Australian Music Week has unveiled its first speakers and artists for 2019, with US music industry legend Bob Lefsetz confirmed to give a keynote, while local favourites such as Alex Lahey and Ali Barter lead the live music program.

Lefsetz, who is a renowned podcaster and author newsletter The Lefsetz Letter, has made a name for himself as an industry analyst, tackling issues such as streaming, ticketing and more, with talent such as Drake and Quincy Jones among his followers.

Here’s AMW's first speakers announcement:

Catherine Haridy (AAM), Trina Massey (AAM), Chris Beckhouse (2MMM), Paul Samuels (AEG Global Partnerships), Michael Hutchings (APRA), Lynley White (Studios 301), Owen Orford (New World Artists), Jeremy Dylan (Potts Entertainment), Dan Biddle (CMAA), Poppy Reid (Seventh Street Media), Rico Soto (Australian Blockchain Music Association),  John Zucco (The Right Profile), Aaron Curnow (SPUNK!), Jason ‘Noddy’ Vennelley (Aussie Music Weekly), Karen Lee Goody (Entertainment Consulting), Luke Girgis (Seventh Street Media), Stuart Coupe (Stuart Coupe Publicity/Dirt Music/FBi), Dave Batty (Custom-Made Artist Representation), Adam Simon (AMAA), Basil Cook (Four Four), Shelley Bishop (301), Scott Mesiti (MJR Presents), Archie Hamilton (China), Troy Barrot (Hup, Dine Alone Records, Believe), Aaron Girgis (Space 44), Paul Cashmere (Noise 11), Peter Karpin (A&R)

With Lefsetz confirmed as a keynote speaker, it’s fitting that AMW will focus on podcasts this year, with Sydney-born, Nashville-based filmmaker and concert promoter Jeremy Dylan, vinyl maestro Nate Goyer and more doing live recordings during the event.

Return to Cronulla Beach from November 6-10, the fifth annual Australian Music Week Conference will also feature more 120 emerging music acts across multiple venues, with the aforementioned artists joined by the following:

Arna Georgia, Ben Leece & Left Of The Dial, Boom Child, Born Lion, Braidwood City Trading Company, Breizers, Charbel, China Tiger, Dande & The Lion, David Garnham & The Reasons To Live, Dylan Wright, Earth Bloomers, Eleea, Ellie Drennan, Fenn Wilson, Froggy Prinze, Georgia State Line, Gretta Ziller, Hey Major (Canada), Hibiscus Biscuit, Hill Town, Holly Arrowsmith (NZ), Jackie Marshall, Jackson Carroll, James Van Cooper, JD & The Hunger Men, Jess Spahr, Jones The Cat, Jordan Kenny, Katie Brianna, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Leah Flanagan, Leanne Tennant, Lisa De Angelis, Lost Tropics, Lucie Tiger, Maina Doe, Mardi Wilson, Melanie Dyer, Michael Simic, Ms. Thandi, Nathan Cavaleri, Peta Caswell & The Lost Cause, Petiguana, Ray Beadle, Rebel Fox, Rhythm Hunters, Rissa, Sam Shinazzi, Sketchy Fancy, The Barren Spinsters, The Butlers, The Carbons (Canada), The Dave Orr Band, The Rucksacks, Tiali Eliza, Vetty Vials, Wanderers, Yeevs and Zyad

“We are mindful of being the only music conference/developing artist showcase in Sydney,” Australian Music Week creator and curator Geoff Trio said.

“In our fifth year, we are proud to be producing an event that is as relevant not only to industry delegates but also to those that enjoy multiple styles of music in their playlists. 

“Australian Music Week is a non-genre specific music event and this year we will be opening up to the public with free access to all performances on Cronulla Beach across all five days. Bob Lefsetz, as keynote conference speaker, will garner attention for Australian music and artists on the world stage.”

Rounding out the first announcement, Australian Music Week has confirmed it will host the Sydney premiere of Tommy Emmanuel – The Endless Road, an 80-minute documentary that details the rise of the iconic musician.

Head to the Australian Music Week website for more details.