First Round of Speakers Announced

Posted on Jan 14, 2011

Q Music is acutely aware of the impact of the current flood situation on all aspects of the Queensland community including the music and schools community; we feel it is important for us to move forward with a number of the developmental activities we had planned for 2011.  Music is an important part of community life and the engagement with music on all levels is critical to the health of our community and in particular our industry.

In the spirit of moving forward we are pleased to announce the exciting new one day Women in Music (WiM) forum to be held on Tuesday, 8th March at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

Delivering a combination of informative panels and practical workshops Women in Music has been designed to inspire, educate and engage, aspiring and emerging female artists and music industry workers. The event was initiated by a focus group of women from the Brisbane music community as a way to increase the level of engagement of young women in the music industry.

Held on the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, WiM will bring together a diverse range of successful female industry practitioners and artists who will share their experiences, skills and knowledge with participants through panels and interactive breakout sessions.

The first round of speakers have been announced with more to come in following weeks.First up we have artist manager Cathy Oates who after working for years in record companies such as Sony and EMI decided to start her own management company and now looks after the likes of Angus and Julia Stone and Darren Hayes.

Julia Wilson started her career in the industry at 20 years of age and now runs her own record label Rice is Nice (Richard In Your Mind, SPOD, Seja) and has co-founded a management company Borden Management.

Brisbane local Maggie Collins manages bands such as The John Steel Singers and DZ and is also has experience in radio broadcasting which was gained as the Music Director for 4ZzZ. She is now a casual presenter in her spare time.

triple j Magazine Music Editor Samantha Clode cut her teeth in music journalism working as editor for ’90s music mag JUICE. In addition to being a journo she works every year as part of the Big Day Out publicity team and on other festivals.

Amanda Jackes will join us from the Queensland Folk Federation where she is General Manager and Deputy Director of their event the Woodfork Folk Festival. Amanda’s experience in managing an organisation comprising a staff of 25 full-time, 60 casual and over 3,000 volunteers makes her one not to miss for those with an interest in event and organisational management.

Adele Pickvance has been a bass player since the early ’90s and has played with The Dave Graney Show, recorded four albums and toured extensively. Adele was a also a member of The Go Betweens and won an ARIA award for the album Oceans Apart. Adele continues to perform and record with Robert Forster and more recently has been performing and recording with Ranger and with the duo Adele&Glenn.

Seja is a member of Brisbane synth-punk tiro Sekiden who have released albums and toured extensively worldwide. She has also lent her keyboarding and vocal skills to Regurgitator, SPOD, David McCormack & The Polaroids and The Mess Hall. More recently she has been working as a solo artist and released her debut solo album ‘We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares’ in 2010.

Brisbane based McKisco is an independent multi-instrumental artist who has a rare, raw and achingly beautiful voice. Her first album ‘Glorio’ was released in 2009 through her own label El Nino El Nino Records and led to her being a recepient of the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship.

More speakers are to be announced soon so stay tuned.