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CEO Report - November 2016

30 Nov 2016

G'day members and subscribers,

What an amazing couple of weeks for Victoria and our music community!
Melbourne Music Week saw music everywhere throughout our capital, from the steps of Parliament House and the State Library of Victoria, to the MCG, as well as all the usual haunts.  The public, MMW punters and industry were treated to some of our best live music each day outside the State Library, where we shook it to artists like Nai Palm, Ella Thompson, REMI and The Meanies.  So very much to see, and so very much of it free…
We also witnessed an announcement by the federal government committing $1.16M to secure Sounds Australia for another four years.  This is a big win for Australian music, in particular artists looking to get their music beyond our shores and into the world market.
The MMW Hub also represented a fantastic new space for Face The Music.  For the first time, panels featuring revolutionary artists, media top-guns, savvy entrepreneurs, writers, broadcasters, and philosophisers from all over the world were complimented by a live music program.  We presented, hosted and attended some great panels and meetings to help skill and resource the industry, and we somehow managed to strike a balance between work and play.  Really looking forward to seeing what the organisers and programmers come up with next year.
The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016 were a massive success once again.  Around 1000 punters and industry saw 23 awards dished out to very worthy recipients across the state.  Check out this video for the wrap up.
Two days after our state awards, the Big V dominated the J Awards – DD Dumbo took out the triple j Australian Album of the Year, Tash Sultana was Unearthed Artist of the Year, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are Double J Australian Artist of the Year and also snagged Australian Music Video of the Year.
Now we’re off to Sydney for the Electronic Music Conference and the National Live Music Awards, and will advise the rest of the country (and the world) about how to preserve venues and a healthy nighttime economy.
Get out to some great gigs soon, and make sure you save some energy and pennies for what will be a HUGE summer of live music.

Cheers, Nick, Paddy and Chloe

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