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Face The Music 2011 - Melbourne music conference & industry summit

24 Aug 2011

The music industry will come together for one of the most important events on the Victorian music calendar when annual music summit Face The Music returns to the Arts Centre for its fourth year on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November 2011.

The non-profit event, now in its fourth year, provides the Victorian and Melbourne music community with a platform for professional and creative career development. The two day event features presentations, discussions, artist development, networking, live music, practical workshops and the hottest tips and tools to give your music the edge.

Face The Music is pleased to announce this year’s keynote international guest speaker, South by South West Creative Director, Brent Grulke, presented by new event partner Melbourne Music Week.

Tickets are now on sale and Music Victoria members get a 10% discount off the ticket price.

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Live and local grants to support Victorian music

22 Aug 2011

A diverse line-up of Victorian musicians, bands, music organisations and events will share in $475,000 in funding from the Government to support Victorian music via Arts Victoria's Contemporary and Live Music Development  grants program. 

“Last week we released the Deloitte Access Economics report outlining the huge economic and social contribution of live music to Victoria, and today we are proud to announce funding under the renamed Contemporary and Live Music Development program,” Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said today.

“The Victoria Rocks program has supported the live music sector since 2007, boosting the careers of hundreds of Victorian musicians and bands.

“The name may have changed but the song remains the same – supporting and strengthening the creative growth of the Victorian music industry across genres including rock,  pop, folk, world music, jazz, country, indie-pop, reggae and hip hop,” Mr Baillieu said. 

Music Victoria is pleased to have received funding to present free music industry management workshops throughout regional Victoria to assist regional musicians in creating networks and connections.  Music Victoria congratulates all the other successful recipients of grants for Career Building, Music Touring and Strategic Partnerships.

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Fringe Festival 2011- Australian forgotten classic song suggestions needed!

17 Aug 2011

As part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2011 this September and October, Music Victoria, RRR and Melbourne Fringe will be presenting two special nights of free music in the Fringe Club. The theme this year is ‘Jewels & Bullets: Australia’s forgotten classics covered’

We want your help in suggesting the forgotten gems; the b-sides that should have been the hit single; the album tracks that took a backseat; the hidden classics that sat just outside of the ‘best of’ lists - any era, any genre. 

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Music Matters campaign has launched across Australia and New Zealand

12 Aug 2011

Aimed to remind music fans of the value and significance of music, this exciting international campaign is supported by a collective of people across the Australian and New Zealand music community, including artists, songwriters, managers, labels, publishers, online music providers and record stores. 

Allowing the music to speak for itself, the educational campaign brings together a growing collection of short animated films about inspirational Australian and New Zealand artists including Eskimo Joe, Nick Cave, Oh Mercy, Graeme Connors and Dave Dobbyn. These artists have dedicated their lives to music and have helped shape our cultural landscape. 

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National Cultural Policy discussion paper

12 Aug 2011

A new National Cultural Policy for Australia – the first in nearly 20 years – is being developed and you are invited to comment.  The discussion paper is a crucial step in the development of a new National Cultural Policy.  

Consultation began on a National Cultural Policy in 2009, and has involved the arts and culture sector, creative industries, the public at large and government. This has informed the development of this discussion paper, which outlines goals and strategies for the new National Cultural Policy. Have your say.

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Vale Shane Walsh

10 Aug 2011

Music Victoria is saddened by news of the death of enigmatic bass player Shane Walsh aged 52.

Walsh, who was born in Maryborough in country Victoria, had been a fixture on the Melbourne music scene for the last 30 years, playing with bands including the Working Class Ringos and Tex, Don & Charlie. He was as well known for his energetic bass playing as his cheeky, friendly manner and engaging conversations.

A statement from Charlie Owen’s wife Kylie Greer read, “With great sadness we announce the passing of Shane Walsh. A wonderful man and musician he was the double bass player for Working Class Ringos; Tex, Don & Charlie; Honeymoon in Green, and Butterfly to name but a few bands he was in. Shane made you feel good. He was funny, intelligent and naughty. His presence and spirit will be dreadfully missed by all those that loved and knew him. There will be a funeral service early next week.”

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Ground-breaking report confirms wide-ranging benefits of Victoria?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s live music industry

9 Aug 2011

Music Victoria welcomes the report 'The economic, social and cultural contribution of venue-based live music in Victoria' measuring the contribution of the Victorian venue-based live music sector.

The report, prepared for Arts Victoria by economic consulting firm Deloitte Access Economics, presents the first comprehensive assessment of the contribution that venue-based live music makes to Victoria - socially, culturally and economically. 

“Music Victoria commends the State Government for recognising the lack of quantitative data which has hampered our sector,” said Patrick Donovan, CEO of Music Victoria, the peak body for contemporary music.

“We are pleased that social and cultural contributions of live music are now supported by genuine economic data. Now we have to look at strategies and solutions to assist the sector in living up to its potential as one of the live music capitals of the world.”

The report revealed that live music in Victoria’s pubs, bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants contributes $501 million to the Victorian economy. Last week’s Live Performance Australia’s Ticket Attendance & Revenue (measuring larger shows) estimated the Victorian contemporary events market was valued at $224 million. By combining LPA’s ticketed events and Deloitte Access Economics’ smaller live gigs, the total figure is around $725 million. 

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Triple R Radiothon 2011: Choose Your Destination

5 Aug 2011

Triple R’s annual Radiothon is only a little over a week away. For 10 days from Friday, August 12th until Sunday, August 21st 2011 Triple R will ask listeners to support the station with an annual subscription.

Triple R is a fully independent, non-profit community radio station which is truly listener-funded, with subscriptions making up more than half of the station’s annual revenue.

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US anti-piracy deal a win for all

3 Aug 2011

Landmark cooperative deal reached in the US between ISPs and content industries to encourage legitimate content consumption. Read the full article at The Australian here.

Write music? Play live? Get paid! APRA Live Performance Returns due 31st August 2011

27 Jul 2011

Live Performance Returns (LPRs) are APRA’s unique system for members to report their live performances. They’re an essential step in receiving royalty payments – they tell APRA what you’ve performed, where you’ve performed, and how often you’ve performed live. 

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FReeZACentral Mixtape CD launch announced

22 Jul 2011On Thursday August 4th, The Push will launch the FReeZACentral 2011 compilation Mixtape at The East Brunswick Club with Jen Cloher, Davey Lane, Angie Hart and more. ... Cloher, Hart and Lane, who are all mentors in this year’s FReeZACentral Mentoring Program, feature on the FReeZACentral Mixtape ... Read More

I Manage My Music - September workshops for self-managed artists

18 Jul 2011

Run by self managed independent artist, Jen Cloher, I Manage My Music is a weekend workshop tailored to the needs of the self-managed artist.  

Music Victoria members get a 10% discount off the course fee . 

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