Chloe Turner is a founding board member of LISTEN, co-founder and director of affiliated record label LISTEN Records, full time operations/marketing administrator for Music Victoria. In May 2016 she also began writing a monthly feminist music column for Beat Magazine. Devoting most of her time to advocacy and gender equality within the music industry, Chloe is very passionate about feminism and diversity. We caught up with this Music Industry powerhouse and asked her a few questions about her usual working week, check it out!
A typical week for me involves a few different jobs. My full time, bill paying job is at Music Victoria. There I’m the operations/marketing administrator. That involves looking after the marketing, social media, membership, some project management, and office admin. In my spare time I run LISTEN Records, which involves releasing music, signing artists, managing some artists, booking shows, publicity, and distribution of the music. I’m also a board member for LISTEN the organisation. Which involves running events, going to meetings and some work on social media.
Monday was a big day and my work location was The Tote. We were shooting the Music Victoria membership drive video for this years campaign. I was the artist liaison / Music Vic rep there and I was helping the film crew with anything they needed. The Music Vic staff also starred in the video.
At about 6:30, once 90% of the shooting was done I had to leave and got to PBS which is just around the corner because I’m currently doing the PBS announcer training course. I was there until 8:30 and then drove home to unpack from the day and dub some cassette tapes for Beloved Elk, because their album launch is this Friday.
On Tuesday I had a busy day at work catching up on emails for the membership drive which I’m project managing, I then came home to fold J-Cards for Beloved Elk tapes and cut up download cards and put them into the cassettes. I also had to get the Biscotti vinyl ready for their national tour so I had to put J-Cards / inserts into all their LP’s. A friend was playing that evening at Howler so after a few hours of evening work I drove to Brunswick to see them play and dropped off some records to Biscotti so she could take them to their shows in Adelaide this weekend.
Wednesday was work 9 until 5pm, then home to do more work on the Beloved Elk tapes to get them finished in time for the launch. After this I also spent some time emailing regarding press and final logistics for Biscotti’s album tour.
Thursday was pretty similar to Wednesday, work 9 – 5 for Music Vic, then home to work on the label and do some more cutting and folding of paper for the Beloved Elk tapes.
Friday I was invited to an international women’s day breakfast at Bakehouse Studios, so I was up early getting ready for that. At this breakfast there were keynotes from Holly Pereira and Jen Cloher, and I was the very lucky recipient of the first ever Unified Emerging Award. This was very surprising and unexpected, and a really nice way to start a Friday. I went to work that afternoon to a very busy day full of meetings getting things done before the weekend. After that I headed to The Curtin for the Beloved Elk album launch and was there until pretty late. The launch went really well and was a great way to round out a busy week!
Highlights of the week
The Beloved Elk album launch going well, the Music Vic membership drive video going well and getting invited to and attending the bakehouse breakfast for IWD.
Lowlights of the weeks
Having to work every day and each night after working a full day – it’s exhausting when it’s a full on week with album launches and stuff to prepare.
Sometimes I’ll have meetings on every night after work for LISTEN stuff, or have to stay late for Music Victoria work, so this week was good because I actually had some time to squeeze in label work. It gets tricky and time management is the best tool you can have when you’re working on multiple projects.
Words or wisdom for those considering a career in your field
Be persistent! Running an independent label can be hard work and it’s exhausting because you have to work other jobs at the same time. But it is rewarding when an album launch goes well and the artists are happy, or when an artist gets really good media coverage. It’s exciting!
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