Next week, Jake Stone (Bluejuice) will host the first of three free seminars at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

As the producer, booker and host of the three-event series, Jake Stone has tapped musicians such as Hermitude, Thundamentals and Boy & Bear, as well as industry figures as Todd Wagstaff (Parker & Mr French) and Veronica & Lewis (triple j), to weigh in on the changing face of contemporary and digital music.

Tackling topics like building a strong industry team, television and film score, and the career journey from classical to pop, the seminars take place over three dates on 26 August8 September and 27 October.

Naturally, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is using the series to promote its new degree programs, but as Jake Stone tells TIO in the Q&A below, the goal is to help those starting to work in music to “get up the ladder a bit more quickly.”

Why has the Sydney Conservatorium of Music placed such a fresh onus on contemporary music with this series?

The SCM has four new degree programs starting next year, in Contemporary Music, Creative Music, Digital Music and Media, and Improvisation. We are really proud that we are engaging in the music of today in this way, and wanted to show young musicians some of the pathways they can take if they do degrees like these.