What Does A Booker / Agent Want from A Performer?

Emily Hanks and Josephine Ison

AIM students are invited to join us for a lunchtime live panel interview at AIM Sydney with our accomplished music industry expert alumni talking about what an agent or venue wants from a performer before, during and after the show. Watch live at from 1pm at the Amphitheatre.

Why Attend? This is a cheat sheet directly from the industry on how to get booked as a musician.

Our panelists:

Josephine Ison:

Event Entertainers Agency director Josephine Ison is a graduate of Arts & Entertainment Management from both Deakin University and the Australian Institute of Music. She also trained at NIDA the National Institute of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre and was the proud recipient of the Dusty Springfield Scholarship.

Her professional credits have seen her working as a Producer for Sole Entertainment, Lovegrove Entertainment, and LiveWorks. She also has worked in Arts Marketing for organisations such as Dendy Cinemas and Parramatta Riverside Theatre.

Josephine’s experience has also spanned across other aspects of the industry, working as a professional singer, actor, Vocieover Artist, and Dancer. Presently she is the Lead Vocalist of Event Entertainers act, Duke Music. Josephine has also worked with award-winning corporate band Jellybean Jam, and was contracted as resident Vocalist of the Hotel New Akao in Japan. She has also worked as a performer for The Wiggles Productions and her voice-over work as Dorothy The Dinosaur appears throughout various Wiggles media.

Emily Hanks: 

Emily Hanks is a soul, pop, funk, blues and jazz aficionado. Honing her skills from the young age of 15: her sound is earthy, gritty and rounded in all the right places. Her voice has been described as, ‘listening to honey-coated velvet’.

As a performer, she has graced the stage of many of Sydney’s prestigious venues and events including; performances at Thredbo Jazz Festival, Soulfest, the official Earth Hour event with Peter Garrett, Telstra Stadium singing the national anthem for the Rugby World Cup, The Sydney Cricket Ground, The Morning Show on Channel 7 singing backing vocals for Stan Walker, Getaway with her Trio and also singing backing vocals at the Aria Week celebrations for Jason Derulo’s signed artist – Arlene Zelina.

In 2017 she reached #8 on the iTunes charts with her Ministry of Sound collaboration track ‘Horses’ produced by Teddy Cream and Szabo. Also in 2017 she was featured as a back vocalist on the Warner single, ‘Loneliness’ by Karise Eden. She has also supported acts such as Coolio (Gangsta’s Paradise), Something With Numbers, Ms Murphy and has shared a stage with Paulini, Stan Walker and Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age) and many more.

Companies she has performed for include, AMPOL (2022), AMEX (2022), Cricket Australia (2021), ANZ (2021), Macquarie Bank (2019), AMP (2019) Shell (2019), Telstra for the Business Women’s Awards (2019), Google (2019), Facebook (2018), Sephora for a grand store opening (2018) and IBM (2019 & 2018) for their annual Think Summit and running and arranging a pop up choir for them (2018) and many more.

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