Gold Sounds Music Conference
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Gold Sounds Music Conference

rom 13-16 October, Central Victoria’s biggest music conference returns for its second year, bringing together Victoria’s regional and Melbourne music communities for a host of panels, workshops, networking events, and a youth program.

Held on Djaara Country in Castlemaine, the conference sessions cover a myriad of topics and play host to an extraordinary array of music industry professionals including artist managers, booking agents, musicians, academics, activists and more.

The conference kicks off in style at The Taproom on Thursday 13 October with a launch of television and radio broadcaster Myf Warhurst’s book The Time of My Life – described as “a captivating and joyous memoir of wisdom, humour and heart that unleashes the music within us all”. Join Myf in conversation with Gold Sounds Director Fionna Allan, as she shares funny, fabulous and occasionally fraught tales.

Friday 14 October sees the event move to the Phee Broadway Theatre in the centre of Castlemaine. Conference programming will feature sessions on mental health wellness, music and activism, regional festival and venue programming, opportunities and tips when applying for grants and funding, and a session on creative collaboration.

On Saturday 15 October, the focus turns to songwriting copyright and licensing, community radio, marketing and PR and youth-focussed events programmed in direct response to young people. Saturday will also feature a special Yarning Strong panel from Support Act, focussing on breaking down barriers for First Nations artists, including guests Mitch Tambo and Dallas Woods.

On Sunday 16 October, musicians take centre stage as songwriting clinics featuring Cash Savage are held by APRA AMCOS.