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Regional Music Conference comes to Castlemaine

A new regional music conference is set to take centre stage in Castlemaine across three days from November 19 to 21.

Gold Sounds will bring together the Victorian regional music community and feature speakers from the local area as well as Melbourne. The conference is designed to lead the regional music industry's COVID-19 recovery efforts while addressing the needs of musicians, music professionals and music communities. Participants will be empowered with the skills, networks and strategies they need to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and carry that increased capacity into the future.

The conference is part of the Regional Music Development Pilot Program funded by Creative Victoria and delivered in partnership with Music Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria with support from Mount Alexander Shire Council.


Day 1

Venues Day and Roundtable Sessions

Kicking off with a venues day, Gold Sounds will unite live music venues in Mount Alexander Shire and neighbouring areas including Macedon Ranges, Hepburn Shire and City of Greater Bendigo. Roundtable sessions will be held to upskill venues and their staff in key areas such as improving access, understanding how to nurture inclusive spaces, and will take a look at what the future holds as the industry rebounds in the wake of COVID-19.

Youth Program

Friday afternoon will take a youth-based focus bringing together the Mount Alexander Shire FReeZA committee and other young people from the area to take part in a professional development music conference geared towards young musicians and those aspiring towards a music-related career. Includes Q&A's with Lisa Lorenz & Aarti Desai from The Push, Shaun Adams (Festival & Venue Programmer), and musicians Dallas Woods, Jem Moloney & Maya Rose.

To attend the Youth Program, please RSVP to


Day 2

Keynotes and Panel Sessions

Saturday will see a full day of programming geared towards regional artists and industry alike.
Don’t miss keynotes from acclaimed artists:

  • Jen Cloher
  • Liz Stringer

Engage with panel sessions featuring:

  • Eliza Hull (Musician/Disability Advocate)
  • Richard Moffat (Groovin’ The Moo, mainFM)
  • Tom Larkin (Shihad, Tiny Triumphs Management)
  • Casey Rice (Producer/Engineer)
  • Anna Laverty (Producer/Engineer)
  • Aimee Chapman (Musician/Event Producer)
  • Bree Chapman-Stewart (Music Victoria)
  • Jem Moloney (HALT/Dead)
  • Shaun Adams (Venue Programmer, The Espy)
  • Carolyn Logan (Director & Publicist, Penney & Logan)




Tickets for the Saturday event are $10 and are strictly limited.

*Discounted tickets of $5 inc. fee are available for First Nations People, People with Disability and People of Colour. Companion Card holders get in for free. Please contact fionna{at] for the discount code.


Day 3

321 Songwriter Sessions

Sunday will finish with the 321 Songwriter Sessions Castlemaine, a day of in-person collaborative sessions curated by songwriters Jess Ribeiro & Dallas Woods. The day will be presented in partnership with APRA AMCOS.
321 sessions are a fantastic opportunity if you're looking to sharpen and hone your songwriting skills. Register your interest before Monday, November 15th here.


Full Program

Download the full conference program here


For more information about Gold Sounds, please contact Fionna Allan at fionna[at]