Going Global Announce New Delegates & Programme Schedule


The countdown is on! One week to go and Going Global 2018 just got REAL with the addition of new delegates and the the two-day panel timetable revealed! Tickets to the two-day boutique music conference are selling fast and are looking to sell out.

Across the weekend of August 31st - September 1st, 50 experienced, local and international speakers, including the newly announced delegates below, will descend on Auckland City to share their experiences and expertise with the switched on folk who have bought their weekend passes to Going Global 2018.


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Amassed, these industry experts will discuss and share their knowledge on panels such as; 'Using Data To Develop A Strategy', 'The Perfect Pitch', 'Stats & Sounds' and 'Revelations From The Road'. There are workshops on USA Visas, digital distribution and photography plus speed-network meetings - your chance to ask an expert one-on-one. And keep your eyes and ears open for some surprise last-minute additions!

Here is a link to the posted 2-day programme schedule for the 2018 Going Global Music Forum.


Get to know your 2018 Going Global International Delegates...

RUBAN NIELSON (Artist, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, NZ/USA) - Keynote Speaker

The New Zealand musician is one of Aotearoa's most hottest cultural exports. He formed the iconic New Zealand punk band Mint Chicks in 2001 and over the last 17 years Nielson’s established himself as one of the most inventive sonic travellers currently working. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is the most thrilling pop band to emerge from Aotearoa in the past decade.


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ANN HARRISON (Solicitor, SSB UK / Business Affairs Peermusic UK) - Keynote Speaker

Ann is a lawyer with boutique London law firm SSB specialising in all aspects of the music business. Clients include household name performers as well as new artists, labels, managers and producers. Ann is author of Music: The Business published by Random House. The book is the key text on all music courses in the UK. She regularly lectures and presents Masterclasses on issues such as ‘Setting up and running your own record label’; and ‘Self-release’ for companies such as Abbey Road Studios, Music Norway, BIMM and The Guardian. Ann is a Companion of LIPA, the college set up by Sir Paul McCartney. She was awarded the Accolade Award for Achievement in the UK music industry in 2003 and in 2014 received a Women In Music Award in recognition of her success. In 2016 she was named as one of the Top 100 most influential women in the music business worldwide.


 ALESSANDRO PAVANELLO (Global Business Manager, Kanjian, CHINA)

Shanghai based Alessandro Pavanello is a music industry professional as well as as a producer/musician, currently working for China's top indie distributor Kanjian Music (看见音乐). He relocated to China after completing his master degree in Music Industry Management and Enterprise at London Metropolitan University in 2015. Alessandro specializes in the Chinese music market and has been consulting both Western and Chinese labels. With Kanjian, Alessandro has been part of the inaugural edition of the Electric Zoo Shanghai festival, and enjoyed working with the Grammy-nominated artist ZHU and indie labels such as Hyperdub and Ninja Tune. The producer and singer-songwriter Alessandro is actively ghostwriting for Chinese labels and touring local clubs with his drum and bass project Fractale.

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ALISON ROSENFELD (Music Supervisor, Aperture Music, USA)

A music supervisor for film and TV, Alison Rosenfeld thrives in the realm of the eclectic and up-and-coming. Over her 6 years at Aperture Music, Alison has placed songs by dozens of indie acts in TV shows including Girls, Goliath, New Girl, and Good Girls (as well as projects that don’t have “girl” in the title), and films including Trainwreck, Blockers, and Neighbors. Alison hosts a monthly DJ show on KChung Radio and frequently DJs all over Los Angeles, serving as a support act for Jessie Ware, Cherry Glazerr, Dent May, Khruangbin, and Jerry Paper, among others.



AMANDA CHENG (Artist, Wax Chattels, NZ)

Amanda Cheng plays bass and sings in Wax Chattels. The band recently released their debut album jointly on Flying Nun and Captured Tracks. Between tours, Amanda is an Executive Committee member of Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa, helping to promote empowerment and social change. Amanda also works as a finance solicitor at Chapman Tripp.

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AMBER CAREW (A&R, Saddle Creek Records, USA)

Amber is the former A&R + Digital Marketing at Los Angeles-based label Anti Records. Signed Japandroids, Cass McCombs, The Drums, Delicate Steve, Girlpool, Prism Tats, Andy Shauf, Un Blonde, Cameron Avery, Xenia Rubinos, Doe Paoro + more. Ran socials for the label, Japandroids and Tom Waits. Implemented digital campaigns for the entire active roster. Currently A&R + Social Media at Saddle Creek Records, a label born in Omaha NE. Opened a Los Angeles office late last year and focused now on expanding both the staff & roster from there, as well as improving the label's digital presence.



AMELIA MURRAY (Artist, Fazerdaze, NZ)

Amelia started Fazerdaze 4 years ago as a small bedroom recording project. Her album Morningside – which she recorded and produced herself – has received local and international acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Mojo. It was nominated for four Vodafone NZ Music Awards in 2017 along with the 2018 Taite Prize. Amelia’s career highlights include being selected to attend the Red Bull Music Academy 2016, performing at Coachella in 2018 and supporting artists such as The XX, HAIM and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

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ANDY IRVINE (Founder, GYROstream, AU)

GYROstream (GYRO=Get Your Record Out) is an Australian based digital distribution/aggregation service delivering music to Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and all major music services globally. Catering specifically for independent musicians in Australia and New Zealand, GYROstream offers a suite of music services aimed at promoting local artists, including PR, Sync, Vinyl/CD manufacture and insurance (gear & public liability).

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Anthonie Tonnon is a songwriter and performer originally from Ōtepoti. His latest release is the single and extended-player Two Free Hands. Tonnon has toured an eccentric solo set widely around the USA, EU, and Australasia. This year he has been experimenting with new technology and non-traditional performances, developing the show, A Synthesized Universe, in collaboration with the Otago Museum, and working on custom performances for ID Fashion Week and New Zealand Fashion Week.

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ASHLEY GAY (Founder, Xelon Entertainment / Noisehive AU/NZ, AU)

Starting his music career over 20 years ago, Ashley Gay’s first foray into the music industry was with key Australian dance labels Pro-DJ (1995-2000) & Central Station Records (2000-2007) as an A&R specialist working with the cream of local and international dance music artists and producing some of the most successful compilations in various territories. Ashley established Xelon Entertainment in late 2007 to enable clients access to the world’s digital music platforms. 10 years on, Xelon has grown into a key industry player with offices in six territories, representing over 300 labels in all genres from specialist labels to the most prominent Australian and International Dance labels.

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BEN O'CONNOR (Co-founder, Chapter Music, AU),

Alongside Guy Blackman, Ben O'Connor is co-director of Chapter Music, one of Australia's longest running and best respected independent record labels. Founded in 1992, Chapter has a catalogue of over 150 releases from artists such as Twerps, Dick Diver, Laura Jean, NO ZU, The Goon Sax, and Beaches. Tone Deaf have called Chapter "almost unequivocally the most treasured record label in Australia", while Rolling Stone called Chapter "one of Australia's most enduring and popular independent labels." Distributed worldwide by US company Secretly Distribution (the distro arm of Secretly Canadian), Chapter champions Australian music with a strong Melbourne focus, although they have also released artists from the US, Sweden, Japan and elsewhere. Ben manages Architecture In Helsinki and Power, and together with Guy manages The Goon Sax.




Brian J Zabinski is a senior case manager at CoveyLaw, and has worked with Tamizdat, where he is a volunteer artist mobility specialist, since 2012. He graduated from Monmouth University in 2010 with a BA in Music Business and has been working in the music industry since 2007, with stints at Capitol, EMI, Sire, Warner, and Ba Da Bing Records. As an avid music fan, he hosted weekly shows and performances on WMCX radio, was a representative of the Count Basie Theatre’s box office and marketing team, and has a wide range of experience in the industry, with a focus on artist and project management.



BRIANNA LIEBLING (Booker, Billions Corporation, USA)

Brianna Liebling is a music agent at The Billions Corporation in Chicago, IL. She was previously at Flowerbooking where she worked with such artists as Jimmy Eat World, SURVIVE, Ted Leo, Tamaryn and Frightened Rabbit. Brianna currently represents acts like Diet Cig, IAN SWEET, Palm, Land of Talk, Charly Bliss and more. She’s been involved in the music industry for almost ten years, working mostly in booking but also at local venues and a label.



DAVE SIMPSON (Photographer contributor, Getty Images /, NZ)

Dave Simpson is a live event and people photographer based in Auckland. He strives to capture amazing photos of people doing their thing whether on stage or off. He is a regular contributor to Getty Images and His editorial images have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world including The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, NME and have been used by brands including Prada and Carlsberg. Dave teaches street photography and is an associate of the Photographic Society of New Zealand.

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REUBEN RAJ (Photographer, SomeBizarreMonkey / Radio 13, NZ)

Reuben Raj, or sometimes known by his moniker SomeBizarreMonkey, is a film and digital photographer now based in Auckland. He constantly aims to capture moments of time on camera and his obsession with photography has allowed him to deliver assignments around the world including Russia, China, Singapore and most recently, the Middle East. His experience includes fashion, press and movie stills but music photography is where he started as a teenager and remains his most loved genre. Reuben is the co-founder and publisher of NZ music media site Radio 13 where he also hosts his own radio show about music and the people who cannot live without it.

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NICOLE THOMAS (Artist Manager, Publicity, NicNak Media, NZ)

After working in publicity and promotions with Warner Music New Zealand for eight years, and in the entertainment industry in NZ and Australia for more than 20 years, Nicole Thomas started her own company - NickNak Media - in August 2015. NicNak Media specialises in entertainment publicity, promotions, radio plugging and music management.

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SARAH THOMSON (Programme Director, 95bFM, NZ)

If it was released in the last fifteen years, there's a middling chance that someone within New Zealand media may have allowed Sarah Thomson to: programme the music video; introduce the live-to-air; write inches about the album; playlist the single; and/or interview the bass player. (Sorry about that.) With a background that includes stints in music television, screenwriting, radio production, music journalism and television puppetry, Sarah is currently the Programme Director of New Zealand's largest independent alternative radio station, 95bFM.

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Lisa Paris is Owner of The Label; a Music Marketing PR Specialists. Label & Artist Services company based in Auckland for 13 years. The Label represents some of the biggest international indie labels in NZ - 4AD, Rough Trade, XL Recordings, Matador, Young Turks, Secretly Canadian, Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Sub Pop. They have delivered successful campaigns for Adele, SIA, Queens of the Stone Age, The xx, The National, FKA twigs, and Radiohead. Some of the NZ bands they work with include Fat Freddys Drop, Tiny Ruins, Nadia Reid, Hopetoun Brown, Boycrush, Estère, Lawrence Arabia, Ha The Unclear, Yukon Era, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

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DYLAN PELLETT (General Manager, IMNZ, NZ)

Independent Music NZ is the trade association for New Zealand independent labels and is a proud member of WIN, the Worldwide Independent Network. IMNZ produces the annual Taite Music Prize and the Going Global NZ conference. IMNZ has proudly provided assistance and music services to its members for 14 years. Dylan Pellet has worked across the New Zealand music industry for the last 21 years, in touring, music synchronisation, creative execution and a nine year stint at independent labels Flying Nun Records / Festival Mushroom Records.

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JEFF NEWTON (Music Promoter, NZ On Air, NZ)

Jeff Newton is NZ On Air's radio plugger and music promo guy tasked with getting NZ music funded by NZ On Air seen and heard. Jeff worked in the radio industry for 14 years in a number of on-air roles at both Mediaworks and TRN (now NZME.). After a short sojourn in tourism he moved into record labels as the Promotions Manager at EMI Music NZ. Jeff holds a Diploma in Commercial Broadcasting from the NZ Radio Training School and his iwi is Tainui Awhiro. Ngā mihi

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For more information on the delegates, visit the Going Global 2018 website here


31st August - 1st September
Roundhead Studios,
Auckland, New Zealand

Limited tickets are still on sale here!



Written By: Radio13