Some of the artist managers and industry professionals involved in our free professional development workshop series Industry Connect have divulged their industry insider tips and lessons learnt.
QMusic is excited to announce the appointment of our new General Manager Karsten Richert and Program Manager Gav Parry, both of whom will be integral to helping QMusic deliver greater value to artists and industry in Queensland.
Karsten started in the event industry after studying economics in Germany in 1991 organising festivals and corporate events. In 1996, Karsten moved to Australia working in the hospitality industry before joining Staging Connections in Sydney as a Technical Event Manager where he would be involved as part of the event team for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games at Stadium Australia.
After a short stint managing Nitmiluk Tours at Katherine Gorge in the Northern Territory he moved back to Germany for 5 years working back in the hospitality industry as a catering manager and an event manager.
In 2008, Karsten was appointed General Manager of the Staging Connections office in Canberra before being promoted to Regional General Manager of Queensland, New Zealand and Fiji, one of the leading event staging companies in the Asia/Pacific region with over 1,000 staff and $80m turnover.
For the past eight years Gav has been involved in the music industry in one form or another. It began with Brisbane based duo YesYou, after their first single ‘Half Of It’ was added to rotation on Triple J. The duo went onto toured with the likes of Rufus Du Sol, Ms Mr and Midnight Juggernauts. Over the coming years they released music on Yuksek’s label (Partyfine), Wonderlick/Sony and continue to work with Melbourne based label Onelove.
In 2016, Gav stepped into management with the signing of Melbourne based R&B artists and songwriter JANEVA who went onto ink a deal with Sony ATV, which has seen her go onto write with Hermitude, Young Franco, Shockone, LDRU, Basenji, Maribelle, Paces, Kota Banks to name a few. Since then he’s gone onto sign another Melbourne artist Blasko, who’s debut mixtape (released 2018) has clocked up more than two million streams, he’s supported Jhene Aiko at Margaret Court Arena, SG Lewis in Melbourne/NZ and currently releases music through Majestic Casual/Yunizon Records.
Gav also Vocal A&R’s for a number of projects including Luude, Exist Recordings, Onelove and A&R’s locally for French based independent label Yunizon Records.
Welcome Karsten and Gav!
QMusic's Annual General Meeting took place on April 16 at X CARGO in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley. The committee presented the results for 2018 with QMusic President Michael Crutcher noting that "QMusic will look back on its 24th year as another success, building on the excellent work that has been done across the last decade". Read the full report.
Riverstage has presented countless diverse and memorable shows over the years and this September will celebrate its 30th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, they want to hear about your experiences and memories from 30 years of celebrating music and culture at this iconic venue. Take the survey or upload your digital artifacts to go into the draw to win a double pass to any gig at the Riverstage in 2019!
Australian and international artists have the rare chance to perform in front of some of the most influential figures in the international music industry by showcasing at BIGSOUND. Taking place on the nights of Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 September in Brisbane, BIGSOUND Festival is the showcase opportunity that puts artists in front of the local, national and international music industry delegates. Applications close 2 May.
BIGSOUND is back from September 3-6 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct, with this year’s theme revealed as ‘The Artist As CEO’. For the first time in the event’s history, BIGSOUND will also be waving goodbye to its traditional conference home at the Judith Wright Centre and saying hello to Cloudland, providing expanded conference and meeting facilities right in the heart of the BIGSOUND Festival precinct.
Now in its 3rd year, BIGSOUND Tech will significantly expand opportunities and skill development for new creative tech developers. Apply by June 16 to be eligible for this exciting opportunity!