FastForward announces new Australian Conference for 2018

Taking place on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 April, FastForward: Sydney marks the second international expansion of the conference series (following success in Amsterdam and London over the last 2 years), and the first foray into the Australasian market.
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FastForward announces new Australian Conference for 2018

FastForward announces Australian conference expansion for April 2018. The conference is proudly supported by APRA AMCOS, Comes With Fries, Live Nation Entertainment, The Music Network, and Sherry Design. Live Nation, The O2 (London), Zappar, and Legacy Esports among first speakers announced.

London/Sydney, 9 November 2017: FastForward – the future-focused international music business conference – is launching a new event in 2018. Taking place on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 April, FastForward: Sydney marks the second international expansion of the conference series (following success in Amsterdam and London over the last 2 years), and the first foray into the Australasian market. Whilst the conference has a reputation for attracting young industry attendees, the overall ambition with the events is to gather forward-thinking people of all ages.

The new event is different from the ‘standard music conference’ in three ways. Firstly, it is forward facing. There is no time spent yearning for years gone by, but rather FastForward gathers a dynamic group of future leaders who want to shape the future of the industry now. Secondly, it is a deliberately small event, designed for more meaningful networking & discussion, with an event capacity of 180 people – around 50 of whom will speak across the two days. As such there are no showcases, with the focus on connecting with business and creative talent. Thirdly, the highly specialized ‘FastFifteen’ sessions allow speakers to explore complex topics, ensuring that experts can learn from their peers in a more intimate setting.

FastForward: Sydney is being supported by leading Australasian music rights management organisation APRA AMCOS, and leading digital agency Comes With Fries, joining Global Event Partners international creative agency Sherry Design, and leading global live entertainment company Live Nation Entertainment. Boutique research agency Media Insight Consulting will curate the event, in partnership with Vanessa Picken of local digital agency Comes With Fries. Leading local music business publication, The Music Network, join as exclusive media partners.

Highlights of this new Sydney event include a keynote from augmented and virtual reality pioneer David Francis (Zappar Technologies), sharing his insight on the roles that AR & VR can play in the music industry, and building interactive audiences around them; and a keynote from new CEO of Live Nation Australasia, Roger Field, who will share his perspective on the future of the live music industry in Australia. 

Other topics of discussion on the program include the Future of Copyright & Artist IP, Building Artist Audiences, Future of Releasing Music, Lessons from Sport, Meta-data, Transparency and Music, and Future of Search & Discovery.

FastForward Founder Chris Carey, said:

“We started FastForward with the vision of bringing together dynamic people who want to shape the future of the music industry. It’s gone down well in Amsterdam and London, and we’re delighted to be bringing the event to Sydney in April. Australia is such an innovative market; we’re really looking forward to working with our local partners to deliver high-quality content in a relaxed, networking-focussed environment.

Co-curator, Vanessa Picken, said:

“We want to delve into the complexities, disrupt the norm, inspire and activate the potential. FastForward is mindfully curated to bring together leaders in creative industries, to create a platform for these discussions to be had – and I’m excited to be teaming up with FastForward, to bring this international event series to the Australian music industry.”

Speakers confirmed to join in Sydney for the first announcement are:

  • David Francis, Head of APAC, Zappar Technologies
  • Roger Field, CEO, Live Nation Australasia
  • Chris Carey, CEO, Media Insight Consulting (United Kingdom)
  • Dean Ormston, Head of Member Services, APRA AMCOS
  • Eddie Robb, CEO, Make It Social (United Kingdom)
  • Emily Scoggins, Head of Marketing, The O2 (United Kingdom)
  • Emma Graham, Senior Talent Manager, Click Management
  • Jake Challenor, CEO, Jaden Social
  • Michael Carmody, Manager, Legacy Esports
  • Poppy Reid, Managing Editor, Seventh Street Media
  • Takayuki Suzuki, President / EnterTech Accelerator, ParadeALL (Japan)
  • Vanessa Picken, Director, Comes With Fries

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster’s Universe platform at universe.com/fastforward-sydney, with Early Bird Delegate Passes on sale now at $220+GST until 31 January, rising to $265+GST for the Regular pass until 20 March, then finally $325+GST for the last minute rate.

More information on the first edition of FastForward: Sydney conference can be found on their website at sydney.fastforward.xyz.