Music industry mingle to sing the blues

The latest Gold Coast Music Industry Mingle in September will take a closer look at mental health within the sector.

Working in the music industry is consistently recognised as a risk factor for mental health issues, and in a year that has been turned upside down for many in the music industry, it is now more important than ever to take care of ourselves and each other.

In September’s SINGING THE BLUES: Mental health and the music industry, we’ll talk about what influences mental health, how to seek support and how to look after yourself and your mates.

The discussion will be lead by experienced facilitator and music industry leader Samantha Morris and we’ll also hear from:

  • Paige Gaudry – who is a Psychologist and experienced mental health first aid facilitator working with Crew Care.
  • Mikey Perry – PACES
  • Graham Ashton – of Footstomp Music fame who holds over 20 years experience working with artists and negotiating the music industry.

You can join us in person for the live, free, socially-distanced event at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse in Burleigh Heads*. Numbers will be limited and you must register to attend. Register here:


Watch online from 6.45pm for a live stream of the panel discussion

This series of networking events has been made possible with support from City of Gold Coast through the Music Action Plan.


Graham Ashton (Asho)

After almost 20 years at labels, Graham Ashton launched Footstomp Music in 2010 as a music services company specialising in artist, project and event management. Footstomp currently manage AODHAN, BUSBY MAROU, COLIN LILLIE and TIA GOSTELOW. Footstomp also book the Gold Coast Home Of The Arts and take care of the publicity for Nonesuch for Australia and New Zealand. Graham was also the Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND from 2010 – 2014. He has since found himself speaking at events such as SXSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week and the New Zealand Global Music Summit. Graham is proud to have worked closely with hundreds of artists including the likes of ROBBIE WILLIAMS, POWDERFINGER, AMY SHARK, THE LIVING END, PAUL KELLY, THE GO-BETWEENS and MUMFORD & SONS. He is getting more obsessed about music with age.

Paige Gaudry

Paige is an experienced Mental Health First Aid Facilitator with over 4 years delivering this pivotal training to the Queensland community. Paige has extensive experience in mental health broadly, and has an ingrained passion for educating people about Mental Health. It was during Paige’s first year at University, studying Human Services that she realised Psychology and Mental Health was a strong passion of hers. In her first year of her psychology degree she started volunteering within community services to gather hands on experience working alongside people who experience a mental illness and shortly thereafter commenced casual employment in Mental Health Services. She now has 13 years’ experience and has developed a remarkable amount of skills, expertise, information and overall knowledge about Mental health, people, leadership, our Community and Queensland Services. Paige’s most recent experience has been as a Service Manager (Overseeing up to 70 staff of multiple programs/services) for Mental Health Services and as a Program Manager for Partners in Recovery on the Gold Coast (Overseeing a team of 17 skilled facilitators within NDIS and the Mental Health Sector). Experience that is invaluable when delivering Mental Health First Aid to other Managers, as Paige is able to draw on her personal experiences to enhance the training content.

Mikey Perry

Mikey Perry, better known by his stage name Paces, is an Australian record producer and musician. This dad and dog lover cloaks everything he does in happiness and explosive colour. Blurring the line between club and pop music, PACES’ music reflects his lifestyle – colourful and fun. That electricity translates to PACES’ live performances as well. He’s earned himself a name for his wild live shows which incorporate dancers, light-up inflatable animals, confetti cannons, hypercolour visuals and the added bonus of guest vocalists. He’s also earned himself a name for discovering great artists to sing or rap on his tracks, helping them cross over into the mainstream. The likes of Tkay Maidza, Jess Kent, NYNE and Kučka all found early success on PACES beats. His work is not without its acclaim either, having won InTheMix’s prestigious ‘Breakthrough Artist Of The Year’ award in 2016 with his debut album Vacation. On top of all that, his performance on Triple J’s Like A Version with Australian music icon, Guy Sebastian, is one of the most popular LAV’s in history.


* Mo’s Desert Clubhouse operate a Stage Queensland approved COVID Safe Plan.

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