Wick Studios today announced recruitment of Lynn Robnett to their team as Director of Entertainment and Development. Robnett has been recruited from Panacea Entertainment in LA, as the management point of contact for many legacy artists including Paul Shaffer, Todd Rundgren, David Hasselhoff, Bettye LaVette, The Blues Brothers brand, Hellraiser for Television, and most recently Australian blues wunderkind Shaun Kirk.
Robnett signed Shaun to Panacea Entertainment on recommendation from Wick Studios, where he was previously managed, and where his most recent record was recorded to debut at No.1 on the iTunes Blues charts. “I am a big fan of Shaun’s” she states, “He has the potential to be the young break out in the blues scene, he has miles of soul.”
As part of the Wick Studios commitment to fostering Australia’s live music culture, Robnett will be responsible for developing Australian acts and presenting them with international publishing, management, and touring opportunities.
Currently working out of LA, Robnett is scouting Australian talent to mentor, foster and develop, ahead of her joining the Wick Studios team in Melbourne. “Australia has a lot of great cohesive bands that work together as a unit.” Robnett says of her interest in Australian musicians. “There seems to be a whole lot more vibe in the music I’m listening to. The trick to winning over fans is to make the connection with the audience emotionally, and that’s what distinguishes Australian bands from a lot of the more soulless sounds that are charting worldwide.”
“The redevelopment and new business model at Wick Studios that emerged from conversations I had with the team there convinced me that this was the place where I wanted to be based, and these were the people I wanted to work with. My every instinct said ‘This is it!'”.
Not only will Robnett be bringing over 20 years of music industry experience to Wick Studios, she will also be bringing her keen ear for artist potential, and her enviable Rolodex of international contacts to pitch them to. “I know that there are definitely artists in Australia that can translate to the world markets. They may not be the bands being selected for ARIA’s but they are there and I have an ear and understanding of the larger world markets to recognise what sounds might have a shot internationally. The resources that Wick Studios can offer for developing talent, and my ability to connect them to the overseas market are an unstoppable combination.”
“We have put our hearts and souls into redeveloping our studios to benefit Australian artists, but we knew we needed to bring someone in that could present them with real opportunities on the international market.” adds Nelli Huie, a spokesperson for Wick Studios. “It’s an extremely exciting development for Australian artists to have Lynn here in Melbourne actively working to present our incredibly diverse musical community with international opportunities.”
Wick Studios is a brand-new music industry complex in Brunswick, Victoria, developed by musicians, for musicians. The two-building site includes fifteen rehearsal rooms, two recording studios, a photographic and video studio, and two live music venues, opening in May 2015.