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Music City: Make It or Break It – MaGIC Sarawak

Fireside Chat

Music City: Make It or Break It – MaGIC Sarawak

26 August 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
MaGIC Sarawak @ Borneo 744 View map
Admission FREE
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Music City is set to explore the relationship between music and the built environment. Music City showcases best practices on the use of music – and all its variants – to improve city life as the role and impact of music across education, employment, community building, placemaking, licensing and regulation is explored in the events.

Through collaborative panels, keynotes and networking sessions, Music City, pioneered by Sound Diplomacy, presents the future of music in global cities. The event showcases the best practices for improving urban planning, quality of life, city policy and development strategies through music.

Moderated by CatSound platform, the event consists of fireside chats, sharing sessions, workshops, forums, masterclasses and open stage sessions where music industry players can gain new insights, recruit talent, raise issues, network with fellow entrepreneurs and experts and so much more. Aiming beyond rainforest music celebrations, it will bring together leaders from governments, cities and regions, academics, organisations and the music scene to discuss, debate and introduce new thinking.

This platform will connect the East Malaysian music talent and industry practitioners to local and regional resources. Explore sessions on curated topics that are insightful and relevant to the creation of the future music industry ecosystem in East Malaysia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain insights on the music industry
  • Understand the integration of the music ecosystem in East Malaysia

Who Should Attend:

  • Event organisers
  • Music talent managers
  • Local authorities
  • Venue managers
  • Government bodies
  • Music community
  • Startups
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Existing entrepreneurs
  • Students

Our Speakers

Giacherie Tipik
Operations Head, MaGIC

Giacherie started his career as event executive at Astro Radio Broadcasting in Kuching, Sarawak. Passionate about skateboarding, Giacherie is actively involved in the sport and with his strong volunteerism spirit, he developed the creative and music scene through festivals, concerts and local gigs.

Currently Giacherie is the Operations Head at MaGIC Sarawak, and pioneered the CatSound initiative seeking to integrate an existing music scene  through curated fireside chat, workshop, sharing, forum etc. for East Malaysia music ecosystem.

Giacherie expertise range from music, sales and marketing, event and conference organiser, to community builder for both rural and urban community.

Venu Puthankattil
RedFM, RTM Sarawak

Venu Puthankattil developed a passion for music and entertainment at a young age. Exposed to many genres of music along with the performing arts, he got professionally involved with the entertainment world at the age of 22 with forays into live entertainment, music production, events management, music promotion, communications, and broadcasting.

Venu hosts the weekly radio show Blue Note Lounge on REDfm RTM Sarawak. Created in 2014, Blue Note Lounge explores and seeks to promote various genres of jazz, fusion, and experimental music.

There have been seven Blue Note Lounge live stage productions to date; they featured local artists performing rearranged adaptations of songs in various languages. The event also includes a community outreach programme in the form of music workshops and masterclass for the public.

Venu is a dedicated advocate of the development of the local entertainment industry with focus on the talent development of performers and innovation of fusion music. Other than music, his interests include interpersonal communications, pragmatic technology, culinary arts, and urban farming.

Robert Basiuk
Executive Director, Borneo Adventure

Robert Basiuk is co-founder and Executive Director of Borneo Adventure, an in-bound travel company based in Kuching he established with Philip Yong in 1987. With a background in environmental science, he first came to Sarawak in 1983 to work as a biologist with the National Parks and Wildlife Office. The establishment of Borneo Adventure was also the start of a 30-year collaboration with communities in Batang Ai, Sarawak that has been recognized as a model for community-based tourism. Robert has worked with the Sarawak Tourism Board and as a Tourism and Environmental Management Specialist providing consultancy services for national park management planning, community tourism development and environmental management planning.

Over the past 25+ years, he has worked throughout South-east Asia providing environmental inputs for tourism development plans in China, Timor Leste, Laos, Pakistan, Yunnan, Cambodia and Thailand. Robert is a trustee of WWF-Malaysia and a keen outdoorsman. His pastimes include mountain biking, trail running, scuba diving, skiing and hiking.

Gracie V Geikie

Gracie V. Geikie believe and is passionate when it comes to good festival / event and music. Her over 20 years professional proficiency in hospitality, tourism, events and conference started her journey in developing specialties and crafting. Events Management / Strategic Planning & Marketing / Business Development / Marketing Planning / Conference Bidding and Documentation Certifications: PSMB certified trainer/ Certified PCM Trainer (Professional Conference Management).

Founder of Miri International Jazz Festival (during her service as a CEO to Sarawak Tourism Board 2005 – 2009). She had set up a team of young individuals and passionate  crew in reinstating the Penang World Music Festival for two years (2012 & 2013) before the festival is able to proceed by its own.

Gracie’s love for music festival grew as she assisted with the SSPCA 50th Anniversary in organizing WAG (World Animal Groove) Music Festival in 2012 and 2013 in raising fund for the animal shelter.

Gracie founded the Miri Country Music Festival in 2014. In the same year, she also assist in organizing the Malaysia’s 1st Wellness Festival – MURFEST (Malaysia Urban Retreat Festival) with an intention to hype the festival by creating Urbanite concert held for 2 nights.

Gracie also co-founded the inaugural Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival in 2017.