VMDO at Melbourne Music Week

Melbourne Music Week has unveiled their incredible 2019 program, and the VMDO is very proud to be presenting a number of key events as part of it. You can find the full program at mmw.melbourne.vic.gov.au.


Blak Sound

After a beautiful showcase at the stunning Yirramboi Festival in May, Blak Sound program artists will also be performing at Melbourne Music Week on the opening night of Thursday 14th November.

“This support of Blak Sound artists to showcase their talents as part of the City of Melbourne’s thriving musical ecosystem at Melbourne Music week is a timely messaging of the importance of First Nations Music to the broader anatomy of Melbourne Music. Blak Sound, is upholding the power, importance and depth of importance of song of First Nations Peoples as vital arts of the now. In order to truly be a world leader in terms of creativity and the intersections of arts and ethics, including First Nations Artists such as those from the Blak Sound program at MMW is a vital step to be made. That said, it is very positive that Melbourne Music Week is making a commitment to acknowledging the power of works created by First Nations artists in this way for the MMW 2019 Program”, said Neil Morris, VMDO First Peoples Business Manager.


China Music Now
Last year the VMDO presented China Music Now at Melbourne Music Week. We're still hearing great news of the positive outcomes of the 2018 program, so we're doing it again and this time there will be a real focus on touring within China as well as connecting to international Chinese audiences.

China Music Now - Connecting to China for music exporters (panel)
Friday 15th November
12.30 - 2.30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Amcor Lounge

2019 speakers include: Mindy Meng Wang (Moderator), A.J (Showstart & Rye Music Festival), Archie Hamilton, (Splitworks), Ni Bing (Taihe Music Group), Ran Zhang (Modern Sky) and Zoe Huang (Mega Stage).

The panel will focus on the VMDO’s aim of supporting local music businesses, in order to create pathways and networks into new markets within China.


MMW Talks: Scott Cohen
VMDO, MMW and RMIT Screen and Sound Cultures present:

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow: Keynote + Q&A with Scott Cohen.
Monday 18th November
3.30 - 5.30pm
RMIT Melbourne, Swanston St

A prominent public speaker and lecturer, Scott Cohen (Chief Innovation Officer, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group) travels the world evangelizing new business models for the digital age.

Streaming music and social media are driving the huge growth in the music industry. But that is about to all change with the development of VR, AI, Blockchain and other new technologies. Join us for a thought provoking and disrupting discussion with Scott, bound to alter perceptions of the future for music business.

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