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 2020 Participants

 

 Ashleigh Hills - General Manager, UNIFIED Artist Management | Artist Manager

Ashleigh Hills - General Manager, UNIFIED Artist Management | Artist Manager

Ash Hills is an Artist Manager at UNIFIED Music Group which encompasses Artist Management, Recorded Music, Merchandise and Touring divisions. She also runs the UNIFIED Artist Management (UAM) pillar of the company alongside CEO, Jaddan Comerford.

UAM is made up of 16 managers, with 13 based in Australia and two in the company’s LA office. Together, the division manages the likes of Vance Joy, The Amity Affliction, Tash Sultana (The Americas), Illy and Dashboard Confessional. Ash personally manages Client Liaison and Stellie.

Ash is responsible for creating training opportunities for their managers, setting budgets forthe department and reporting all financials to the CEO and CFO.

Prior to her time at UNIFIED, Ash was an artist manager at VVV Management/123 Agency and she also ran a not for profit online channel called Tram Sessions where she managed a team of 30 volunteers who were videographers, photographers and audio engineers.

Danielle Rzik - Broadcaster, DJ & Event Curator

Danielle Rzik - Broadcaster, DJ & Event Curator

Danielle began DJ’ing in 2001 and started her career in Melbourne by running he rown small events. In 2012 she stopped working for other people in part time roles and decided to focus on her musical career. Working for herself has required managing all marketing/branding, maintaining social media and website, building a music library–digital and physical, managing rosters along with networking and budgeting for events.
 
Danielle’s events provide space for those who either don’t have space or only minimal space on Australian stages; one such event series was called Gallery. Gallery invited young women of colour, people of colour and the LGBTQIA+ community to perform, whether it was their first time or they were a few events into their career. This weekly event had repeat performers over time and included Kaiit, Pookie, Liona Tatafu, Emmpress, P-Unique and Rara Zulu. Since working with upcoming artists and continuing to run workshops in the Youth Justice Centre, it came to Danielles’s attention that young people find navigating the business side of the industry quite difficult, especially if they want to focus on their art. Danielle is now considering opening an agency that will be transparent with the artists and supporting their careers. Danielle also teaches at Box Hill Institute of TAFE in their Diploma of Music Industry where she specialises in hip hop.
Moira Mckenzie - Senior Associate, Sanicki Lawyers

Moira Mckenzie - Senior Associate, Sanicki Lawyers

Moira holds a Bachelor of Contemporary Music, Bachelor of Laws and joined Sanicki Lawyers in 2011. Specialising in entertainment and intellectual property law, Moira has a passion for working with creatives across a range of industries, with a focus on music, fashion, gaming and start-ups. She represents some of Australia’s best-known music makers, as well as artist managers, record labels, producers, music festivals, ticketing providers and has acted for the artists on The Voice and X-Factor.

With expertise in the area of Trade Marks law, Moira maintains the local and international Trade Mark portfolios for a number of high profile commercial and entertainment clients and regularly advises on Trade Mark related matters, including oppositions, co-existence agreements and Trade Mark disputes.

Moira currently serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of youth music organisation,The Push, and has served on the Board of Victoria’s peak contemporary music body, Music Victoria. She regularly volunteers her time as a pro-bono lawyer for Arts Law Centre of Australia, BIGSOUND and Face the Music/Changes conferences. In 2014, 2016 and 2017, Moira was awarded a Pro-Bono Lawyer Award from the Arts Law Centre.

Paige X. Cho - Senior Music Strategist, Bolster

Paige X. Cho - Senior Music Strategist, Bolster

Paige is an advertising strategist who is curious about music, data-driven marketing and consumer psychology. Her role as Bolster's Senior Music Strategist allows her to combineher background in psychology and digital advertising with her music industry knowledge to create digital advertising strategies for Bolsters clients. Over the past five years at Bolster, Paige has run digital campaigns for Splendour in the Grass, London Grammar, The xx, Falls Festival, Elton John, Sia, Angus & Julia Stone, Queens of the Stone Age, Adele, Groovin The Moo, Laneway Festival, LNWY and many more.
 
Paige also currently manages two teams: a Bolster paid digital pod (two digital campaign managers, a part of a wider paid digital team) and the whole Bolster organic social team (two social media managers, one community manager). This includes regular check-ins for morale, training and career progression for the team as a whole as well as individually with each person she manages. Paige works closely with the staff she manages in order to figure out their career goals, and map out clear objectives/goals with due dates that they have to work towards (including soft and hard skills), and creating smaller tasks or training sessions to help them achieve these.
Shannon Driscoll - Executive Director, Girls Rock! Melbourne

Shannon Driscoll - Executive Director, Girls Rock! Melbourne

As Executive Director of Girls Rock! Melbourne, Shannon's responsibilities include volunteer recruitment and management, bookkeeping, grant writing, policy development, communications, website maintenance, and social media, among other things. Working in conjunction with the Program Director and Board of Directors, she defines the strategic goals and direction of the organisation, represents GRM at public events and conferences, and develops, coordinates, and leads various GRM programs and sessions throughout the year.Shannon has had a variety of work and leadership experience, having worked in Volunteer Management at a hospice company, managed volunteers while working as a cook at a café, and working as a researcher and university tutor.
 Victoria Sweetie Zamora - Head of Labels & Promotions, Remote Control Records

Victoria Sweetie Zamora - Head of Labels & Promotions, Remote Control Records

Sweetie is the main point of contact at Remote Control for their local and international artists, managers and label partners (Beggars Group, Omnian Music Group, Milk! Records, Barely Dressed, Bedroom Suck + more). She maintains these relationships and organises release planning and strategy across all campaigns.
 
Sweetie also guides the full Remote Control team (seven staff members as well as two directors) and relays key information regarding their artists and labels–for whom they do all digital distribution, marketing, promotions, sync and licensing in-house. Sweetie oversees and works closely with Remote Control’s two publicists to develop their PR/promotions strategies while also spearheading the publicity campaigns for artists including Adele, Queens Of The Stone Age, Radiohead, Thexx, Courtney Barnett and more. She also works with Inertia on key releases to push for stronger retail sales and charting. On top of this, Sweetie mentors and develops the skill level of Remote Control’s junior staff and interns and was responsible for hiring and training the two current staff members in the Remote Control Sydney office. Sweetie works closely with the directors of Remote Control to future plan for the company and has represented Remote Control / Dot Dash internationally at industry conferences including A2IM Indie Week, SXSW and CMJ. In late 2019 Sweetie was elected to the Board of Directors for the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR).
 


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