Speakers & Mentors

Due to the necessary postponement of ASC2020, our hand-picked Faculty will be coming back for the 'Reboot' in 2021. We are very grateful for their support. The 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.

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Main Seminar Facilitator: Our 'Mystery Megastar' in 2010, and Main Seminar Facilitator in 2016 and 2018, we are extremely please to announce that Alan will be returning in 2020 in this leadership role. Alan is an L.A.-based Grammy Award winning songwriter and songwriting teacher 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 which always prove popular with attendees.
Read Alan's Bio     Visit Alan's Website

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Speakers (Co-Writing, Production): The hottest writer/producer team in the country, David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii (aka DNA Songs), have written a string of #1 pop and rock hits recorded by the biggest artists in Australia including Delta Goodrem, Jessica Mauboy, The Veronicas, Dami Im, Reece Mastin and Isaiah Firebrace - not to mention having written and produced Australia's 2020 Eurovision entry 'Don't Break Me' by Montaigne!  ASC is thrilled to have DNA joining us in 2020 to talk about the art of co-writing and producing. Don't miss this session!
Read DNA's Bio       Visit DNA Songs Website



Speaker/Mentor (Country Genre): A multi-award-winning Australian Country Music artist, we are thrilled that Amber will be joining us in 2020 to share her songwriting processes and tips on writing in this popular genre. With a swag of APRA and Golden Guitar awards, and several #1 hits, Amber is undeniably one of Australia's top Country singer-songwriters and recording artists.    Read Amber's Bio    Visit Amber's Website

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DIANA TOROSSIAN (DT Talent Management)

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 of some of Australia's most talented hit songwriters, Di will speak about artist and writer management and answer questions from attendees. Always on the lookout for talented new songwriters to work with, Di will also take part in the song pitch sessions.   Read Diana's Bio 


MATTHEW DONLEVY (Cooking Vinyl Publishing Australia)

Publisher/Mentor: 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, and now heads up the 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 returning in 2020 to source more great tracks as well as spend some time with us as a Mentor to attendees.  

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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 listening to tracks on the Song Pitching sessions and she will take part in the Industry Panel. Colleen was a wonderful ASC Mentor in 2016 and 2018, and we look forward to her sharing her wisdom and knowledge with us again in 2020.   Read Colleen's Bio          Visit Colleen on Facebook

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Speaker/Mentor (Sync): Brisbane-based Music Supervisor, Tyler McLoughlan, will be joining us for the first time in 2021. Founder of The Sound Pound, Tyler specialises in music supervision and clearances, composition, and sync representation for independent music across advertising, film and TV. Tyler is a passionate copyright & sync educator for both music creators and music users.  Read Tyler's Bio    Visit The Sound Pound




Speaker (Writer Services): Nicola (Nikki) Tuckwell join us this year to speak about the services APRA AMCOS provides to members, including royalty collection and distribution, licencing and grants.  Learn how APRA AMCOS can help you earn an income form your original music.     Visit the APRA Website

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Speaker (Music Law): A solicitor at leading entertainment firm, Brett Oaten Solicitors (BOS), Liz has significant experience in music, entertainment, commercial and IP law. Liz has also worked as Head of Legal & Business Affairs at the Mushroom Group, Head of Business Affairs at Lunatic Entertainment (a leading music management business), Legal Counsel for the Laneway Festival and Flying Bark Productions, and she has also held in-house roles at Inertia Music and the TMRW Group (previously Ministry of Sound). Liz is passionate about working with individuals and businesses across all creative industries.  Read Liz's Bio

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Workshop Presenter/Mentor: If you want to make a living as an indie artist, Anthony Snape can show you how! A talented songwriter and successful Indie artist now living back in Australia after many years in the USA, Anthony will share his extensive experience with attendees in two workshops; 'Crowd Funding For Your Music Project' and 'Growing A Fan Base Independently'.   Read Anthony's Bio      Visit Anthony's Website

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Workshop Presenter/Mentor: Australian artist, award-winning songwriter, international speaker and mentor, and the founder of I Heart Songwriting Club, Francesca comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.  In her workshop, 'The Keys to Writing Songs in Just One Hour'Francesca will share practical tools for overcoming songwriters’ biggest blocks and barriers once and for all. Be inspired to tackle writers’ block, time management, isolation, procrastination and take action to become the best songwriter you can be.  Read Francesca's Bio       Visit Francesca's Website

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Speaker/Presenter:  ASC Alumni, Kathy Prosser (aka Kathy Possum), is a multi-award winning songwriter and playwright whose passion is delivering environmental awareness and education to the next generation through performing arts platforms. Highly experienced in creating unique income streams and business models using her music, Kathy will present her session on this topic live from the USA where she now lives. Kathy's journey began with the ASC in 2008, and her incredible story, and the knowledge she has gained, will enthral every attendee.      Read Kathy's Bio     Visit Kathy on Facebook

Doreen Van Bree


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.

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JACK 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 run his popular production workshop in the on-site studio.
Read Jack's Bio    Visit Jack on Facebook     Visit 'The Grove' Studios

More Faculty Confirmations Coming Soon!