ASC2020 FAQs

 

 

 

 

What topics does the ASC cover?

All the main seminars are genre non-specific, so it doesn’t matter what genre you write, you will definitely benefit from them. The talks and sessions run by our professional Faculty will deal with specific genres. So far, we will definitely cover Pop, R&B/Urban, Rock, Country and Christian as these are the most popular genres. Our decisions on other genres to be covered will be based on the information we receive from your registration forms. If, for example, there are enough Hip Hop or Children’s songwriters attending to warrant a seminar discussion on those genres, we will endeavour to fill that need.

Whilst many of the seminars relate to the actual craft of songwriting, the ASC also includes workshops, seminars and activities focusing on demo and album production, publishing, royalties and contracts, performance and career topics, industry legalities, promotion, and the various markets where songs are used.

Who can attend the ASC?

When ASC was first held in 2008, it attracted performing and non-performing songwriters from across the country. These days, the event also attracts non-writing performing artists, artist and songwriter managers, producers and others who work (or want to work) with songwriters or who want to learn about the craft of songwriting. Anyone interested in the craft and business of songwriting is welcome at ASC.

All the main seminars will be genre non-specific, so it doesn’t matter what genre you write, you will definitely benefit from them. The talks and sessions run by our professional Faculty will deal with specific genres. We definitely cover Pop, R&B/Urban, Rock, Country and Christian as these are the most popular genres. Our decisions on other genres to be covered will be based on the information we receive from your registration forms. If, for example, there are enough Hip Hop or Children’s songwriters attending to warrant a seminar discussion on those genres, we will endeavour to fill that need.

Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult parent/guardian. There will be no fee payable for the accompanying parent/guardian unless that parent/guardian intends to take part in the conference activities. Non-paying parents/guardians are welcome to attend the opening ceremony, closing ceremony and attendee performance nights and jam sessions, however they cannot attend the seminars, workshops or other conference sessions, or pitch songs on behalf of the attendee. An exception to this rule will be made for attendee carers holding a ‘Companion Card’.

Pending seating availability, family and friends are welcome at our Opening Ceremony and Song Contest Awards night, and the closing speeches, as well as the nightly attendee live performances, however all other conference activities are for paying attendees only.  An exception to this rule will be made for attendee carers holding a ‘Companion Card’.

Babies and young children will not be permitted into the conference activities, so please make adequate arrangements for their care during the conference. Family and friends are encouraged to discover all the great activities to be enjoyed around Ettalong and the greater Central Coast region while attendees are in sessions throughout the day.

The Australian Songwriters Conference organiser reserves the right to refuse entry into the event, or remove from the event, any person whose behaviour is deemed inappropriate. Inappropriate behaviour includes:

  • offensive and/or abusive language,
  • threatening or violent behaviour,
  • physical, verbal or sexual harassment,
  • any behaviour that threatens the health and safety of others,
  • the deliberate damage or theft of items, equipment or furnishings,
  • any other behaviour deemed inappropriate by the organiser.

Where a person is refused entry to, or removed from, the event for any of the aforementioned reasons, no refund of Conference fees or extras (meals, accommodation, travel or other expenses paid by that person to attend the event) will be payable.

What Does the Conference Fee Cover?

The conference fee covers entry to all seminars, workshops, song pitching, use of on-site studio, showcases and networking during the event.  The fee also includes the ‘Founder’s Welcome Soiree’ on Thursday night, and your lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea from Friday to Monday during the event.

The conference fee does not include breakfast, dinner,  accommodation, entry in the ASC2020 Song Contest or entry in the 2020 Ettalong Beach Acoustic Buskathon.

Breakfast and dinner can be ordered separately on the conference registration form.

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How much does it cost to attend ASC2020?

The fees payable to attend the 2020 Australian Songwriters Conference (ASC2020) are as follows:

ASC Members:  $550.00
Non-Members:  $750.00*

*At registration, you can also  opt to purchase your ASC Membership AND the Conference Fee together for $700.00 – a saving of $50!

You must be an ASC Member at the time of registration, or choose the option of purchasing an ASC Membership and Conference fee together during registration,  to be eligible for the Members rate.

ASC will not refund conference fees or partial conference fees if you become an ASC Member after registering for the Conference as a non-member.

ASC2020 Registration Form

About the ASC Members Program

What is the Refund Policy?

Please read our refund policy carefully.

Up to and including 31 January 2020:  50% of Conference Fee paid  is refundable.*

From 1 February 2020:  Sorry, no refunds.

*We will not refund or partially refund the ‘non-member’ conference fee if you become an ASC Member after you register and pay as a non-member.

Refunds will not be made to any person who breaches the Conditions Of Entry.

*Refunds will not include the transaction fees paid by you when making payment/s.  Refunds will not include any payment for ‘Extras’ purchased such as breakfasts, dinners, accommodation, travel etc.  Refunds will be made less the fees and charges incurred by us for the refund transaction.

What are the Conditions of Entry

Each attendee will be issued with a personal lanyard during registration at the event.  Lanyards must be worn at all times to gain entry to event activities. No lanyard = no entry.

The Australian Songwriters Conference organiser reserves the right to refuse entry into the event, or remove from the event, any person whose behaviour is deemed inappropriate.  Inappropriate behaviour includes:

      • offensive and/or abusive language,
      • threatening or violent behaviour,
      • physical, verbal or sexual harassment,
      • any behaviour that threatens the health and safety of others,
      • the deliberate damage or theft of event or venue items, equipment or furnishings,
      • any other behaviour deemed inappropriate by the organiser.

Where a person is refused entry to, or removed from, the event for any of the aforementioned reasons, no refund of Conference fees or extras (meals, accommodation, travel or other expenses paid by that person to attend the event) will be payable.

The audio and/or visual recording of workshops, seminars, talks, song pitching sessions or any other activities at the Australian Songwriters Conference is strictly prohibited.  Still photography is permitted.

Where can I stay while I’m at ASC?

The ASC Faculty and Staff will be staying at the Mantra Resort Ettalong Beach. The Conference will be held at Ettalong Diggers, situated on the ground floor.

Why not stay with us too? Call the Mantra Resort Ettalong Beach on 13 15 17 or use your fave online accommodation booking site.

The Conference is held on a long weekend, so accommodation in Ettalong will book out quickly. To avoid disappointment we recommend you make your hotel reservations as soon as your register for the ASC.

If you can’t get into the the Mantra Resort Ettalong Beach, there are other great accommodation options available in Ettalong:

Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort:  02) 4341 1999
Ettalong Beach Motel:  02) 4344 6611

… or try Airbnb at Ettalong Beach

Where can I eat while I’m at ASC?

You lunches, morning teas and afternoon teas are taken care of during the conference, as they are included in the conference fee.

The best opportunities for networking with the ASC Faculty professionals, are over meals. The Faculty and staff will be enjoying their breakfasts together in the Ettalong Diggers dining area each morning, and in the evenings, we will dine lavishly over exclusive dinner buffets in the conference area.

To enjoy these meals with the Faculty, simply tick them in the ‘Extras’ section of the Conference Registration form.  Special dietary requirements are catered for too.

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There are a number of restaurants, cafes and eateries in Ettalong Beach. Prices vary from cheap to ‘bring your credit card’ so there’s something for everyone.

Google ‘Ettalong Beach’ and take a look at this beautiful little seaside resort village. You’ll love it!

How do I get to Ettalong Beach?

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Need help booking your flights? Call our trusty travel gurus at Helloworld Woy Woy on 02) 4341 7200. They will be happy to assist you with your travel arrangements.

 

How do I get from Sydney Airport to Ettalong?

Book a Shuttle  (Recommended)

The shuttle service picks you up from your flight, and transports you and your luggage in air conditioned comfort right to the venue at Ettalong Diggers and Mantra Ettalong Beach.  There are several Shuttle services running between Sydney Airport and the Central Coast.  Google ‘airport shuttle Central Coast’.

 

Note re No TrainsTake the Train

Catch the train from the airport to Central Station. Catch a train from Central to Woy Woy (its the Newcastle Line).  Click here to plan your train trip. From Woy Woy you can catch a taxi or a bus to Ettalong.  You can also make an advance enquiry with the Resort (or wherever you are staying in Ettalong) to find out if they can pick you up from Woy Woy station.

 

 

 

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Drive by Car

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From Sydney head north on the M1 Pacific Motorway. (From Newcastle head south on the M1).

Take the Gosford /Woy Woy Exit, drive through Kariong and turn right after the Shell Service Station (you’ll see the signs for Woy Woy).

Follow this road down the hill (its a long descent and takes about 15 minutes – take care on the hairpin corners)

Keep following the road, over the railway line and straight ahead through the roundabout at the intersection of Ocean Beach Road and Rawson Road (civilisation at last!).

Continue down Rawson Road to the traffic lights at Blackwall Road – turn right.

Follow Blackwall Road down a long straight stretch, follow it around the right-hand hairpin corner (Blackwall Rd becomes Memorial Ave) around the mountain, passing a few commercial and industrial premises and a service station, until you get to another roundabout (we love our roundabouts!) on the T intersection at Maitland Bay Drive.

Turn left onto Maitland Bay Drive and continue about 500 meters then turn right into Picnic Parade (you’ll see the sign for Ettalong).

Follow Picnic Parade down to (another) roundabout and turn right into Ocean View Road – the resort is approx 1500 meters up the road on the corner of Ocean View Road and Memorial Ave.

The Resort’s undercover car park (for those staying at the resort) is located in Schnapper Road. If you are staying at other accommodation in Ettalong, you can park curbside at the resort or use the main car park located further along Schnapper Road at the rear of the resort and market area.