CAMILLA HODGKINS is a founding member of Perch Creek and has managed
them since 2011, in which time they’ve toured extensively across Australia, Europe,
the UK and Canada with major festival appearances including Edinburgh Fringe,
WOMAD (UK), Golden Plains, The Falls Festival, MONA FOMA and Woodford Folk
Festival as well as ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks. Perch Creek combine five-part vocal
harmonies with folk, roots and rock musical styles all threaded together by the
band’s unique collaborative song writing. Self Managed, VIC
"The Seed Management Workshop brings together such an inspiring and passionate collective of industry professionals and workshop participants, equipping us as managers with valuable skills and knowlege around all aspects of the music business, paving the way for us to create our own network and realise the strong community that already exits in the Australian music industry; make use of, add to, and reach out to this community; and most importantly encourages us to think creatively and positively about the future!
CHARLOTTE ABROMS is a first time music manager based in Melbourne. After
completing her studies, she created Large Noises, a website project to support
upcoming artists that has filmed Vance Joy and Ainslie Wills, amongst others.
Charlotte was then employed as a Digital Strategist at startup soundhalo, creating
digital strategies for campaigns with alt-j and Atoms for Peace. Charlotte now
manages HOWQUA, who has just returned from a successful international debut at
Canadian Music Week. Manager, VIC
"It will really always be a milestone in my life that I'll reflect on where something changed in my mind. With hesitance, I wrote down my occupation as 'Music Manager' for the first time a few months ago, and now I know I am one."
CRAIG LOCK is the co-director of 5/4 Entertainment, where he manages Tkay
Maidza, Jesse Davidson, LK McKay and Problems. Craig is also the Adelaide
promoter of St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, booker for Sea N Beats Festival, as well
as the co-founder, booker & promoter for Spin Off Festival, where he was
responsible for bringing the likes of Lana Del Rey and Passion Pit to Adelaide.
"A fantastic event to gain invaluable knowledge, contacts and skills. Any aspiring manager should attend as soon as they can!"
A self-managed artist from Alice Springs, NT, DAVE CROWE is a passionate
collaborator, producer, performer with local NT artists, indigenous artists, national
and international artists, undertaking recent co-writing projects with Sally Seltmann,
Francois Tetaz (Gotye / Kimbra/ Lior) and Jasper Leak (Sia). Dave is also the founder
of Alice Springs record label, studio and publishing project 'Sing Hum'. Self
"I look forward to putting these new skills and insights into practice in the years to come, and appreciating the benefits of connecting the music with a growing audience."
ELI CHAMRAVI founded Wild Thing Presents in 2012, a company which handles
touring, bookings and management and is based in Melbourne, Australia. Since
then, Eli has worked with many high profile acts, both nationally and internationally,
such as Balkan Beat Box (Brooklyn/Tel Aviv), The Ocean (Germany) and Orphaned
Land (Israel). Eli currently manages Caligula's Horse, AlithiA and Orsome Welles.
"The Seed Workshop was an extremely invaluable experience. I certainly learned a lot, and had the opportunity to spend quality time and get to know my industry peers in great depth. I would definitely recommend it!."
FANNY LUMSDEN and her cracking band the Thrillseekers have been touring
heavily for the past few years throughout Australia and gaining a non-traditional and
loyal following, building up their live show and defining their Alt-Country sound and
Australiana outlook. Their Annual Country Halls tour throughout regional Australia
has played a major part in building their career and they clocked 60+ shows in the
first three months of 2015 alone, including a very successful debut ‘Tamworth
Country Music Festival’ Campaign. Self Managed, NSW
"I feel completely empowered by the experience and ready to action everything that applies to me. Thank you everyone involved and for having faith that I can use the knowledge to make and share music into the future and to build a broader community around it."
HARRIS WATERS from Fremantle, Western Australia is the manager of hip-hop
group KOI CHILD, and HIDEOUS SUN DEMON. Mentored by Phil Stevens & Bruna
Chiovitti, Harris Waters has been actively involved in the music industry from a very
young age, and recently formed LOWBROW; a creative arm for music management
and events. Manager, WA
"I went into The Seed Workshop hoping to gain a broader understanding of the industry to apply to my artists - I came out of the program with so much more and feel that I would be doing an injustice to my acts if I had not attended!"
HUGH MCCLURE has been working with business partner Huw Nolan as Good
Manners for the past year and a half. They began work as a management agency,
through which they currently represent Banoffee, I'lls, Klo, LUCIANBLOMKAMP and
Planete, but have also worked in publicity for Oscar Key Sung and Chet Faker's label
Detail Co., as well as throwing curated shows and club nights in Melbourne.
"The Seed Workshop was one of the most important opportunities for career development I've ever had, and I would recommend it to anyone who asked. The team behind the conference is incredible, and I thank them for everything they do to further the careers of young music professionals."
JAKE LOWE is a Business Manager, Artist Manager and Musician who has been
employed at White Sky Music as a business manager since 2012, where he currently
works closely with managers Rae Harvey (The Living End, 360), Jon Hanlon (Peking
Duk) and Titus Day (Guy Sebastian). Jake also started artist management &
consulting company Mashed Management in 2013 with a roster including bands
DASH & The Pretty Littles. Manager, VIC
"The Seed was an amazing experience. To be locked away from the world for 4 nights with a great group of industry professionals and other managers was a really unique and special oppurtunity. It was very well run and the speakers were all amazing, drawing fro all aspects of the industry, I walked away from this HUGELY motivated and backed with a whole new skill set and outlook on management. The Seed ROCK!"
JAMIE CROFT has worked in the music industry for 5 years now, in varied roles that
include being the co-leader of Sofar Sounds Sydney, a founding partner of Tunes
For Change and a music programmer for two major outdoor cinema companies. He
started his own management company Copper Lion Music in 2013, and currently
represents Betty & Oswald. He has also started working at In2u Management, who
represent Troy Kemp, Viper Creek Band, Mickey Pye & KYA. Manager, NSW
"IThe warmth, support and generosity of the Seed crew and the industry speakers is only surpassed by the wealth of knowledge and amazing tools that they give to you. This allowed me to walk away feeling informed, empowered and re-invigorated for the work ahead."
JESS CARROLL is the founder of new music management and publicity company
Inmocean. With a background in publicity and promotions Jess has worked onsite at
the Falls Festival for 6 years and on campaigns with a diverse selection of artist
including Seth Sentry, The Growl, Tully on Tully, Animaux, Hoodlem and many more.
She ran promotion campaigns for Rat & Co’s European tour supporting Chet Faker
and spent most of 2014 travelling overseas in the USA and Europe with Hoodlem
and Rat & Co who she now manages. Manager, VIC
"I felt very humbled by the whole experience."
LEAH AVENE is perhaps better known as PHILEMON, her self-managed solo
project. Philemon has supported Liz Stringer, Things of Stone and Wood and is
currently developing new work for release in late 2015. In 2014 Leah started her
own arts management business Prop Joe Creative Hustle, and founded the artist
management collective PROP JOE COLLECTIVE. Self Managed, VIC
"Attending the seed was a total game changer. Informative, inspiring, supportive and visionary presented by the most passionate, generous, encouraging crew ever. My career will never be the same again and I'm so relieved!"
LIOR ALBECK-RIPKA started out writing music reviews for Beat Magazine, PBS FM and The Dwarf before moving into publicity and marketing across film, arts and music and working on festivals and at organisations including Big Day Out, MIFF, Adelaide Film Festival, Melbourne Festival, ACMI and Classic Cinemas. Lior began managing artists in 2014. She established her own creative marketing and management company ‘Hear Them Holler’ in 2015, and now manages Tinpan Orange who have just released their first single off their upcoming album due for release next year. Manager, VIC
"The Seed offered me an incredible opportunity at a crucial time in my career, where it legitimised my work and showed me a map of pathways that I could choose to follow."
LOUISE CUMING is a Melbourne based musician and artist manager. In early 2014
Louise starting managing Melbourne artist LANKS, who has made a mark on the
Australian music scene after the release of two EPs, supporting the likes of The Acid,
Broods, Jarryd James, SAFIA and Andy Bull. Louise also manages Melbourne indie
band Canary, who recently dropped the first single of their upcoming LP ‘I am Lion’.
"I felt honoured to be a participant of The Seed. The workshop filled in many gaps in my knowledge of artist management. I would recommend The Seed for any aspiring artist manager."
Starting as an artist and song writer, LUKE GIRGIS fell into Artist Management in
2007 out of his passion for helping his friends and favourite artists grow their
careers. His current roster includes Little Sea, Michael Hutchence (of INXS), and
Chance Waters. An “always artist first” approach to management complimented by
a passion to bridge the gap between fans and the artist is the focus of “Be Like
Children”, founded in 2015. Manager, NSW
"I feel extremely blessed to have attended such a special workshop. It was extremely informative and valuable to me and the my artists will now benefit tremendously from the skills and knowledge I have aquired via The Seed. Thank you to everyone involved!"
MARCUS WALKOM is a Music & Entertainment lawyer currently working at Media Arts Lawyers in Melbourne (since 2012). Previously worked for Sound Advice in London, UK. Marcus began managing Brisbane artist 'Little Casino' in late 2012, and set up We Are Golden management & label in 2014 as a label/artist services/management entity to assist up and coming artists in developing their careers. He is currently managing BANFF. Manager, VIC
"Having not only the legendary Seed Crew but also these leading industry figures donate their time and efforts to educate and drive us managers to grow not only the careers of our artists but also our own businesses was truly invaluable and inspiring."
MATTHEW CANNINGS began his career in the music industry working at Select Music in 2011. He later moved on to Big Tree Artists, primarily as a booking agent, but has since branched out to work solely as an artist manager, working with Triple J favourite L-FRESH The LION, Little Sea Brendan Maclean and Jeriet Dwight. Manager, NSW
"The Seed Workshop has been a turning point in my career - I am more energised and enthusiastic about artist management, which will no doubt also benefit my artists in spades. Personal development is crucial in this industry, but very often rare, and The Seed provides the perfect space for that to happen amongst your peers."
MELANIE LEWIS started in music as a writer, landing gigs as Music Editor at Beat,
followed by Editorial & Operations Manager at Tone Deaf. Crossing the desk to
publicity, Mel spent several years with Heapsaflash Music Media Management,
overseeing campaigns for Thundamentals and Nahko & Medicine For The People,
among others. Working with Ngaiire on her 2013 debut album started the
relationship that two years later led Mel to start managing Ngaiire and create her
company SPUR Presence. Manager, VIC
"In such an isolated role, which is by definition artist-focussed, for managers to be reminded that they need not be alone in their decision-making was magnificent. Being reminded that we need to think about ourselves - looking after ourselves and remembering to take a break from time to time, so we could do our best work - was really timely."
MELODY FORGHANI began working in the music industry at the age of 16,
presenting and producing at FBi Radio and volunteering at Music NSW's Youth
Initiative program 'Indent'. She then worked at artist management and publicity
company Bossy Music, handling the likes of Banks, D.D Dumbo and the Laneway
Festival. Melody began her own music company 'twnty three' in 2015, managing
Vallis Alps and running the publicity for Airling, Fractures, Nick Hill and more.
"The Seed workshop was a great space to collaboratively learn alongside like-minded artists and managers. The content was extensive and the workshops were detailed and enriching. Having the opportunity to connect with the presenters was also invaluable."
Under the wings of Archie Roach Management, Barkindji woman NANCY BATES is
soaring to great heights. Nancy is committed to the development of contemporary
music in SA, and coordinates the Aboriginal and TSI Contemporary Music
Development Program at Nexus Arts. Now co-managing Ellie Lovegrove and Corey
Theatre, artists signed with Archie Roach Management, Nancy's vision is to see more
ATSI Managers working with ATSI artists. Manager, SA
PAUL WATSON is a passionate Brisbane based music manager and musician
currently running Brisbane based music management company Depth Charge
Music. Their clients include bands Dubmarine and reggae heavy-weights Kingfisha,
Bullhorn, The New Buzz, and they book the hottest venue in Brisbane’s West End,
The Motor Room. Paul also performs in explosive live dub, dnb, dancehall 8 piece,
Dubmarine and DJs under the moniker Selecta Watson. Manager, QLD
"The Seed was an amazing program to be part of with real world learning and information shared that is not possible in almost any other environment. I feel so lucky to have been a part of the Seed 2016 i reckommend to everyone in the music industry. 5 out of 5 stars, would go again."
WALLY MALONEY is a trombone player, studio producer and logistics manager. A
founding member and performer with Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Wally also
performs with and self-manages his own band Mighty Duke & The Lords. For the
past 12 months Wally has handled all tour logistics for the sizable MSO, keeping up
to 32 people on the road both internationally and here at home. Self Managed, VIC
"I think that The Seed opens up so many possibilities for my band. Being focused strategically on the vision of the band will mean that we are able to achieve so much more and navigate our own trajectory. The workshop provides a wealth of invaluable knowledge and experience. Apart from the truly inspiring program of speakers The Seed has also connects a group of peers that will become a support network well into the future.".
Offering management to musicians blurring lines of genres to create intriguing new
sounds and aesthetics, XANTHEA O'CONNOR has been working closely with Perth
musicians since 2013. Her aim is to aid building an artist's business and an
enraptured audience, while the artist is able to maintain complete artistic control
over their work. Xanthea currently manages Perth folktronic/worldpop outfit Joni in
the Moon. Manager, WA