Joanna Cave (Support Act) , Sharon Draper (Psychologist) , Nick Yates ( UNFD) and Elana Stone (All Our Exes Live in Texas) .
Nick Yates, UNFD: Nick Yates currently works as the Head of Artist Management for Unified, one of Australia’s fastest growing independent music companies. Day to day he is responsible for the careers of Illy, Violent Soho, The Kite String Tangle, Nina Las Vegas, and Montgomery, as well as overseeing the management division of the company. Unified is the management home to other successful artists such as Vance Joy, The Amity Affliction, Remi, and many more.
Joanna Cave, Chief Executive Support Act: Joanna has over 20 years CEO experience in charity and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and Australia. In 2013, Jo was appointed as Support Act’s first Chief Executive. She holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Copyright Law and is a graduate of the British Prime Minister’s Leadership Programme.
Sharon Draper: Sharon Draper is a Psychologist who works from a humanistic, existentialist and integrative approach. Sharon plays a number of instruments and graded highly in piano. She has a passion for music and has worked therapeutically with many musicians in Australia. She has a good understanding of the benefits of music on mental health and tries to incorporate music into her work with clients whenever appropriate. She has attended music therapy workshops and focuses her own research on the influence music has on our emotional states.
Elana Stone, All Our Exes Live In Texas: Elana plays and sings in Sydney four-piece band All Our Exes Live In Texas. Fresh of the back of a UK tour, Elana will share with us her tips for keeping healthy and sane while on the road.
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
Featuring CEO – Select Music Agency & Select Touring), Gregg Donovan (Wonderlick), Stephen Wade ( Jessica Krishnaswamy (BBE) and Annie Hamilton (Little May).
Gregg Donovan: Gregg Donovan started his career in the early 90’s as a manager and local promoter in Canberra. In mid 90’s he moved to Sydney to work as an office manager for promoter Steve Pavlovic (Pav Presents). He soon became a tour manager / promoter rep working with the likes of Fugazi, The Beastie Boys, NOFX and Ben Harper. After that he went out on his own as a freelance tour manager and worked with Pearl Jam, Ricky Martin, Shania Twain, At The Drive In, The Mars Volta, Deftones, Lily Allen, The Happy Mondays and Muse to name a few. Gregg won two ALMAS (Australian Live Music Awards) for his work as a Tour Manager. He has also been active in the Australian Music community by being involved in many panels and conferences. He spent two years on the board of Music NSW and three years on the Australian board of the IMMF (international Music managers Forum). He is also a founding member of the AAM (Australian Association of Managers) where he spent three years on the board. Since 2001 Gregg has had his own artist management company called Step2 Artist Management. In 2007 Gregg Donovan and Stuart MacQueen decided to partner up and start a new company called Wonderlick Entertainment. Wonderlick has a JV with Sony ATV Publishing & also has a label JV with Sony Music. They currently over see the careers of Boy & Bear, Airbourne, Grinspoon, Josh Pyke, Pete Murray, Montaigne, The Outdoor Type, Phil Jamieson and The Paper Kites.
Jess Krishnaswamy, BBE: One half of Sydney-based power team BBE, Jessica Krishnaswamy, along with husband and business partner Anand are responsible for some of Australia’s most exciting tours in the past three years. A quick look at BBE’s wrap sheet of tours reaffirms Broadsheet’s claim that BBE is ‘Sydney’s Touring Tastemakers’ – Skepta, Little Dragon, RL Grime, ODESZA, Jamie xx, Kaytranada, Gesaffelstein, Flosstradamus, Boys Noize, Dillon Francis, Cashmere Cat and more. In January this year, the pair, alongside their Brisbane Business Partner, Oh Hello club owner Steven Papas, launched FOMO Festival and with the success of year one have expanded into Adelaide and Sydney in 2017.
Stephen Wade: Stephen Wade is CEO/Owner and booking agent at Select Music. He represents Australia’s best talent including RÜFÜS, Passenger, Boy & Bear, Josh Pyke, San Cisco, Emma Louise, Seth Sentry, Ladyhawke, Holy Holy, The Church and Client Liaison to name but a few. Select Music is the now the biggest independent agency in Australia representing acts like The Preatures, Ball Park Music, Peter Garrett, Tkay Maidza & Shock One across every musical genre. Sister company Select Touring has presented hundreds of tours inc Panic At The Disco, Ice Cube, The Dandy Warhols, Good Charlotte to Australia & NZ.
Annie Hamilton, Little May: Annie is one third of Sydney band Little May. She also works as an artist, graphic designer and textile maker.