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Jazz Industry Summit

Welcome to the 2019 Jazz Industry Summit. Join us for a day of keynote speakers, professional development and networking. Network with industry professionals, media, musicians and fellow jazz lovers.


Jazz Industry Ambassador


Stonnington Jazz Festival welcomes our international guest Lilly Schwartz.


Current Director of Programming at the San Francisco Jazz Festival (SFJAZZ), Lilly programs and produces over 400 concerts a year.  With experience working with jazz musicians from around the world, Stonnington Jazz Festival is delighted to have Lilly on our shores to share her experiences and knowledge.


SFJAZZ supports a vibrant local music scene, includes free events and nurtures aspiring musicians with the diverse education programs and performing ensembles. Lilly will deliver a keynote speech drawing from this experience during the summit.




The Artistry of Creative Management

One of the biggest questions from last year’s industry summit was ‘how can I find a manager?’ In this session, Linda Catalano explains how to create a career strategy, and provides insights into how to be your own manager.


The Hustle Is Real: Marketing Workshop

The question every artist wants to know ‘how can I get people to my gigs?’ In this intensive session, with Sarah Guppy (This Much Talent – Director) participants get a hands-on, practical understanding of content creation, marketing, social media and communication techniques designed to help the independent artist promote themselves.


Round table session

Join artists and industry experts to explore and discuss issues, challenges and the strengths of the Australian jazz scene.


Speed mentoring sessions with industry

Providing the opportunity for artists, music managers and industry workers to meet and connect across three sessions.


‘Meet the bookers’ – find out what bookers and programmers are looking for and get ideas and tips for coordinating your next tour. Bookers include:

  • Michael Tortoni (Jazzlab/MIJF)
  • Hadley Agrez (Melbourne International Jazz Festival)
  • Lynette Irwin (Brisbane Jazz/MWIJF)
  • Chelsea Wilson (Stonnington Jazz)
  • Liz Carnovale (Paris Cat/Jazz Roots Festival)
  • Lilly Swartz (SF Jazz)

‘Meet the publishers’ – meet key industry workers specialising in placing music in film, television and advertising. Publishers include:

  • Jaime Gough (Native Tongue)
  • Ian James (Mushroom Publishing)
  • Kate Dean (The Synch House)

‘Meet the broadcasters’ – these one-on-one sessions provide an opportunity to meet influential tastemakers, DJs and radio experts. Broadcasters include:

  • Jessica Nicholas (ABC Jazz),
  • Chris Gill (RRR)
  • Andrew Young (PBS)

Please register here once you have purchased your ticket.

More information about the facilitators:

Linda Catalano

Linda Catalano is an award-winning dynamic and strategic independent Producer with Australian and international experience as a programmer, manager and performer. She has been creating, producing and supporting theatre, comedy and cabaret work for 20 years. Her work in the sector was recently acknowledged with a Green Room Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cabaret. Linda is currently the Executive Producer at Briefs Factory which produces award winning shows Briefs and Hot Brown Honey and tours Yana Alana and Queen Kong internationally.

In addition to working on Briefs, Linda is currently director of the Melbourne Salami Festa and International Touring Manager for Cirus Oz. Prior to joining Briefs, Linda worked in the programming team at Arts Centre Melbourne as well as for the Gilded Balloon (Edinburgh Fringe) and cabaret venue Tony Starr’s Kitten Club (Melbourne). She was also General Manager at The Store Room Theatre (Melbourne), co-founder and director of the Jaffas down the Aisle Film Festival (Melbourne) and Director of the Westgarth Film Festival (Melbourne).

Michael Tortoni 

Michael began his career at age 15 when he was signed to Warner Music with Australian Rock band TASTE. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne University) majoring in music in 1985. He established Bennetts Lane Jazz Club in 1992 – 2015. Restructured the board of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in 2001, has remained on the board in various capacities and for the past 11 years has been its Artistic Director. Established The JazzLab in 2017.

Hadley Agrez   

Hadley Agrez is a career arts festival professional. Currently CEO at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival he was also with the festival in 2018 in the role of Program Director. Prior to joining MIJF, Hadley spent four years as General Manager at Melbourne Fringe. He has previously held positions at Midsumma Festival, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chapel off Chapel. He has a particular interest artist development in a festival context and the promotion of new work from emerging artists.

Lynette Irwin 

Over the past 30 years Lynette has directed, produced, presented, promoted and toured local, national, international jazz and contemporary music artists and ensembles in Australia and managed international tours for a number of Australian ensembles. In 2004 she was appointed Artistic Director of the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival and is Artistic Director of the Brisbane International Jazz Festival established in 2013. In 2016 she was awarded life membership of Q Music for her 16 year volunteer service on the Board.

Lynette has worked in production, stage management and as artist’s liaison officer for many festivals in Brisbane and regional Queensland including the Brisbane Biennial, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Ambiwerra Jazz, Warana and Heat Festivals. She has served on Playing Australia’s Contemporary Music Touring Program Committee, Arts Queensland’s Soundmill, as peer assessor for the Australia Council and Arts Queensland, and enjoyed many years as volunteer producer and jazz broadcaster on 4MBS Classic FM Community Radio.

Lynette became a jazz addict during the 1970s whilst studying improvisation with pianist Roger Frampton and trumpeter Keith Stirling.

Chelsea Wilson

Chelsea Wilson is a Melbourne based vocalist, broadcaster, DJ and producer. Her debut soul-inspired album ‘I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me’ was lauded #2 Album of the Year on ABC Radio National; PBS 106.7FM Album of the week; and nominated for Best Soul album at the Age Music Victoria Awards 2014. She headlined the Arts Centre stage at the Australasian World Music Expo leading to performances including Glastonbury Festival UK and selling out London Jazz Café. She has supported artists such as Macy Gray, Booker T, Tina Arena and more and released her new album “Chasing Gold” March 2019. Currently, Chelsea is the Artistic Director of Stonnington Jazz Festival; Board Director of Music Victoria and curates the ‘Women of Soul’ performance series.

Lilly Swartz

Lilly is a passionate music promoter, producer and “recovered” classical pianist.  She has spent her entire career in music, the last 5 years at SFJAZZ, where she is the Director of Programming.   In this capacity, she is responsible for booking, producing and overseeing over 400 concerts per year.   She also works closely with the five Resident Artistic Directors each year in curating and producing their weeks at the Center, and oversees the management for the in house band, the SFJAZZ Collective.

Prior to moving to San Francisco, Lilly worked as the Director of Pops and programming for the Minnesota Orchestra.  During that 7+ year period, she created a Jazz series for the Orchestra, ran their Composer Institute and commissioned orchestral works from many jazz and popular artists such as Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Evan Christopher, Ben Folds and Sean Jones.  She was also part of the team that opened the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia where she worked as Program Manager, overseeing all Jazz, world and pop musical presentations, for several years.

Ian James

Ian James has been the Managing Director of Mushroom Music Publishing for over 30 years. Mushroom Music Publishing is the most successful independent music publisher in Australia and represents many of the most prominent songwriters in Australia and New Zealand.

He is also the Deputy Chairman of Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) and Chairman of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society. Prior to joining Mushroom Music, he was at APRA for 10 years, managing the Licensing Department and the Southern Region office. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Psychology) from the University of New South Wales.

Kate Dean

Kate is an experienced music supervisor having worked across Film, TV and Advertising projects in the past seven years. Kate holds a double Bachelor of Music & Arts majoring in Film studies from the University of Melbourne. It was in this time that Kate’s passion for film musicology led her down the path to become a music supervisor and since then, Kate has been fortunate enough to have worked on some of Australia’s best creative productions including The Dressmaker, Hounds Of Love, Looking For Grace and most recently the documentary feature Jill Bilcock: Dancing The Invisible.

Prior to working as a music supervisor, Kate worked in the community radio sector as an EP of a flagship new music show and as an Assistant Music Director. It was here that she was able to engage with up and coming artists at the time; facilitating interviews and live to air performances with the likes of Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten, James Vincent McMorrow and many others. Kate brings her diverse musical background to all projects.

Jessica Nicholas

Jessica Nicholas is a music journalist and broadcaster based in Melbourne.  She has been a music critic for The Age (focusing mainly on jazz) since the late ‘90s, and has presented a weekly national radio program on ABC Jazz since 2011.  Before joining ABC Jazz, she produced and presented several documentaries for Radio National, and was a regular CD reviewer on RN’s The Music Show.  She was also a long-time presenter on 3RRR, where her program The Village – featuring an eclectic mix of jazz, world and contemporary classical music – ran for 17 years.

Jessica has served on judging and assessment panels for numerous awards and grants, including the Australian Jazz Bell Awards, the Art Music Awards, The Age Music Victoria Awards and the Australia Council (peer assessment panel for music).

Andrew Young

Andrew Young presents Jazz on Saturday, heard from 09:00-11:00 Saturdays on PBSFM 106.7. Also a soul and R&B 45s DJ, he has been a stalwart of the Melbourne soul scene since the end of the Twentieth Century.

Andrew Young teaches the drums and plays in Anna-Lee and the Double Lovers. He also co-hosts The Clappers podcast with Karl Quinn talking about books, art, film, music, tv and the professional peloton.

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May 11 2019


Date: May 11, 2019
Time: 10:30 am
Cost: $25


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