It’s all about the indies this week in Adelaide. The independent music community is gathering this week in the South Australian capital for the 11th national AIR Awards and the inaugural Indie-Con Australia, which will be held July 27 and 28 at Tandanya.

An initiative of Australia’s independent music companies’ trade association AIR with support from the SA government, the new indie conference was shaped with a special focus on meeting the business needs of independent labels and self-releasing artists.

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The stage is set at the inaugural Indie-Con Australia

The lineup of local and international guest speakers includes Portia Sabin (Kill Rock Stars/Future of What), George Howard (Berklee/Forbes), Jen Cloher (Milk Records), Ben Godding (AWAL/Kobalt), Briggs (Bad Apples/A.B.Original), Chris Maund (Liberation), Richard James Burgess (A2IM) and Paul Pacifico (AIM), while Sebastian Chase, the MGM founder and 2016 ARIA Industry Icon Award winner, will kick things off with a keynote address in conversation with conference programmer Stuart Watters.

TIO caught up with Watters, the former CEO of AIR who spearheaded the trade body’s relocation from Brisbane to Melbourne, just before things got busy.