jen long high res 2Music Industry Summit, Face The Music, is stepping up its recruitment of international speakers this year to provide a global perspective on issues like the war for digital rights, the role that music needs radio to play and the changing nature of how bands break.

In keeping with previous events, Face The Music will continue to invite the “do it yourself” warriors who have etched out a space in a crowded industry, led in 2014 by Steve Albini, renowned artist, music journalist, industry commentator and recording engineer.

Jen Long, noted UK music media presenter, is the latest featured international speaker announced for Face The Music.

Widely known as the voice of BBC Three, Jen’s “go for it” attitude, hard work and ability to spot new talent has seen her labelled by Q Magazine as “one of the most influential young voices in music”. For the past three years her BBC Radio 1 program, Introducing, has been responsible for outing the best unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar artists.

Presented as a guest of Melbourne Music Week, Jen will contribute to a number of Face The Music panels and discussions and will be in Melbourne all week to experience some great music and meet artists at this massive annual music showcase.

Jen has her own record label in partnership with Transgressive, Kissability, whose first signing was Australia’s own DZ Deathrays. Her exhaustive commitment to music also sees her manage two bands, write extensively for the UK music press and coordinate International Cassette Store Day. Jen has recently added the role of Music Editor at ticketing agency DICE.

As a gathering of the contemporary music community, Face The Music 2014 presents 40 panel sessions, keynote presentations, meeting opportunities, practical music workshops and intimate master classes.

Artists including Helen Croome (Gossling), Evelyn Morris (Pikelet), Drew Wootton (The Panics) and Stu Grant (Primitive Calculators) will talk on topics ranging from the importance of regional touring, gender in music, building the right team around you and collaborative songwriting.

More international and Australian speakers are joining daily at and this week’s announcement also welcomes Meredith publicist Ange Henley, Rhett McLaren (The Hills Are Alive, UNIFIED), Pete Williamson (Sabretusk), Tim Dalton (Collarts), John Wardle (National Live Music Office), Zac Abroms (Viceroyalty), Tom Harris (White Sky), Shane Wickens (The Push) and Sarah Guppy (This Much Talent).

Face The Music would like to thank all its conference partners, including the Music Council of Australia, AWME and the Victorian Government – Arts Victoria and FReeZA.

Face The Music 2014 – Arts Centre Melbourne
Friday November 14th & Saturday 15th
Tickets available here!