A musical mission
DANIEL Philippe is on a mission to promote bands and live performers in the Ipswich region.
The Springfield resident, a music teacher and musician himself, is holding an industry conference today at Bremer State High School.
The Loud! Music Industry Conference will run from 10am to 5pm, followed by an acoustic concert at 6pm.
The event is targeted at Ipswich musicians and band managers, and will feature presentations from music industry professionals.
Mr Philippe said the conference would be relevant to younger bands.
"We're running sessions on developing a business plan, online marketing and social media, and also on song writing," Mr Philippe said.
Speakers include local singer-songwriter Steve Grady, The Winnie Coopers' Charlie Thomson, Music Industry College principal and Starving Kids Records founder Brett Wood, and USQ Springfield Media Studies lecturer Ashley Jones.
Other presenters include singer-songwriter Stephen Smith, who won best song in the high school category at this year's Queensland Music Awards, and members of the band Fushia.
Mr Philippe said there was a real need to bring local bands, performers and managers together.
"There are events and efforts to encourage music in Ipswich every so often, but there needs to be a sustainable industry there for the long term," he said.
"I know there are bands that move to Brisbane, but it would be nice to keep a few bands in Ipswich, and be able to go out and see some regular local gigs."
Tickets to the event are $18 for adults and $12 for students at the door.
The evening concert features six bands, and costs $5 for non-conference attendees.