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Sound States

Sound States is a 2 day mentorship program for WA based self managed artists and artist managers with a DIY focus which will deliver a program of mentors in a conversational environment to embrace inquisitive minds and develop of ideas and networks. 

Applications close 11:59PM WST Sunday 17th January 

In a way which makes the program completely unique, Sound States aims to deliver a continuous DIY message and dismantle the idea that there are industry gate-keepers helping or hindering artistic success. Instead of placing industry heads in the room to speak, this program focuses on the people who have truly written their own success story and cultivated their career path independently.

Today the program announces it’s first round of 9 mentors which are all incredible artists and operators who have the stories and success to drive home the Sound States message. 

Sound States

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Kaurna Cronin
Kaurna is Adelaide based folk artist who is a true champion of the DIY approach. Kaurna is a self managed, self booked artist who has done laps of Australia and the globe for years building a loyal audience from the ground up and maintains a stable career as a full time musician. Kaurna’s most notable achievements reside in his European touring with his 2019 tour boasting over 100 tour dates across Australia and Europe incorporating sold out headline shows and numerous festival appearances. All of which he booked and promoted independently. 

Deena Lynch (Jaguar Jonze)
Deena is a Taiwanese-Australian currently hailing from Brisbane who has been fiercely independent through her career. Her stage persona Jaguar Jonze is well known for striking costumes, amazing concept design, unique music and an incredibly energetic live show. it’s no surprise she’s landed collaborations with Vogue, Reebok and Christian Louboutin to name a few. Deena for a long time booked her own tours through Asia and Australia and has since gone on to tour the world and in 2020 was the mosy played artist in triple j unearthed. 

Kelsie Miller (Across The Road Music)
Kelsie Miller is an artist manager and promoter based in Fremantle, Western Australia. She started her independent management company Across The Road Music in 2017, and currently manages Great Gable and The Money War. She also provides artist development and mentorship for a number of emerging Perth bands, and is passionate about helping artists develop careers outside of Western Australia. When she’s not touring with her bands or managing releases Kelsie puts on shows and festivals across Perth and the South West with an emphasis on sustainability and zero waste.

Kate Branson (Goodtime Marmalade)
Kate started Goodtime Marmalade Publicity in 2015. It’s aim, as a grass roots publicity company, is to help educate the local music community on how to DIY a release, while also working to promote artists nationally and beyond.  Recently Goodtime Marmalade has worked with Demon Days, Your Girl Pho, The Holy Smoke, Tanya Ransom, The Disappointed plus many more. Kate also works as the publicist for Group Therapy Records (Web Rumors, Gazey, Segue and Shy Panther) and the ABC (Aboriginal Biodiversity Conservation) Foundation Ltd.

Grace Barbé
Afro-Kreol musician Grace Barbé has a fruitful an exciting career spanning years and which recently culminated in her first nomination for a prestigious ARIA award, which she can add to her very long list of over a dozen WAM award wins. Through her career, the Seychelles born, incredibly talented bass player and vocalist has been no stranger to booking her own tours though Indian Ocean Island, across Australia and New Zealand alongside co-manager and band mate Jamie Searle. They own and operate alongside their small team, an independent boutique record label Afrotropik Records, specialising in vintage & contemporary Afro and Island sounds.

Murray Curnow
COVID-19 saw Murray Curnow, the UK based manager to Royal Blood, Psychdelic Porn Crumpets and Dulcie “stranded in Perth” (what a good excuse to stay here though!) Murray is a part of the Wildlife Entertainment team in London and alongside managing his own artist roster, assists with the companies’ other artists which include Arctic Monkeys and Kae Tempest. Murray is no stranger to overseeing an arena size tour, but has built artists from the ground up in Australia and the UK. 

Hannah Docherty
With a background in digital marketing, Hannah has spent the last 3 years as Head of Accounts at MITP Agency, managing campaigns for a whole range of clients including national music festivals Isol-Aid Festival, Good Things Festival & Origin Fields and has worked with a huge number of touring artists over the years. She also has a plenty of experience in Event Management, has worked at hundreds of events across Perth and is one half of the duo who run Snatch, one of Perth’s biggest monthly queer parties.

Hayden Davies
If you’re an artist with a release coming out, Hayden Davies is the person you want to know. Hayden is the editor and all-rounder behind Perth-based creative collective Pilerats, which aims to spotlight and emphasise developing artists (and the odd established one too) from West Australia and beyond.

Nicola Van Dongen
Nicola has been a hotel and travel professional for over 10 years, working for some of the worlds finest hotel chains. With a career focus in the entertainment industry, she has looked after international artists, 300 person touring parties, local legends and even royalty! A walking buzzfeed “travel-hack” post, she is passionate about getting managers and self managed artists the VIP treatment they deserve

The program will offer 12-15 Western Australian early career self-managed artists and independent artist managers the opportunity to participate at no cost. At least 3 of these positions will be allocated to regionally based participants, with the program covering all affiliated transportation costs for remote participants.


Sound States Music Mentorship Program
February 23 and 24 2021
Fremantle Arts Centre