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Thank You!


Thank you to everyone who has shown their support by pledging to the project. 

I'm so excited that the ASC can go ahead in June and we can move toward non-profit status later in the year as planned.


Please keep pledging your support.


We took a lot of things out of the budget in order to set as low a target as possible.

Some of the items we removed from the budget include:


much-needed advertising

speakers fees

printing of event programs

event photos


We'd love to be able to cover some, if not all these important items, 

so please keep sharing the project on social media and pledging as much as you can. 

There are still many wonderful rewards to choose from.


Your support means the world to me and my team of volunteers who

have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen.


Much love,

Lisa xox




Hi, I'm Lisa Butler, and my mission is to ensure the future of the Australian Songwriters Conference

for all music creators and the industry that depends on them.  



what is the asc?

The Australian Songwriters Conference (ASC) is an essential career development event that equips music creators with the skills and music business acumen they need to build a successful career.   Along with networking opportunities that are second to none, the ASC is loaded with workshops, industry speakers, live showcases, song pitching to publishers and an on-site recording studio.  ASC offers songwriters, producers and performing artists a unique opportunity to connect with hitmakers and build relationships with industry professionals. 





In 2018, the ASC will be held from Thursday 7th to Monday 11th June, on the beautiful NSW Central Coast. Our venue is the stunning Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort, where the event has now been held three times.


The Australian Songwriters Conference includes:

  • Speakers & Mentors – Hit songwriters and Music Industry execs discuss writing, publishing, production and more.
  • Seminars & Workshops – Attendees learn the secrets of hit songwriting & career momentum from the best in the business.
  • Publisher Song Pitching – A truly unique opportunity for attendees to pitch songs directly to the Publishers.
  • On-Site Recording & Production – Attendees learn from, and work with, our hit producers in the on-site studio.
  • Live Showcases – Attendees perform their original material to the pros, attendees and public.
  • Exclusive Song Contest – ‘Attendees Only’ song contest with great prizes.
  • Networking with Industry Pros & Hit Songwriters – Attendees connect with the career-makers one-on-one.



'ASCers' fly in from around Australia to participate in the event, and already a number of them have gone on to write and record with Faculty and hit local and overseas Producers, have signed publishing deals, achieved #1 hits and national success, received song awards and commercial radio airplay, and made huge leaps in their careers – all as a direct result of attending the event.


ASC has been the career catalyst for many artists/songwriters over the years. here are just a few of them:



Karise Eden

Attended ASC2010 and went on to win season 1 of The Voice Australia in 2012. Her first original hit song, 'I Was Your Girl', was co-written with fellow ASCer, Alysia Rosa. An extraordinary double platinum artist, Karise has released three albums, has had numerous #1 hits in Australia and won two ARIA awards, She performs regularly to sell-out crowds around the country. 




Nick Roberts

Songwriter and charismatic frontman for rock band, October Rage, attended ASC2008-2010. His song, 'Silverline', won the band the coveted opportunity to support Bon Jovi in Sydney during their 2010 World Tour. Since then, Nick and October Rage have had a number of successful U.S. national tours and they have recorded several critically acclaimed albums with top Australian Producer and ASC Faculty Speaker/Mentor, Adrian Hannan.  Here is Nick and October Rage with their new single release, 'Whirlwind'.




Tiffany Gow

Singer-songwriter who attended ASC in 2016.  In 2017 she won the Indie Rock category at the ASA National Songwriting Awards with her song 'Broken'.  Tiffany has released two albums and her latest single' Stars' is being played on commercial and streaming radio stations where it is receiving great reviews.  We predict a stellar career ahead for this rock songstress, so look out for her over the next couple of years.





ASC Promotional Video




The costs associated with staging an event of this magnitude get higher each year, so in late 2018 we want the ASC to become a non-profit association. This will make it easier to obtain arts and government funding for the event, and secure its future for the benefit of all Australian songwriters for many years to come.


But for now, we have an event to run in June - and we need your help to make it happen!



The bulk of the event costs are paid for from the registration fees that come in throughout the year. We also have some fabulous 'in-kind' sponsors who supply equipment such as microphones and amps for the live showcases and the on-site recording studio. But these don't cover all the costs, and that's where you come in.



what you can do

We'd love you to pledge your support for the ASC so we can continue to assist our songwriters - after all, they are the future of Australian music.  If you are a songwriter, music artist, DJ or producer (or you know one), there are plenty of great rewards you'll love. If you are a music fan, there are some awesome rewards for you too, and we encourage you to share this campaign with your muso friends and family too.




SPREAD THE LOVE  share this campaign far and wide - we'll love you for it!  PLEDGE YOUR DEVOTION... and your dosh, as many times as you like. REAP THE REWARDS  from ASC 'All Access' passes to works of art -  there's even a lucky dip!



the rewards

We have some epic rewards to offer music creators and fans alike.  


If you're a songwriter, you'll love the opportunity to have your original song pitched to the Publishers during ASC2018.  A panel of publisher representatives will hear the songs in a private listening room. Publishers will be given your contact details should they wish to speak with you regarding your song.


Love Country Music?

Multi-award winning Australian country singer-songwriter artist, Connie Kis Andersen will be sharing her wonderful original songs in  'A Little Slice Of Country', an exclusive acoustic performance at Ettalong on the June long weekend. Tickets are just $30 each so search for this reward in the Pledge section to enjoy this intimate performance.


Need some mentoring?  

Dont miss the chance to be mentored by LA-based Grammy Award winning songwriter and songwriting teacher, Alan Roy Scott. In your hour-long private session, Alan will be happy to critique and workshop one of your original songs that you feel needs work. You can also ask Alan any questions you may have about songcraft, production, the US music industry and so on. Want to know more about Alan? Click here.  


How about a Vocal Masterclass?  Renee Jonas is a singer-songwriter with over 20 years of industry experience.  She has trained classically and has toured for over 5 years with The Ten Sopranos as a lead soloist. A unique 'singers singer' who has sung and trained in a multitude of different genres including pop, rock, jazz, blues, country, folk, disco, rock n roll, classical and musical theatre, Renee is able to teach any vocal style. She is able to workshop with both amateur or professional singers in any genre of their choosing to assist them with correct singing techniques for vocal longevity, increase their vocal potential and workshop with singers to develop their unique style and expressive techniques. Renee is offering a limited one time only offer of 5 individual one on one vocal masterclasses as part of this Crowd Funding Campaign. Learn more about Renee here.


Need some publicity? We have two perfect rewards to choose from!  

Specialising in the Country music market, KM Publicity has graciously offered to develop and distribute your Press Release to an extensive Australian music media and industry network.  Find out more about KM Publicity here.


Or perhaps you need a full marketing and promotions package?  The  'Emerald' Single Release Package is for you!  Sponsored by Key2 Artist Promotions, this package includes media release, media blast (EDM) to an 11,000 strong database, guarenteed radio interviews & follow up, access for your single to be downloaded for sale on the Key2 Artist Promotions website store and promotional posting to Key2 Australian Facebook database. Learn more about Key2 Artist Promotions here.


Pledge to own one of the beautiful prints by Sydney fine artist and singer-songwriter, Susan Muranty. A long-time ASCer, Susan has kindly offered them to us for this crowd funding campaign.  They are truly spectacular!  Find out more about Susan at her website: www.susanmuranty.com


We know that one of most popular rewards will be Schmooze with the Hit Makers, an exclusive and intimate evening hosted by ASC Founder, Lisa Butler in her suite at the venue.  Relax and enjoy drinks and nibbles as you take advantage of this very special opportunity to connect with the hit songwriters, producers, publishers and managers on our 2018 Faculty.


Spend some time with us at ASC2018! There are four separate rewards on offer; attend one speaker or workshop session, attend for one day of the event, attend the full four day conference, or check out The Big Shiny Rewards Box, where you get two full ASC events, Schmooze with the Hitmakers, a mentoring session with Grammy Award winning songwriter, Alan Roy Scott,  three years membership to ASC Inc,  - plus heaps more!   Our event program for 2018 is still being finalised however you can view the ASC2016 program here to get an idea of the activities we present.


Don't forget our ASC membership rewards, to become a foundation member of our new non-profit organisation that we will be setting up in July-August.  We want to continue to support the careers of songwriters into the future, and going non-profit will secure the event for good.  ASC Inc will allow us the opportunity to apply for funding that is currently unavailable to us, making it easier to cover the costs (we're having fun with this crowd funding gig, but we don't want to make it a habit!), plus there is so much more we want to do for our talented music creators, and being a non-profit will give us greater opportunity to make their music career dreams a reality.



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"Unique opportunities such as this are rare in our music industry and yet  they are so important in helping

to harness the creative talents of songwriters

who are keen to grow their craft."  


- Connie Kis Andersen (Award-Winning Australian Country Singer/Songwriter

Budget Overview

We have shaved everything we can from the budget this year.  Our fabulous professional speakers have waived or reduced the speaker's fees we offer, our awesome venue, the Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort, has reduced the space hire and accommodation costs as much as possible, and our marketing budget has been reduced to almost nothing (we rely heavily on social media and email marketing to get the word out about the event).  


Currently the cost of the event is a smidge over $35,000:



Income from event registrations over the coming months (as per previous years), is expected to be around $15,000 (less GST) and we currently have approximately $10,000 in the bank.  This leaves us with a budget shortfall of approximately $10,000.


We also wish to transition the event to non-profit status to help protect its future, so after the pozible fees are paid, the rest of the pledges will go toward the set up costs of ASC as an Incorporated Association.


Should this campaign exceed the target, the extra pledge money will go toward much-needed marketing and promotion of the event.


Potential Challenges

With almost no marketing and promotions budget, getting the word out about this project will be our biggest challenge.  That's why we need you're help to...



SPREAD THE LOVE  share this campaign far and wide - we'll love you for it!  PLEDGE YOUR DEVOTION... and your dosh, as many times as you like. REAP THE REWARDS  from ASC 'All Access' passes to works of art -  there's even a lucky dip!




Thanks from all of us!

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AU$10 +Thank You - We think you Rock!!Public Acknowledgement of your support on our website and Facebook page + Certificate of Appreciation will be emailed to you.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018
AU$20 +ASC MugShow your support of the ASC and Aussie Music Creators with this awesome coffee mug! Choose from two designs.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018
AU$25 +CD Lucky DipReceive a CD/EP of awesome original music by one of our talented ASCers. (Sorry, Australian residents only)
2 Chosen | 18 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2018
AU$30 +ASC TeeShow your support of the ASC and Aussie Music Creator with this great unisex t-shirt with ASC Logo. Choose from two designs.
3 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018
AU$30 +A Little Slice Of Country (performance)An intimate acoustic performance not to be missed! Connie Kis Andersen is a multi-award winning Country singer-songwriter from Perth, WA. Love Country Music? You'll Love This! In the style of a house concert there are limited tickets available for this performance. Date: Saturday 9th June Time: 2pm Venue: Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort
6 Chosen | 34 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$45 +ASC Mug + TeeSave a few bucks and get the ASC mug and t-shirt in one reward! Two designs to choose from.
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018
AU$50 +Become a Founding Member of ASC Inc.1 Year ASC membership (for the non-profit org we are setting up) + ASC Foundation Member Certificate of Appreciation + Public acknowledgement of your support on our website and Facebook page.
5 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is July 2018
AU$60 +All GoneGet Your Country On!A private tuition / mentoring session with award-winning Australian Country singer/songwriter, Connie Kis Andersen.
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$75 +One Song Pitch to the Publishers at ASC2018Your song will be played for the Publishers in a Private Listening Room at ASC 2018. You never know - you could have a hit that's just waiting to be heard!
3 Chosen | 17 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$100 +Vocal MasterclassExclusive vocal masterclass with classically trained 'Ten Sopranos' lead soloist, Renee Jonas. Renee is also trained in a multitude of different genres including pop, rock, jazz, blues, country, folk, disco, rock n roll, classical and musical theatre. Renee is able to teach any vocal style and is able to workshop with both amateur or professional singers. Sessions can take place face-to-face in Sydney or live via Skype.
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2018
AU$150 +Attend One Session at ASC2018Can't come to ASC for the whole 4 days? No worries! Attend one speaker OR workshop session of choice at ASC2018! + 1 Year ASC membership (for the non-profit org we are setting up) + ASC Foundation Member Certificate of Appreciation + Public acknowledgement of your support on our website and Facebook page.
2 Chosen | 18 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$200 +Mentoring with Grammy Award winner, Alan Roy ScottA one hour private mentoring session with Grammy Award winning songwriter and songwriting teacher, Alan Roy Scott.
7 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018
AU$200 +Schmooze with the Hit Makers!Connect with members of the ASC2018 Faculty and enjoy drinks and nibbles at this intimate private function to be held on the evening of Friday 8 June at the Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort. Hosted by ASC Founder, Lisa Butler, don’t miss out on this golden opportunity to network with the hit songwriters, producers and other industry professionals who are presenting at ASC2018.
1 Chosen | 11 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$300 +All GoneWant to Record? Get Mentored!One-on-one private mentoring session with Multi Platinum Award Winning songwriter/producers Adrian and Barbara Hannan from The SongStore. Use this valuable session to have Adrian and Barb listen to your song and discuss with you the options for production and recording.
2 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018
AU$350 +Spend A Day at ASC2018Spend a full day with us at the ASC in June! If you can't come for the whole 4 days, we've got you covered with this single day package! Includes lunch and access to all seminars, workshops and activities on the day - including our on-site recording studio! (Your choice of Friday 8th , Saturday 9th or Sunday 10th June. )
0 Chosen | 10 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$350 +Score a Pro Press ReleaseCourtesy of KM Publicity. Your press release developed and distributed to an extensive Australian music media and industry network - specialising in the country music market.
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$375 +Susan Muranty Fine Art Print'White Fire Horse' Fine Art, Numbered, Limited Edition A2 Print (420mm X 594mm) by Sydney artist, Susan Muranty. Includes courier delivery anywhere in Australia.
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018
AU$500 +All Gone$500 Recording Voucher from The SongStoreGenerously donated by hit songwriting-production team, Barbara and Adrian Hannan, put this voucher towards your next recording at The SongStore in Victoria.
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018
AU$500 +Key2 'Emerald' Single Release PackageSponsored by Key2 Artist Promotions, this Package is valued at $700 and includes: Key2 Media Release - Single Release + 1x Media Blast (EDM) to Database (11,000 + email addresses of Country music media, radio, bloggers, writers, fans and industry people) + 5 Guaranteed Radio Interviews & Follow up + Access for your single to be downloaded for sale on the Key2 Artist Promotions website store + Promotional Posting to Key2 Australian Facebook Database - Single (1 per week for the release month)
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018
AU$750 +Michael Hutchence - Limited Edition PrintFine Art, Limited Edition Print of an original portrait sketch in pastel on paper (Numbered 2/200) of INXS’s Michael Hutchence. It is A1 size (594 X 841mm) by Susan Muranty. Includes courier delivery anywhere in Australia.
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018
AU$1000 +All Access Pass to ASC2018Full 4 day entry to ASC2018! Includes all conference activities + ASC Mug + ASC TShirt
1 Chosen | 29 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$1000 +Become A SponsorSponsor Stand Space & Banner/s at ASC2018 + Sponsor advertisement, logo/link on ASC Website and Facebook page + Sponsor Logo/link on social media promotions + Sponsor Logo on all printed advertising including ASC2018 Event Program + Invitation for one representative to attend 'Schmooze with the Hit Makers, on Friday 8th June. (PLEASE NOTE: Sponsor product/service must be appropriate for this 'all ages' event. Please contact Lisa Butler on 0412 149 094 for details before making your Pledge.)
0 Chosen | 5 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018
AU$1500 +All GoneCo-Write with Grammy winner, Alan Roy Scott!Co-write a song with Grammy Award winning songwriter, Alan Roy Scott . Co-writing with Alan will take place via Skype, email and phone etc (ain't technology a marvellous thing?)
3 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is May 2018
AU$2500 +The Big Shiny Reward Box!All Access Pass to ASC2018 + ASC2020 + One Extra Song Pitch at ASC2018 + Schmooze with the Hit Makers, VIP Event + 2 Tix to 'A Little Slice of Country' + Mentoring Session with Grammy Award winning songwriter and teacher, Alan Roy Scott + 3 years membership to ASC Inc. (when the non-profit org is set up later this year) + ASC Mug & T-Shirt + 1 CD Lucky Dip + Public Acknowledgement of your support on our website and Facebook page + Certificate of Appreciation
1 Chosen | 3 AvailableEst. delivery is June 2018
AU$5000 +Be our Major Sponsor!Naming Rights + Commercial Jingle created for your Business by ASC Songwriters + Sponsor Stand (2 Reps) and your banners at ASC2018 + Product/Service Demo during event + Major Sponsor placement on the ASC website and Facebook Page + Inclusion on all advertising + Access for 2 reps to 'Schmooze with the Hit Makers + 2 Tix to 'A Little Slice Of Country". (NOTE: Sponsor product/service must be appropriate for this 'all ages' event. Contact Lisa on 0412 149 094 prior to Pledging.)
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is April 2018