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THE JB SEED – inaugural Management Workshop/Conference helps build bridges to breed success!

The JB Seed arts grant programme was a dream for John Butler and his partner Danielle Caruana and became a reality in 2005 when it was established to help develop genuine artistic expression. A couple of weeks ago the dream was furthered enhanced when John, Danielle, and the JB Seed’s vision to hold a Management workshop/conference came to fruition. On the weekend of October 20, a team of people began the climb up the hill into the beautiful Blue Mountains to gather at the iconic Clarendon Hotel in Katoomba. The gathering comprised of twenty successful applicants from around the country who spent three solid days, living in house and hearing from industry experts from various sectors of the music business in an environment which encompassed both group and individual consultations. Professionals kindly gave their time and knowledge with a wealth of advice on the machinations of the music business, whilst the attendees gained an incredible insight and voiced their needs as budding mangers and musicians entering into the music scene, as well as building strong relationships and networking with each other, effectively creating a national, independent, emerging managers network. John and Danielle’s close network and team including The JB Seed co-ordinator, Stacia Goninon, facilitator and arts manager, Jacqui Geia and Carlo Santone (manager and musician of Blue King Brown) helped create the inaugural management workshop/ conference, guiding it in partnership with the applicants to genuinely help benefit the new breed of managers and artists chosen as the successful applicants for this new category. “The management workshops exceeded our expectations. It was an amazing experience to witness the exchange that occurred on so many levels, between the participants, and the invited contributors. The contributors were so generous with their time and energy and the participants really applied themselves and guided the process with their queries, and therefore got so much out of every day. We were inspired by this event, and learnt a whole lot over the three days as well. It is just so wonderful and an honor to be a part of the community that is the Australian music industry. We look forward to continuing to grow this fund in partnership with our fellow artists and associates.” John Butler and Danielle Caruana. It was an intense but hugely constructive few days each day ending on a high with good food, lots of laughs and marvellous networking. An amazing amount of information was imparted and gained by both applicants and industry personnel alike. The JB Seed would like to thank the following industry experts who offered their time to participate: Brett Oaten, Brett Oaten Solicitors Carlo Santone, Manager and musician from Blue King Brown Correne Wilkie, Manager of The Cat Empire Kirileigh Lynch, Assistant Music Director, Triple J Kylie Greenlees, Director, MGM Distribution and Black Yak Records Owen Orford, Director, The Trading Post booking agency Paul Mason, Manager, Content Services Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Stuart Watters, CEO, Association of Independent Record Labels (AIR) Paula „jonesy‟ Jones, publicist, jones PR Philip Stevens, Manager of The John Butler Trio, The Waifs and Little Birdy Russell Thomas, Independent radio plugger, Kaos Music Sally Howland, Director Member Services, The Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) Sebastian Chase, CEO, MGM Distribution and Black Yak Records

Simon Moor, Head of A&R, Sony/ATV Publishing Categories for next year’s The JB Seed Arts Grants Programme will be announced early in 2007 For enquiries in regards to contributing to The JB Seed Arts Grants Programme for 2007 please email grants@thejbseed.com The JB Seed would also like to show appreciation to all the attendees. Testimonials from some of the successful applicants who took part in the workshop/conference follow: “ All of us managers have remained in touch and are getting together regularly via group email, and at each others gigs. We are all staying at each others houses, booking gigs for each others artists etc as we can. You have really set something great in motion!” Marion Gingell This experience has been a major turning point in my life. Not only in the way I conduct business but also how I conduct myself as a person. The entire JB Seed Crew made such an inspirational impact and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Matt Irvin, Perth. I feel totally rejuvenated within my role as a manager and motivated to now go on and create pathways to success for both my artist and myself. This has been an amazing, inspiring, humbling, and exciting opportunity. I feel so grateful and honoured to have been involved and this has been an invaluable experience for me. I have so much admiration and appreciation for John, Dan, Phil, Stacia, Jacqui, and the rest of the team. It‟s so inspiring to see other people using their success to create a sustainable future for our music industry. I cannot thank the JB Seed Crew enough for giving me this opportunity, it‟s been truly amazing! Kate Mills, Perth. This workshop was an invaluable resource that I‟d recommend to any emerging manager. Top stuff JB Seed Crew! Alex Beck, Melbourne. Feels like the beginning of the next wave for Independent music in Australia. Katherine Beard, Sydney. I sincerely hope many more managers are able to experience what I have with the JB Seed. I look forward to sharing our collective positive outcomes. Elizabeth Kilby, Brisbane. Thanks for inviting us to be a part of your vision and committing to assist us with ours, in doing so you have effectively created the first independent managers forum in this country. Megan Bowman, Melbourne.
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