member of the Sydney Sinfonia. Upon graduating she joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Second Oboe. In 2004 and 2005 she was granted leave in order to study with Stefan Schilli at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Not long after her return to Australia she was appointed Associate Principal Oboe. In 2006 she won the Other Instrumental category of the Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards. She has performed as soloist with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, including performances with violinist Nigel Kennedy in 2006. Shefali Pryor has performed as guest principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia, and as a casual musician with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Sydney Omega Ensemble and has performed with the Australia Ensemble, Sydney Soloists, and Southern Cross Soloists as well as with the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium, where she teaches oboe. She is also the Artistic Director of the SSO's Vanguard program for young philanthropists.
Dr Rita Crews OAM:
Co-chair of the AMEB, Director of Music Teachers NSW
Dr Rita Crews OAM is currently President of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW, editor of The Studio journal and Deputy Chair of the Australian Music Examinations Board (NSW) where she represents private music teachers. She has over 30 years teaching experience at private and tertiary levels, has been an AMEB examiner since 1988 and is currently Chief Examiner for written subjects in NSW and for On-line examinations for the Federal AMEB. Rita has published many articles and reviews, some of her piano works are included in the AMEB syllabus and her biography appears in several international dictionaries. She is currently writing the history of the AMEB for the 2018 Centenary. Rita was named International Woman of the Year for services to music education by the Cambridge Biographical Centre in 1992-93 and in 2002 created a Fellow of the Australian Society of Musicology and Composition for her contribution to Australian music and composers. The 2008 inaugural edition of Who’s Who in NSW contained her biography as does the 2017 edition of Who's Who of Australian Women. In 2014 Rita was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia and in 2015, the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of New England.
Plus! We have a special performances by Sophie Koh (read our interview with Sophie here) and Iluka who will be on tour supporting Killing Heidi and is making a special trip to play to you all! (read our interview with Iluka here). And the panel will be moderated by Music Love founder and artist Julie Kerr.
If you would like tickets to this event, the cost is $25 plus booking fee, and you can buy them for you and your friends here. Come and be inspired by Australian women in music and meet other Australian women in music.
Also! If you subscribe and review our Music Love podcast, you will be in the running to win a free ticket to the event! So get listening and reviewing in iTunes now! Winners announced Wednesday 24 May, 2017.
If you would like tickets to this event, the cost is $25 plus booking fee, and you can buy them for you and your friends here. If you subscribe to our newsletter, you will receive 25% off the ticket price!
Also! If you subscribe and review our Music Love podcast, you will be in the running to win a free ticket to the event! So get listening and reviewing in iTunes now! Winner announced Wednesday 1 June, 2017. Come and be inspired by Australian women in music and meet other Australian women in music.