Career Development Workshops: Recording, Broadcasting and Distribution

Facilitated by Nicholas Albanis (APRA AMCOS), the panel featured Fem Belling (Fem Belling Quartet, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra), Mike Gurrieri (PBS-FM, Equinox Recordings) and Roscoe James Irwin (Lionsharecords).

This 60-minute session explored the all-important, ever-changing world of recording, broadcasting and distribution. How to get your work out there? More importantly, how do you get paid for it? What is the role of the recording industry in today’s world? What is the current and future impact of streaming on recording, broadcasting and destruction. How do you get a label interested in your work? How do you engage with radio, particularly community radio?


Facilitator Nicholas Albanis is a Writer Services Representative for APRA AMCOS. Nicholas assists songwriters and composers to look after their performing and mechanical rights. Outside of APRA AMCOS, he has a long history of releasing music in Australia and around the world, both down the DIY path and through independent labels, and has embarked on numerous tours of Europe, with the occasional Japan, Hong Kong and US show thrown in for good measure.


South African born vocalist and violinist, Fem Belling, is a rising star on the international jazz scene and has imprinted herself as one of Australia’s most formidable and in demand performers. Her African Jazz roots powerfully augment her unique musicality and interpretations.

A master force in the art of standard’s-singing Fem’s contribution to a global music scene is diverse with projects in Afrobeat, Township Jazz, African and Theatre.

Hailing from musical dynasty, she has performed with many jazz greats, locally and internationally. Solo projects & collaborations. Fem has just finished an international tour promoting her latest independently released album, NOW THEN which was nominated for – Best Jazz Album -The Age Music Awards. Fem is a Yamaha Australia Artist playing their 5 string Electric Silent violin & YEV.

Melbourne’s own Roscoe James Irwin, is a singer songwriter that delivers his own quirky style of folky pop songs and beautiful lyrical storytelling. In the last year Irwin’s debut album The Hunting Road has earned him local and international recognition. Winning over audiences in headline performances, as well as in support of his longtime music family, Harry James Angus and Tinpan Orange. The first album single “1000 Nights” has been nominated in the 11th IMA’s (International Independent Music Awards).

Irwin is also proud to have contributed his song “Pass the Time” to The Cat Empire compilation for Tunes for Change.

Irwin has spent the best part of the last 6 months writing and recording in the studio with producer John Castle (Washington/The Bamboos) working on his next release.

Mike Gurrieri is a Melbourne-based music professional. He was been an active DJ for over 20 years, hosts the Mystic Brew program on PBS 106.7FM, runs the independent label Equinox Recordings, and currently works behind the counter at Northside Records. He has previously worked in several other independent record stores & worked in physical music distribution.

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