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Music Victoria presents a free music workshop at St Kilda Festival

4 Feb 2011

For the first time, St Kilda Festival welcomes Music Victoria to the program. Music Victoria will be hosting a free information workshop next Tuesday 8th February as part of the 2011 St Kilda Festival. If you’re an emerging artist and wondering exactly what Music Victoria is about, now is the time to get friendly!

Music Victoria’s CEO, Patrick Donovan, will be joined by singer-songwriter Jen Cloher; accomplished band booker and manager Neil Wedd; and publicist Karen Conrad who has worked with legendary Australian acts such as Jimmy Little, Mental As Anything and Dave Graney to name a few.

Together they will explain what Music Victoria can do for you as contemporary musician and offer practical advice on how to manage your music career. Entry is free and open to all ages.

When: Tuesday 8th February 2011
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Alliance Francais – 51 Grey St, St Kilda
Cost: Free entry

2011 St Kilda Festival
5th – 13th February 2011

About our panellists:

Patrick Donovan
Patrick Donovan was a music journalist in a previous life, having spent 20 years at The Age newspaper, where he picked the brains of such music legends as Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop and more. Now he brings his love of and passion for Victorian music to his new role as CEO of leading peak body Music Victoria, which looks after the interests of the local contemporary music industry and community.

Karen Conrad
Karen is a US-born Melbourne based publicist. She has handled publicity for the Age EG Music Awards since 2005 and other glittery events including the Great Southern Hunter S Thompson Wake and Charles Jenkins Annual Winter Ball. She has worked with Daddy Cool, Ross Wilson, Mental As Anything, Penny Ikinger, Barry Adamson, Gary Numan, Steve Lucas, Ron Peno, Kim Salmon, Dave Graney, Clare Moore, and Jimmy Little.

Neil Wedd
Neil has spent 30 years learning the music business. Starting in 1982 with a fortuitous meeting with Ken West (Big Day Out) in Perth he has promoted and booked tours, run venues (Prince of Wales, Metro, Billboard, Thornbury Theatre), managed artists (British India), run a website (, DJed and generally immersed himself in the music business.

Jen Cloher
Jen is a self-managed independent artist based in Melbourne. After graduating from acting at NIDA she decided to pursue a career in music. Her first album Dead Wood Falls was nominated for an ARIA for Best Female Artist. Her second album Hidden Hands was named as one of the top ten releases of 2009 by The Age and nominated for three Age EG awards including best song and best album. Cloher launches a new series of workshops in 2011 called I Manage My Music, specifically tailored to assist the self-managed musician:


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