GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2015 is proudly brought to you by Independent Music New Zealand in partnership with the NZ Music Commission and is supported by NZ On Air and a Recorded Music NZ Music Grant.
Organisation: SB Global Entertainment
Country: UK / NZ
“After gaining a music scholarship to a top English Boarding school, I achieved Grade trumpet with distinction. However my interests lay in Rock n Roll and I was in several bands through school playing keyboards and earned extra money as a cocktail pianist. At Uni I studied sound engineering but realised I didn’t want to spend my life listening to thousands of takes of the same guitar part in a dark basement and realised my passion lay in discovering new artists. I worked at a management company in London and after they realised I wasn’t an accountant, I went to work at Island Records working in International and Marketing departments as well as scouting. I then did A&R at Gut and Telstar Records until I became quite disillusioned with it all and decided to leave the business. A few months later I started managing KT Tunstall. I did this for 13 years and guided her to 5 million album sales (several times platinum in NZ), 4 Brit nominations (one award), a Grammy nomination, an Ivor Novello award, and the Mercury Music Prize. Along the way I picked up a Manager of the Year award and had 6 top ten UK albums across my roster. I am now based in New Zealand where I maintain my management company and have recently started a JV label with Universal Music NZ.” – Simon Banks
Organisation: Meredith & Golden Plains Festival(s)
Woody McDonald is music director for Meredith & Golden Plains festivals. Recently hailed by The Guardian as “Australia’s best festival” Golden Plains is in its 10th year while Meredith turns 25 in December.
Organisation: Aston Rd
Cushla Aston is the founder of Aston Rd, a boutique management company who navigates the careers of soul artist Louis Baker, internationally acclaimed Weissenborn artist Thomas Oliver and alt-beatmaker Estère. Cushla joined the New Zealand music industry proper four years ago after returning from a decade of living and working in the UK. In that time she has worked with notable independent platinum selling acts like Fat Freddy’s Drop, Kora and Trinity Roots. In 2012 Cushla won ‘Upcoming Manager of the Year’ and was a finalist for ‘Manager of the Year’ in 2014. Cushla is an active participant in the New Zealand Music Industry sitting on the executive committee for the MMF and on the board for IMNZ. She has also sat on panels at AWME and Going Global two years running. Collectively Aston Rd’s clients have been finalists for the APRA Silver Scroll awards, NZ Music Critics Choice awards and Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. They’ve toured in the UK, Europe, Polynesia and Australia, and have achieved independent debut album releases charting within the top ten New Zealand album charts.
Organisation: The AU Review
Larry Heath is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular independent music & arts outlet the AU review, and has made a name for himself travelling the world supporting great Australian music – and bringing the music of the world back to the ears of his Australian readers in the process. Off the back of the site – which reaches over 3 million people a month – Larry has published four music related books, runs a regular live acoustic session series in Sydney, spoken at events around the world – from SXSW in Austin to Music Matters in Singapore – appeared on TV in Canada and Australia and launched the Music Video Festival “Captured”, which returns for its third instalment this year. The AU Review is one of the most read music sites in the country – spawning five sister sites, four books, a digital radio station and regular events in Australia and around the world, including at the annual CMJ festival in New York City and Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Content from the site has also appeared on HBO, in the recent DFA1979 documentary an in publications around the world – from SPIN to the Rolling Stone.
Organisation: Lake Wanaka SouNZ Incorporated
Founder and Director of NZ’s longest running Kiwi Music Festival (Rippon), Lynne is committed in her vision of NZ artists becoming a global economic force within the Creative Industries. The not-for-profit body she has governed since 1997 (Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc), also hosts the YAMI (Youth & Adults in the Music Industry) Summit and Sounz Forza Workshops in Wanaka.
Organisation: Pitch Perfect PR
National Publicist for artists such as Parquet Courts, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Todd Terje, Wild Beasts, Temples, Sharon Van Etten, Quilt, Burger Records, Protomartyr, and many more and festivals such as Pitchfork Music Festival, Pickathon, Burgerama. Also handles comedy PR for Tim & Eric, Kyle Kinane, and Scharpling & Wurster. Enjoys snacks.
Organisation: Mind Your Music / One Gazillion, Inc.
Karyn Rachtman is best known as Music Supervisor and/or Producer on the Soundtrack Albums for some of the most critically acclaimed films of our time including PULP FICTION, RESEVOIR DOGS, REALITY BITES, BOOGIE NIGHTS, CLUELESS, BULWORTH, Baz Lurhman’s ROMEO & JULIET, MOULIN ROUGE and OFFICE SPACE, to name a few. The films she has served as music supervisor and/or executive soundtrack producer for have collectively sold more than 50 million copies in the United States alone. In the late 90’s early 00’s she served as Vice President of Soundtracks and A&R at Capitol Records and Head of Soundtracks at Interscope. As of late Karyn has been busy running One Gazillion, Inc. her multi-faceted entertainment services company focused on music supervision, film production and consulting for the likes of social media company TheAudience, Vice and Anonymous Content to name a few. She recently finished producing the award-winning documentary “Sweet Micky For President” with long time friend and business partner Pras Michel of the Fugees.
Organisation: NZ On Air
Brendan is part of the Senior Leadership Team at broadcast funding agency, NZ On Air. He has been with NZ On Air since it was established in 1989. He set up and currently runs NZ On Air’s music funding and promotions schemes. Before NZ On Air, Brendan was the Music Manager at the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council (now Creative New Zealand) for 10 years. In 2011, he was awarded an MNZM – Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit – for services to music.
Organisation: Chapter Music
Guy Blackman is a musician, music manager, journalist and co-director of long-running Australian label Chapter Music. Chapter Music began in Perth, Western Australia in 1992 and has amassed a catalogue of over 120 releases by the likes of Twerps, Dick Diver, Laura Jean and Jonny Telafone, plus reissues of Australian post-punk, Japanese folk, gay rock pioneers and 70s psychedelic heroes. Guy also co-manages guitar pop band Twerps. Guy is a solo musician, plays in groups Montero and Minimum Chips, and as a music journalist has written for the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere.
Organisation: Flying Nun / Flying Out
Matthew Davis is the current Chair of Independent Music New Zealand and has been involved in NZ music in some manner or other for more than 10 years. He spends most of his working day as Label Manger for Flying Nun Records and also running their store and distributor, Flying Out. This sees him work with both new releases, catalogue re-issues and bands such as The Clean, The Chills, Chris Knox, The Bats, Headless Chickens, Grayson Gilmour, T54, Surf Friends, Sharpie Crows and many more. A strong advocate for the development of NZ independent music, his daily routine contains such tasks as A&R and publicity through to packing records, working at the shop counter and coming up with impractical merch ideas.
Organisation: NZ Music Commission
Victoria (Vicky) Blood has had a 30 year career in the international music industry – much of it based in London. During the 1990s she was Head of Marketing and Creative Development at BMG/RCA Entertainment UK, working with Hall & Oates, Annie Lennox, M People, Take That and many other major artists. In 1997, together with Tim Byrne, Vicky established and managed the Byrne Blood Group, selling over 20 million records worldwide with artists Steps and A1. Relocating to NZ in 2004, and intending to semi-retire, Vicky soon found herself developing the career of Gin Wigmore and managing Gin until 2010, when she handed the reins to US-based Direct Management. Vicky has also acted as A&R consultant on NZ#1 hit ‘Girl in Stilettos’ for Annah Mac (2012 Sony), and worked on artist development with Lorde for Universal Music NZ. She continues to voluntarily mentor several developing NZ artists. Vicky has been a Trustee of the NZ Music Commission since October 2010 and was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees in March 2013.
Organisation: Music Glue
Mark is the founder & CEO of Music Glue, a London (UK) based Direct-to-Fan (D2F) platform that empowers artists of all sizes to become global retailers by commercialising the direct relationship with their fans. Music Glue consolidates the best of Shopify, Kickstarter & Eventbrite and is the only platform available today allowing artists anywhere in the world to sell any product (digital content, physical items, experiences or tickets) to anyone, anywhere, in any currency, any language and via any device. With offices in London, New York and Sydney, Music Glue is now experiencing exponential growth and is the preferred D2F supplier for Bryan Ferry, Mumford & Sons, Neill Finn, Jose Gonzalez, Enter Shikari, Public Service Broadcasting + over 20 thousand other artists looking to control the global retail relationship with their fans.
Organisation: Secretly Group
Phil Waldorf co-founded the record label Dead Oceans, a sister label to Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian, in 2007. The three labels, with The Numero Group and SC Publishing, formally launched Secretly Group in 2013. The Secretly Group labels are home to such artists as Bon Iver, The War on Drugs, The Tallest Man on Earth, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Antony, and Phosphorescent, among many others. Waldorf focuses on A&R for Dead Oceans, and the business development of Secretly Group, and heads the label group’s Austin, Texas, office.
Head of Content at BABOOM. Previously with Nine Entertainment. Founder of Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa & co-founder of music collective Fly My Pretties.
Organisation: NZ Music Commission
Cath Andersen is the Chief Executive of the NZ Music Commission – a Government funded arts agency that undertakes projects in New Zealand and abroad to assist contemporary popular NZ music businesses. The Music Commission runs the annual celebration NZ Music Month, funds international projects through the Outward Sound programme, has a host of resources and services available to support musicians and industry professionals; and also works with the Ministry of Education to deliver New Zealand music programmes into schools. Cath has previously worked as an artist manager, and a tour promoter and booking agent for both international and NZ bands.
Organisation: Paper Shoes Music
Moving through high school playing too much music and studying too little, 21-year-old Will Watson knew from a young age his life would be devoted to music. Coming straight out of grade 12, hitting the tour van and playing his spiritually cultivated roots music across Australia for the best part of 18 months, the times when he wasn’t touring got old very quickly. So January 2014 saw Will found boutique bookings and touring agency, Paper Shoes Music, with a focus to folk, surf, reggae and conscious music. 12 months later at the start of 2015, the agency has signed 4 great Australian artists to long term booking deals, curated more than 25 tours including 2 international artists, expanded the agency into New Zealand touring as well as booking for 800 capacity Brisbane venue, THE TRIFFID. With no signs of slowing down, at 21 Will Watson has cemented a place as a devoted musician, businessman and most importantly, a music fan.
Organisation: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Based in Warner/Chappell’s New York office, David Goldsen signs new talent and works closely with songwriters and artists across the Warner/Chappell roster. He signed and works with Vance Joy, and is also focused on building up the New York writer and producer contingent, as well as Warner/Chappell’s international artist roster.
Organisation: Panache Booking
Meredith Fraser is a booking agent from New Orleans, LA who works for Panache Booking. She has been working in the music industry since her late teens while also developing a career in the Hollywood film industry. Panache Booking’s enthusiasm for music and the artists the agency represents reflects exactly the type of attitude Meredith strives for in her work there. Meredith also runs a small New Orleans based record label called Pizza Burglar Records. She’s joined the music industry full time representing artists like Marnie Stern, La Luz, U.S. Girls, Destruction Unit, Ex-Cult, Juan Wauters, and more.
Organisation: Carb on Carb
James Stuteley is 1/2 of Auckland band Carb on Carb. He has booked and managed many DIY tours, including 2 Australian tours so far in 2015. The band have recently released a 12″ album with Australian label Black Wire Records, and via Toothache Splinter in Malaysia, Ronald Records in the USA, and Lesstalk Records in Australia. Carb on Carb will be undertaking a 5 week tour of the USA at the end of 2015.
Organisation: Kanine Records
Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY since 2000, Lio has worked in pretty much every aspect of the music business – from working in small indie record stores, to running club nights for 15 years in the NYC/Brooklyn area (booking bands, djing, promoting), managing bands, A&R and Sales at various indie labels, working in physical and digital distribution. His greatest feat has been running and maintaining the healthy environment that Kanine Records has had for the past 12 years. From releasing numerous debut releases from indie greats like Grizzly Bear, Chairlift, Surfer Blood, Braids, and many more Kanine has helped culture a true environment of music love and continues to do so each day with each new release. You can find the same musical love within many of their newer releases by artists; Beverly, Fear of Men, Flowers, Beach Day, Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, September Girls, Pinact, Leave The Planet, Expert Alterations, and many more.
Organisation: Believe Digital
Stephen has more than 30 years of senior industry experience in the artist management field previously representing the likes of The Lighthouse Family, Dina Carroll, Urban Species, and set up Creation Management with Alan McGee in 2002. Creations impressive roster included Mogwai, The D4, The Charlatans, The Libertines, Kathryn Williams, Dirty Pretty Things, The Beta Band, The Kills and Mew. Whilst at Creation Stephen also ran Poptones records and consulted to The Hives. Believe Digital is a fully independent digital distributor and services provider for artists & labels worldwide.
The company has over 250 employees worldwide with offices in France, The UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, LATAM, Asia, Eastern Europe, The Middle East and Africa. The company prides itself on providing personal tailor made services for each label and artist.
Organisation: Songs For Children
Country: Hong Kong
Songs For Children is an independent music promotions company which began six years ago, as a DJ night after Jane Blondel moved from the UK to Hong Kong and missed the indie scene. After a year it seemed natural to start bringing over the acts being played at the club – the first act was Theoretical Girl and it grew to hosting international acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Dinosaur Jr, Carl Barat, Yuck, Slowdive, Happy Mondays, Washed Out, Best Coast, The Drums, Veronica Falls, Deerhoof and many more. Jane Blondel also books shows/tours throughout Asia and recently started a record label, Records for Children with the first release in 2015 by Hong Kong band Thud.
MARK DE JONG
Organisation: Smoke Music
Playing bass since he was 14 years old, Mark de Jong has always had music in his blood. From being in a host of bands in his teens, through to managing music events in his 20’s, Mark now understands both the performance and management sides of the musician’s journey. In 1989 Mark founded Parachute Festival, an annual event that saw 25,000 people descend on Hamilton’s Mystery Creek. Ending the event after 24 years, Parachute still stands as the country’s longest-running music festival. In 2010, Mark was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to music. Nowadays, Parachute Music’s focus lies in the burgeoning area of artist development, with Mark and the team working closely with an expanding roster of young talented artists, preparing them for a holistic career with creative and industry mentoring. In 2014, Mark set up Smoke Music, a full service venture spanning artist management and commercial music services. Smoke’s roster includes Ruby Frost, The Soorleys, Mae Valley, Brendon Thomas and The Vibes and Nakita Turner. Mark’s international outlook and firm belief in collaboration has seen Smoke’s artists working with songwriters from Stockholm to Nashville in the pursuit of the perfect tune.
Organisation: Recorded Music NZ
Damian Vaughan is the CEO of Recorded Music NZ, the non-profit industry representation and licensing organisation for recording artists and record companies. It divides its services into three main areas. Member Services delivering projects including the Vodafone NZ Music Awards, the weekly Official NZ Top40 Charts and the Music Grants programme. Collective communication and broadcast licensing of sound recordings as well as joint public performance licensing via OneMusic in collaboration with APRA and as Pro-Music dedicated to protecting and promoting the interests of artists and labels across the New Zealand recording industry. Vaughan has a strong background in licensing and has held roles with PRS for Music in the UK and more recently at APRA New Zealand. He is the former business development manager at Independent Music NZ and has also worked for Kog Transmissions, a leading independent label in New Zealand.
Organisation: The Orchard
Henry has covered a lot of bases before joining The Orchard. Work in warehouse and logistics management through retail sales, bookings & promotions, and artist publicity enabled him to learn the industry from the bottom up. He has handled label management, radio, acquisitions, retail & online marketing, artist management, strategy & planning across the board, including for companies such as Inertia and Other Tongues. A passionate creative advocate he has previously served as a Director on the AIR board and is currently Director of Australia & New Zealand business for The Orchard. The Orchard is a pioneering music, video and film distribution company with a comprehensive list of label services. Additionally they are a globally top ranked YouTube Multi Channel Network who have offices in over 25 global markets.
Organisation: Spunk Records
Aaron Curnow is the founder/owner of Spunk Records. Since it’s inception, Spunk has released nearly 500 records from a large range of artists including Mac Demarco, Bill Callahan, Bat For Lashes, Ty Segall etc. With a passion for discovery of local NZ talent, Spunk’s Australasian artists include Tiny Ruins, Aldous Harding, Yumi Zouma, Nadia Reid & New Gum Sarn.
Organisation: Native Tongue Music Publishing
Paul is a New Zealand-based publishing manager, composer, singer and guitarist. Currently Paul is the Writer Relations Manager for Native Tongue Music Publishing and previous to this was the General Manager Mushroom Music Publishing for 9 years. Paul is the Deputy Chair of the NZ Music Commission, and regularly leads sessions in the sector on governance, law and music publishing. He is also Deputy Chair of the Atamira Trust Board. As an artist Paul composes for theatre and dance, (ATC, Silo, Okareka, Last Tapes, The Large Group). He has released albums under his own name and under the moniker ‘Gramsci’. Since 2013 his musical direction has centred on the found sound electronica of his project The Impending Adorations. The Impending Adorations released 3 albums through 2013; ‘Gestalt’ ‘Intentions’ and ‘Further’, and released a new singles in 2015. Paul has collaborated with numerous New Zealand musicians such as Concord Dawn, Anika Moa, Module, Rhian Sheehan, James Duncan, SJD, Fly My Pretties, Dick “Majik” Johnson, Epsilon Blue and choreographer/author Douglas Wright.
Organisation: Triple M Management
Craig Pearce is the Co-Manager and Tour Manager of The Black Seeds and Manager of The Phoenix Foundation. He has worked with these groups and other acts such as Lawrence Arabia and Connan Mockasin since 2006. With numerous international tours to Europe, US, Canada, Pacific, Australia as well as NZ under his belt, he is a go to guide for festivals, and deserves a medal for his numerous dealings with the US Visa office! He is a self-confessed spreadsheet geek who loves nothing more than “finding” royalties when he is having a bad day at work.
Organisation: DRM NZ / Rhythmethod
From humble beginnings some thirteen years ago in a single-car garage hidden deep in the suburbs of East Auckland, New Zealand, Rhythmethod has grown into New Zealand’s largest and most successful independent distributor. Managing Director and Owner Peter Baker, with his twenty-odd years experience in music in New Zealand, has overseen release campaigns from multi-platinum selling acts like The Black Seeds, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Shapeshifter, Tiki and Flight Of The Conchords. Fat Freddys Drop debut album “Based On A True Story” has sold over 140,000 copies, currently 9 times Platinum and has the honour of being New Zealand’s highest selling independent local release. Peter was appointed as the RIANZ Independent Delegate in 2010 and is on the committee for the NZ Music Awards for his fourth year. 2012 saw Peter take over the General Manager role for Digital Management Rights New Zealand. DRM NZ has grown to be New Zealand’s most respected digital aggregator for local content and proffered provider for iTunes.
Organisation: Digital Media Trust
Nicky Harrop is currently developing the music industry major for Massey University’s new Bachelor of Commercial Music degree, and is involved in content and social media strategy for websites NZ On Screen and AudioCulture. Nicky has a record company background, and has held roles in publicity, label management and marketing, representing a wide variety of artists. She also has experience in live events, sponsorship and artist development.
Organisation: Flying Nun Records / Arch Hill Recordings / Flying Out
Ben Howe was not only in Flying Nun band Superette, but in 1999 established the NZ label Arch Hill. Artists include icons such as David Kilgour, Don McGlashan, The Clean, The Bats, Bailter Space and new artists such as Tiny Ruins, Doprah, Street Chant, Surf City, Ghost Wave and others. Ben is also a partner in Aeroplane Music Services and Arch Hill Music Publishing. In his spare time he is the General Manager of Flying Nun Records, when he is not being on the Board of the NZ Music Commission and running the Flying Out store.
Scott Muir is a man at the centre of the Dunedin music scene. He manages the live music venue Refuel, as well as prominent Dunedin bands The Chills and The Verlaines, and mentors many others. Muir is one of the people behind the music resource website DunedinMusic.com and has a role in managing the business end of the Albany Street Recording Studio – a co-operative venture with the University of Otago Music Department. He serves on the board of Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ), is a regional coordinator for the Music Managers Forum (MMF), and sits on the board of the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust.
Organisation: Page One Management
Ashley Page started life in music nearly two decades ago in the U.K. as International Promotions Manager at Mushroom / Infectious Records, overseeing the Worldwide campaigns for a wide variety of major artists from Garbage, Ash, and Peter Andre. In 2000 Ashley moved to New Zealand where he took up the A&R and Label Management post at Festival Mushroom Records and Flying Nun Records – signing the Mint Chicks in 2003. Ashley was Head of A&R and Australasian Marketing Manager at Warner Music New Zealand from 2005-2008. Ashley Page left Warner late 2008, and now owns and runs Page One Management where he manages BROODS and KidsOf88. Ashley also co-owns the Dryden Street label, home of both BROODS and KidsOf88, as well as overseeing the NZ arm of boutique music supervision company Level Two Music NZ.
Organisation: APRA AMCOS
Ant Healey is the Head of New Zealand Operations at APRA AMCOS, which represents over 80,000 New Zealand and Australian music writers and publishers. Anthony is also a Trustee of the Centre for NZ Music and the New Zealand Music Foundation.
Organisation: New Zealand Music Commission
Organisation: Public Address