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Music Business Skills survey

23 Mar 2011

Music Victoria is committed to helping Victorian artists develop practical skills to run their music careers as successful and sustainable small businesses.

In conjunction with Small Business Victoria, we are looking to tailor seminars, workshops and mentoring programs relevant to musicians and music businesses. Most bands operate as small businesses and we encourage all artists to realise and refine their business skills as much as their creative skills.

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Victorian musicians to play at AFL matches at the MCG.

22 Mar 2011

Two of Melbourne’s great cultural traditions – music and football – will meet at the MCG during the 2011 AFL Premiership Season.

Music Victoria has been working with the AFL and the league will now introduce live music before the first four Friday night matches at the MCG this year. These bands will have the chance to play live before up to 80,000 punters and one million-plus TV viewers.

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Farewell to The Arthouse

22 Mar 2011

Melbourne’s iconic Arthouse Hotel is proud to announce closing celebrations to mark the end of 20 years of commitment to music, community and general mayhem.

Lovingly run and lived in by one family for its entire 20 year lease, The Arthouse has gathered a larger extended family along the way. Music venue, recording studio, and home to many permanent and semi permanent residents, it has been a rare and wondrous establishment.

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Music Victoria report February / March 2011

10 Mar 2011

A monstrous summer of festivals and gigs has just come to an end. It was great to see local councils supporting local street festivals like the Brunswick Music Festival and St Kilda Festival. And while the calendar has been littered with big name international touring artists, one of the best nights occurred with some favourite local acts in front of just a couple of hundred die-hards at the Tote Hotel in Collingwood on February 23rd

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Push Over Festival 2011

8 Mar 2011

Victoria’s longest-running all ages live music festival Push Over returns to Melbourne’s Abbotsford Convent on Sunday 13th March with a killer line-up of upcoming Aussie talent, the freshest young Victorian acts, some of the country’s most fast and furious hardcore and metal bands and a full arena of bouncing hip hop music and break dance! 

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Nick Cave's guitar to be auctioned off for Victorian flood relief.

23 Feb 2011

Our sister organisation, Q Music in Queensland, have been running a rock’n'roll auction over the last few weeks to raise money for Queensland flood relief.

Now, they are generously hosting a special auction item on behalf of Music Victoria.

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I Manage My Music, weekend workshop for musicians

17 Feb 2011

I Manage My Music is a weekend workshop run by Melbourne self-managed musician Jen Cloher, tailored to the needs of the self-managed artist and for musicians serious about making music in Australia today. The focus is to give participants the tools and confidence to take the next steps in their careers. 

Whether you are just starting out or have released music previously, these workshops have been tailored to suit the needs of the musician who is self-managed. 

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Australian Music Association bands together to help those affected by the recent floods

7 Feb 2011

The Australian Music Association (AMA) has announced a Flood Relief Assistance program to enable the music products industry to show their support for those affected by the floods in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Anyone needing to replace soggy instruments, print music or high tech gear which has been damaged or has perished in the floods should look out for the AMA Flood Relief Assistance logo in their local musical instrument store’s window.

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Music Victoria news January 2011

5 Feb 2011

Grinderman tearing up the stage at the Melbourne leg of the Big Day Out was a sight to behold. Having earlier on the night witnessed the timeless Godfather of Punk Rock, Iggy Pop, teach most of the acts on the bill a lesson in showmanship and endurance, it was hard not to feel patriotic pride seeing how far our own Warracknabeal-born punk hero Nick Cave and his Ballarat-bred sidekick Warren Ellis have come. 

It was a timely reminder of how important it is to nurture our country and regional music scenes. Because last Thursday, we co-ordinated a gathering of Western Victoria music industry people in Geelong and the message came through loud and clear: the west needs some love. 

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Music Victoria presents a free music workshop at St Kilda Festival

4 Feb 2011

For the first time, St Kilda Festival welcomes Music Victoria to the program. Music Victoria will be hosting a free information workshop next Tuesday 8th February as part of the 2011 St Kilda Festival. If you’re an emerging artist and wondering exactly what Music Victoria is about, now is the time to get friendly!

Music Victoria’s CEO, Patrick Donovan, will be joined by singer-songwriter Jen Cloher; accomplished band booker and manager Neil Wedd; and publicist Karen Conrad who has worked with legendary Australian acts such as Jimmy Little, Mental As Anything and Dave Graney to name a few.

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The 6th Australian Music Prize announces shortlist

4 Feb 2011

The 6th Australian Music Prize (The Amp) continues to reward excellence in home grown talent with the announcement of the shortlist. Nine standout artists have been chosen by a judging panel of media, artists and retail staff to vie for the title.

In the running for the $30,000 prize money courtesy of principal partner PPCA, the following shortlisted artists have produced albums of such high quality they deserve national and international recognition.

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Finalists announced for the 2011 APRA Professional Development Awards

1 Feb 2011

On March 14th, 2011, a new crop of eight up-and-coming Australian songwriters will get a huge leg-up courtesy of the APRA Professional Development Awards. The APRA Professional Development Awards are presented every two years in conjunction with music organisations and institutions involved in the representation or education of Australian music creators.

For the 2011 event, a record number of submissions were received by emerging Australian songwriters and composers who are in the early stages of their career. Now APRA and its partner organizations are proud to present an impressive finalist list of almost 250 Australian songwriters from across the country.

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