Coco Eke – Label Manager, Bad Apples Music
Coco Eke is the Label Manager at Bad Apples Music, an Aboriginal owned record labelestablished by Adam Briggs to create and nurture Black Excellence in the music industry.
Coco is driving growth at the label as it expands into publishing, major events and establishing a not-for-profit to inject the Australian arts sector with prepared, sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, whilst developing in-house services for the label's roster.
Her background is in marketing and events in Australia's biggest sporting codes, and fundraising and governance within community arts organisations. Coco has managed the labels roster of Philly, Birdz and worked with Blue Max Music managing A.B. Original.
Dallas Frasca – Director, A Hitch to the Sticks Festival / Industry Mentor, Collarts
Dallas is the namesake front woman of the three-piece, award-winning Australian rock outfit, Dallas Frasca.
Behind the scenes, Dallas runs her own independent record label, SB Records, and has been the spearhead for the world-first concept, A Hitch To The Sticks (AHTTS) – a music Festival which takes its audience on a three-day, live-music road-trip. AHTTS shines a spotlight on regional Victoria with 10 events run across the state while the main event is run in partnership with local council and has attracted over 4000 people. AHTTS can travel anywhere in Australia to showcase local artists, activate new live music spaces, offer cultural education, discover off-the-beaten-track hidden gems and present one hell of a line up!
Beyond her career as an artist, label owner and Director of AHTTS, Dallas is currently in the early stages of setting up a new artists services business (employing a small handful of staff) for the music industry in Australia.
Dallas isn’t one to stop there, the last six years has seen her devote substantial time to working in the N.T with indigenous women from remote communities who want to engage in music. This work has been through Music NT and the Desert Diva & Sista Sounds programs.
Behind the scenes she wears many hats including: APRA AMCOS Ambassador, Melbourne Sessions & SongHubs Advisory Board Member, industry mentor at Collarts (Australian College of the Arts), songwriter, singer, guitarist, band manager, booking agent, venue booker and successful crowd-funding campaigner.
As a musician, Dallas has toured the world, clocking over 900 shows with her band including nine international tours and has managed to put a Top 30 Australian ARIA charting album under her belt, a #10 Aus album as well as many awards including Artist of the Year. In 2018 she was a finalist for the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards and in April 2018, showed off her guitar skills to an estimated 1.5 billion viewers for the closing ceremony for the Commonwealth Games held at the Gold Coast, Australia.
Kate Duncan – CEO, The Push Inc.
Kate Duncan is the CEO of Victorian youth music organisation The Push Inc.
Leading the organisation, Kate oversees the management and strategic direction of a range of youth music programs and events held across the state, targeted towards young people aged 12 – 25 who are looking to further their careers in the contemporary music industry.
Prior to working at The Push, Kate spent several years in local government developing a range of innovative and award-winning youth music programs, as well as the Victorian Government's Office for Youth, managing the National Youth Week grants program. Kate is a current Advisory Panel Member for Music Australia, Visit Victoria’s Melbourne Winter Program and previous member of the ABC Advisory Council.
Katie Besgrove – Co-Owner, Look Out Kid / General Manager, Barely Dressed Records
Katie is the Co-Owner of Look Out Kid; an artist management and music company that works with artists such as Courtney Barnett, Sarah Blasko and Jen Cloher. She is also a founder and General Manager of Barely Dressed Records, a label that releases music by Gold Class, Jess Ribeiro, Oh Pep!, Jack Ladder and many more.
Katie began her career in the industry as a trained solicitor, specialising in the area of music and entertainment law. Having previously worked at Media Arts Lawyers and Studio Legal, she has represented artists, managers, producers, record labels, music distributors and festival owners.
Katie is also currently a Director on the Board of the Australian Record Labels Association and a Steering Committee Member of the Victorian Music Development Office.
Sally Mather – Music & Marketing Manager, Corner Group
Sally has worked in music venues in Queensland and Victoria for over 15 years and has made herself very much at home at The Corner Group since 2010.
Formally the General Manager of Ticketscout (a boutique ticketing agency that looked after 12 venues nationally) she is now Music & Marketing Manager for Melbourne music icons, Corner Hotel and Northcote Social Club and oversees the booking, marketing, logistics and events for the group’s venues.
Passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive music community, Sally has helped to develop a number of programs and partnerships at the venues, including Safer Spaces, Access All Ages and Diversity in Production Mentoring.