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David Grice

Managing Director,
Musitec Ltd
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
David’s 28 years in music is grounded in his various roles as a touring professional musician, studio engineer, owner of a successful studio and duplication facility, University lecturer, venue manager and creator of The Depot for the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

The Depot took an abandoned bus station in the heart of Adelaide and converted it into an outdoor multi stage live music space, dedicated to bringing live music into the Adelaide Fringe. This venue hosted over 70 local performances and culminated in a final concert to close the Fringe, with Australian artists “Pete Murray” and “The Whitlams” both performing with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. The Depot saw 58,000 people come through its gates in the 4 weeks of the Fringe.

David has immense passion for activating cities through creativity, and providing opportunities for local creatives to express themselves in unique ways. He is also passionate about re activating unused spaces and buildings. He successfully engages stakeholders at all levels, and looks at holistic ways to bring art and culture together to build economic value, cultural vibrancy and new business opportunities for emerging creative businesses.

David has many years of business experience in both the commercial and not for profit sectors. As an entrepreneur, David has broad experience in building successful music focussed global business from the ground up, while maintaining a strong focus on emerging technologies, their positive and negative influences, and their application to current business practice and supply chains.

He is currently the Managing Director of Musitec, a formal music focused cluster, which brings together the music industry with hardware and software technology developers to build new platforms that will underpin the creative industries and lead those industries into the future.

Since being established in June 2014, Musitec is already seen as a global leader in music industry development, and is building strategies with global partners throughout Europe, Canada and the USA to build economic value for the regions. Musitec’s work to date has seen 11 new companies form. Within the coming months, 3 of these companies will launch their new products and services globally, with a further 5 companies set to prototype their products by the end of 2016.

His work within South Australia as founding chairman of the Music Industry Council, has seen significant recommendations submitted and passed through parliament that will revolutionize the live music sector through planning and licensing reforms.

David is now rolling out the Musitec strategy, designed to build community, incubate new business ideas, and lead those ideas to commercialization. He is always willing to share this strategy with others and collaborate on international projects designed to build the business of music globally.

More information on Musitec can be found at www.musitec.co.