PLUG IN – The Newcastle Music Conference Announces Speakers and Sessions - MusicNSW

The University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music and MusicNSW are pleased to reveal the speakers and sessions for PLUG IN, a free mini conference for musicians and industry professionals covering all aspects of performance, production and promotion.

Held on Saturday 25th October at Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, PLUG IN will kick off with The Social Musician Panel, featuring experts providing advice on how one can effectively use online services to build an audience. The panel will discuss ways to embrace our new digital age, by demonstrating how the social musician can plug in to this growing market through the use of social media.

The Social Musician Panel Industry Speakers:

Moderated by Kirsty Brown (MusicNSW)

Dayna Young – Select Music

Dayna Young is a Senior Agent at Select Music, where she represents artists including Miami Horror, Goldroom, Client Liaison, Crooked Colours, Thief, KLP (triple j house party), Nicole Millar and Japanese Wallpaper. Prior to joining Select, Dayna oversaw the roster at Archery Club, a boutique Sydney agency that specialised in developing local Djs and electronic producers. She has also worked at Jam Music (where she worked on programming for Good Vibrations Festival) and Ministry of Sound’s UK based, International Touring Division.

Zoh Dowling – HOST 

Zoh fell backwards into social media when a job as a mouthy bartender landed her a marketing role at a music venue. When the Oxford Art Factory opened, she joined the team to set up and manage their digital marketing and PR, and today she runs a small team of social media legends at Sydney ad agency Host.

DANNY YAU –  Digital Consultant/Channel [V]

Danny Yau has been working in the music industry for 15 years. He has worked for major record companies in Marketing and Digital Marketing in Australia, UK and US. A former FBi board member, journalist and musician, he currently heads the digital department of Foxtel’s music channels. He also consults independently and teaches Digital Marketing at the Australian Institute of Music.

PLUG IN will also feature professional development workshops for all levels of the music industry.

Breakout Session Topics & Speakers:

Spots are limited so RSVP is essential to confirm your place. Industry speakers and panellists will be revealed in coming days.

Copyright and Royalties – Greg Morrow (APRA)

Music Bus 101 – Marcus Wright (Big Apachee)

Event Planning – Marcus Wright (Big Apachee)

Ableton Workshops– Damien Goundrie (Ableton Live)

Projection Mapping – Jonathan Rutherford (UoN)

Song Writing – Thelma Plum with Greg Morrow of APRA

Song Writing Session – co-presented by APRA/AMCOS

This song writing session led by Thelma Plum and facilitated by APRA AMCOS, will provide you with insight into writing catchy melodies, collaborating with producers and other songwriters, as well as tips on capturing your creative output and crafting your music. Thelma Plum is a singer-songwriter from Brisbane who has gone from strength to strength after winning the triple j’s Unearthed competition in July 2012. Capturing the hearts of music lovers across the country, Thelma has opened national tours for Bob Evans and Emma Louise, sold out her first national headline tour to support her debut ROSIE EP release (Footstomp/Warners), and been named a finalist in the Qld Music Awards, National Indigenous Music Awards, Deadly Awards and the prestigious Vanda & Young Songwriting competition.


PLUG IN – The Newcastle Music Conference

WHAT: PLUG IN – The Newcastle Music Conference
WHEN: 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm Saturday 25th of October
WHERE: The Newcastle Conservatorium, Cnr Laman Street, Auckland St, Newcastle
PRICE: Free! RSVP Essential at

PROGRAM: Full program details are now available from {insert link}


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