Are you ready to take the next BIG step in your music career? Whether you’re drawn to the stage and screen or want to shape the sounds behind the...

Pathway to Platform: Making It in the Music Industry

Location:

Level 6 Terrace Entrance
2000 NSW
Australia

Pathway to Platform: Making It in the Music Industry

Speakers

Shefali Pryor

Shefali Pryor

Associate Principal, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Shefali Pryor grew up in Sydney where she graduated with first class honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During her studies she participated in numerous programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra and was a member of the Sydney Sinfonia. Upon graduating she joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Second Oboe.

In 2004 and 2005 she was granted leave in order to study with Stefan Schilli at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Not long after her return to Australia she was appointed Associate Principal Oboe. In 2006 she won the Other Instrumental category of the Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards. She has performed as soloist with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, including performances with violinist Nigel Kennedy in 2006.

Shefali Pryor has performed as guest principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia, and as a casual musician with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Sydney Omega Ensemble and has performed with the Australia Ensemble, Sydney Soloists, and Southern Cross Soloists as well as with the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium, where she teaches oboe. 

She is also the Artistic Director of the SSO's Vanguard program for young philanthropists.

KLP (Kristy Lee Peters)

Songwriter/Producer/DJ/Vocalist/Radio host

Operating under the moniker KLP, Sydney artist Kristy Lee Peters is quickly gaining notoriety as a DJ and radio host, producer, songwriter and vocalist, amassing much deserved national and international attention.

Whether it’s through hosting triple j’s House Party each Saturday night, writing her own solo music or co-writing with numerous other artists, chances are you’ve listened to a KLP track before. With her numerous local and international collaborations, topping Hype Machine at #1 as well claiming the #1 position in Japan’s Electronic Chart, KLP is gaining notoriety as a songwriter as well as a vocalist.

As well as amassing a huge 14 million plays for her work on Soundcloud - KLP's recent single Ember ticked over 800,000 streams on Spotify and was a widely acclaimed by the online tastemaker community. KLP has gained a reputation as a stellar vocalist and performer, working with industry talents such as Skrillex, What So Not, Slumberjack, Young Franco, Terace, Goldfields, Zimmer, Crayon, Satin Jackets, SACHI and many more, KLP is one of Australia’s most in demand artists. 

Dr Rita Crews OAM

Dr Rita Crews OAM

President, Music Teacher’s Association of NSW, Deputy Chair of the AMEB (NSW)

Dr Rita Crews OAM is currently President of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW, editor of The Studio journal and Deputy Chair of the Australian Music Examinations Board (NSW) where she represents private music teachers. She has over 30 years teaching experience at private and tertiary levels, has been an AMEB examiner since 1988 and is currently Chief Examiner for written subjects in NSW and for On-line examinations for the Federal AMEB.

Rita has published many articles and reviews, some of her piano works are included in the AMEB syllabus and her biography appears in several international dictionaries. She is currently writing the history of the AMEB for the 2018 Centenary.

Rita was named International Woman of the Year for services to music education by the Cambridge Biographical Centre in 1992-93 and in 2002 created a Fellow of the Australian Society of Musicology and Composition for her contribution to Australian music and composers. The 2008 inaugural edition of Who’s Who in NSW contained her biography as does the 2017 edition of Who's Who of Australian Women. In 2014 Rita was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia and in 2015, the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of New England.

 

Julie Kerr

Julie Kerr

Founder of Music Love, artist.

Julie Kerr is the founder of Music Love Australia, a website that shines a spotlight on the vast and diverse talentpool of women in the Australian music industry. Julie is a singer/songwriter who has been performing and recording music since 2002.  

In 2012, Julie was contacted in the middle of the night by Jackson Five singer Jermaine Jackson who found her song Papergirl, while looking through Julie’s video producer’s website at home in LA. Going on to become both Julie’s mentor and friend, he inspired Julie to write her current and third release Carry On, recorded at the iconic Studios 301, and produced by Grammy-nominated producer and engineer Simon Cohen.  

A passionate writer, Julie has been published by Mamamia, The Daily Life, The Canberra Times, marie claire Australia, Sarah Wilson, ABC’s The Drum and (the now defunct) long form website The Global Mail. Julie has previously worked for The Global Poverty Project and ghost written articles and speeches for its founder Hugh Evans, mainly published and given in the United States.

Iluka

Iluka

Retro soul artist

This summer ILUKA unveiled her more soulful side with her brand new EP Blue My Soul. First finding national attention through triple j with the much loved Paper Doll, then solidified with the polished 12th of July, ILUKA has come of age with this record moving effortlessly between retro pop and gospel soul. This is epitomised by lead single Blue Jean Baby , which captures the essence of summer - carefree and upbeat, but filled with longing nostalgia. 

Inspired by her freewheeling travels, the music that ILUKA pours herself into creating is not just music for the sake of music. It is art for the soul's purpose. The songs were born in a Buddhist Monastery in South East Asia, took shape through a utopian human experiment in Southern India, and matured on the vast arid expanses of the American desert. ILUKA has looked to distant lands to capture the essence of movement, light and youthful yearning. As the words fall from her howling tongue they paint a time, a place and a landscape so wildly vivid her journey becomes just as much yours as it is experientially her own. “I crave intensity and I crave wonder. In a world where people are almost afraid to feel, I want to make them feel something. Music out of all art forms has the ability to do that… I believe in the honesty of that.”

Iluka will be performing a song from her new EP at The Pathway To The Platform event.

Vicki Gordon

Vicki Gordon

President, Cicada International; Former ARIA Board Member; President, Australian Women's Contemporary Music Inc; Director, Australian Women in Music Awards and Conference

Vicki Gordon is a dynamic champion of gender-equity and creative excellence in the Australian Music Industry. Her achievements include success as a Executive Director of Transistor Music when she released Vanessa Amorosi’s debut album achieving five times Platinum sales and as the first woman voted onto the ARIA Board as a Director in her own right, in 50 years, to represent the Independents. As Founding President of Australian Women’s Contemporary Music Inc. she instigated Australia’s first Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women's Contemporary Music Festival, first Training program for Female DJ's and first All Girl Rock Festival. She has received a Human Rights Commendation Award for her work in this area as well as numerous Gold and Platinum ARIA Awards. In 2012 she created Barefoot Divas - Walk A Mile in my Shoes showcasing female singer/songwriters from Australia, New Zealand & PNG touring the group to North America and Canada and selling out the Hong Kong Concert Hall in 2015. Currently Vicki is President of Cicada International Inc, Director of the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards & Conference, as well as working for change on the Women in Music Equity Committee and Associate Producer for the new Indigenous musical Barbara and the Camp Dogs at Belvoir St Theatre in December 2017. 

 

Sophie Koh

Sophie Koh

Singer/Songwriter

Sophie Koh has released 4 independent albums, formed her own record label and won awards such as Best Female Artist (The AGE Music Awards) and Best Contemporary Song at IMA (Independent Music Awards USA). She was unearthed by Triple J in Darwin back in 2003 and she has since toured and collaborated with many, such as Ben Lee, The Go-Betweens and The Eels. Sophie was born in New Zealand, to Malaysian Chinese parents and spent her childhood in Singapore. Her new album BOOK OF SONGS sees her divert course into the classical-crossover world, revisiting her classical piano training and her ethnicity. BOOK OF SONGS is a splendour of pop songs, inspired by Chinese poetry, played on predominantly grand piano, cello and viola; with a few songs in Mandarin. She is also a new mum, now attempting to juggling creativity, self-managed music career with motherhood on a daily basis. 

Jacqui Louez Schoorl

Jacqui Louez Schoorl

CEO and Co-Founder of Jaxsta Enterprise, Founder of Women in Music Sydney, and a budding entrepreneur.

Jacqui’s career spans two decades across film and music, encompassing roles in project development, physical production, post production, film distribution and marketing, for the likes of Channel 9, IF Magazine, George Lucas and Rick McCallum on ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’, JJ Town Films, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin on their ‘Chanel No. 5’ campaign and EMI Music.

For the past three years, Jacqui has been working solely on her biggest project to date, an app and website for the music industry: Jaxsta. After beta testing in early 2017, the platform is currently under construction ready for a global launch later this year. Jacqui also spends her time working as the proud founder of Women In Music Sydney, a non-profit organisation bringing together a dynamic group of dedicated music professionals to network, and as an Advocate for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Dementia. 

Access and Inclusion

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  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Hearing loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
  • Companion card - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.

Event Details

Are you ready to take the next BIG step in your music career? Whether you’re drawn to the stage and screen or want to shape the sounds behind the scenes, the road to recognition can be long and bumpy. Often the final products of successful music projects seem glamourous and effortless. In reality, there is an untold story of financial investment and emotional commitment for every chart-topping album, award-winning musical, critically acclaimed opera, orchestral performance and film score as well as those that are yet to steal the limelight.

Presented by Music Love, this session is all about the different journeys that have led our four female panellists to success in the music industry and what you can learn from them. You’ll hear from women with diverse roles about the ways they’ve developed their skills, caught breaks and built on every little win to nurture their careers. What tips will help you most? What traps can you sidestep? Who can you trust? How can you navigate your own musical pathway to success?

Brought to you by Music Love — shining a spotlight on the immense talent of women in music all over Australia.

PANELISTS

VICKI GORDON

President, Cicada International; Former ARIA Board Member; President, Australian Women's Contemporary Music Inc; Director, Australian Women in Music Awards and Conference

JACQUI LOUEZ SCHOORL

CEO and Co-Founder of Jaxsta Enterprise and a budding entrepreneur, Founder of Women in Music Sydney

KLP (Kristy Lee Peters)

Producer/Songwriter/DJ/Vocalist/Radio Host

Shefali Pryor

Associate Principal, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Dr Rita Crews OAM

President, Music Teacher’s Association of NSW, Deputy Chair of the AMEB (NSW)

 

Chaired by Julie Kerr, founder of Music Love and artist.

With special performances by retro/soul artist Iluka and singer/songwriter Sophie Koh.

Access and Inclusion

For more accessibility information see the Vivid accessibility map.

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Hearing loop - A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to 'T' (Telecoil) setting. Many venues have an induction hearing loop system. Check if your venue has this system.
  • Companion card - The Companion Card is for people with a significant permanent disability, who always need a companion to provide attendant care type support in order to participate at most available community venues and activities.