Sunshine Coast Music Industry Turns Out to TURN UP!

150 musicians and music industry personnel turned up at the Nambour Civic Centre on Thursday 25 June to connect, network, listen and learn.

The key topics for the industry panel discussion was about playing live music – Gigs, festivals, touring and media, facilitated by Ant McKenna (Sunshine Coast Council) and featuring Bill Hauritz (Woodford Folk Festival), Jeff Chandler (Gympie Music Muster), Mark Pico (The Big Pineapple Music Festival), Kevin Borich (Artist), Brian Goodworth (The Solbar), Anthony Lustri (Alt Journal).

All bands/acts out there these days need to play gigs, tour and play on festivals as much as possible as these things are the main way of getting your music out their these days and getting people to hear you play live, so it was good to have all these great people/speakers on the one panel to hear what they look for and want when booking a act/band for a gig/festival which was great for local Sunshine Coast musos. The event was strongly focused on bringing music people together. Breaks in the program enabled attendees to interact, network and share whilst being entertained by some of the Sunshine Coast’s world-class showcase artists: Karen Law Duo and Dear Willow who put on a great show.

Feedback on the TURN UP event has been overwhelmingly positive, from attendees, speakers, showcase artists and the local industry.

This event was made possible through funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, organised by the Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance. The TURN UP organisers would like to extend a big thank you to all the speakers who gave their valuable time to share some really great content and insights into the business.

As a showcase artist, it was simply an incredible opportunity to perform in front of such a significant audience, of fellow artists, promoters, festival and event organisers. The feedback was instant and very positive, and I have already had a lot of interest in my band as a result, including a feature on Balcony TV in September.  I was also able to promote a new venture – Sunday Folk – that I am starting with RADF funding. Musicians approached me on the night wishing to be part of this concert series, and I was offered radio and other media publicity from people who were there.

The panel discussion was really helpful, I took away tips on how to approach venue organisers, where to prioritise social media activity, and the overall message was to grow my own local following, and then branch out from there ‘like a tree’ as Mark Pico said. Thanks to our showcase opportunity I have been able to act on that straight away. Thanks to the Turn Up team for a really professional event. Karen Law Duo

The “Turn Up Event was a great opportunity to meet up with local people involved in the music business. Thank you. It was great to have the chance to hear the views of the people running all the large festivals and venues in the local and surrounding areas. Thanks again. Nathaniel Abbey, Pander Rock Duo

Very appreciative of the organisers making such an event available to local artists, a very big thank you!! Mia Hacker, Leweton Cultural Experience

The goal of this event was to get Sunshine Coast musicians and industry personnel together in one place at one time to turn up, connect, share and network which they did. David Dean, Hostile Entertainment