TRACEE HUTCHISON is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, arts/media executive, producer/director, academic and author and brings 30 years’ experience at the highest level in Australian and international broadcast media and arts sectors. A pioneering and highly regarded ABC broadcaster, Tracee launched the national youth network, JJJ, is known for her work as a specialist arts reporter on the 7.30 Report and ABC TV Sunday Arts and, as the producer of the SBS music show ‘nomad’, discovered silverchair, one of Australia’s highest selling acts.
“A pioneering and highly regarded ABC broadcaster”
Tracee is a former CEO of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Network Executive Producer at ABC International and Program Director & Board Member at 3RRR.FM, Australia’s largest community radio station. Tracee is currently Head of Journalism at the Australian College of Arts (Collarts) and serves on the Board of Music Victoria and as Chair of Music Victoria’s Women’s Advisory Panel. In January 2018, Tracee received an Australia Day award from Brimbank Council for her work on the (Leigh) Bowery Theatre, in Melbourne’s western suburbs, where Bowery grew up.
CHRISTINE ANU is a national treasure and Australia’s most iconic female indigenous entertainer, with an illustrious career spanning nearly 30 years including music, theatre, dance, film and television.
Christine is a multi-award winning recording artist, including ARIA Song of the Year for My Island Home, ARIA Best Female Artist for Stylin Up, ARIA Best Video for Bazmark’s Now Until The Break of Day with David Hobson and many Deadly, Green Room and Sydney Theatre Awards. More recently, Christine’s 1995 version of My Island Home was added to the National Film Sound Archive’s Sound of Australia registry and was the first recipient of the Australian Songwriters Associations inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Australian First Nations Music.
“…a national treasure and Australia’s most iconic female indigenous entertainer”
Christine has toured nationally and abroad, including Vietnam, North America, China, Middle East and Papa New Guinea. Christine has also performed at many momentous events, including Sydney 2000 Olympics Closing Ceremony, Women of APEC, G’Day Australia, 50 Years of Television, APEC Cultural Performance, Sydney Paralympics, FINA World Swimming Championships, 25th Anniversary of Carols in the Domain and flicked the switch to launch National Indigenous Television in Australia. Christine has made widely-acclaimed appearances in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, The Matrix Reloaded and Dating the Enemy; on television in Wildside, The Alice, East West 101, Playschool, Outland, Dance Academy and was a judge in Channel 7’s Popstars. Christine’s success on stage includes Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom, Little Shop of Horrors, Kissing Frog, Rent, Rainbow’s End, Parramatta Girls and The Sapphires for which she received the Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical at the Sydney Theatre Awards.
CLARE BOWDITCH is an ARIA Award-winning singer, songwriter, sometimes actor (as Rosanna Harding on the hit Channel 10 show “Offspring”), speaker, writer, creative-business mentor and broadcaster on Melbourne’s ABC radio 774. She’s had Top Ten albums, been named Rolling Stone Woman of the Year (Contribution to Culture), Yen Young Woman of the Year (Music), co-written with Gotye, toured with Leonard Cohen, written for Harpers Bazaar and the Drum, and played in every venue, festival and truck stop in Australia at least two hundred times each.
In 2013, Clare launched Big Hearted Business, a new enterprise designed to teach creative people about business, and business people about creativity, in ways that make sense. Check out www.bigheartedbusiness.com.au for some truly inspiring interviews with Australia’s artistic and business greats.
From 2016 to 2017 Clare hosted the Afternoons program on ABC Melbourne taking over from Richard Stubbs. Currently, Clare is writing and recording her sixth solo album, trying to whittle down the 150 songs she has written since 2012’s “The Winter I Chose Happiness” and also preparing her debut book, both set for release in 2018.
CAAMA Label Manager (NT)
JOHANNA CAMPBELL (Wiradjuri) is currently Co-Label Manager, Head of Artist Development and Booking Agent for CAAMA Music in Alice Springs. CAAMA Music plays a unique role in the Indigenous music scene, growing and developing artists from remote areas to create opportunities to enter the national and international market.
Johanna has been performing as a professional singer/dancer for over 20 years and is well known on the East Coast and in the Northern Territory for her live cabaret and show background. She has travelled across Australia and Europe performing at festivals, resorts and live music venues, featuring on Marngrook Footy Show, NITV/SBS and headlining at numerous independent festivals.
Behind the scenes Johanna has been building her booking agency and events company, self-managing her own music career and curating music and artists for the annual Tjungu Festival, Uluru NT.
She is actively involved with remote Indigenous communities and committed to educating students about healthy living through music and song writing with the Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! Foundation.
KWEEN G (Gladys) started her career with the explosive hip hop outfit KillaQueenz. Since then she has hosted large scale events, (Sydney Festival, Africultures Festival, Marrickville Festival, Women’s Scream Int Poetry Festival), facilitated workshops in N.T and N.S.W, developed community connections through music and worked for over 15 years as a producer/presenter and is a qualified trainer on radio.
In 2017 Kween G made her debut theatre performance in Urban Theatre Projects award winning show Home Country and in the same year released her single Who I Am’ a fearless vision statement from a femcee who writes to encourage us all to fiercely pursue our unique passions until the wheels fall off. Kween is both and industry and cultural leader and Afro-Australian Icon.
SOPHIE KOH is an Australian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and composer. She has self-funded and independently released 4 albums and won awards such as Best Female Artist (The AGE Music Awards) and Best Contemporary Song at IMA (Independent Music Awards USA).
She was UnEarthed by Triple J in Darwin, Northern Territory in 2003 and she has since toured and collaborated with many, such as Ben Lee, The Eels, The Go-Betweens. She has guested on TV shows such as ABC’s Spicks and Specks, SBS’s Rockwiz and Neighbours. She has toured and tour-managed her band extensively around Australia as well as China and Singapore.
Sophie was born in New Zealand, to Malaysian Chinese parents and spent her childhood in Singapore. Her new album BOOK OF SONGS (2017) sees her divert course from pop into the classical-crossover world, revisiting her classical piano training and her ethnicity.
BOOK OF SONGS is a splendour of pop songs, inspired by Chinese poetry, played on predominantly grand piano, cello and viola; with a few songs in Mandarin. Co-produced with the magnificent J.Walker (Machine Translations).
Sophie’s other hats include motherhood and she also works as a clinical optometrist, with extensive experience in public health and indigenous eye health.
Isabella ‘Izzi’ Manfredi is an award-winning songwriter and a formidable voice in the Australian music scene. As the frontwoman of Sydney band The Preatures, she has written critically acclaimed tracks like ‘Is This How You Feel?’ – which debuted at #1 on iTunes – and progressive releases like ‘Yanada’. With a passion for the arts, Izzi has also become a front row regular and favourite of fashion houses internationally. She has been dressed by the likes of Chanel, Ellery and Miu Miu – each helmed by strong designers that admire Izzi’s captivating spirit.
The daughter of an esteemed chef and an entrepreneurial mother, Izzi certainly isn’t afraid to use her voice to help inspire positive change. In 2017, she co-wrote ‘Yanada’ with Darug songwoman Jacinta Tobin, helping to shed light on the Dharug language and culture. Since then, she has become a passionate advocate for celebrating and fostering respectful collaboration between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
Isabella has also spoken out as part of the #metoo movement, connecting with fans via social media and emerging as a role model for young women nationwide. In 2018 she was invited to join the conversation as part of ABC’s special #metoo themed Q&A segment. In addition to this, Izzi has played sold out shows in Australia, the US and UK – providing her with a stage for so much more than performing. A strong feminist, Izzi feels strongly about the representation of women in music and is on the Advisory Board of the Australian Women’s Music Awards.
First and foremost, though, Izzi is a celebrated writer and musician. Having formed The Preatures with Jack Moffitt and Thomas Champion in 2010, she has since blossomed as an artist. In 2014 the band released their debut album Blue Planet Eyes and followed it up in 2017 with Girlhood. Isabella has also collaborated with friends and personal idols within the Australian music industry, including Flume, Divinyls and Johnny Took of the DMA’s.
Isabella’s success as a musician has given her the platform to explore critical material through song, as well as in her public life. Born and raised in Sydney, she is proud to have been featured by some of the finest local publications – including Russh, Harper’s Bazaar, The Sydney Morning Herald and Vogue Australia. Her whip smart wit and brooding Italian beauty make her a truly modern style icon, which has afforded her the opportunity to connect with diverse audiences as a powerful spokesperson.
Having recently celebrated her 30th birthday, Izzi is humbled to have graced the stages of international music festivals the likes of Glastonbury, Coachella and Austin City Limits. She counts performing live on the Jimmy Kimmel Show at SXSW, playing the Sydney Opera House for Vivid Festival, and supporting The Rolling Stones among her top career highlights to date. Above all, though, Izzi is excited to take on the next 30 years with grace, panache and that magnetic spirit for which she has become renowned.
For more than 20 years, KATIE NOONAN has been one of Australia’s most revered musical talents. A singer, songwriter, producer, pianist, mother and fierce champion of the arts, Noonan’s career has seen her win five ARIA Awards, go seven times platinum, release over a dozen studio albums and be named one of the greatest Australian singers of all time by the Herald Sun.
Katie first rose to prominence as the angel-voiced vocalist behind george, the legendary Australian band who broke through in 2002 with their #1 album Polyserena. Since then, Katie’s extensive discography has spanned excursions between classical music, opera, jazz, folk and electronic sounds, with her extraordinary vocals always at the fore. Katie has also served as the Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival since 2015, a role that allows her to act as an ambassador for the arts and the home state she is deeply proud of.
But the Katie Noonan journey isn’t over yet. In her own words: “I will be making albums and singing until my last breath.”
industry observer (nsw)
POPPY REID is the Managing Editor of Australia’s fastest-growing music media company, Seventh Street Media, which includes Tone Deaf, The Brag, The Industry Observer and numerous other publications under its umbrella. She is the former Editor at The Music Network and a journalist who has been published in various publications including Rolling Stone, The Edge and Red Bull Music. In 2017 she made B&T’s Women In Media Shortlist in the Journalist/Producer category.
When not writing about music, Poppy is binge-watching Netflix series’ with badass female protagonists.