A touring circuit bridging Australia with Asia and Southern Africa is under construction and should be in full working order within the next decade. That was the defining message of One Movement For Music, a new three-day music industry conference and festival event which wrapped on Sunday (Oct. 18) in Perth.

Veteran promoter Michael Chugg jointly arranged the industry pow wow on the country's west coast with an unequivocal ambition to foster relationships in the region.

"In the next 10 years we will see a lot more concerts going on between our market, and with Asia and Africa," Chugg told delegates during the day three "Live Entertainment Summit" session. "I'm very optimistic."

To drive home the point, the daytime program incorporated a slew of live-oriented panel discussions, threads focusing on the Asian markets, and a session devoted to India's maturing live sector.

An invite-only "Venues Summit" on Oct. 16 gathered some of the region's leading venue operators, bookers and promoters for a brain-storming session over lunch. The likes of AEG Ogden CEO Harvey Lister and Carel Hoffman, president of South Africa's OppiKoppi Productions, were on hand to share their thoughts on the state of business.

"We're looking to bring Australian independent acts out to India," Vijay Nair, founder of Indian promoter and booker Only Much Louder, told guests. "In the past, the problem had been a lack of venues in India. But that is changing."

Australia's vibrant music market was analyzed and scrutinized in the day-three panel, entitled "Australia: State of the host nation." Moderated by Mushroom Music Publishing managing director Ian James, the session gathered some of the local industry's top power-players including Warner Music Australian president and ARIA chairman Ed St John; Richard Kingsmill, music director of Australia's national state-funded youth network Triple J and Paul Piticco, founder and director of the Secret Service artist management firm and the Dew Process label.

"We have a healthy retail sector, a healthy creative music scene, radio is strong and live music is thriving," said Tim Prescott, CEO of Sydney-based Albert Music. Prescott drew gasps from the audience when he said his company's marquee act AC/DC sold more than 12 million albums across the globe last year, including six million catalog albums - a figure which outpaced even the Beatles.

One Movement was launched through the combined effect of events organizer A&R Worldwide, promoter Chugg Entertainment and festivals specialist Sunset Events, with financial backing from the Western Australian government agency Eventscorp.

Organizers say the event attracted 500 delegates, including 100 assembled speakers - songwriting great Diane Warren, Sire Records chairman Seymour Stein and Coldplay manager Dave Holmes among them. The live showcase and festival program featured the likes of Australian acts Hilltop Hoods, Kate Miller-Heidke and Sarah Blasko alongside South African act the Parlotones, Canada's Fefe Dobson and India's Pentagram.

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