2018 Faculty

The ASC Faculty is made up of a ‘Core’ group of music industry professionals as well as numerous Guest Speakers. More experts will be added to the lineup over the coming months.  The ‘Who’s Who’ of Australian and International hit songwriters, producers, publishers and music industry professionals, our Faculty members are excited to share their knowledge, wisdom and experience with attendees during the event.


ARS performing at St. Rocke B & WALAN ROY SCOTT

Main Seminar Facilitator: Our ‘Mystery Megastar’ in 2010, and Main Seminar Facilitator in 2016, we are extremely please to announce that Alan will be returning in 2018 in this leadership role. Alan is an L.A.-based Grammy Award winning songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Notorious B.I.G., Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Patti LaBelle, Neville Bros. Roberta Flack, Cher, El DeBarge, Tiffany, Patti Austin, The Spinners, Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Martin (Menudo), Anne Murray, Johnny Mathis, Pointer Sisters, Sheena Easton, and Ray Charles and many others. Alan will be presenting seminars and workshops over the course of the weekend including his ‘Song Surgery’ sessions that were so popular in 2016.

Read Alan’s Bio     Visit Alan’s Website





Speaker (Country): The Princess of Australian Country Music, Gina’s career had spanned almost 30 years and her hit albums and singles have earned her Gold and Platinum including Golden Guitar awards, MO Awards, an APRA award – the list is almost endless. Gina also runs performance workshops for young, talented performers. We are thrilled that Gina will join us at ASC2018 to talk about writing in the Country genre and share her knowledge and wisdom with us all.

Read Gina’s Bio     Visit Gina’s Website




Speaker (Production/Songwriting): A world-class musician, songwriter and producer, Rod McCormack has written over thirty  #1 Country hits and he has produced numerous high selling and award-winning albums for artists such as Wendy Matthews, The McClymonts, Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffreys, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole and Paul Kelly. Rod plays many instruments, specializing in most things with strings which has lead him to play for many top artists Australian and International artists. Named CMAA Producer of the year in 2004, 2008 and again in 2010, Rod will be sharing his knowledge about production and songwriting in his talk to attendees this year.       Visit Rod’s Website





Speaker/Mentor (Management): Having spent most of her working life in the Australian music and publishing industries and being responsible for signing some of Australia’s top artists and songwriters over the years, Di is our expert in all things Publishing and A&R. As manager for some of Australia’s most talented hit songwriters, Di will speak about artist and writer management and answer questions from attendees.

Read Diana’s Bio     Visit Di on Facebook





Speaker/Mentor (Building a Successful Indie Career): If you want to make a living as an indie artist, you won’t want to miss this valuable session!

A successful Australian Indie artist living in the USA, Anthony will share his extensive experience of connecting with fans and building a loyal fanbase, running successful crowd funding campaigns, and the ins and outs of international touring. Time permitting, there will also be a Q&A session.

Read Anthony’s Bio     Visit Anthony’s website



matthew-donlevyMATTHEW DONLEVY

Speaker/Mentor (Publishing): With over 30 years experience in music publishing, Matt Donlevy’s history in the music industry is long and distinguished.  He spent 30 years as Managing Director of Peer Music, runs his own successful business, Frankdon Music, and recently was named the head of the new publishing division for Cooking Vinyl Australia. Matt is also a Director on the Board of AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association).  Matt has been involved in our Publisher Pitching Sessions since the very first ASC in 2008, so we are excited that he will be sharing his knowledge and insights in a one hour talk at ASC 2018, as well as spending some time with us as a Mentor to attendees.   Full Bio coming soon.



Workshop Presenters/Mentors: A brilliant writing/production team, the Hannan’s own and run successful recording studio and accommodation facility ‘The SongStore’ in Victoria, Australia. They have written/produced for Vanessa Amorosi, Taxiride, Gabriella Cilmi, Delta Goodrem, Lee Harding, Steven Rossitto, Neighbours, TV AFL, The Voice, X Factor, and Idol Artists.  The Hannans will be mentoring and running career workshops over the course of the event. You’ll also find Adrian helping in the On-Site Studio assisting attendees with their production questions.

Read Barbara & Adrian Hannan’s Bio     Visit The Songstore Website





Speaker/Mentor (Management): Melbourne-based Artist Manager, Colleen Zulian, is a highly respected Music Industry professional. She was President of the Australian Songwriters Association for six years, Event Director for the Melbourne International Blues Festival and Australian Music Week, and she has worked extensively in Publishing.  Together with Songwriter Manager, Diana Torossian, Colleen will be delivering a talk about the ins and outs of artist and writer management and answering questions from attendees. Colleen was a wonderful Mentor at the 2016 ASC, and we look forward to her sharing her wisdom and knowledge with us again in 2018.

Read Colleen’s Bio          Visit Colleen on Facebook




Workshop Presenter/Mentor (BSchool For Artists): ASC is proud to present International Speaker, Award Winning Author, Trainer, Coach, and Business Mentor, Katrena Friel. Katrena has had years of experience working with artists, songwriters and musicians. She will be presenting a workshop in 2018, titled ‘Business School For Songwriters’, designed to help songwriters take their business to the next level.  Katrena will also offer FREE Business Coaching Sessions to attendees after the workshop!

Read Katrena’s Bio             Visit Katrena’s Website




 Jack-N2JACK NIGRO (The Grove Studios)

Onsite Recording Studio: A huge thanks to Jack Nigro for contributing his time, talents and mobile studio for this important feature of the event. He does an amazing job, and together with our other faculty producers, will be on hand each day to assist attendees with demo production info, tips on working effectively with a producer – and you can even lay down some tracks. Jack will also give a one hour talk on all things Production, from working with a pro producer to demo production standards and everything in between.   Read Jack’s Bio    Visit Jack on Facebook     Visit ‘The Grove’ Studios



Connie Kis _ASC photo


Workshop Presenter/Mentor: Hailing from Western Australia, Connie has become part of the ASC’s ‘Core Faculty, and we are thrilled she is joining us again in 2018. A talented singer/songwriter and workshop presenter she will be presenting a songwriting workshop and mentoring at the event.

Read Connie’s Bio     Visit Connie’s Website





Workshop Presenter/Mentor:  Vocal Coach and ASC Faculty regular, Doreen Van Bree runs vocal workshops for songwriters over the course of the weekend. These workshops assist songwriters to understand how the vocal ‘instrument’ works; crucial knowledge for writing vocal melodies that allow an artist’s voice to shine.

Read Doreen’s Bio






Workshop Presenter:  Beating Writer’s Block. Christine is not a hit songwriter – yet!  She is, however, a prolific songwriter, having successfully completed many national and international songwriting challenges (50 Songs In 50 Days etc), so she knows how to avoid writer’s block and just keep going!  Christine will share her processes with attendees in this one hour workshop. You’ll never suffer writer’s block again!

Read Christine’s Bio              Visit Christine’s Website



More Faculty confirmations are coming soon!