LISTEN are hosting a two-day conference aimed at creating a more diverse music industry

LISTEN are hosting a two-day conference aimed at creating a more diverse music industry

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The conference will look at representation, inclusivity and accessibility within the industry.

Set to take place across two days at Brunswick Mechanic Institute later this month, LISTEN LISTEN 2020 is a conference prioritising marginalised voices which looks to foster a more diverse and inclusive music industry.

Hosted by LISTEN, a collective aimed at promoting visibility and the experiences of marginalised folk in Australian music, the conference will offer the insights and perspectives of numerous voices which traditionally go unheard.

Featuring speakers who represent marginalised groups including women, gender non-conforming and LGBTIQA+ people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disabilities, LISTEN LISTEN 2020 will tackle conversations around representation, accessibility and inclusivity.

Spanning Keynotes, round table discussions and workshops encompassing topics ranging from safety and bystander intervention to accessibility in live music venues, the conference will feature numerous artists and industry professionals.

DRMNGNOW’s Neil Morris will join representatives from Real Youth Music Studios, Girls Rock! and music therapy researchers to discuss intergenerational music practices while Thando Namila Benson, Quintanilla and Lady Lash look at parenthood in music.

A selection of In Conversation sessions will highlight perspectives from the likes of Yamatji & Gumbaynggirri soul artist Emma Donovan, London-based DJ and producer Object Blue, and social anthropologist and Indigenous studies lecturer Dr Suzi Hutchings.

A range of workshops run by and for young people will also be on offer, equipping attendees with skills and knowledge in DJing, beat making, performing and working behind the scenes in the music industry.

There will be plenty of important topics unpacked and discussed across the conference’s two days, so if you care about the future of the music industry and the local music community, you’ll want to head along.

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🎉LISTEN LISTEN 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT🎉⠀⠀ The conference is just over three weeks away and we can now announce our final Keynote Speakers and Conference Program:⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Keynote Speakers:⠀⠀ Sian Van Der Muelen (@miss.blanks / @pointblankaus)⠀⠀ Ripley Kavara (@famili_collab)⠀⠀ And Aunty Carolyn Briggs joins Dr Suzi Hutchings in conversation, to speak on the topic of music, youth, justice, and transmission of culture ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 💞Conference Roundtable Discussions:⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Intergenerational Music Practice:⠀⠀ Featuring Neil Morris (@drmngnow), Akolda Bil (@ryms.thedrum), Dandy Tyler (@girlsrockmelb) and more⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Navigating Parenthood in Music:⠀⠀ Featuring Namila Benson,, @lucrecciaquintanilla, and @ladylashmc ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Activism and Political Responsibility in the Club:⠀⠀ Curated and moderated by Anuraag Bhatia (@coolroomtv), and also featuring international club heavyweights @ccl_url (USA) and (UK)⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Music For and By Young People:⠀⠀ Featuring young people who perform, play, and work behind the scenes to provide spaces for other young people’s inclusion and participation in music ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🎤 Conference Workshops:⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ – Vocal Technology Practice with Aarti Jadu x @sound_school ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ – Music Writing and Zine Creation with @liminalmag ⠀ – Accessibility and Disability Justice in Music with @bandmatesvic ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ – Bystander Intervention Workshop with Access All Areas⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ – Interactive Youth Music Workshop with Darebin City Council Youth Services⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🎷 Saturday Night Mixer:⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Curated and hosted by @kalyanimumtaz, running through the evening of 28/3⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀ 💫 LISTEN LISTEN 2020 takes place at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute on 28 – 29 March⠀⠀ ✅ The venue is wheelchair accessible⠀⠀ 🌟 Free childminding and Auslan interpreting is available for all ticket holders⠀⠀ 📝 Ensure to pop your accessibility needs in when prompted upon ticket purchase⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 💌 Grab your weekend pass via the link in our bio. Tickets are limited and we anticipate to sell out – don’t wait on these!

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LISTEN LISTEN 2020 is happening at Brunswick Mechanic Institute on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29. Find tickets and more information here