Face the Music has announced its 2014 conference program, brimming with interesting topics, fascinating people and spirited conversations to encourage idea sharing across all levels of our music community.

Face the Music will open with a study of Australasian artists’ amazing success in infiltrating international markets this year. In I Come From A Band Down Under, the exciting phenomenon that has seen acts likes Vance Joy, Sheppard, Kimbra, Jezabels and Gotye all take the world by storm will be discussed and conference goers will speak with the people who work closest with success stories Lorde, The Presets and Courtney Barnett. What is it that has caused this tsunami of interest in Australasian music? How can other local artists strike while the iron is hot too?

In a conference first, Face The Music will feature an in-depth focus on The Living End, presented by APRA AMCOS. All three band members, Chris Cheney, Scott Owen and Andy Strachan, are set to discuss the stories behind their songs, their songwriting process, the highs and the ‘not so’s’ and what the future holds as they begin work on their seventh album. The Living End will be joined on stage by their highly-respected, long-standing manager Rae Harvey.

To close Face The Music 2014, the team will bring back the pants-wettingly funny Splendour Forum Debate and pose the question: “Will there ever be another Elvis?” (Dylan/Madonna/Nirvana/The Beatles/insert global trailblazing artist name here). Joining the 2014 Debate will be Pinky Beecroft, Cherry Bomb author Jenny Valentish, publicity maven Chrissie Vincent, writers Marcus Teague and Jess McGuire and R.I.P Society’s Nic Warnock.

The Face The Music Conference will also feature exclusive masterclasses, Q&As and group workshops from the industry’s finest. It all takes place at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, on November 14 & 15. Members’ ticket discounts are available from APRA AMCOS, Music Victoria, AAM, AIR and The Push. For the full lineup and ticket info, head to www.facethemusic.com.au.