Terms & Conditions of Entry

Event: Australian Songwriters Conference

Organiser: Lisa Butler

You and Your and Participant: Any person attending the Event, whether as a registered attendee, member of the Faculty, guest, contractor, staff member or volunteer.

Australian Songwriters Conference – Event Terms and Conditions (“T&C’s”)

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 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 an Attendee 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 Event is strictly prohibited.  Still photography is permitted.

    COVID-19: The Australian Songwriters Conference is committed to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

    You agree to comply with all reasonable directions given by the Organiser related to COVID-19 safety during your attendance at the Event, including those set out in the Event’s COVID Safely Plan.

    You acknowledge that by attending the Event you may be exposed to the possibility of contracting an illness, including the COVID-19 virus.   While the Organiser will implement reasonable measures to attempt to minimise the risk of the COVID-19 virus, you acknowledge that such measures may be unsuccessful and do not guarantee that you will not be exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

    With full knowledge of the risks associated with the COVID-19 virus, you voluntarily agree to attend the Event and  assume all responsibilities and risks related to the COVID-19 virus while attending the Event.

    You agree that you will not attend/participate in the Event if you have, within the past 14 days:
        • had a suspected/confirmed case of COVID-19;
        • experienced any symptoms of COVID-19;
        • been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; and/or
        • travelled to any region that has been considered a COVID-19 hotspot.
    • Indemnity: You agree to indemnify the Organiser against any loss or damage the Organiser may suffer arising out of your negligence or breach of the Event T&Cs.

      Release: To the full extent permitted by law, you waive all legal rights of action against and fully release the Organiser, its employees, contractors and agents, for all claims for compensation for loss, damage, injury or death howsoever arising out of or in relation to your attendance at the Event.

      Important Note: These Terms & Conditions, and the COVID Safety Plan, may change without notice to remain compliant with State and Federal health rules and regulations. ASC will notify Event Attendees and Faculty members when this occurs.

What is the Refund Policy?

Please read our refund policy carefully.

Up to and including 31 January 2021:  50% of Conference Fee paid is refundable.*

From 1 February 2021:  Sorry, no refunds other than for certain situations pertaining to COVID-19 as below.°

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 Terms & Conditions Of Entry.


° A conference fee refund* will be offered if;

      • the Conference is cancelled due to COVID-19 venue closure/restrictions that make it impossible to hold the event, or
      • COVID-19 border restrictions at the time of the Conference (10-14 June 2021)  prevent an interstate resident from travelling into NSW to attend the event.

Pending confirmation/decision from the venue, we may be able to refund pre-purchased breakfasts and dinners should the event be cancelled due to COVID-19 venue closure/restrictions.


* 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.

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.

Carers and Support People  who hold a Companion Card or other proof of care/support status can attend the Australian Songwriters Conference to support an attendee and no fee will be charged. People attending as carers or support people of attendees cannot participate in the activities themselves (though they can assist the attendee where needed) and their meals must be purchased separately.  Once the attendee registers for the event, the carer needs to contact us as we will need to finalise their attendance and details for our records (mainly due to our COVID-19 Safety Plan).

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/support people (see above) .

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/support people (see above) .

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 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, Rock, and Country as these are the most popular genres.

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.

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 or entry in the ASC2021 Song Contest.

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

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How much does it cost to attend ASC2021?

The fees payable to attend the Rebooted 2021 Australian Songwriters Conference (ASC2021) will remain the same as they have been for 2020 and are as follows:

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

*You can Purchase ASC Membership AND Conference Fee together for $700.00
That’s 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.

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About the ASC Members Program

Can I pay off the Conference fee?

Yes you can!

You can now take advantage of our ASC2021 interest-free Payment Plan.

Here are the Payment Plan Terms & Conditions:

By entering into a payment plan with the Australian Songwriters Conference, you agree to the following terms and conditions and give Australian Songwriters Conference permission to debit monthly payments from your credit/debit card.

Simply complete the ‘Payment Plan’ section on the Registration Form to pay off your conference fee (including ‘extras’ you choose) in monthly instalments.

Please note that a processing fee of 2.2% will be added to the total conference fees payable.

The total amount payable will be split into equal monthly payment amounts and debited from your nominated credit/debit card each month.

The first payment will be debited on the date of registration. Subsequent monthly payments will be debited on the same day each month until the balance is paid.

The balance of the conference fee must be paid by 31 May 2020, so the sooner you register and start paying off your fees, the lower your monthly payments will be.

Our normal Refund Policy applies.

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
Ocean Beach Holiday Resort:  1800 611 522 (next suburb)

… 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?




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.





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.