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Thu Aug 16 - Sat Aug 18

We've got big news, hot new speakers and new sessions announced five weeks out!  We've hit 400 registrants with our 700 seats filling fast--Time to register!

With the addition of the seven new speakers this past week (below), we have 40 of the 50+ that will comprise nine seminars, three keynotes & three lunches at the AustralAsian Music Business Conference August 16-18 in Sydney's Acer Arena.

Thursday August 16--Keynote by Michael Smellie--an incredible industry leader!
1.  Music MDs, CEOS, & Chairpeople See The Future of Music--Views from the Top.
2.  New Retail, E-Tail & The Long Tail Horizons--How Consumers Are Buying Music.
3.  Getting Your Music Sold Online, In Digital & Hard Carrier Formats Globally.
  plus 'The Music Network-ing Lunch' sponsored by Macquarie Regional Networks!
Friday August 17--Keynote by John Watson, Australia's top Artist Manager!
1.  The Artists & Managers Panel--Leading artists & minders look to the future.
2.  Making Mobile Music Money--The real future of music revenue is on the line!
3.  Branding Bands & Monetising Free Music & Video--Converting Exposure to Cash.
Saturday August 18--Keynote by Bob Lefsetz--The Wild US music industry analyst!
1.  Networking Music Communities & Tastemakers--Critical New Music Biz Tools.
2.  Love it Live!--New Revenue Streams in Live Music & Getting Better Gigs
3.  Music:  The Next Generation--How to Go Global from Home with Tech Tools.

PLUS!  Two special lunch session on Friday & Saturday--see new details below
Full descriptions of topics & times --

                     HERE'S THE NEW SPEAKERS LINEUP!
George Ash--Universal Music CEO joins the As The Chairpeople, CEOS, and MDs See The Future of the Music Business opening panel Thursday August 16.  Together with EMI's John O'Donnell, that makes 2 of the 4 major label heads plus the key CEOS of Alberts, Shock, Roadrunner, Peer & the former Asia Pacific head of BMG.

Jason Nealon--VP Business Development Warner Music  joins MCM Entertainment CEO Tony McGinn in the Music Networking Free Lunch Thursday following that panel.

Katie Noonan--Musician (George and solo) has sold over 250,000 albums & is our first artist on the Artists & Managers Panel chaired by John Watson  Friday 17

Nikki Murrell--Telstra Big Pond Music General Manager joins the 'Getting Your Music Online' panel Thursday and 'Making Mobile Music Money' Friday 17

Ben Liebmann--VP Licensing for Fremantle Media (former Warner Music & Vodafone) joins the 'Mobile Music' Panel, brings that group to 7 top telco talents   17th

Scott Hochgesang--Director of Digital Media XYZ Network (Max, Channel V V2, CMC) joins the new 'Branding Bands Plus Monetising Free Music & Video' panel    17th

Paul Cashmere--Undercover Music & Rirrakay joins the Saturday panels on 'Music Communities' & 'Music The Next Generation' on online music technologies.   18th

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  The Friday and Saturday lunch periods will have a special one hour 'Music 101' session chaired by Billboard Magazine AustralAsian Bureau Chief Christie Eliezer and a record company A&R exec, publisher, booking agent & manager informally answering music business strategy questions from the audience

All speakers & bios at

David Albert, CEO Alberts;  Kevin Arnold, CEO, Independent Online Distribution Alliance (US);
Sharon Ashworth, DestraMusic General Manager Marketing & Content Services;
Evelyn Barry, Strategic Development & Implementation Manager, Music for the Brazin/Sanity Group;
Mark Callaghan, General Manager AustralAsian Music Publishers Association (AMPAL), former head of Shock Music Publishing; songwriter, artist and former manager
Ted Cohen, Partner TAG Strategic, former SVP of Digital Development Distribution EMI Music (US)
Bill Cullen, One Louder Entertainment & founding member of the Association of Artist Managers
Matthew Donlevy, Regional Director South East Asia for Peer Music Publishing
Christie Eliezer, Billboard AustralAsian Bureau Chief and music industry columnist
Courtney Hard, Sony/BMG Senior A&R Manager
Meagan Henderson, Universal Music Mobile & Digital Online Content General Manager
Nick Love, Business Development Manager, MySpace, formerly with Soundbuzz & ARIA
Tony McGinn, MCM Entertainment--Australia's leading radio syndication & music TV producer
AJ Maddah, Concert Promoter, KMW/Chugg Entertainment
Millie Millgate, MusicNSW Creative Director, Manager Garage Industries
Jason Nealon, VP Business Development of Warner Music
Paul Nemeth, Owner Fish Records & Fish Fine Music stores
John O'Donnell, Managing Director of EMI Music Australia
Ken Outch, Destra Entertainment, formerly with Sanity, Rajon, BMG & Festival
Gavin Parry, General Manager IT & Digital Services, Sony BMG
Grace Roberts, rooCast and Spidereye Productions Partner
Stuart Rubin, recent Senior VP International Commercial Marketing Group Sony/BMG Music
Jon Satterley, Managing Director Roadrunner Records Asia Pacific
Philip Stevens, Manager of The John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Little Birdy, The Flairz
Stephen Wade, Owner Select Music Booking Agency, Concert/Events Promoter, Venue Consultant
Keith Welsh, GM Rough Cut Music Publishing and GM 'The Music Network' trade magazine
David Williams, Chairman Shock Entertainment Group
Correne Wilkie, Manager The Cat Empire and Jackson Jackson
Adam Zammit, CEO Peer Group Media, Publisher The Brag
And of course, Phil Tripp, AMBC Convenor returns to moderate

       Kicking Off Each Day--Our Dream Team of Music Industry Leaders

* (Thursday Keynote) Michael Smellie is President of Media Development, Asia Pacific for German media giant Bertelsmann and most recently Chief Operating Officer for the global music giant Sony/BMG based in New York.

* (Friday Keynote) John Watson is President of major indie Eleven Music through EMI and one of the most successful managers in Australia with artists that include Silverchair, Wolfmother, Missy Higgins, Little Birdy, Paul Mac and The Dissociatives.

*(Saturday Keynote) Bob Lefsetz is the author of "The Lefsetz Letter", published now for the past 20 years. Famous for being beholden to no one and speaking the truth, Lefsetz addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: downloading, copy protection, pricing and the music itself.

Every registrant gets laminate pass on lanyard to all sessions (can't be shared)  and a large showbag with magazines as well as access to all registrants and over 250 articles on seminar topics online in our special ACCESS private area.

HOW TO REGISTER?  Online at or call Anita or Michelle on (02) 9557 7766 for a form or register over the phone.

SHOWBAG INSERTS & OTHER MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES?  If you want to reach all our delegates with a CD, brochure, schwag or more, simply go to our website to see what you can do at

NEED A HOTEL OR SPECIAL AIRFARE?  Talk to our travel agent who has a few rooms still left at the venue (Ibis & Novotel Homebush) or call (02) 9267 4661.  Rooms and cheap airfares are running out fast!

WANT TO BE A SPEAKER?  Don't ask.  So that our panels are never infomercials or infested with smarmy touts for their own products, services or self promotion, we have a rule--"If You Ask To Speak, You Are Automatically Disqualified!"

WANT A FREE PASS AS 'MEDIA' OR A 'VIP'  Sorry. We're all out.  You'll have to register & pay like everyone else.  Rates rise August 1, so best do it now.

So Here Are The Prices--Three Days--$660      Two Days--$470    One Day--$300
   * Discounts available to current MMF members, Students & APRA Writer members

Go to our registration area or call us on (02) 9557 7766 or email us for a registration form as a PDF at

GOT A COMPLAINT?  Go straight to the top--email producer Phil Tripp on with brickbats or bouquets... or a suggestion.

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