2013 Program

The Future of Australian Music

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:30 AM

The Judith Wright Centre - Performance Space

To paint any picture of the future of Australian music, we must briefly touch on the past. Our esteemed panel will discuss what makes the Australian music community unique. They will endeavour to uncover examples of the artists and industry insiders that are most likely to push the future generation of Australian music to the next level.  The discussion will also cover live music events and examples of local media that provide key opportunities to make a difference in the future.

Facilitated By

Paul Barclay - ABC Radio National (AUS)

Paul Barclay is presenter of Big Ideas on ABC Radio National. Prior to this he was host of the national talkback show, Australia Talks and its Executive Producer. He also appears occasionally on ABC TV and produces radio documentaries. He has won numerous awards, including a Walkley for his investigation of Bundaberg’s ‘Dr Death’, Jayant Patel. He presented ABC Radio’s morning current affairs program in the Northern Territory, has written for various magazines and been Program Director at ABC…


Michael Chugg - Chugg Entertainment (AUS)

In 2000 Michael Chugg founded Chugg Entertainment, and with his partner Matthew Lazarus-Hall has established a reputation both internationally and on home soil as one of Australia’s most prominent rock promoters. From club shows to stadiums, festivals, special events and everything in between, Chugg Entertainment has worked with some of the world’s biggest acts from Elton John, Robbie Williams, AC/DC, Prince, Coldplay and Radiohead. The company has also co-promoted some of the biggest charity …

Nick Findlay - triple j (AUS)

Nick has been working in radio since he was 16, moving through various community stations with a solid passion for music. After graduating from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 2005, Nick started working in the music library at triple j and is now the Assistant Music Director. If he wasn't working in radio, Nick would still spend most of his time scouting for new music, so it’s just as well he puts it to good use.

Andy Kent - You Am I / Love Police Touring (AUS)

Andy Kent has spent 20 years in rock band You Am I, in the early 2000's he took over managment of the band and in the mid 2000's took on the role of Operations Manager of Australian touring company Love Police Touring, then in 2011 took on management duties for Tim Rogers. Andy has also spent 5 years on the board of Music NSW and is currently on the creative committee for Sydney Living Museums. He has experience and perspective of the music business from more than a few angles.

Kathy McCabe - News Corp Australia (AUS)

Kathy McCabe scored the job lottery when her then-boyfriend went to London in search of journalistic glory and recommended her for his music gig on the Daily Telegraph where she did court, yachting and youth reporting. She kept the music round but ditched him. There was a brief distraction from her scribblings when she ventured over to the music business side of the fence to reopen EMI and Virgin's dormant A&R dept. We'll chalk that one up to invaluable experience. After returning to the …

Millie Millgate - SOUNDS AUSTRALIA (AUS)

Millie believes that Australian artists are the best in the world and feels blessed every day that she is in a position to help them share their stories and showcase their incredible talents!

As Executive Producer for SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, Millie is responsible for the roll out and representation of the Australian music industry at key international music events, including; SXSW, The Great Escape, Canadian Music Week, MIDEM, CMJ and Music Matters. She has been instrumental in the growth of …