MusicNSW & Sydney TAFE Music Present: Tune In! Your Guide to Australian Radio - MusicNSW

This workshop will arm you with the tools to access the many facets of radio play in Australia- whether you’re an emerging artist armed with a demo, or an aspiring plugger or band manager. Learn everything you need to know about getting airplay, including best practice, common sense ideas from some of the industry’s finest professionals, and discover the diverse and vast network of radio opportunities that make up this aspect of the music industry. Regardless of what genre you work in, which part of NSW you call home, or what level you’re at, you will gain valuable insight and skills from this free workshop – your essential guide to Australian radio.

DATE: Monday 26th May

TIME: 6.30-8.00pm

VENUE:Sydney TAFE, The Apprentice, at 695-731 Harris St, the corner of Ultimo Rd, follow signage to level 7
PRICE: All ages and FREE! Simply RSVP to by 12pm Monday 25th May.

Topics include:

– How to contact radio stations, radio shows and receive regular airplay

– Services available to help you distribute your music to radio stations

– Advice on how to send your music and which formats are required

– How to graduate from regional airplay to metropolitan airplay

– Strategies you can employ to aid your music to climb the charts

– How radio can boost your music career

– What is a plugger and when do you need one?

Moderated by:

Danny Chifley – Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

For the past decade, Danny Chifley has been employed with Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, the national peak body for community radio stations in Australia. His involvement with broadcasting stretches back even further, when he caught the community radio bug as part of his Year 10 work experience (not an actual virus). To this day, his mother retains the master recordings of this humble beginning. Since then, his love of independent media and the role it plays in exposing exciting, innovative and local artists has only flourished.

Panelists for “Tune in! Your Guide to Australian Radio” are:

Dom Alessio – triple J

Dom Alessio has been many things in his life: a music journalist, an Oztag referee, the Arts and Assistant Editor for The Brag, a lowly-paid retail employee and a host of The Bridge, the Sydney music show on FBi Radio. But for the past five years Dom’s been presenting Home & Hosed, triple j’s Australian music show. While it means he has no social life on weekdays, he has the plum job of being at the forefront of new Australian music, playing the best of it to the nation Monday to Thursday for an hour at 9pm.

John Zucco – The Right Profile

John Zucco has held positions such as National Promotions/Publicity Manager, National Marketing Manager for Australian artists and in A&R. His label career was spent at Polydor/Polygram, Universal and Shock Records and he worked at the pointy end of developing artist’s careers such as Powderfinger, The Cruel Sea and Spiderbait. A decade ago he started The Right Profile – a music services company specialising in radio and TV plugging and promotions, working with Australia’s biggest acts including Birds Of Tokyo, Karnivool, Dan Sultan, Drapht and a whole lot more.

Brooke Olsen – AMRAP

As AirIt Coordinator at the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project, Brooke works with major and independent labels and unsigned musicians to promote and distribute music to the 350 + community radio stations Australia-wide.Amrap offers a number of services to musicians at all stages of their careers, assisting them in connecting with community radio broadcasters nationally as well as tracking airplay. Brooke has volunteered and/or worked for 2RRR, 2SER, ABC Radio National. She currently presents ‘Ears Have Ears’ on FBi Radio.

Liza Harvey – 2RRR 

Liza Harvey is Station Coordinator at Sydney community station 2RRR and moonlights as Co-Director of music festival Sound Summit.  Her fascination with Australian music that sits somewhere on the fringes of “genres” and “ideals” has led her on an on-going excursion through the independent music industry and the wider independent broadcasting community.

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