Victorian Festival Professional Directory
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– Falls Festival / Operations Manager, Staff & Volunteer Coordinator, Event Consultant
– Nightjar Festival / Operations Manager
– Melbourne Food & Wine Festival / Staff & Volunteer Coordinator
– Sustainable Living Festival / Stage Manager
Architects of Entertainment
Architects of Entertainment (AoE) is an event production agency, delivering festival brands and artists to audiences, event plans and operations to internal stakeholders and unique, safe and accessible spaces to patrons.
For 25 years AoE founders Haydn Johnston and Nathaniel Holmes have lived and breathed live music, touring, production and events.
In 2015 they decided to consolidate their combined experience, IP and client base to form a company.
Five years later and now with over 200 shows delivered under the AoE banner, AoE are a team of five full-time staff, 200 contractors and more than 1,000 suppliers, all working in concert to deliver in excess of 30 show days a year.
Operating domestically and internationally, AoE has the capacity to manage, staff and deliver multiple festival departments simultaneously, delivering shows to spec and on-budget, no matter how tight the deadline.
– Splendour In The Grass / Production Management
– Triple J’s One Night Stand / Production Management
– St Jerome’s Laneway Festival / Production Management
– Lost Paradise / Event Management, Site Management, Production Management, Event and Set Design
– Fairgrounds Festival / Event Management, Site Management, Production Management, Event and Set Design
BKA Events specialise in delivering engaging live events. While this is what we are best known for, we are passionate about delivering services that are flexible, innovative and customer centric. As such we are pleased to include virtual and hybrid events in our service offering.
Managing the total event experience, our team are hand picked for your event to deliver a tailored, seamless and interconnected experience for both in-person and virtual attendees.
We service various clients from a range of industries.
Casey Bonacci Events are passionate about creating event experiences with a difference.
They design and manage incredible moments that help to build your brand and connect you with your audience, leaving them asking for more.
Located in Gippsland, they can take the stress out of creating an engaging and memorable event, wherever you may be.
Whether large or small, intimate or extravagant, you’re in good hands. Let them make your event vision a reality.
Event suppliers and contractors typically perform the highest-risk works onsite and regulators have high expectations of those engaging contractors; those must take responsibility for confirming and documenting that they have appropriate safe systems of work, valid licenses/permits and suitable insurance coverage.
Released in 2019, Contractor-HQ offers EventManage which is an expansive, event contractor management module which can be used as a simple-to-use compliance framework to prequalify contractors engaged to perform works at events.
It highlights compliance gaps and automates the process of following up event suppliers and staff to upload documentation in relation to the services they’ll be performing. The Contractor-HQ team are experts in regulatory compliance and have created a platform that automatically maps service providers to ascertain what type of licences and certificates must be obtained from the event contractor to ensure their qualifications can be easily verified.
Councils can utilise this tool to manage (a) internally run events or (b) provide it as a framework for those from the community to ensure that regulatory compliance can be easily maintained. ContractorManage has been designed to facilitate this process (through automation) to let councils manage the process “by exception” and save hours of human resources if they’re involved in the process of collecting and maintaining the records on an ongoing basis.
EventManage has been designed to simplify the process of collecting required documentation from suppliers, while also helps administrators quickly identify which gaps need to be filled.
Strathbogie Shire Council – Case Study
EventManage digitised the process for the events team to capture new event applications and streamlined the communication lines between the applicant and those involved from other departments. They’d previously relied on manual processes to collate the information from members of the general population and present it to other internal stakeholders. EventManage helped replace Excel spreadsheets, plus multitudes of emails and phone calls to external organisers to capture the required information in the required format.
10+ years experience in creative production, performance art, media, writing, organising, administration, arts management ++. Recent projects include:
– Directing and producing world’s first Fringe Festival in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
– Producing multiple shows for LGBTQIA disabled artist collective Quippings
– Producing Secret Society themed Alternate Reality Game (ARG) for The Village Festival
– Producing, performing, writing stage magic + storytelling + social justice show Queer Lady Magician
– Volunteer management for Freeplay Independent Games Festival
– and more!
Skills: Advocacy, diversity & inclusion & equity (gender, race, sexuality, cultural diversity, immigration status, disability), digital media, producing, stage management, production management, media writing, community engagement, research, artistic direction, administration, bookkeeping
CVP EVENTS FILM & TV
IMAG SERVICES – LED SCREENS – BROADCASTING & STREAMING SERVICES – PROJECTION – PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
Event Producer with over a decade of experience working in festivals, events and advertising.
Major roles/produced projects with: Dark Mofo, London 2012 Olympics (for Coca-Cola), Melbourne Writer’s Festival, BBC, Renault, AGP, PUMA, Adidas, The Times London Film Festival, Lake of Stars Festival and various roles across a wide variety of brand events, corporate conferences/dinners and festivals.
I also run a performer booking agency for on and off stage spectacle with clients including The Pleasure Garden, Dark Mofo, Lost Lands festival, various councils, Chi Wow Wah Town amongst others.
Event Kit are an Event Management company who are expert event makers and love to share their event expertise, industry secrets and best event planning shortcuts with you.
– Event Strategy Consulting
– Event Planner Toolkits
– Event Management
Faulty Cat Productions
Faulty Cat Productions offers a range of services across music production including editing, mixing, sound design, composition, project management, and consultation. Vincent Giles is an experienced composer and sound designer, active in the field for 13 years across installation/gallery sound-based work, festival management, and concert music. He is an experienced academic who holds a PhD in sound design and music from the Victorian College of the Arts. Prior to working in production, Vincent was a freelance bass player, teacher, and music critic.
First In Last Out
First In Last Out (FILO) deliver management services for cultural and corporate events, festivals and the performing arts, with a focus on Production + Operations Management and Risk + Safety.
Led by Emily O’Brien, together with a bunch of production legends, FILO collaborates with a wide range of independent and freelance production personnel and with other production and technical services organisations.
FILO expands and contracts, allowing the company to engage the most appropriate collaborators for each unique project.
For FILO, Emily O’Brien has delivered the following projects:
– Risk and Safety Lead, Senior Production Management (MONA FOMA 2016-2021)
– Risk and Safety Consultant (ACMI, 2021)
– Risk and Safety Lead, Production Coordination (City of Melbourne – Creative Laneways, 2021)
– Risk and Safety Lead, Production + Operations Manager for Meat Market/Weelam (YIRRAMBOI, 2021)
– Risk and Safety Consultant, Operations Manager (Can’t Do Tomorrow, 2020)
Foreign Brothers is a community-based collective promoting local artists and musicians around Melbourne.
Selected past experience:
– FLOW festival / Production and Event Manager
– Soundsystem Giants / Production and Event Manager
– Strawberry Fields / Artist Liaison
– Fairfield in Feb / Artist Liaison
Experienced senior festival professional.
Selected past experience:
– Secret Garden Festival / Artist Liaison Manager + General Manager
– Falls Festival / Sponsor build (worked for an agency)
– Big Day Out / Commercial Rights Manager
– Ponderosa Stomp / Festival Manager
– SXSW / Stage Manager
Herding Cats Management and Events
Artist Management for Amos Roach (Amos Roach is a skilled Didge player, dancer and musician) and other First Nations Musicians, dancers and performers.
Events for First Nations performers including BlakBeat at Common Rooms and other regular events to present First Nations contemporary culture.
Producers of Neon Ngargee, a traditional contemporary Kulin Nations dance event and cultural installation piece that is participatory, interactive and… NEON!
I Heard Django
A music and events agency on Gunditjmara country, Victoria, Australia.
i hear django provides a range of services, including artist management and mentoring, tour bookings, visa consultancy, release strategies and project/event management.
With over 20 years experience in the music industry, Amy has a wealth of knowledge to offer clients and works with both national and international artists.
Jarrad Thessman (JT)
JT, as he’s known to many in the industry, has spent 15 years working in events, hospitality and brand management.
He managed events at various Brisbane venues, before entering the world of corporate events at Metcash IGA, where he ran major conferences and trade shows throughout South East Asia.
Since 2006, JT has also managed various volunteer deployments before moving more into Site and Event Management in 2016.
He has held various senior roles at Beyond the Valley, Factory Summer Festival, Royal Melbourne Show and the University of Melbourne Open Day.
Jelleff and Co.
Jelleff & Co. has 30+ years of global experience in Live Touring and Events, working with many of the world’s leading artists, bands, concert promoters and event producers.
Jelleff & Co. provide production management, tour management, event producing, project planning & logistical services to the Live Entertainment industry, working closely with artists, managers, promoters, producers, agents, venues, suppliers and crews; while looking after all things touring, production and event management.
Their services include:
– Team sourcing
– Project accounts
– Risk assessment
– Travel and logistics
They can be part of a project from inception through to fulfilment, or drop in and out as and when their specific services are required.
They also have the expertise to manage a project or tour from start to finish, if a client prefers to be hands off.
These days their tours and projects are often Australia and New Zealand based, however over the years their continued experience working globally, particularly in the UK and Europe, has seen them develop an extensive network of skilled touring and event contractors and suppliers worldwide.
From theatres to stadiums…and everything in between!
Experienced Project, Event, Production and Site Manager
Accredited Safety Officer, COVID-Safe planning and management, OH&S and site induction design.
Selected past festivals include:
– Dark Mofo
– Melbourne Festival
– Beyond the Valley
– Laneway Festival
– Boogie Festivals
Plus many more large and small festivals
loadin.com is an advancing communications tool designed for Festival Promoters, Artist Liaisons, Production Managers, Venue Managers and Band Bookers in the festival and live music venue industry.
They have recently launched the COVID-Safe System, a digital contact tracing solution for the staff and artists of festivals and events.
Experienced festival professional.
Selected past experience:
– Down To Earth 2020 / Artist Liaison
– Laneway Festival 2020 & 2019 / Artist Liaison/Artist Shuttler
– Laneway Festival 2018 / Resident Liaison
– Splendour In The Grass 2018 / Assistant Tour Manager
– Dark Mofo 2016 / Front Of House
Artist Management for Connor Black-Harry.
Experienced festival professional.
Selected past experience:
– National Artist Liaison Manager / So Frenchy So Chic, 2012 – 2021
– Event & Partnership Manager / The Australian Music Prize, 2017 – 2019
– Ground Transport Coordinator / Festival X, 2019
– National Artist Liaison Manager / Stereosonic Festival, 2013 – 2015
– Event Manager
Australian International Documentary Conference, 2017/2019/2021
– Event Manager
Australian Directors’ Guild Awards 2018 & 2020
Elizabeth Dawson-smith is a director, choreographer, performer, song/script writer and event producer, specialising in unique audience experiences that are both immersive and memorable. With a First Class Honours accreditation in nineteenth century burlesque traditions (2014), Elizabeth has made her mark on the vaudeville, cabaret and burlesque circuit, with two Green Room Award nominations (2012/15), ‘Best Dance’/‘Best Cabaret’ weekly awards (Adelaide Fringe 2020/21), a Fields Award nomination for her ‘Contribution to Australian Vaudeville’ (2015) and act direction for the winning entries of Miss Burlesque Australia 2014 (Zelia Rose) and Mr Boylesque Australia 2015 (Egson Ham).
Currently Elizabeth works with artists as a director, choreographer and dramaturg for live works across a range of genres, and produces seasoned works, films and boutique entertainment for the avante-showgirl company, Miss Friby (www.missfriby.com.au).
Miss Friby’s shows and acts have been highly regarded amongst numerous festivals including Woodford Folk Festival (2014), Splendour in the Grass (2014/15) and Falls Festival (2013-16) as well as high end theatre venues such as the National Gallery of Victoria (2012) and the World Famous Spiegeltent (2009). the company has received high acclaim amongst the dance community (featured in the ‘Immersed Dance Industry Gala’ 2013/14), invited to present alongside top international clowns at ‘So You Think You Can Clown’ (Comedy Festival Hub 2012), awarded a ‘Best Cabaret’ weekly award at Adelaide Fringe (2021) and was even featured as a finalist on Channel Nine’s ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ (2013).
Elizabeth is a creative producer that can seamlessly integrate her multifarious creative skills with her impeccable track record as a project manager and producer. For more information visit www.elizabethdawsonsmith.com.au.
Modus Operandi Australia
Modus Operandi Australia is a full service agency specialising in the arts, entertainment and hospitality industries.
We are scalable and dynamic in our approach and can offer services ranging from the oversight of a single functional area through to the complete planning, management and execution of your event from start to finish.
We can do anything or everything and have the capability to manage multiple festival departments concurrently, without compromise to the quality of our output.
We’re flexible in our approach and will work with you to strategise and execute a winning plan which ensures your goals are met and your patrons walk away with memorable experiences they’ll be talking about for eons.
Patron enjoyment is our priority over all else, the smiles are what made us join the circus.
we’re black and white // without the bull$#it.
Modus Operandi Australia – Part of the Modus Australia Group.
One Plan Events
OnePlan helps festivals with the planning of fencing, barriers, crowd control, parking, toilets, water points, tents, staging, staffing and so much more.
They work with all types of festivals from small local community events up to major festivals including Glastonbury.
Melbourne based, Director James Cook started his careers with Big Day Out and has since been involved in major events and festivals the world over.
As well as professional event planning and management services, Oregional offers a collective of independent and self-driven marketing, creative and strategy specialists across all disciplines.
Everyone in the collective is obsessed with big picture thinking, and gets a buzz developing ideas and producing results. Their services fall into three categories – marketing, creative and events.
Red Hill Entertainment is the story of good people collaborating for the love of music. Founded by the widely respected McLaren Brothers from the Hills Are Alive Group and Jaddan Comerford of UNIFIED Music Group, Red Hill Entertainment are primarily Independent promoters who own and operate a number of Victorian Music Festivals in the South Gippsland & Goulburn Valley Region.
Red Hill Entertainment offers management services in the following areas:
Programming & Curation
Owned and Operated Festivals Include:
Unify Gathering Festival
Land of Plenty Festival
Gippsland Country Music Festival
Goulburn Valley Country Music Festival
Inverloch Sounds of Summer Festival
Event Management Clients Include:
Live Nation Australia
UNIFIED Music Group
Safety in Numbers
Safety In Numbers is a small business providing event risk and safety consulting services. Established by Tracey Wall and based in Melbourne, our efforts are concentrated in supporting local government, community, artistic and commercial events and festivals of all shapes and sizes. We have a rich history of success based on the traditional philosophies of personalised, friendly and prompt delivery of high quality event services.
Safety in Numbers is able to apply experience and skill in assisting clients with event management and safety strategies including end to end event management or any of the following: Risk management ,COVIDSafe event design and execution, Emergency management/incident control , Traffic management, Permits and compliance (POPE), Stakeholder engagement, OHS, Training, Public Safety, Security management, We can also supply experienced event staff including Site Managers,Public Safety Officers, Site Safety Officers and COVID Marshals.
Current spread of music clients includes St Jerome Laneway Festival, Hardware Corporation, Hanging Rock concerts, Velodrome Events, Marvel Stadium concerts for multiple promoters , Melbourne Music Week, Music Victoria and Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Scarlett Mac Events
Scarlett Mac Events is a boutique event agency based on the Mornington Peninsula.
The small team of dedicated event professionals produce outdoor events and festivals for the corporate sector, not-for-profit organisations and festival creators/visionaries.
Scarlett Mac Events also produces its own festivals including:
– Peninsula VineHop Festival
– Pop-up VineHop
Other festivals Scarlett Mac Events work with and produce on behalf of others include:
– Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival
– Seven Sisters Festival
Sona Productions is an events, booking, touring and artist development agency. They work alongside local and international musicians, festivals, venues and government departments to carve out the new, inclusive face our communities through music and arts, ensuring that they build social cohesion through diversity and unity.
Selected past experience:
– Womadelaide / Tour Manager
– St Kilda Festival / Booking
– White Night / Booking
– National Multicultural Festival / Tour Manager
The Social Crew
The Social Crew is a boutique studio who specialise in conceptual development, curation, design, production and marketing within the creative industries.
Established in 2014 by Creative Director, Belinda Collins, The Social Crew draw from experience in more than 20 countries and guarantee a high class approach to live event design for individuals, creatives, micro-organisations and clients in a broad range of industries.
They collaborate with like-minded creatives predominately in art and music, bringing ideas to life.
In other words, they do fun stuff very well.
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