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A keynote and panel session with audience Q&A, chaired by Ben Eltham.

This public seminar aims to begin an open dialogue on what the cultural economy is, why we should value it, and how we should support it.


The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP - Federal Shadow Arts Minister for the Arts

Mark Dreyfus will set out Labor’s principles for a national cultural policy, as we approach the Party’s National Conference in July 2015 and the Federal Election in 2016, and will seek the opinions and suggestions of seminar participants as Labor revises its policies.


Rachel Healy - Executive Manager Culture, City of Sydney
Julianne Schultz - Griffith Review
Marcus Westbury - Author and Broadcaster; Renew Newcastle/Australia

Tuesday 3rd February 2015
5.00 – 7.00pm
State Library Victoria Conference Centre
Via entry 3, 179 La Trobe Street 

Admission is free but bookings are recommended.

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The Right Track: Free Musician Workshops

7 Feb 2015, 11:00am - 4:00pm

St Kilda Festival Artist Development Series 2015

Join us for The Right Track, a FREE musician’s development day where we offer the opportunity for artists to gain an insight into the industry and meet experts who will share their knowledge and wisdom in navigating the music business.

Drop in for one session or stay for the whole day! Full program details to be released in early January – keep an eye on the St Kilda Festival website.

Date:   Saturday 7th February
Time:  11.00am – 4.30pm
Venue: The Prince Bandroom
              29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

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Hosted by Auspicious Arts

Secrets of Success is a seminar for independent artists and small-medium arts organisations presented by John Paul Fischbach, founder and CEO of Australia's Auspicious Arts Incubator.

The seminar takes participants through a comprehensive evaluation of their own work as entrepreneurs, offering real tools to manage their finances, time and mental attitudes towards creativity as a rewarding and lucrative asset.

Venue: Auspicious Arts Theatrette
            Auspicious Arts Incubator, 228 Bank St, South Melbourne
Date: Sunday 8th February 2015
Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm   (Free Second Day – Group Mentoring Session – 09/01)

Tickets: $97 available via   
Earliest Bird tickets available until 25th January for $47
Early Bird tickets available until 3rd February for $67

More information:

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Session details coming soon.

Moderated by Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria)
Speakers tbc

Venue: Live & Local stage (Education Pavilion)
             Motor City Music Festival, Geelong
Time: 3.30pm - 5.00pm

Cost: free for festival ticket holders - tickets available from Motor City Music Festival website

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This symposium addresses noise issues associated with live music performances at inner city music venues, by identifying collaborative solutions that empower stakeholders (musicians, technicians, management) to monitor and take remedial action as necessary. Tackling the issue at the source can contribute to the prevention of hearing loss associated with concert attendance be it patrons, staff or performers.

Call for Participation

In addition to the guest’s talks, the program will include a number of shorter presentations around the topic. The focus of those presentations should ideally be on sharing what is being done at different levels, in venues, as performers, as engineers, as lobby group or industry body, as policy maker or as researchers. Ideally presentations are short (10-15 minutes) and if required supported with documentation that can be shared beforehand. Please submit a brief proposal for presentations (or other ideas for participation) to Jos Mulder ( before 2 March 2015. To register, please get in touch through the same address.

Date: Friday 10th April 2015
Venue: RMIT Melbourne (venue details tbc)

More details via the Sound Check Symposium website


  • Dr. Jos Mulder (Lecturer in Sound, Murdoch University)
  • Associate Professor Lawrence Harvey (SIAL Sound Studios, RMIT)
  • Associate Professor Cat Hope (WAAPA, Edith Cowan University)
  • Jeffrey Hannam (MA (Design), B.Sc (Applied Chemistry), G.Dip Dramatic Art (Sound design) (SIAL Sound Studios, RMIT)
  • Jon Perring (Venue co-owner, Live Music Round Table, Fair Go 4 Live Music)
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