Face the Music returns to the Melbourne Arts Centre on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November for its eighth year and Collarts are excited to once again be a partner.

This music industry event runs over two-days and features presentations, discussions, networking opportunities and music-making workshops. You’ll gain tips, tools and advice to boost your music-industry career from a variety of high profile artists, booking agents, promoters, artist managers, music lawyers, record label directors, event managers, and publicists.

Here are the five Face The Music sessions we won’t be missing:

1: Ecology of Triple JFriday 13 November, 10.10am till 11.10am

triple j
Triple J are a prominent tastemaker in the Australian music scene. This one-hour panel discussion will explore the role of national airplay for an artist – from uploading tracks to Triple J Unearthed to being played on ABC radio networks. The panel discussion will be made up of Triple J, Double J and Unearthed Music Directors and Producers and moderated by Anita Nedeljkovic, of Venue Collective.


2. Music Journalism: The Critical MassFriday 13 November, 11.25am till 12.25pm

Matthew-Coyte-200x233There are no longer any rules or boundaries for music journalism, except one: passion. Four very different but hugely successful music writers discuss changing trends in the craft of music journalism and will share their tips on how to get published (and paid). Panellists include Fred Pessaro (Editor of Noisey), Mathew Coyte (Editor-In-Chief & Publisher, Rolling Stone Australia), Brodie Lancaster (Music Journalist) and Marcus Teague (Music Writer)





3. The Evolution of Digital Music ProductionFriday 13 November, 1.25pm till 2.25pm


Grammy Award-winning producer M-Phazes is joined by fellow producers Yeo and Dub FX, as they discuss their pathways into production and the way it shaped their artistic careers. This small group workshop is for future producers and those already at the top of their game – there are limited places so make sure to register online (Image by Ill Vibes).




4. Breaking Down a Big Indie Release: Rubens’ HoopsSaturday 14 November, 2.30pm till 3.40pm


Following the huge success of The Rubens’ platinum self-titled debut release was always going to be challenging, so the five-piece decided to change the way they produced their second album Hoops. Renting a country hideaway near Woollongong for five months, they regrouped there every tour break and wrote together. The result was a new sound, with different instrumentation and alternative voices – and a #1 debut on the AIR charts. Join AIR boss Dan Nevin and the team behind the scene as they divulge the strategy behind the success of this chart-topping sophomore indie release.



5. STEP Presents: The Digital Natives, Saturday 14 November, 11.25am till 12.25pm

The Digital Natives is a panel conversation about the multi-faceted relationship between music and the Internet, spanning sites, blogs and music criticism online, streaming, social media, content creation and branding in the digital space, with a collection of Melbourne’s most Internet-savvy music nerds: Lachlan Kanoniuk (Editor, Thump), Lucy Dayman (Editor, Tone Deaf), Kish Lal (Music Journalist)Maccy Corbett (Editor, Cool Accidents) and Laura Semple (Blogger, Semplesize).


If you’re serious about working in the music industry, make sure to book your ticket online, check out the Face The Music website for the full program of guest speakers and sessions, or enter our competition to win a double pass.