The CHANGES music conference returns to Melbourne in July for two days of music, tech, talks and ideas examining the current state of the international music community.
A collaboration between The Push, Yarra City Council, Music Victoria, VMDO, APRA AMCOS and the Victorian music community, in 2019 the second instalment of Changes takes place at its new home of Abbotsford Convent.
With the full programme to be announced on 3 June, CHANGES have revealed the venues, live music showcase curators and Music Passport target country that will inform the direction of this year's event.
CHANGES' live music programme puts Melbourne's flourishing music community centre stage, with a specific focus this year on the heart of Fitzroy. Curatorial partners have been invited to design showcases at neighbouring venues bordering Johnston and Brunswick Streets, creating a bustling hub of original live performances from local artists.
This year, CHANGES have selected the following organisations to curate its live music showcase and hand-pick artists and bands that best represent what the city sounds like now: 123 Agency, Anti Fade Records, Bad Apples Music, Barely Dressed Records, Chapter Music, Collective Artists, DOT DASH, Future Popes, Foreign Brothers + Soul Has No Tempo, Milk! Records, Music in Exile, New World Artists, Our Golden Friend, PS Music Group, Rice is Nice, Roolette Records, PBS + Triple R, Select Music and Still Here.
The live music programme takes place across some of Melbourne's beloved local venues, including Laundry Bar, The Evelyn Hotel, The Old Bar, Bar Open, The Night Cat, Labour In Vain, The Shady Lady, The Stone Hotel and Perseverance. With all venues in walking distance, audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the sounds of contemporary Melbourne music on offer at CHANGES’ dedicated live music showcases.
The conference also focusses on building and maintaining international relationships between various music sectors with a line-up of experts, industry leaders and storytellers from Canada, France, the UK and USA.
The CHANGES Music Passport programme this year welcomes Brazil as its key target country, with Brazilian tastemakers and groundbreakers bringing ideas and game-changing conversations to the summit while connecting with local music businesses.
Highlighting Melbourne as a vibrant live music capital, CHANGES is part of the Victorian Government's $22.2 million Music Works industry development programme.
CHANGES 2019 Summit and Live Music Showcase passes on sale now. Click here for more details.
CHANGES 2019 takes place at Abbotsford Convent (Melbourne) 3-4 July.