The Dragon’s Den with Michael Gudinski

Saturday 5 March 2016
15:30 – 16:30
Balmoral Suite, 2nd Floor

Having recently joined the small number of live music luminaries to have their own published biography, Australian entrepreneur and music industry figurehead Michael Gudinski will be on hand for what promises to be a fascinating Dragon’s Den session. From Mushroom Records to Frontier Touring and The Harbour Agency/Premier Artists, Gudinski’s experience crosses the breadth of the contemporary music business, and this is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal in an intimate setting.

Capacity is strictly limited in these mentoring sessions, so early arrival is advised.

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About Michael Gudinski:

Chairman Mushroom Group / Managing Director Frontier Touring

Michael Gudinski AM (born August 22 1952) is an Australian entrepreneur and businessman, the founder and Chairman of Mushroom Group.

He is a music, television and event producer; concert & event promoter; A&R executive; artist manager; film executive and philanthropist.

Michael created/co-founded Mushroom Group in Australia in 1972. It’s foundation was based on the record label Mushroom Records, it’s associated music publishing company Mushroom Music Publishing and the Consolidated Rock Booking agency. Over the next four and a half decades Gudinski has directed the continual development, expansion and diversification of Mushroom Group across many facets of the Australian music and entertainment industry

Mushroom Group is now Australia’s largest and most successful independent music and entertainment group with a portfolio of companies that has become a collective of nearly two dozen specialist brands who are each leaders in their own right across the music and entertainment industry. Grown over 40+ years the Mushroom Group incorporates international and domestic touring; booking agencies; record labels; merchandising; music publishing; creative and marketing services; venues; exhibition and events production; and film and television production.

Over the years, Michael has been honoured with several industry and civic awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Member of the Order of Australia from the Australian government. Michael has been awarded the #1 position in the AMID Power 50 (a list of the top fifty most influential people in the Australian music industry) on 3 separate occasions and was honored in America's Billboard’s ‘International Power Players’ list.

Mushroom’s international touring company, Frontier Touring (one of Australia’s largest and most successful music touring companies) is repeatedly reported by Billboard and Pollstar rankings as Australasia’s number one concert promoter and recently awarded the Top Independent International Promoter at the 2015 Billboard Touring Awards.