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Going Global Music Summit 2023 - Keynote Speaker Debbie Ball Announced

Going Global Music Summit 2023 - Keynote Speaker Debbie Ball Announced

Chris Cudby / Friday 25th August, 2023 1:18PM

The Going Global Music Summit 2023 universe keeps expanding with the announcement of this year's keynote speaker Debbie Ball (Creative Spark, UK), sharing "her unique insights into Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its intersection with the music business" at the boutique industry conference happening at Tāmaki Makaurau's Roundhead Studios on 1st and 2nd September. Brought to you by Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) and the NZ Music Commission, here's today's official lowdown, plus lineup details for the summit and showcase events below...

Debbie Ball, founder of Create Spark, has been a driving force in the music industry since 2007. Having worked with icons like Katy Perry, Tame Impala, and Sufjan Stevens, Debbie has expanded her horizon to academia, focusing on AI's role in society. Her keynote speech, "Recontextualizing AI's Role in Society," promises to debunk common misconceptions, illustrate system workings, and highlight AI's potential as a creative tool in the music industry. Debbie's journey continues as a digital humanities lecturer at King's College London and the University of Westminster, and a second-year PhD candidate focusing on app design's impact on on app design's impact on user behaviour.

Debbie's keynote is more than just a tech talk. It's an exploration of AI's place in our society, informed by her 25 years of experience in music and her latest academic pursuits. Debbie's lecture will open up discussions about how AI products, when used responsibly, could enhance human creativity in songwriting, production, and music discovery.

Debbie Ball's appearance at Going Global is made possible with support from British Council New Zealand and the Pacific. Her continuous engagement with the music industry and academia makes her an ideal speaker to bridge the gap between technology, music, and society.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to bring Debbie Ball to Aotearoa as a keynote speaker at the 2023 Going Global Music Summit. Her expertise in AI and ChatGPT will be of great interest to all attendees at the summit given the ever-changing landscape of the music industry. Our work is to build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide, and we look forward to hearing Debbie’s thoughts on this rapidly evolving area.” — Natasha Beckman, Director of the British Council New Zealand and the Pacific

Friday 1st September and Saturday 2nd September - Roundhead Studios, Auckland

For more information about the event, including the full speaker lineup and registration details, please visit

Overseas speakers:


Adam Ryan - Head of Music, The Great Escape Festival / Festival Republic, UK
Dev Sherlock - Senior Music Programmer, SXSW, USA
Patrick Daniel - Programmer / Project Manager, Reeperbahn Festival, GERMANY
Vaughan Quinn - Head of Programming, Meredith & Golden Plains, AUST

Management / Artist:

Tom Larkin - BIGSOUND / The Home Surgery / Shihad, NZ/AU

Marketing / PR:

Jacob Daneman - Pitch Perfect PR, USA
Kodi McKinney - Partner, Co-Founder, Marauder / Port Authority Music Export Academy, USA

Music Supervisor / Sync:

Jackie Palazzolo - Music Supervisor, Riot Games, USA


Kate English - Promoter, Parallel Lines, UK
Silke Westera - Promoter, FKP Scorpio, GERMANY

Labels & Label Services:

Hallie Anderson - Founder, Rareform, USA
Maria Amato - Australian Independent Record Labels Assc (AIR), AU
Nando Machado - Founder/Director, ForMusic, Brazil
Sweetie Zamora - Head Of Labels & Promotions, Remote Control, AU
Tony Kiewel - President, Sub Pop Records, USA

Aotearoa speakers announced so far:

Ant Healey - Head, NZ Division, APRA AMCOS, NZ
Cath Andersen - CEO, NZ Music Commission, NZ
Dean Cameron - Member Services Manager, Recorded Music NZ, NZ
Jo Oliver - CEO, Recorded Music NZ, NZ
Pip Ryan-Kidd - IMNZ Chairperson, NZ

Friday 1st September and Saturday 2nd September - Whammy Bar, The Wine Cellar, Backroom, Auckland

Tickets available HERE via UTR ($30 for both nights or $20 for each night)


Anthonie Tonnon (Art Pop, Indie Rock - Whanganui)
Blake (Pop, Alternative Pop - Queenstown)
Ch! Nonso ( Afro Soul - Igbo (South-Eastern) /Tāmaki Makaurau )
Clementine Valentine (Art Pop - Waikato)
D.C. Maxwell (Alt Country - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Dawn Diver (Indie Alternative Jazz - Pōneke)
Elliot & Vincent (Garage Rock - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Grecco Romank (Industrial, Dark Wave, Techno - Tāmaki Makaurau)
KITA (Indie Psych Pop, Electronica - Pōneke)
Luke Thompson (Folk - East Coast)
MACEY (Indie Pop, Alt Pop - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Mazbou Q (Hip hop/Rap - Nigeria / Tāmaki Makaurau)
Mel Parsons - (Indie Folk - Ōtautahi)
MOHI - (Neo Soul, Pop Funk - Tāmaki Makaurau)
PARK RD - (Indie Pop Rock - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Ringlets - (Post-Punk - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Soft Plastics - (Indie Rock, Shoegaze - Pōneke)
Summer Thieves - (Alternative, Surf Rock - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Tom Lark - (Folk Pop - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Vera Ellen - (Alt Rock - Pōneke)
YAHYAH - (Pop. Electronic - Tāmaki Makaurau)

Playing this year's Artist Showcase, Aotearoa electronic dance trio Grecco Romank star in our new Trash Recital episode, produced by Sports Team...


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Going Global Presents 2023 - Night One
Fri 1st Sep 6:30pm
Whammy Bar & Wine Cellar, Auckland
Going Global Presents 2023 - Night Two
Sat 2nd Sep 6:30pm
Whammy Bar & Wine Cellar, Auckland