2020 Speakers and Featured Delegates

Aarti Desai

Aarti Desai

Aarti joined Creative Victoria in November 2015 and has worked across funding programs and research. She is currently the Senior Arts Officer managing the Music Works grants programs. With a love for music, Aarti spends a lot of her spare time working on and volunteering for music causes and festivals.

Aengus Finnan

Aengus Finnan

Aengus Finnan is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. He serves as the first non-US Executive Director of Folk Alliance International. Prior, he worked with the Ontario Arts Council, Community Futures, and the founding Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival. He spent 10 years as a touring artist.

Andrew Orvis

Andrew Orvis

Andrew is the Festival Director for Queenscliff Music Festival Inc., a not-for-profit community organisation that annually presents the QMF on the last weekend in November, and a multi art Festival, Low Light Queenscliff, in June. Andrew is also a board member with Platform Youth Arts in Geelong.

Bonnie Dalton

Bonnie Dalton

Bonnie Dalton is the General Manager of the Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO), where she works with her incredible team to help grow the prosperity of Victorian music businesses. Prior to the VMDO, Bonnie worked as an artist manager and festival producer.

Brian Taranto

Brian Taranto

Music and festival promoter, merch person to the stars, art director, tour manager, book publisher, food truck owner, dreamer, swimmer, football lover, father, lover of fine music and good times. You may know some of my work over the last 35 years.

Caroline Moore

Caroline Moore

Caroline is the Port Fairy Folk Festival Program Director. She has more than 30 years experience in Festival Direction, Management and Touring Artists in Australia, UK and Europe. She has a breadth of experience across the arts, music and community sectors.

Carolyn Logan

Carolyn Logan

Penney and Logan have been operating in the entertainment industry for over thirty years as producers, publicist, marketing and management. They have promoted and produced literally hundreds of shows and have a broad experience and understanding of how to strategize to sell tickets, music and to raise artists profile.

Chloe Goodyear

Chloe Goodyear

Chloe is the Head of Programming for the Woodford Folk Festival and The Planting, as well as Executive Producer of the Australian regional touring programme Festival of Small Halls, and is currently on the board of FAI and the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival (PEI).

Dale Packard

Dale Packard

Dale is the General Manager at Music Victoria, the peak body for contemporary music. He has toured the world as a tour manager, sound engineer, manager and musician. He managed the touring department at Regional Arts Victoria, runs Club Kids Music Academy and is a board member for Schoolhouse Studios.

Derek Guille

Derek Guille

I was an ABC Radio Broadcaster for 25 years, presenting programs that regularly focused on music and musicians, and have been the Ambassador of the Port Fairy Folk Festival for 15 years. I also perform in an acoustic band called The Ugly Uncles.

Dhari Vij

Dhari Vij

Dhari Vij is the Head of Showcases for traveling music expo, WOMEX – World Music Expo, the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, conferences, showcases, club summit and film screenings. Currently based in Berlin, Dhari also freelances in artist bookings for music festivals.

Erin Collins

Erin Collins

Erin Collins is a musician, writer and producer who since 2011 has steered the artistic vision of the Cygnet Folk Festival. The festival celebrated its 38th year in 2020 and is one of the most popular events in the Tasmanian Summer calendar, attracting performers and patrons from the world over.

Finn McLennan-Elliott

Finn McLennan-Elliott

Finn McLennan-Elliott is the Artistic Director for the Auckland Folk Festival, the largest folk festival in New Zealand, held over the last weekend of January. Finn is also a folk booking agent in New Zealand having worked with the likes of The Maes, Scott Cook and Rosier.

Glenn Dickie

Glenn Dickie

Glenn is the Export Music Producer for Sounds Australia working across a variety of international music conferences including SXSW, Americanafest and Folk Alliance International. Glenn has led the Australian delegation at FAI for the past 5 years helping to develop and deliver opportunities for Australian Folk artists and industry.

Heidi Braithwaite

Heidi Braithwaite

After previously working for an independent record label and as a band manager, Heidi founded Riot House Publicity, in 2006 and has since worked Alex Lahey, Marlon Williams, The Jezabels, C.W. Stoneking, WAAX, and Beyond The Valley among others. Heidi also joined the board of Music Victoria in 2018.

Hubert Francis

Hubert Francis

Hubert Francis, Elder, Elsipogtog, New Brunswick, Canada, started his rock group Eagle Feather in 1990, who were the first touring Aboriginal rock band in Canada. He was awarded the 2019 Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his “profound and lasting effect” on the Atlantic Canadian music industry.

Jamie McKew

Jamie McKew

Moving to Geelong in 1975 he assembled a series of bush folk bands, relaunching Geelong Folk Club (May 1977) followed by the Port Fairy Folk Festival in December 1977. He was Founding President of Folk Alliance Australia from 1997 and the Festival Director for Port Fairy to the 40th in 2016.

Jeremy Furze

Jeremy Furze

Jeremy has over 14 years music industry experience across artist management, tour accounting, record labels, live bookings and venue management. He is owner of Applejack Music which manages artists The Teskey Brothers and Little Quirks. He is also co-owner of live music venue The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine, Victoria.

John Lamp

John Lamp

John has been involved in public broadcasting since the 1970s and was one of the co-founders of the Tasmanian Folk Festival at Longford, Tasmania. He has a love of live recording and the magic of a jam session. Currently he is with 94.7 the Pulse and Forte in Geelong.

Justyn Rowe

Justyn Rowe

Justyn is the Project Officer for the Arts and Culture Department, City of Greater Geelong, and has been running their Creative Communities Grants program for the last nine years. He is one of Geelong Council's grants specialists and supports locals to access the range of available grants.

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson

Program Director at Bello Winter Music Artist Liaison and Assistant Programmer at Mullum Music Festival Artist Liaison at The Gum Ball and Dashville Skyline Tour Manager for Festival of Small Halls Also a very keen photographer and winner of the 2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize People's Choice Award.

Kerry Clarke

Kerry Clarke

Kerry's the artistic director of the Calgary Folk Music Festival – a 41-year ‘post-folk’ festival each July (70 artists/8 stages), programs February’s Block Heater (38 artists/5 stages) and a concert series. She serves on arts boards and juries, co-founded Rwanda’s KigaliUp festival, and hosts CJSW and CKUA radio programs.

Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas is the agent and owner of ComboPlate Booking, an artist agency representing folk, Americana and roots rock singer-songwriters. Based in Austin, Texas, Laura is currently serving her third year on the FAI Board of Directors.

Lisa Schwartz

Lisa Schwartz

Lisa is the Festival & Programming Director for the renowned Philadelphia Folk Festival. The 59th annual event will feature approximately 80 acts on eight stages and will welcome upwards of 35,000 patrons. She also serves as President for the FAI Board, and mentors artists to position them for career growth.

Liz Scott

Liz Scott

Liz Scott is the Artistic Director at the Mariposa Folk Festival, a 3-day festival with 150+ performances on 12 stages held in early July in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Lovingly referred to as 'The Grande Dame of Folk Festivals', Mariposa celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2020.

Michelle Conceison

Michelle Conceison

Michelle Conceison runs Nashville management and marketing company Market Monkeys. She manages John Smith (England), Della Mae (US), Fortunate Ones (Canada), and Sarah Siskind (US). With a MBA, teaches at MTSU, leads FAI's research and programming. She's a past President of FAI, and now serves on the board of IBMA.

Neil Morris

Neil Morris

Neil Morris is a Yorta Yorta man, born and raised on Yorta Yorta country around the towns of Shepparton and Mooroopna. Neil is the Victorian Music Development Office’s (VMDO) Music Business Manager - First Peoples. He is also an artist, DRMGNOW, and host of Triple R radio’s ‘Still Here’ program.

Paul Petran

Paul Petran

Producer/Presenter of ABC Radio National's "Music Deli" 1986 - 2011. Member of the Lighthouse Arts Collective in Point Lonsdale from December 2018 - present. Music Event Producer. Part time guitarist of many styles. Unhealthy obsession with old guitars ( incurable)

Peter Noble

Peter Noble

Director of Byron Bay’s Award-winning festival Bluesfest, Peter has programmed contemporary, Legendary and Blues & Roots artists to play the festival including: Patti Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, D’Angelo, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, James Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples and Jason Isbell to name a few

Sheena Keane

Sheena Keane

International Management. Artists have included Jenn Grant, Mick Flannery and Valerie June, A&R for Star House Collective, In the past year produced a hit stage musical, released a No.1 and Top 10 record in both Ireland and Canada, and has curated the 3rd edition of Folk Alliance Internationals 'The ExChange'

Teresa O’Brien

Teresa O’Brien

For 20 years, Teresa O’Brien has worked as producer of arts, Indigenous, cultural & music festivals, events & programs throughout regional and remote Australia. She has managed touring projects for musicians, dance groups, visual artists and performance arts. She has co-ordinated many album releases through independent music label, Goanna Arts.

Una McAlinden

Una McAlinden

Una McAlinden has broad experience in the arts and events. She is currently the Director of the National Celtic Folk Festival in Portarlington, Victoria and former Executive Director of Folk Alliance Australia. A passionate participant in the Folk scene-experiences include: concert, festival/event organizer, promoter; international cultural exchange programs; musician, teacher.

Zena Armstrong

Zena Armstrong

Director, Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW. Former journalist, former diplomat, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including as head of public/cultural diplomacy branch. Focus now on my local community, creating unique events for people to come together in celebration. Folk musician. Long involvement in folk festivals, as volunteer, performer and publicist.