Top Composer Mark Rivett to Speak at AADC Event

OrchestraMark Rivett, one of Australia’s top composers in the field of music for advertising, will return to his hometown of Adelaide next month to address the Adelaide Advertising and Design Club’s guest speaker event.

As senior partner and musical director of Sydney-based Song Zu Studios, Mark was recently voted as one of Australia’s top four composers with the most works performed overseas. He has received many major awards for music excellence, including Cannes Gold Lions, London International Advertising Awards, Gold Clios and Award Awards.

He will address a crowd of advertisers, designers and musicians as part of the Club’s yearly program, where he will discuss his career and the power of music in the advertising industry.

“When I started out I had some unconventional ideas, I wanted to build a business where specialist composers worked like specialist lawyers in a law firm. 9 to 5, in an office, on a good wage, taking a brief,” Mark said.

“Most composers are wonderfully eccentric and unique which means the company had to reflect that and operate in a unique way.”

Song Zu Studios has been involved with television ad campaigns for many national and international brands, including Coca Cola, Sony, Toyota, Adidas, Panasonic, VISA, Dell and Qantas with its “I still call Australia home” ad.

Song Zu Studios has also worked on film, TV and musical productions, including handling the music editing and programming for Baz Luhrmann’s Australia.

AADC’s Co-President Maggie Harris said the event is a good opportunity for people from the creative industries to learn from an experienced professional.

“We are really pleased that Mark was happy to come and speak, as he is so well respected in the creative and advertising community,” said Maggie.

“Young people starting out, as well as experienced professionals, will really benefit from hearing from someone so accomplished and we encourage anyone to come along.”

To attend the event, which is being sponsored by Adstream, email [email protected] or visit

Location: The Stag Hotel, Rundle Street, Adelaide.

Date: Thursday 14 October 2010.

Time: 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Price: $10 members, $20 non-members and non-RSVPs; also includes a burger and beer.

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