China Music Now: Nov 19 2018

International music industry representatives from key Chinese music companies come together to explore how to tap into this growing music market.

Offering an invaluable insight into unprecedented opportunities that exist in China’s contemporary music market now, the expert panel will further explore the potential future connections, featuring Lolly Fan, Michael LoJudice, Alessandro Pavanello, Mathew Daniel, Ryan Wilson and Mel Cheng.

With experience in distribution, streaming and touring within China as well as connecting to international Chinese audiences, the panel will focus on the Victorian Music Development Office’s aim of supporting local music businesses, in order to create pathways and networks into new markets within China.

China Music Now: Connecting to China for music exporters
Monday 19th November 2018
3 - 5pm
Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall

This is a free event
Bookings essential

Meet the panel

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Mathew Daniel

NetEase Cloud Music | Vice President — International (China)

Mathew has been one of the pioneers in the development of the music licensing market in China for the past 13 years, having started the distribution company, R2G with his partners. After the acquisition of R2G by Tencent Music in 2016, Mathew moved to NetEase Cloud Music (NCM) to head up their International Music division. 

He has long been a friend to the independent music community and in addition to launching the first legal independent music store in China 10 years ago, he paved the way for many international artists to legally distribute their music in China, including then unknown artist Adele.

NCM, which started only in 2013, has been the fastest growing music service in China taking just 2 years to reach 100 million users; currently it has over 400 million users. With international music consumption at more than 30% on NCM, this represents the largest share amongst all music services in China.

As Technode describes it, "NetEase Cloud Music is considered the cool kid in the music streaming market with its smart music recommendation and partnership with indie musicians."

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Lolly Fan

Maybe Mars | Artist Manager (China)

Lolly Fan (Fan Yan) is in charge of Artist Management at Maybe Mars Records. She is a core member of one of the most influential labels in China. With over 8 years working experience at the forefront of local music scene, Lolly has built a strong network with the best indie artists, music media, and associated venues and organizations across China. She now manages Chinese bands Carsick Cars, Birdstriking, Chui Wan, Dream Can and Future Orients.

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Michael LoJudice

Modern Sky International | President — Global Business Development (USA)

Michael LoJudice manages international strategic partnerships and business development for mainland China's leading music entertainment company, Modern Sky Entertainment. He has 20+ years of experience in the music and web technology industries in New York and Beijing.

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Alessandro Pavanello

Kanjian | Global Business Manager (China)

Shanghai based Alessandro is a music industry professional as well as a producer/musician, currently working for China's top indie distributor Kanjian Music (看见音乐). 

He relocated to China after completing his master degree in Music Industry Management and Enterprise at London Metropolitan University in 2015. Alessandro specializes in the Chinese music market and has been consulting both Western and Chinese labels. 

With Kanjian, Alessandro has been part of the inaugural edition of the Electric Zoo Shanghai festival, and enjoyed working with the Grammy-nominated artist ZHU and indie labels such as Captured Tracks and Hospital Records. 

The producer and singer-songwriter Alessandro is actively ghostwriting for Chinese labels and touring Asia with his drum and bass project "Fractale" and as a drummer for Shanghai based sludge metal band "Alpaca".

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Ryan Wilson

Listen Up | Partner and Director of Asia (Australia)

With an unwavering passion for not only the Australian electronic music industry, but the the global music industry as a whole, Ryan Wilson is a highly enthusiastic, well-versed and well-traveled music and entertainment professional. 

Having taken on a variety of accomplished roles already throughout his considerable career; DJ, Broadcaster, Radio MD, Sound Designer, Label Exec, his most recent appointment as Sony Music’s Director of Electronic Music for Asia Pacific saw Ryan living and working across the Asia region where he spearheaded the innovative and ambitious ‘Liquid State’ joint venture with China’s leading online music-streaming service powerhouse, Tencent Music.

Ryan now has now partnered with global music promotional company Listen Up to head up their expansion in the Asia market, with Listen Up Asia.


Mel Cheng

One Louder | Artist Manager (Australia)

Mel Cheng is an Artist Manager at One Louder, working across all facets of the careers of Paul Kelly, Ball Park Music and Alex the Astronaut. In 2017, she relocated to Shanghai to work as a Festival Co-ordinator for China-based promoter Split Works on their annual music festival Concrete & Grass. Since 2011, Mel has been a lecturer and course convener at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) specialising in artist management, intellectual property law and contractual law. She has a background in music and entertainment law and is currently an admitted lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW.


China Music Now: Connecting to China for music exporters
Monday 19 November, 2018 3-5pm
Melbourne Town Hall, Yarra Room

Free Event | Bookings Essential