Access All Areas

Do you write, produce and perform great music but wish you knew more about where to start when it comes to building your profile?

Are you still piecing together the way the music industry works? What do you need a manager for? How do you get the support slot on another artist’s tour? How can you get onto community radio? Should you make your music available on vinyl or CD, or just go digital all the way?

If these sorts of questions have been playing on your mind, we have a great opportunity for you.

On Sunday 2 June Inertia brings together a group of music industry experts, hand-picked for their innovation in nurturing new talent, to work on a plan for a new artist, live in front of an audience at Vivid Ideas.

Our panel includes:
-          Music Director Dave Ruby Howe: Triple J Unearthed
-          Label rep Mark Dodds: Inertia Access – Dune Rats, The Delta Riggs
-          Promoter Chris Twite: Handsome Tours – SBTRKT, Polica
-          Music Director Stephen Goodhew: FBi
-          Manager Jo Gray: Borden Management – Seekae, Richard In Your Mind
-          Booking Agent Rob Giovannoni: Select Musict – DZ Deathrays, Elizabeth Rose

If you’d like to apply to be the focus artist for the session, please leave the following details with us:

Update: Entries have closed!

The session is called Inertia Presents Access All Areas: breaking new artists in 2013. You can find out more about it and buy tickets at the Vivid Ideas website. It takes place on Sunday 2 June at 7pm in The Forum, L.6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay. Tickets are $10.

If you aren’t chosen, or are an aspiring manager, booking agent or radiophile, come to this session to get an in-depth understanding of how booking agents, managers, labels, promoters and community radio work in tandem to help emerging artists reach fans and build their profiles locally and internationally.

Conditions of entry:

  1. Your music must be your own original work.
  2. You must be free and keen to get yourself to Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday 2 June 7pm. No transport or accommodation will be provided.
  3. You must have no pre-existing relationship with any of the panelists.

More about Inertia Access:

Inertia logoInertia Access launched in 2012 to cater to the needs of emerging Australian artists entering the marketplace. It seeks out burgeoning Australian talent, offering access to Inertia services that will help them develop their careers, such as digital distribution, media servicing, royalty collection, film/TV licensing and CD/vinyl manufacturing. It aims to create a space for young artists to develop with expert advice and begin generating income while they assess their overall direction.

More about Vivid Ideas:

Vivid LogoVivid Ideas is one of the three pillars of Vivid Sydney and includes a range of artistic collaborations, public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers from Australia and around the world, celebrating Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia Pacific.

More about the panelists:

Dave Ruby HoweDave Ruby Howe
Music Director, triple j unearthed

Dave Ruby Howe is the Music Director of Triple J Unearthed overseeing the programming
of Triple J Unearthed radio, the 2011-launched digital radio station that plays all Australian and all independent music sourced through

Prior to his work at Triple J Dave began his career in the industry as a music journalist as well as editor of websites and The Cool Hunter and the creator of the music blog Hyperbole.

Mark DoddsMark Dodds
A&R and Australian Music Manager

Starting at Inertia in 2007, Mark is responsible for liaising with prospective talent and managing releases for Australian artists including Seth Sentry, The Cat Empire, Hermitude, Big Scary, Urthboy and Dappled Cities. Starting his career in online promotions and social media management, he moved into A&R and marketing in 2010, now focusing wholly on local and developmental talent.

As of 2012, Mark also heads up the new Inertia Access initiative, which enables the country’s hottest burgeoning artists to utilise Inertia’s services without forfeiting any rights to their masters or signing a long-term deal.

Chris TwiteChris Twite
Tour Coordinator, Handsome Tours

Currently the Tour Coordinator for Handsome tours, Chris’ primary focus is developing touring for emerging international acts in Australia.

Recently he has worked with acts such as SBTRKT, Jamie xx, Japandroids, Thurston Moore, Metric, Dirty Beaches and Polica.

Stephen GoodhewStephen Goodhew
Music Director – FBi Radio

Stephen originally started at FBi Radio on a nine week internship in late 2009, assisting FBi’s Program Director. Since then he has worked in just about every area of the station, including admin, on-air presenting, sales and events.

In early 2013, was promoted to the position of Music Director, in which he oversees the programming of music for the station.

Jo GrayJo Gray
Artist Manager, Borden Management

Jo is the co-owner of Borden Management, managing Seekae, Caitlin Park, Harmony, Alex Cameron, Richard In Your Mind and Mammals.

Prior to moving into management, Jo was the National Touring Manager at Popfrenzy Records, working with artists such as Deerhunter, Metronomy, Blonde Redhead and Best Coast.

Jo has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of International Law from the University of Sydney and this year she completed the EdX CopyrightX course offered by Harvard Law School.

Rob GiovannoniRob Giovannoni
Co-Director, Select Music Agency

Rob has over 20 years experience in the music industry. Rob has worked with Severed Heads, Itch E & Scratch E, Custard, Sidewinder, Swervedriver (UK), Aphex Twin (UK), Clouds with companies Trading Post Agency, Hype and Underground Promotions. In the past Rob successfully promoted club nights such as Underground Radio, Bleach & P*A*S*H and booked venues such as Newtown RSL and The Gaelic Theatre.

Rob is currently the Co-Director of Select Music Agency for Midnight Juggernauts, Bluejuice, Passenger, Boy & Bear, Josh Pyke, Ball Park Music amongst others. He is also Co- Director of Select Touring (Crystal Castles, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill) and part Owner of Stop/Start (label, touring, events and concepts).