12 October 2007

Music Managers' Forum Wed 17 Oct @ The UC Theatre (next to The Greenroom)

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MMF ACT presents:


Film Screening and Industry Panel Discussion

Wednesday 17th October,
Members/Networking Session 6:00pm, Film Commences 7:00pm
Panel starts at 8:30-9.30 pm
Venue: UC Theatre, located next to The Green Room, University of Canberra Bar, Belconnen ACT

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 the 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:

Joe Lee (Manga Republic)

Nigel McRae (Loadedog.com)

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.

For a synopsis of the film and more go to: http://www.beforethemusicdies.com/blog/about-the-film.

Kindly supported by

Sharon Sanders
MMF ACT Representative
Mobile: 0412 334467
Email: sharon@noface.com.au
Vanessa Brady
MMF National Coordinator
Mobile: 0412 942 317
Email: info@mmfaustralia.com.au

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