Music Industry Mingle: Building a Full Time Music Industry Career

Want to create a consistent, full-time career in the music industry that doesn’t rely solely on gigging – but just don’t know where to start?

Join us for the first Music Mingle of 2024 as we dive into opportunities for expanding your revenue streams and tapping into new ways of establishing a full-time music career, from teaching music to performing and producing and more.

The Gold Coast Music Network, in partnership with Hanlon School of Music and City of Gold Coast, will bring together a panel of industry professionals and artists for an in-depth discussion and Q&A to help you get a leg up in your career.

Facilitated by GCMN’s Samantha Morris, the panel will include Saia Hanlon (Hanlon School of Music), Tyler McLoughlan (The Sound Pound), Matt Bartlem (Disrupt Music Group) and Mike Snell (engineer/producer/DJ).

When: Tuesday 20 February, 2024
Doors open from 5.30pm – Mingling and live music from emerging musician Myles O’Grady
Panel + Q&A from 6.30-7.30pm
Live music from Myles + Mingling: 7.30-8.30pm

Where: Hanlon School of Music
6/18 Mountainview Avenue, Miami

Don’t miss the first (of many) events for 2024, bringing together the local music sector for a FREE night of insight, discussion and mingling. Tickets are limited so book now!




Saia Hanlon – Founder/Director of Hanlon School of Music

Born and bred on the Gold Coast, the Hanlon family have been in the entertainment industry since the 70’s. Saia Hanlon honed his skills as the in-house session drummer at Byron Bay’s iconic 301 studios, collaborating with diverse artists like Stan Walker and Galapagos Duck, absorbing the nuances of both pop and jazz worlds. Simultaneously, he pushed creative boundaries with his own band, Hanlon Brothers, performing regular improv gigs at Swinging Safari.
Having overcome housing insecurity, drug and alcohol abuse within his family, personal tragedy and living with A.D.D., Saia’s journey serves as an inspiration to anyone facing their own challenges. Today, he stands as a successful musician, entrepreneur, and father, his life a vibrant tapestry woven with rhythm, resilience, and a deep love for music.
Saia established the Hanlon School Of Music, sharing his passion and expertise with the next generation. He also founded 42Band, a sought-after corporate and event band, and continues to perform with both Jarryd James and the Hanlon Brothers.
A single father to six-year-old Rhythm, Saia’s dedication to music extends beyond performance. He is currently creating a new music venue, envisioning a space that builds upon the legacy of Swinging Safari.

Tyler McLoughlan – The Sound Pound

On her return from London as a music license broker with Ricall, Tyler McLoughlan founded The Sound Pound in 2011, a Brisbane business specialising in music supervision, clearances and composition across advertising, film and TV.
She has worked on projects including music supervision for Billabong, Lunatics (Netflix), Robbie Hood, Bananas (SBS), Retrograde, Content (ABC), and advertising campaigns for Telfast, TAFE, Tourism & Events Queensland, Destination Gold Coast, RACQ and The Natural Confectionary Company.
As an artist manager, Tyler looks after the international career of tropical roots artist Bobby Alu.

Matt Bartlem – Disrupt Music Group

A dynamic and passionate figure in the music industry, Matt currently serves as the Head of Label Services at Disrupt Music Group (DMG) in Australia. His journey in music, marked by dedication and a love for the art, began in 2005 and has since seen him evolve into a multifaceted professional, deeply involved in various aspects of music production and artist development.
Matt’s story starts with a strong foundation in audio engineering and production, skills he honed at SAE. His early career was nurtured in the creative environment of Loose Stones Studios on the Gold Coast, where he started as an assistant and intern. This period was crucial for Matt, as he had the opportunity to work alongside a plethora of talented producers and engineers from around the globe. A significant influence during these formative years was his time spent under the mentorship of ARIA award-winning producer and engineer, Forrester Savell.
Over a decade, Matt dedicated himself to the craft of making, playing, recording, and mastering music. This period saw him collaborate with a host of remarkable Australian artists, including Jarryd James, Dead Letter Circus, The Getaway Plan, Broods, Matt Corby, Lastlings, and Boo Seeka, among others. His roles varied from recording and touring to producing and mixing, showcasing his versatility and commitment to the industry.
In recent years, Matt has shifted his focus slightly, taking on a more behind-the-scenes role at DMG. His current position allows him to leverage his extensive 15-year experience in the industry to guide and support artists. He is deeply committed to helping them navigate their careers towards success and sustainability in the ever-evolving music landscape. Matt’s journey is a testament to his unwavering passion for music and his dedication to nurturing talent. His influence and contributions continue to shape the Australian music scene.

Mike Snell – Engineer/producer/DJ

Michael Snell, also known as Mike Snell (MIKESN3L), a highly accomplished engineer, producer, songwriter, and DJ, has over 15 years of engineering/producing experience and 5 years in vocal production/writing.
Mike Snell’s journey began in 2017, when he made the bold decision to relocate to LA. Having just completed his audio education, he had been freelancing in New York but felt a strong urge to explore new opportunities.
His journey to the West Coast began when he secured a position at Atlantic Records. Shortly thereafter, Mike received a life-changing call to join the team at G.O.O.D Music in December 2017. As a lifelong Kanye West enthusiast, working with the iconic artist was a dream come true, and it marked a significant milestone in Mike’s career.
During his time at G.O.O.D Music, Mike had the opportunity to collaborate with emerging artists, including Sheck Wes, in several memorable sessions. However, it was in February 2018 that he received a call that would leave an indelible mark on his career. He was summoned to work with Teyana Taylor, an artist he had admired for his entire life. During the session, Mike couldn’t help but express his lifelong fandom to Teyana. He even offered his services as a personal engineer, not realizing the incredible journey that awaited him.
Teyana, impressed by Mike’s skills and dedication, took him up on his offer. She flew him out to Miami, and from that point forward, Mike became an integral part of her musical journey, serving as her trusted engineer.
Over the years, Mike Snell has worked with hit-making artists and producers such as Kanye West, Timbaland, Da Baby, Future, Quavo, and Erykah Badu, and is Teyana Taylor’s engineer for all of her music.
Now, Mike has embarked on an exciting phase of his career, freelancing, producing, MCing and DJing internationally. His reputation as a versatile sound engineer, producer, and skilled DJ has taken him to various corners of the globe, where he continues to push the boundaries of music.
Whether he’s crafting beats in the studio, commanding the decks, or collaborating with artists from diverse backgrounds, Mike’s passion for music knows no bounds.

Panel Facilitator: Samantha Morris – Gold Coast Music Network

Sam is a co-founder of the Gold Coast Music Awards and Gold Coast Music Network, is the Chair of the GCMA judging panel, and is a passionate advocate for regional arts and cultural development. Her other passion is conservation and regional development and she’s worked in that space for more than three decades, using the facilitation, community engagement and strategic planning skills she brings to the Gold Coast Music Network to help communities across Australia achieve their sustainability goals.
Sam provides strategic oversight and support to the Gold Coast Music Awards and the Gold Coast Music Network and guides the organisation’s community engagement processes and is a powerhouse when it comes to advocating for local, original talent. Sam also writes the monthly Talent On Tap new music column for the Gold Coast Music Network, reviewing and promoting original music from Gold Coast artists.
Singing with her Catholic school choir at the Sydney Opera House prepared Sam early for the spotlight. In contract to those early hymnal days, Sam truly found her musical feet here on the Gold Coast where she was a regular at venues such as the Playroom and Rose ‘n’ Crown. Her first rock gig was Hunters and Collectors at The Patch and her hearing has experienced a steady decline ever since.
Sam is a regular gig-goer and genuinely loves all genres. She’s as likely to be at a classical performance at HOTA as she is at a raucous punk gig at Vinnies Dive.
While being lucky enough to learn drums, piano and guitar at primary school, Sam simply isn’t disciplined enough to get good at any one instrument. These days she prefers to strum the ukulele and nag her kid to practice his double bass and trombone rather than actually become proficient herself.

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