(Archive) 2016 Faculty

2016 Faculty

In 2016, the ASC Faculty was once again made up of the ‘Who’s Who’ of Australian and International hit songwriters, producers, publishers and music industry professionals. To see who is on Faculty in 2017, go to the 2017 Faculty listing.


Main Seminar Facilitator: Our ‘Mystery Megastar’ in 2010, Alan Roy Scott is a Grammy award winning songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Notorious B.I.G., Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Patti LaBelle, Neville Bros. Roberta Flack, Cher, El DeBarge, Tiffany, Patti Austin, The Spinners, Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Martin (Menudo), Anne Murray, Johnny Mathis, Pointer Sisters, Sheena Easton, and Ray Charles and many others.

Alan will be presenting seminars and workshops over the course of the weekend including his ‘Song Surgery’ sessions that were so popular in 2010. We are thrilled and honoured that Alan has agreed to join us again in 2016 in this leadership role.

Read Alan’s Bio     Visit Alan’s Website



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Speakers/Workshop Presenters/Mentors (Pop & Rock): A brilliant writing/production team, the Hannan’s own and run successful recording studio and accommodation facility ‘The SongStore’ in Victoria, Australia. They have written/produced for Vanessa Amorosi, Taxiride, Gabriella Cilmi, Delta Goodrem, Lee Harding, Steven Rossitto, Neighbours, TV AFL, The Voice, X Factor, and Idol Artists.  The Hannans will give a talk on writing for the Pop and Rock genres as well as run a career workshop. You’ll also find Adrian helping in the On-Site Studio assisting attendees with their production questions.

Read Barbara & Adrian Hannan’s Bio     Visit The Songstore Website





Gary Pinto


Speaker/Mentor (R&B + Christian):  Always a favourite member of our Faculty, multi-award winning hit singer-songwriter, Gary Pinto, returns to ASC in 2016 to share his knowledge of R&B and Christian songwriting and spend time with us as a Mentor.

Visit Gary’s Website




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Mentor: Australian multi-talented Pop/R&B/Soul artist, Prinnie Stevens, will be joining us this year to share her knowledge and support in a Mentoring capacity. She will also be a key player in exclusive ASC experience, ‘Fly On The Wall’; a professional co-writing session that takes place on the stage while attendees observe without interacting. Prinnie’s co-writers for the session will be Alan Roy Scott and Gary Pinto. A wise and talented young woman, we warmly welcome Prinnie to the ASC family.

Read Prinnie’s Bio     Visit Prinnie’s Website




Speakers/Workshop Presenters/Mentors (Country):   Multi-award winning Country Music Duo Carter & Carter (Mereyln and David) will be joining us for the first time in 2016 to share their knowledge and wisdom with attendees. A dynamic hit songwriting team and standout performing artists, we are thrilled that David and Merelyn will be speaking, mentoring and running a workshop, and welcome them warmly to the ASC family!

Read Carter & Carter’s Bio     Visit Carter and Carter’s Website


Diana Torossian


Speaker/Song Plugger/Mentor (Publishing): Having spent most of her working life in the Australian music and publishing industries and being responsible for signing some of Australia’s top artists and songwriters over the years, Di is our expert in all things Publishing and A&R.

Read Diana’s Bio     Visit Di on Facebook




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Speaker/Mentor (Production): A multi-award winning songwriter, composer and producer, Sven is one of the best producers in Australia. He will share valuable information such as finding and working with a producer, production techniques, and the industry’s expectations regarding demo quality.

Visit Sven’s Website





Caroline McKnight (Team Leader – Writer Services) will speak about the important role of our national Performing Rights Organisation and the services it provides to members, including royalty collection and distribution, licencing and grants.  ASC is delighted that APRA will be joining us again in 2016.

Visit the APRA Website




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Mentor: Rose Tattoo, Mamas New Bag, The Geordie Leach Band. With nineteen albums and thousands of hours’ live performing under his belt, Geordie’s career has spanned more than forty years. He has entertained arenas of more than 250 000 people in the USA and Europe. Never long out of the studio, he has an array of writing and playing credits to his name. Geordie was inducted into the ARIA HALL OF FAME in 2006. This talent has a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective. He is happy to share at the ASC. He will be joined by Co writer and Educator Andrea Szabo in an Interview style format at the conference.  Visit Geordie’s Website


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Mentor: Melbourne-based Artist Manager, Colleen Zulian, is a highly respected Music Industry professional with an eye for talent. We are delighted that Colleen will be joining us this year as a Mentor as her knowledge and experience will be an invaluable asset to us all.

Read Colleen’s Bio       Visit Colleen on Facebook





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Onsite Recording Studio: A huge thanks to Jack Nigro for contributing his time, talents and mobile studio for this important feature of the event. He does an amazing job, and together with our other faculty producers, will be on hand each day to assist attendees with demo production info, tips on working effectively with a producer – and you can even lay down some tracks.

Read Jack’s Bio    Visit Jack on Facebook     Visit The Grove Studio’s Website



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Workshop Presenter/Mentor: Hailing from Western Australia, we are thrilled that Connie is joining us for ASC 2016. A talented singer/songwriter and workshop presenter she will be presenting her “Tips & Tools on Tweaking” songwriting workshops and mentoring at ASC 2016.

Read Connie’s Bio     Visit Connie’s Website




Workshop Presenter/Mentor: An ASC favourite, Andrea (BAPA CH Cert ll Mentoring) is a professional published musician, songwriter and public speaker. Andrea will present her workshop “What’s Your Hook?” at ASC 2016.

Read Andrea’s Bio     Visit Andrea’s Website





Workshop Presenter/Mentor:  Vocal Coach and ASC Faculty regular, Doreen Van Bree runs vocal workshops for songwriters over the course of the weekend. These workshops assist songwriters to understand how the vocal ‘instrument’ works; crucial knowledge for writing vocal melodies that allow an artist’s voice to shine.

Read Doreen’s Bio

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