2018 WAMCon Reveal First Seven Speakers

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Attendees at 2017 WAMCon. Attendees at 2017 WAMCon.

The first seven speakers at this year's WAMCon music conference in Perth have been revealed headlined by Jesse Elliott (US) who heads up The Music District – a dynamic gathering hub, workspace and creative playground for the Northern Colorado music community.


If you're part of West Australia's music community - either as an artist, manager, venue owner, booker, publicist or any other role specific to the industry - then you really need to be part of the state's premiere music industry conference with WAMCon offering local artists and music professionals a two day learn-fest.

Held at the State Theatre Centre of WA 2-3 November as part of WAMFest, Jesse will be joined by a stack of Aussie industry powerhouses at WAMCon including producer, mixer and engineer, Anna Laverty (VIC); General Manager at Chugg Entertainment, Susan Heymann (NSW); Director of Footstomp Music and music business all-star, Graham Ashton (QLD); Program Co-Director of Girls Rock! Melbourne, Shannon Driscoll (VIC); Bandcamp label ambassador, label owner, booker and manager, Will Evans (VIC); and creative coordinator at Propel Youth Arts WA, Zal Kanga-Parabia (WA).

WAMCon ticket holders will gain access to a sea of career breaking opportunities, with this year's full programme promising a mix of conversation-fuelling panels spearheaded by industry experts that unravel what it means to work in music in 2018 and beyond, and practical masterclasses, providing real-world insight and straightforward advice to help you navigate industry waters and carve out a successful career in music.

Early bird tickets are on sale now until 31 August. Click here for more information.


Treating the Creative Process with the Reverence it Deserves

Headed up by Graham Ashton – director Footstomp Music, booker, life-long music lover, and experienced industry all-rounder – this panel will unpack how to manage your creative process respectfully as a musician and songwriter.

Music Publicity Masterclass

Facilitated by WAM’s own Membership and Engagement Officer Kate Branson, this masterclass will extract much needed advice from expert panellists to help you understand the fundamentals of music publicity, plus all the insiders’ tips and tricks you need to manage your own publicity like a pro.

RTRFM Radio Panel at The Bird

Step out of the theatre and into the bar for a lesson on how to get your songs played on radio, headed up by the RTRFM crew. As a special partnered event, this panel will not only be open to conference attendees but also to RTRFM band subscribers.

Bookers and Burgers

The best way to get to know booking agents better; over a burger! Bookers and Burgers returns, providing a fully catered lunch for conference attendees while booking agents introduce themselves and provide a glimpse into what they do.

WAMCon 2018 will also see the return of popular one-on-ones and networking events.

Music Industry Speed Dating

One of the most popular aspects of the program, speed dating sessions provide ticket holders with direct one-on-one access to industry heavyweights speaking at WAMCon, with representatives from booking agencies, record labels, publishing companies, music media, artist management companies and more. You won’t want to miss this rare chance to gain personalised advice from the industry’s biggest movers and shakers.

Radio Pitching

If your main priority is getting played on radio, take advantage of the unique opportunity to pitch your songs directly to decision makers from triple j, RTRFM, plus many more and receive expert – and honest – feedback on your music.

Quay Note Boat Party

WAMCon early bird ticket holders will again have the opportunity to mingle with industry big fish onboard the uber-exclusive VIP Quay Note Boat Party presented by moshtix, which will set sail down the picturesque Swan River on Friday 2 November for two hours of boat-rocking good times.

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