The Australian music business will once again have a strong presence at New Zealand’s Going Global Music Summit — both on panels and on the floor.

The annual indie conference, organised by Independent Music NZ, is this year being held Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and is becoming a popular precursor to BIGSOUND, which follows on immediately after the Auckland event.

IMNZ general manager Dylan Pellett says the team behind Going Global — the government agency NZ Music Commission is another key supporter — has always liaised closely with the BIGSOUND on the international guest line-up and, as in previous years, both events will be sharing many of the same speakers.

The Australian industry will be well represented at this year’s summit, with the panel line-up including Chapter Music co-founder Ben O’Connor, BIGSOUND executive programmer Maggie Collins, The Sound Pound’s Tyler McLouglan and our own Poppy Reid, managing editor of Seventh Street Media.

In addition, newly launched digital operator GYROstream will be hosting a workshop at the conference to talk about the services it can offer Australian and New Zealand conferences.

Pellett adds there is also a growing number of Australians attending as conference delegates. “They have cottoned on to the fact that it makes sense to attend Going Global before going on to BIGSOUND,” he says. “They are realising the value of having the opportunity to have some on-ground time with not only the NZ industry but also of the international guests coming in, too.”