Music Workshops – March/April


An opportunity for artist managers, self-managed artists, event coordinators, and anyone interested in artist management to connect and engage on current issues, discuss management practice and support development in Tasmania, and foster a collaborative network. There is a bar tab provided by the Association of Artist Managers.

Where: Tattersalls Hobart @ 112 Murray Street Hobart
Time: 6-7.30pm
Cost: Free for Music Tasmania members.$10 for public (cost of MT membership).


In February this year, Arts Tasmania joined with Pozible in launching the Tasmania specific crowd funding initiative Crowbar. We will be hearing from Arts Tasmania concerning the new initiative so please come with questions.

Where: Tattersalls Hobart @ 112 Murray Street Hobart
Time: 6-7.30pm
Cost: Free for Music Tasmania members.$10 for public (cost of MT membership).

We are also interested to hear from Tasmanian artists who have successfully crowdfunded a project and are willing to provide their thoughts at the workshop.


Music Tasmania is partnering with local recording studios to deliver small group expeditions into Hobart’s busy recording studios, led by the engineer’s that own and work in them. The engineer will discuss the characteristics of the studio, their recording approach and the gear they use.

The first expedition is scheduled for April 16 from 6-7pm @ Avalon Futurium located at Melville Street, Hobart. Spots are limited so please RSVP to

If you are a studio owner or if you know of a studio owner who would be interested in being involved please send us an email at

For a full listing of the studio tours visit our workshops page.

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Music Workshops – Feb/March

Music Tasmania will be providing development workshops and connect sessions on a regular basis throughout the year. We welcome your suggestions for topics and guest speakers. Let us know the questions you want answered.

Workshops are free for members, and $10 for general public (cost of MT membership). All ages (unless stated otherwise), experience levels and areas of interest are welcome, particularly artists/musicians, managers, event organisers, and topic specific practitioners.

We aim to make these informative discussions, yet casual and spontaneous to attendees questions.

Feb 26 Wed – What makes a good band photo?
Venue: Tattersalls – 112 Murray Street, Hobart
6pm: Arrive/networking
6.30 – 7.30pm: Workshop session

Get advice from local photographers Damien Peck, Phil Kitt and media representatives Kane Young (The Mercury) and Lucy MacDonald (Aphra Magazine). Discussions will focus on the impact that photographs and imagery can have to support your music presentation, importance for media attention and coverage, and the technical specifics regarding photo quality for different purposes.

Find out how to make it to that great placement in the front pages or take up some large ‘real-estate’ in a magazine. We’ll discuss press shots, to online, and live photography.


March 5 Wed – Youth Arts & Recreation Centre
- 44 Collins Street, Hobart. 
March 6 Thurs – Fresh Cafe
178 Charles Street, Launceston.
6pm: Arrive/networking
6.30pm – 7.45pm: Workshop session

with special guest speakers: Jonathan Notley (Bliss n Eso) and Adam Jankie (COO Illusive Sounds/Manager Bliss n Eso), facilitated by Dario Phillips (Music Tasmania). The panel and attendees will discuss artistic development and planning activity around live performance and touring, followed by considering the foundations required to further your live career.

Topic discussion points will include:
Live performance

  • Developing a great live show (versatility)
  • Stagecraft
  • Presentation and Engagement
  • Working with in-house teams
  • Getting the most from in-house production
  • Developing live show team – technicians and support


  • Local market show structuring
  • Finding and developing your market
  • Booking tours
  • Show environment applicability
  • Advancing tours
  • Tour logistics
  • Working towards festivals
  • International markets – planning to engage
  • Touring overseas


March 19 Wed – Manager Talk
(18+ only)
Venue: Tattersalls – 112 Murray Street, Hobart
6pm – 7.30pm: connect, chat, have a drink.
(6.30pm – brief introduction talk from Dario Phillips)

An opportunity for artist managers, self-managed artists, event coordinators, and anyone interested in artist management to connect and engage on current issues, discuss management practice and support development in Tasmania, and foster a collaborative network. There is a bar tab provided by the Association of Artist Managers.

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Crowdfunding Initiative – Arts Tasmania partners with Pozible

Arts Tasmania and Australian crowd funding platform Pozible have partnered to create a new incentive program for artists and creatives. It’s called Crowbar.

  • Crowbar offers participants the opportunity to receive an additional investment of up to 50 per cent of their crowfunding target, capped at $2 000, if their campaign is a success (i.e. the project attracts enough investors to reach the campaign target)

For more information click here. Or contact our Program Manager.

Have you ever crowd-funded a project? let us know via email

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Employment Opportunity: Program Coordinator

Music Tasmania is expanding, and looking to employ a part-time Program Coordinator to join the team implementing its programs to the end of 2014, with possible extension into 2015.

For further information or a position description, email:

Applications close on Wednesday February 5th at 5pm.


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Board members for 2014

On Tuesday December 17th, the 2013 Annual General Meeting for Music Tasmania was held. A vote by members in attendance returned the following nominees to fill positions on the Board for 2014:

Alistair Campbell | Brad Watchorn | Brett Pitfield | David Wedd | David Carter | Dean Stevenson | Jen Newman | Melanie Page | Rob Ellis | Samuel Cole

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Annual General Meeting – December 17

The Annual General Meeting for Music Tasmania will be held on

6pm for 6.30pm start.
Finish: 7.30pm approx.

1. 2013 Year in Review
2. Constitution Updates
3. 2014 Outlook
4. Board Nominations
5. Electing the Board
All current members of Music Tasmania are welcome to attend. Not a member? You may sign up and pay the membership fee of $10 on arrival.
Election of Board Members
Interested parties are invited to nominate to be a member of the Board for Music Tasmania. Nominations must be received by Friday December 13th.

To nominate, download nomination form and submit via email to Include a short bio or statement of up to 150 words outlining your relevant experience or skills that you will bring to the Committee should you be elected. Dot points are acceptable.

If you are unable to attend the AGM, Members are entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote for the Member at this meeting.
To submit proxy, email notification by Monday December 16th.
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AMPLIFIED 2013 Wrap Up

And that’s a wrap! As the dust settles on AMPLIFIED 2013, we wanted to spread the news of some early outcomes that have resulted from the weekend.

On Monday evening, AMPLIFIED 2013 delegate Sarah Howells, ensured the rest of the country heard about the splendid time she spent checking out Tassie acts, with a special Tasmanian music feature on her triple j radio show Roots N’ All.

The playlist was Jed Appleton, Lulu and the Paige-Turners, Dark Matter of Story Telling, The Dead Maggies, Christopher Coleman Collective, and Mangus – the first time being played on national radio for 4 of these artists.

This followed The Middle Names interview and play on triple j lunch on Saturday.

Along with performances; panel workshops, a networking function and roundtable discussion sessions provided an invaluable opportunity for artists to share their activities, challenges and plans with delegates.

The connections made have resulted in commitments from delegates to foster performance pathways for artists to play shows in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne through their venue networks.

22 artists performed for AMPLIFIED and were brought together to engage with 13 delegates and fellow artists. Over 900 gig goers attended across the four shows held on November 29 and 30 at the Republic Bar, The Brisbane Hotel, the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, and The Grand Poobah.




“Having the chance to knock heads with some of the best in the industry was a great opportunity for us. Amplified is a great environment to be able to have a couple of drinks, some food and and meet and network with industry professionals. The bands were also fantastic, and it was a pleasure to meet a lot of the bands that we haven’t met in the past. Congratulations on running a top event” – Captives

“The timing for us post grant season was excellent; it really set us straight on what to focus on next, beyond recording the record – the touring workshop was a great help there! We came away feeling refreshed, inspired and focused.” – The Embers

“Amplified is such an amazing opportunity to show Australia’s industry what we have on such a personal level. Feels like I have another foothold on the industry. Better than Uni I say!” – Jed Appleton


Music Tasmania would like to acknowledge AMPLIFIED 2013 supporters: Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Tasmania, TMAGgots, Edge Radio, and the venues – Republic Bar, The Brisbane Hotel, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, and The Grand Poobah.

Thank you to The Mercury, Warp Magazine, 936 ABC Hobart, and Aphra Magazine for your coverage of the event.

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Addition to Amplified sessions – Friday Nov 29

NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC OFFICE invites you to attend a presentation on Friday afternoon, 3pm at Arts Tasmania (Hobart office).


The National Live Music Office was established in 2013 to review government policies impacting on local music scenes. We work to ensure planning, economic and cultural policies work to enhance, not inhibit, Australia’s $1.2bil live music industry.

We’ll be in Hobart for Amplified as a guest of Music Tasmania, presenting a short summary of the Office this Friday 29th of November at 3PM in the Arts Tasmania Board Room, at 165 Elizabeth Street. We’re interested to hear from musicians, venue owners, industry professionals and those working within cultural, planning and economic development agencies who have an interested in the welfare of live music in Tasmania. If you’re able to attend, please RSVP to

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Amplified 2013 Delegates & Workshops Announced

The list of delegates who will be attending Amplified 2013 has been announced.

You can see the full list here

Details of workshops that will be delivered during Amplified can also be found here.

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Music Tasmania in association with The Republic Bar, The Brisbane Hotel, The Grand Poobah, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery and TMAGgots proudly presents


Amplified 2013 will showcase twenty-two Tasmanian artists across four shows in Hobart
on November 29 and 30.
Nov 29 – Republic Bar & Brisbane Hotel
Nov 30 – Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery Courtyard (all ages, outdoor early evening event)
& The Grand Poobah.
For more info click here
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