Thirteen music industry delegates will be attending Amplified 2013 to watch twenty-two of Tasmania’s finest emerging artists perform across four shows in Hobart on November 29 and 30.

The delegates are:
Tom Larkin – Shihad, The Studios in the City, Homesurgery.
Sarah Howells – Roots & All and Weekend Lunch on triple j radio.
Jesse Barbera – The Fans Group and Collins & Barbera Creative Management
Alice Fraser – The Jam Room, MusicSA, Rip It Up Magazine
Ashlea O’Loughlin – Way Over There
Basil Cook – ABC Music and Four|Four.
Cathy Kirkpatrick – Nomadic Fish
Chris Sheppard – Venue booking agent (The Annandale Hotel, Brighton Up Bar, Spectrum, Beach Road Hotel)
Darren Levin – Faster Louder and Mess+Noise
Frankie Kimpton – Hub Touring
Geoff Trio – Code One
Dr Ianto Ware – National Live Music Office
John Wardale – National Live Music Office

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Delegates will network with showcasing artists and provide their expert knowledge with public workshops to be held on Saturday November 30 at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music (5 Sandy Bay Road), between 10am – 1pm. These workshops are free and open to all ages.


10.30am – 11.10am – Creating, performing, releasing and presenting in a national and global context.
Moderated by Dario Phillips.
Panel: Alice Fraser, Basil Cook, Cathy Kirkpatrick, Jesse Barbera.
Lecture Theatre, Room 113. UTAS Conservatorium.

The panel joins in discussion with the audience about being an emerging artist in a national and international music industry context. Discussion will focus on topics related to artist development such as: creating an artist identity, artist tool kit, building your tribe, physical versus online worlds, content creation, new methods and functions for releasing and presenting music, and provide suggestions on how Tasmanian artists can engage and develop their music reach locally, nationally and internationally.

11.20am – 12pm – Touring
Moderated by Dario Phillips.
Panel: Frankie Kimpton, Ashlea O’Loughlin, Chris Sheppard, Geoff Trio.
Lecture Theatre, Room 113. UTAS Conservatorium.

The panel discuss venues and booking agent expectations, making a good first impression, touring models and strategies, how to make touring more viable, festivals – what goes into programming, when are they programming, and how to make the most of a performance opportunity.

11.15am – 12pm – In conversation with Darren Levin – Editor-in-chief, Faster Louder and Mess+Noise.
Moderated by Kane Young from The Mercury Newspaper.
Room 106, UTAS Conservatorium.

Hear from Darren about his career in music journalism to date, how he started out, and has built his career to become editor-in-chief for two of Australia’s largest online music publications. Learn about the aspects that make a highly visible and well read media website, as well as tips on interviewing artists.

Special workshop session for current and aspiring music journalists or publication editors. Limited numbers, please RSVP to

12.10 – 12.50 – In conversation with Tom Larkin
Moderated by Dario Phillips.
Lecture Theatre, Room 113. UTAS Conservatorium.

Songwriter, Drummer, Producer, Manager, and studio owner. We hear from Tom about his career, his perspective on artist development, and maintaining a balance between artistic creativity, management, and understanding the music business. Tom is a member of Shihad, who have released four #1 studio albums and three top 10 singles in their home country of New Zealand. In Australia, they have had three Top 10 studio albums. Tom has developed from a songwriter/musician to working in multiple facets of the industry. His management company – Homesurgery – represents The Butterfly Effect, Calling All Cars, Cairo Knife Fight, Strangers and The Sinking Teeth. Tom also owns/operates The Studios in the City recording studio in Melbourne.
Amplified 2013 will showcase twenty-two Tasmanian artists across four shows in Hobart on November 29 and 30. On Friday 29th, for night one of Amplified, a diverse range of music will be on display with indie pop, blues, roots and folk at The Republic Bar; and metal, alt-folk, rock, electronic and funk at The Brisbane Hotel.

The Republic Bar, from 9pm: Pete Cornelius, Jed Appleton, Seth David and The Beautiful Chains, Chase City, and New Saxons. The Brisbane Hotel, from 9pm and with two stages in operation: Randomorder, Captives, The Lawless Quartet, Guthrie, The Dead Maggies, M.0.1.0 – Machines of Indeterminate Origin, The Embers, and Akouo.

Saturday 30th sees Music Tasmania present an outdoor component to the festival-like program, situated in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery courtyard, an early evening show starting at 6pm will feature Mangus, Lulu and the Paige-Turners, Christopher Coleman Collective, and The Sin & Tonics. TMAGgots will be running a bar, while food on site includes Mountain Pepper Pizza.

Following on at 9pm, The Grand Poobah hosts rock, indie, and punk with Ride The Tiger, The Middle Names, Younger Dryas, Dark Matter of Story Telling, and The Phosphenes.

Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Tasmania, the goal of Amplified is to promote Tasmania’s diverse music community on a local and national stage. Amplified provides opportunities for showcasing artists to connect with industry delegates, fellow showcasing artists, and greater audiences.

Now in its 8th year, and 3rd under the coordination of Music Tasmania, the performer program for Amplified 2013 was selected from a field of fifty-five applicants by representatives from participating venues and media outlets The Mercury and Edge Radio.

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