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Public invited to seminar on women and the music industry on the Gold Coast


Zuleika Henderson
3 June 2010
If you have ever dreamed of working in the music industry, then an upcoming public seminar at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus next week is for you.

The free seminar about women and the music industry will take place on Monday, June 7 and will feature guest speaker Vicki Gordon, one of the most highly respected music industry consultants and managers in Australia, and a panel discussion session with a distinguished group of experts.

Tania Nugent, producer and presenter of ABC’s Pacific Pulse, will moderate a panel discussion featuring Professor Kerry Brown, director of the Research Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work at Southern Cross University, Joanne Pratt, director Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre, Leanne De Souza, board member of QMUSIC and manager of indie band The Medics, Kirsty Gillespie, research fellow at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University, Dr Rebecca Coyle, head of the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern Cross University and Professor Phil Hayward, also of Southern Cross University.

The seminar entitled ‘The Music Industry – what’s in it for women?’ is hosted by Southern Cross University’s Research Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work and will focus on the current status and potential opportunities for women but is open to everyone with an interest in the present state and future of the music industry.

Guest speaker Vicki Gordon has dedicated her career to the development of independent artists, developing Vanessa Amorosi from the age of 15, producing Sick Puppies first full length album and working with Marcia Hines, Jimmy Barnes & Gina Jeffries. She has been awarded a Human Rights commendation for her contribution to women in the music industry, and in 2002 was the first woman on the Board of Aria in 50 years. She is currently the managing director of her own marketing company for independent artists and the founding president of Cicada International Inc. which aims to assist emerging Indigenous artists trying to break into the mainstream.

“I established AWCM (Australian Women’s Contemporary Music Inc) 24 years ago to address some of the issues facing women in the Australian music industry, and it is disappointing in 2010 to see so few women being represented in our music festival conference programs, ” said Vicki.

“It can be an alienating industry for women so it is important that we continue to have a dialogue about how we can encourage more women, particularly in the business side of the industry.”

Professor Brown said the Research Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work was proud to be hosting the event.

“Women’s greater participation in the music industry benefits everyone,”said Professor Brown.

“New artists draw new audiences and offer fresh ideas for advancing the technical, operational and management side of the music industry.”

The seminar and panel discussion on women in the music industry will take place from 5pm-6pm on Monday, June 7 at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus, Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga (access via Terminal Drive, Gold Coast Airport). To attend RSVP to 0407 731939 or email [email protected]

Photo: Vicki Gordon(high resolution image available on request)