Barkaan Announced as Keynote Speaker for Youth Music Conference 2022 Commentary

The first set of speakers and panelists have been announced for this year’s edition of the Feedback youth music conference, which returns in 2022 after a two-year hiatus.

The conference is presented by MusicNSW and is aimed at people aged 12-25 who want to learn more and pursue a career in the music industry. Hosted by rapper and activist Dobby, this year’s edition features an impressive line-up of professionals ready to share advice on all facets of the industry – whether as a performer or behind the scenes in advertising or of the management.

Among these is pioneering rapper Barkaa, who will deliver a keynote speech at the event. Other guests include triple j presenter Lucy Smith, Unearthed music director Dave Ruby Howe, Future Classic A&R director Andy Garvey, 23 founder Melody Forghani, artist manager Ricky Simandjuntak and many more .

Check out the first lineup announcement for this year’s Feedback conference below. It is set to take place on Saturday April 30 at JMC Academy in Ultimo, Sydney, and will run as a hybrid of IRL and online spaces. Both in person and virtual tickets are available now, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to help support musicians who have been affected by recent flooding in New South Wales.

Announcement of the first 2022 program


Andy Garvey – A&R Manager, Future Classic
Aniela Swiatek – Director of Public Relations, Thinking Loud
Dave Ruby Howe – Music Director, triple j Unearthed
Gabriel Gasparinatos – Director, Entropico
Jinaya Walford – A&R Representative, DITTO Music
Lucy Smith – Radio presenter, triple j
Tuesday Caught – Head, The Annex
Melody Forghani – Founder, twenty-three
Mia Hull – Presenter, Content and Marketing Manager, FBi Radio
Nazlican Eren – Artist Manager, Music Publicist and Radio Host, One Day
Reg Harris – Music Director, FBi Radio
Ricky Simandjuntak – Artist Manager, Becca Hatch and ONEFOUR, World’s Collide
Sarah Campbell – Booking Agent, Seismic Talent Agency
Sasha Ponomareva – Commercial Director, White Sky Music Pty Ltd
Uppy Chatterjee – Managing Editor, WMA Media Brands, Warner Music
Hosted by Dobby
+ more to come

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