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Push Songs launch & Songwriting Workshop with Mark Lang

31 Jan 2011

Attention Victorian Songwriters of all ages!

You’re invited to attend the 2011 Push Songs Launch on February 8 at APRA’s offices in Richmond. Come along to hear a free songwriting presentation from Skipping Girl Vinegar’s Mark Lang. Making and Breaking Your Own Mould will discuss ideas for stamping out your own sound, and harder still, how do you find the potential to evolve and grow as an artist? In the process, Mark will talk about writing and recording Skipping Girl Vinegar’s new album, and applying it to your own process as an artist.

Please RSVP for the free Push Songs Launch / Songwriting Workshop with Mark Lang by February 3rd via email

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2011 Australia Day honours

31 Jan 2011

The 2011 Australia Day Honours list recognises fifteen Australians for their services to music.

Music Victoria offers congratulations to the following Victorian recipients:


Mr Peter Kenneth Burch BM (Vic)

For service to the performing arts, particularly chamber music as an administrator, a teacher, and through support for emerging musicians.

Ms Paola Kavisha Mazzella (Vic)

For service to the performing arts as a singer and songwriter, and to the community, through the development of musical projects promoting awareness of multicultural, refugee and Indigenous experiences.

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Brunswick Music Festival 16th-27th March

19 Jan 2011

Now in its 23rd year, the 2011 Brunswick Music Festival program is now live on the festival website.

Held from the 16th – 27th of March, the festival presents local, national and international performers across venues in the City of Moreland, as well as many free events including the all-ages, all-genres Sydney Road Street Party held the week before the festival on Sunday 6th March with music on multiple street stages.

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Vale Steve Prestwich and Harvey James

17 Jan 2011

Cold Chisel’s drummer, Steve Prestwich, passed away this weekend. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour less than two weeks ago, underwent an operation last Friday, and never regained consciousness. 

Just one month before a tribute concert in his honour, former Sherbet guitarist Harvey James has succumbed to lung cancer at age 58 following a six-month fight. 

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Share the Spirit Festival 2011

14 Jan 2011

This Australia Day – otherwise known as Survival Day – Australian Indigenous culture and music will be celebrated at the annual Share the Spirit Festival.

Presented by Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation and the City of Melbourne, Share the Spirit will showcase some Victoria’s finest Indigenous talent as well as interstate guests all of whom will entertain in the true spirit of reconciliation.

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Australian Independent Record Labels Association survey

13 Jan 2011

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is currently conducting a survey on independent record labels around Australia, with some help from The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS), Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited (PPCA) and Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

AIR wants to hear from people releasing music, self-releasing, investing in music, what concerns labels have and are they aware of resources, revenue streams and help available from these organisations.

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Dance Aid - Queensland flood relief benefit gig

13 Jan 2011

Australians have, without hesitation, always dug to deep in times of turmoil; and now we must once again unite, in order to offer relief to our fellow Australians affected by the devastating floods in Queensland.

Dance Aid will see the elite of the Australian Dance music industry come together to put on one incredible show.

 WHEN: Wednesday 19th January 2011, 7.00pm
WHERE: Prince of Wales Bandroom, Fitzroy St, St Kilda 

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AMIN airline baggage survey for touring artists

23 Dec 2010

Few issues continue to dog artists more than trying to deal with excess baggage fees and limitations when touring with musical equipment.

And now, the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) is taking a lead in efforts to deal with this ongoing problem that, in some cases, is having a serious impact on artists’ ability to tour effectively.

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Finalists for the 2011 Victorian Country Music Awards

20 Dec 2010

Finalists have been announced for the 2011 Victorian & National Country Music Awards. 

Winners in the 2011 Awards will be announced during the Whittlesea Country Music which runs from February 11th to 13th. Good luck to all the nominees! 

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Hilltop Hoods & APRA support Hip Hop

16 Dec 2010

The Hilltop Hoods and APRA have once again teamed up, and will be giving away a career-changing $10,000 to an emerging Australian Hip Hop artist or group.

One emerging Australian Hip Hop artist will have the opportunity to fast track their career with the 2011 Hilltop Hoods Initiative. Valued at $10,000, the grant is open to all up and coming hip hop artists or groups who have not released an album professionally. 

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Nominations now open for the 2011 Australian Jazz Bell Awards

9 Dec 2010

The Australian Jazz Bell Awards recognise and encourage excellence in the performance, creativity, recording and presentation of jazz in Australia. The awards are informally known as ‘the Bells’ in honour of one of the greats of Australian Jazz, Mr Graeme Bell MBE AO.

Prize: $5000 for the winner (or collective winners) per category.

The Australian Jazz Awards 2011 will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 28th April 2011.

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From the CEO's desk - December news

7 Dec 2010

Deborah Conway’s 1990s hit ‘It’s Only the Beginning’ was Ted Baillieu’s theme song during the election campaign and we at Music Victoria are hoping that that sentiment rings true over the next few weeks when the new Government formulates its arts policy.

Mr Baillieu taking on the arts portfolio as well as running the state augurs well for the arts community, as it will give arts initiatives a higher profile.

Music Victoria encourages musical education and celebrating Melbourne venues, but we would love to also see support for artists at the grassroots level and in training and development.

It would be great to capitalise on some of our best talent, with artists such as Conway (who currently runs the Queensland Music Festival) and Paul Grabowski (who runs the Adelaide Festival of the Arts) and Mick Harvey involved in curating any new festivals.

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