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Introducing the Mentors and Participants of ‘Cultivate’ the first women-only leadership program for music industry leaders  

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Music Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Government is thrilled to announce the very first recipients and mentors of the inaugural pilot ‘Cultivate’, Victoria’s new initiative for mid-level to established women leaders in the state’s contemporary music sector. The program was officially launched Wednesday 20 March at The Corner Hotel with an all-day workshop including talks by keynote speakers Mrs Chloe Shorten and Director and CEO of ACMI Katrina Sedgwick, and hosted by Australian music industry veteran Leanne de Souza.

An overwhelming amount of applications left project manager Sarah DeBorre and the programs reference group with the hard task of shortlisting before selecting the first participants of the newly created leadership coaching program for women in the Victorian music sector.

Supported by the Minister For Women, the ‘Cultivate’ program aims to foster the development of some of the state’s key decision makers, business owners, and industry leaders within the music sector, by partnering them up with CEOs, senior role holders and experienced mentors to support and guide the advancement of their careers. “The women selected for this program are leaders in our music industry who possess the potential to influence and empower other women. Throughout this program, they will attend masterclasses, get personalised leadership coaching, be supported by an experienced mentor, and build a strong network to help them take the next step in their leadership,“ says Gabrielle Williams Minister For Women of the program.

The first talented women selected to take part in the exciting new leadership program ‘Cultivate’ 2019 are Dallas Frasca Director, A Hitch to the Sticks Festival/ Industry Mentor, Collarts; Kate Duncan CEO, The Push Inc; Katie Besgrove Co-Owner, Look Out Kid
General Manager, Barely Dressed Records; Coco Eke Label Manager, Bad Apples Music and Sally Mather, Music & Marketing Manager, Corner Group.

“The Cultivate program is a genius idea and I couldn’t be more stoked and grateful to be a recipient alongside these inspiring woman paving paths in Australia. The incredible initiative will have a long-lasting impact on the music industry and be felt for the years to come. “Give a woman a fish, and you’ll feed her for a day. Teach a woman to fish, and you’ve fed her for a lifetime.” That’s the saying right?” – Dallas Frasca.

Carefully selected by Project Manager, Sarah DeBorre, Amanda Walker – Co-founder & owner Lord of the Fries (LOTF) & Weirdoughs, Mia Klitsas – Co-founder and Director Moxie Products and The Brand Maketh, Jackie Antas – General Manager, Communications Ticketmaster/Live Nation Entertainment, Australia and New Zealand, Leonie Morgan AM – Consultant and Board Director and Sarah Davies – CEO Philanthropy Australia will all spend one-on-one time with the five outstanding leaders of the Victorian music industry.

The extensive program offers each participant a one-on-one coaching package with Leadership Victoria in Executive Leadership Coaching, that aims to help facilitate behavioural and attitudinal shifts to enable both individuals and groups to overcome barriers to change and to realise their own potential and the potential of their organisation.

In addition to the Leadership Coaching, four specialised Masterclasses in Fundamentals and Foundations of Leadership, Frameworks to use in Leadership, Façade of your Leadership, Futureproofing your Leadership will be held between April and June and will be coached by Louise Thomson of Global People Two. Louise helps people understand their own and others’ personality, their own emotional intelligence, the effect of their conversational style on others and how to build the capability and confidence of their team to create effective workplaces and communities.

“Mentoring is a powerful tool that really makes a difference and I am so excited to be paired with the amazing Coco Eke from Bad Apples Music as part of the Cultivate Program.  There is a lot we can discover together.” – Leonie Morgan, Consultant and Board Director.

The program was open for Victorian residents who identify as a woman and currently hold leadership or management positions at their place of employment within the contemporary music sector.

‘Cultivate’ Pilot Program 2019
March – June 2019

Dallas Frasca – Director, A Hitch to the Sticks Festival/ Industry Mentor, Collarts
Kate Duncan – CEO, The Push Inc.
Katie Besgrove – Co-Owner, Look Out Kid
General Manager, Barely Dressed Records
Coco Eke – Label Manager, Bad Apples Music
Sally Mather – Music & Marketing Manager, Corner Group

Amanda Walker – Co-founder & owner Lord of the Fries (LOTF) & Weirdoughs
Mia Klitsas – Co-founder and Director Moxie Products and The Brand Maketh
Jackie Antas – General Manager, Communications Ticketmaster/Live Nation Entertainment, Australia and New Zealand
Leonie Morgan AM – Consultant and Board Director
Sarah Davies – CEO Philanthropy Australia

Find out more about ‘Cultivate’ at

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Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - September 4, 2018

To coincide with the publication of Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock‘n’Roll by Stuart Coupe, Chugg Entertainment & Support Act are pleased to announce two special lunchtime events at The Factory, Sydney (Wednesday, 26 September 2018) and Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne (Thursday, 4 October 2018).

During the lunches, Stuart will sit down with legends of the Australian road crew world; Nicky Campbell and Ross Ferguson in Sydney and Howard Freeman and Geoff Lloyd in Melbourne to recall various tales of life on the road. The world’s first female roadie, Tana Douglas, is flying in from Los Angeles to speak on both panels. All are featured in Stuart’s book, which covers 60 years of Australian music, commencing in 1957.

The lunches will run from 12:00pm until 2:30pm and will include acoustic performances in Sydney from Richard Clapton & Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd from Hoodoo Gurus. Phil Manning will be performing in Melbourne with more artists to be announced. All attendees will receive a signed copy of the book with net proceeds to benefit the Support Act Roadies Fund, which is administered in association with ARCA – The Australian Road Crew Association.

“Roadies are the backbone of the Australian music industry. Like everyone else, we were excited to hear that their contribution to Australian music was being documented by Stuart. We are looking forward to re-living the highs and the lows, and of course, to raising funds for those that are doing it tough.”- Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act

“ARCA thanks Support Act for their continued support of road crew and this function for getting together an incredible bunch of stories from the ‘Roadies’ that helped build the Australian music industry with their hands, hearts and minds. We acknowledge their contribution and give tribute to the fallen.  As we all know no crew, no show.”- Ian Peel, Director of ARCA

Stuart Coupe is an author, journalist, music commentator, independent artist, publicist, and radio broadcaster who has been involved with music all his life. Amongst the books he has written, edited or collaborated on are The New Music (1980), The New Rock’n’Roll (1983), The Promoters (2003) and Gudinski (2015).

Sydney – Factory Theatre Wednesday 26 September 2018

Road Crew Panel:
Nicky Campbell
The Rebels, Skyhooks, Rene Geyer, Cold Chisel
Ross Ferguson
Little River Band, Tina Turner, Elton John, Beastie Boys
Tana Douglas
AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo

Melbourne – Thornbury Theatre Thursday 4 October 2018

Road Crew Panel:
Howard Freeman
Sherbet, Dragon, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Geoff Lloyd
Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes, Last Chance Cafe
Tana Douglas
AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo

Event Rundown
12:00pm               Pre Drinks
12:30pm               Artist Performance
12:45pm               Lunch Commences
1:15pm                 Panel Commences
2:15pm                 Artist Performance
2:30pm                 Close

Wednesday 26 September – Factory Theatre

Thursday 4 October – Thornbury Theatre

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Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - January 16, 2018

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Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - October 6, 2017

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Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - September 19, 2017

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Posted in Artists, Interviews, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - June 6, 2017

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Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - May 16, 2017

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Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - March 6, 2017

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Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - October 25, 2016

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Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - August 11, 2016

One of Australia’s most loved music events, the Meredith Music Festival has announced its lineup for 2016 and it’s amazing! Peaches King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard Sheila E BadBadNotGood Angel Olsen The Triffids Kelela Ben UFO Japandroids The Congos Baroness Archie Roach Jagwar Ma Mount Liberation Unlimited Fred &…

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