On behalf of the Turn Up Sunshine Coast Music Industry Conference team, we invite you to join us as a sponsor of our forthcoming event.

About Turn Up!

Now in its sixth year and coming up to the 8th event, Turn Up! is gaining recognition as the premier music industry gathering in regional Queensland and the only local event of its kind.

The Turn Up! Music Conference has a goal to expose Sunshine Coast musicians, songwriters and their support teams to information and education from experienced music industry personnel. The conference provides an opportunity for Sunshine Coast musicians and music industry workers to access professional development and networking opportunities within the region.

Whilst similar events already take place in Brisbane, these are all too often priced outside the reach of many musicians and industry start-ups and we are committed to keeping our ticket prices affordable and within the reach of our target audience. Turn Up is the only event of its kind available locally.

The program format includes industry renowned guest speakers, and targets education, networking and showcasing the best talent the Sunshine Coast has to offer by presenting industry experts in panels, keynote speeches and in conversation interviews.

TurnUp! consists of an organising team of highly accomplished music event coordinators who are committed to providing opportunities for Sunshine Coast musicians and music industry workers to access professional development and networking opportunities within the region.

Speakers at previous conferences have included Australian music industry heavyweights Glenn Wheatley (manager John Farnham), Bill Hauritz (Woodford Folk Festival), Rhoda Roberts (Head of ffrst nations programming, Sydney Opera House) Ted Gardner (manager Tool, Jane’s Addiction, Brian Jonestown Massacre), Leanne de Souza (AAM) and music retailing legend, Barry Bull.

TURNUP! 2019

Turn Up 2019 will be held on the 17 – 18th of October, 2019 at the Playhouse at Solbar in Maroochydore.

Our program format includes industry renowned guest speakers, and targets education, networking and showcasing the best talent and events the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

This year we will include new formats such as:

  • More networking.
  • 20 Questions. Participants will be able to submit questions which will be addressed by the speakers.
  • Presentations for industry associations such as QMusic and APRA AMCOS.
  • Industry breakfast.
  • Workshops
  • Friday night gig for extra networking opportunities

Turn Up! History

From its inception in 2014, the TurnUp! team have:

  • Held seven successful events, over a five-year span.
  • Helped over 800 participants gain knowledge and networking opportunities.
  • Presented over 100 industry professionals as speakers, masterclass presenters and panelists.
  • Showcased 28 local Sunshine Coast artists to the music community, assisting them in their professional growth.
    Facilitated introductions between musicians/music industry workers and patrons, mentors and work opportunities.

Key Objectives

TurnUp! has objectives of:

  • Bringing the Sunshine Coast Music Industry together to connect, network, listen, learn
  • Supporting and invigorating the local Sunshine Coast music scene
  • Showcasing local businesses
  • Providing professional development for musicians within the region
  • Showcasing the Sunshine Coast and its creative culture
  • Showcasing local original music
  • Providing a platform of opportunity, inspiration and education for the Sunshine Coast Music Industry

The Turn Up! Team

The Turn Up team are passionate about bringing people from the music industry together to bond, connect and share old school style, face to face. Through these Turn Up events we are trying to encourage a sense of community within the Sunshine Coast Music Industry.

David Dean

Executive Director

David Dean has owned and run music entertainment businesses Hostile Entertainment since 2002 and David Dean Events since 2017. David is the Sunshine Coast’s leading booking agent, publicist and promoter and works with local, national, and international original artists and bands. David also works with covers acts and bands as well as DJs and is involved in the organisation, running and promotion of all different styles of music festivals around South East Queensland.

An enthusiastic promoter of all things music, David has organised many Queensland tours for interstate acts, successfully promoted and/or booked large international and national acts on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. David also provides business consulting publicity for bands and releases as well as venues, gigs and events around South East Queensland.

Eloise Gallagher

Program Director

Eloise composes, records and performs music professionally for synchronisation with documentary film, television and theatre. In family folk outfit ‘Barbwire Canoe’, Eloise interchanges between vocals, guitar, keyboard and percussion as the Canoe captivates audiences, taking them on a humorous journey through Australian song.

When she isn’t making music Eloise Gallagher can usually be found where there are young people she can help to ‘make it’ in music. Eloise is a leading vocational music teacher at TAFE Queensland East Coast’s Centre for Creative and Digital. For the past ten or so years, she has taught/lectured and co-ordinated a range of programs including the Diploma of Music, Diploma of Music Business, Diploma of Sound Production, and the Bachelor of Music (Contemporary) in partnership with Central Queensland University.

Katey O’Malley Jones

Production Director

Katey’s desire to do something different every day has given her opportunities to work in a variety of performance and creative mediums including Scriptwriting, Stage Performance, Tropfest Actor, Professional Dance, Concept Designer, Songwriter, Musician, Puppeteer and Puppet Maker.

In 2006, Katey began studying Sound Engineering completely by accident. She signed up for music but was told if she joined the sound course they would have enough students to run a class that year. Since then Katey has worked behind the scenes doing something different every day. Katey has played the role of Stage Manager, Production Assistant and Backline Bitch for Australia’s leading concerts and festivals. She even makes a mad cup of tea, which has scored her positions on international television productions.

Andrea Smith

Creative Director

Andrea Smith is an icon of the Queensland music industry. She has worked in various roles including venue, event and artist manager, music business educator and grant writer. Andrea started working in the music industry quite by chance, running the iconic original music venue The Orient Hotel and nurturing acts and musicians such as Powderfinger, Screamfeeder, Custard and Regurgitator.

Her 20 years and counting as a music business educator has seen a heap of graduates all over the world doing music as a business including well-known artists such as multiple Queensland Music award winning 8 Ball Aitken, Jen Boyce – Ball Park Music, and award-winning composer Donna Dyson and staff at APRA AMCOS, Splendour in the Grass, Dew Process, Secret Service The Old Museum and more.

Andrea has a passion for helping performing, visual and craft artists become more sustainable as a business. She manages regular mentoring sessions and events and is currently writing a book on copyright for small business.

Turn Up! Patrons

DENNIS DUNSTAN started his music career as a drummer, but is best known for artist management , working with Fleetwood Mac, Air Supply and Men at Work Dennis has worked as a session drummer in the UK and Australia and on Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours tour, when offered work for Fleetwood Mac in the US. Dennis hopped on a plane to LA, and a job that was supposed to last three months turned into nearly three decades. He stayed on with Fleetwood Mac for the making of the Tusk album, and became Mick Fleetwood’s personal manager, later working with Men at Work, Air Supply and Billy Thorpe among others. Dennis now resides on the Sunshine Coast, managing artists and events.

BARRY BULL is a multi-award winning retailer who for over twenty – five years kept his iconic Brisbane business Toombul Music, in the spotlight of the Australian music industry. A former musician, and national record company executive, his business went on to win over thirty Westfield retail awards including the prestigious National Individual Specialty Retailer Award three times. In 1997 was an inaugural inductee into the Westfield Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding retail achievement. In 2001 Barry was presented with a Westfield Legend Award, and in 2003 was honoured with a Commonwealth Centenary Medal for distinguished achievement in business. Barry was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) ‘for services to performing arts, through music’, in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List. 

JEFF CHANDLER is an experienced music event and artist manager with over 30 years of music industry experience in his business Chandler Music Works. As an artist manager for 28 of those years – for acts including Shane Nicholson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell, Beccy Cole, Tommy Emmanuel and has recently retired from six years as program director for Gympie Muster. Currently representing Sara Storer, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Drew McAlister, Jeff also consults with emerging and mid-career musicians giving career advice & guidance about songs, recording, media, live performance & more.


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