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MUSIC MATTERS

LAST CHANCE

Your gateway to Asia closes
Friday next week!


WAM and Timbre Music launched the Singapore WA Music Exchange (SWAM) at the recent WAM Festival, supported by the Department of Culture and the Arts and the National Arts Council Singapore, and partnered by the South West Development Commission and Music Matters in Singapore. A cross-cultural regional music exchange program, SWAM provides WA and Singaporean contemporary musicians with an important opportunity to gain exposure, experience and connections in potentially powerful regional export markets. The first stage of this project saw a Gateway To Asia panel taking place at this year’s WAM Festival Music Conference, featuring Danny Loong from Timbre Music Group and Sammy Shirra-Moore from Branded Ltd/Music Matters, as well as Singaporean acts Charlie Lim, Sezairi and The Sam Willows impressing new audiences at a Pica Bar showcase and then at the Saturday Spectacular Wetlands Stage. Now it’s WA acts’ turn to wow Singaporeans, and the world.



MUSIC MATTERS OVERVIEW
Looking to make an impression in the Asian music scene? Want to share the stage with some of the world’s best up-and-coming performers? Taking place 20-25 May 2014, the award-winning Music Matters - dubbed “TED meets SXSW” by Jason Mraz - is the only event in Asia that gathers the entire music and entertainment industry in one place. The Asia Pacific's award-winning, pioneering music industry conference and festival has become the annual destination for digital and live entertainment businesses. With 10,000 attendees including over 1,200 conference participants from 30 countries, plus 176 speakers and over 50 bands, Music Matters 2014 will have Singapore – and the world - rocking!
 

APPLICATIONS
A global gateway for artists looking to break into the world's most populated region, Music Matters Live 2014 will see the SWAM commitment making it the easiest year for WA acts to make big impressions. Contact
sammy@branded.asia or click here to submit your band application online before submissions close on Friday 17 January to play Asia’s biggest music festival. Recognising the importance of this opportunity to WA acts’ careers, the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) encourages acts to apply, offering an additional pool of funding for Music Matters Live that will not impact on acts’ ability to apply for other Contemporary Music Grants.


DISCOUNTED TICKETS
No matter what your role is in the music industry, Music Matters offers an extensive new world of learning, experiential and networking opportunities. As an extra bonus of the SWAM commitment and relationship with Branded, WAM is excited to announce this partnership has also resulted in cheaper registration rates for WAM Members to Music Matters. Email
charmian@branded.asia to take advantage of the following discounts:

 
WAM Members Available til  31 January From 1 Feb
Price per ticket ($U.S.) Group of 3=10% discount Group of 5 = 15% Group of 10=20%  Single tickets
Access All Areas pass (3 days, Music Matters, Social Media Matters and Digital Matters plus parties) $675 $640 $600 $950
VIP Pass to Music Matters $540 $510 $480 $700

 
 


MORE ON MUSIC MATTERS
As the Asian music scene continues to grow at an accelerated speed, Music Matters continues to connect the industry and fans in a dynamic line-up of international and local bands. For 3 nights, over 60 bands, from over 20 countries, will play over 160 shows in venues across Singapore.
Music Matters Live in the past has hosted acts including Simple Plan (CAN), Jezabels (AUS), Katie Noonan (AUS), Gurrumul (AUS), Prata Vetra (LAT), Kate Miller-Heidke (AUS), Little Boots (GBR), flumpool (JPN), Kreva (JPN), Drunken Tiger (KOR), Indus Creed (IND), Nidji (IDN) and Faber Drive (CAN) amongst hundreds of others. The Fountain Stage performances alone are broadcast live to hundreds of thousands of viewers on YouTube.
 
The conference side to
Music Matters has seen the likes of Justin Timberlake’s manager, Johnny Wright; Lady Gaga's manager, Troy Carter; legendary music and entertainment producer, Bob Ezrin; leading rock band U2's manager, Paul McGuinness; President of Sony Network Entertainment, Tim Schaff; Spotify CEO and visionary Daniel Ek share their expertise.
 
Adjacent to the festival, and featuring a star-studded roster of breakout YouTube artists, the
YouTube FanFest is a 2-day live broadcast reaching over 500,000 viewers.
 
And then there’s the nextgen experience where budding artists and delegates come together at the
Music Matters Academy in mentoring sessions and workshops led by global entertainment leaders sharing valuable tips and advice on growing a fan base and succeeding in a digital world.





 
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