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The 7th Australian Music Prize (AMP) Ambassadors announced

9 Sep 2011

Now in its seventh year, The Australian Music Prize (The Amp) has established itself as a renowned prize for originality and creativity.

With a judging panel made up of music media, artists and retailers, The Australian Music Prize rewards excellence based on the merits of the album alone – not sales, radio play or media coverage.

 In a new initiative for 2011, we are pleased to introduce The Amp Ambassadors. Five well-known and respected artists across all genres of music will represent The Amp speaking about the prize and its place in the country, the quality of Australian music and issues facing the music industry at this time.

The Amp Ambassadors are GOTYE, HEIDI LENFFER (CLOUD CONTROL), KRAM (SPIDERBAIT), CATHERINE BRITT and PHRASE.

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Be a part of St Kilda Festival 2012

9 Sep 2011

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR MUSICIANS, PERFORMERS, TRADERS & COMMUNITY GROUPS

St Kilda Festival 4th – 12th February 2012

Would you like to perform at one of Australia’s best known festivals? Here’s your chance. Entries for the 2012 St Kilda Festival open on Thursday 1 September 2011.

Whether you are a band or solo musician, a children’s entertainer, community group, stall holder, trader or have an event or activity that you’d like to showcase then now’s the time to apply.

Live N Local: 5-11 February 2012

The Live N Local program will offer a mammoth week of local bands at local venues. The hugely popular program provides a platform for local musicians from all genres to join the week of festivities. In order to be eligible to play in the Live N Local program, at least one of your members must live, work or study in the City of Port Phillip. The 2012 Live N Local program will have more opportunities than ever for community participation with an increased program and all new places to play.

New Music Stage: Festival Sunday, 12 February 2012

Hailed as one of the highlights of St Kilda Festival, the New Music Stage is back again offering the best new emerging talents a chance to play at one of Australia’s best known festivals. Ten bands will be chosen to play on the New Music Stage and the crowd favourite will win $5,000 and other cool things.

 Make sure you get your application in by Friday 30 September 2011.

For more information and to apply go to: stkildafestival.com.au or contact the Festival office on 03 9209 6490 for more information.

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Virgin Australia and AMIN announce breakthrough deal for touring artists

6 Sep 2011

Touring just became a lot easier for touring artists with airline Virgin Australia announcing a new initiative aimed at addressing the ongoing problems musicians face when travelling with musical equipment.

After discussions led by national body The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), Virgin Australia have made an offer exclusively to the music industry that includes a baggage allowance of 32kg (across three pieces of checked baggage) for individual artists – with an additional 32kg able to be purchased in advance for just $15. Bands will also now be able to ‘pool’ their baggage allowance across their travelling group.

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2011 Queenscliff Music Festival

6 Sep 2011

Queenscliff Music Festival have revved up the festival heat even more this summer with a second round announcement of acts to add to the already blistering 2011 line up. The Queenscliff Music Festival takes place over the weekend of 25-26-27 November showcasing the best in past, present and future Australian and world music.

Music Victoria will also be hosting a workshop on Saturday 26th November at the Vue Grand from 10.30am–12.30pm. Some of the biggest names in the music industry, including ABC 774 radio personality Derek Guille, A‘n’R wiz Michael Parisi, Eskimo Joe & Jebediah artist manager Cath Haridy, venue booker Neil Wedd and publicist Karen Conrad join Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan to discuss what it takes to get ahead in the music industry in 2011.

This is a free workshop and is open to the public as well as festival acts and industry.

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Straight To You: triple j’s Tribute to Nick Cave artists:

6 Sep 2011

This November, triple j’s Ausmusic Month will once again pay tribute to one of this country’s (and this state's) musical greats. 

This year triple j pays tribute to the one and only Nick Cave. With a career spanning 35 years, Cave is one of the true greats of music. Starting with Boys Next Door and then The Birthday Party, Cave has gone on to make 14 albums with The Bad Seeds and two more with Grinderman. He has been both incredibly prolific and consistently brilliant. He and his bands have been the most continually played artists on triple j across those three decades. Constant appearances in Hottest 100’s speak volumes of Nick Cave's relevancy to new generations of music fans. 

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triple j Unearthed - new radio station dedicated entirely to independent Australian music

29 Aug 2011

Music Victoria welcomes the newest addition to the triple j family, digital radio station triple j Unearthed, dedicated to new unsigned Australian artists. On Wednesday 5th October 2011, triple j and ABC Radio will launch their second triple j station.  

The Unearthed station will feature 100% new Australian music, playing only unsigned and independent Australian artists. Of the more than 30,000 bands registered on the Unearthed site, over 8,500 are from Victoria. Of those numbers, around 30% are from regional Victoria.

Part of Music Victoria’s strategies for regional Victoria includes helping stimulate the regional touring circuit and providing regional musicians with better opportunities to be heard.

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First artist announcements for Melbourne Music Week 18th - 26th November 2011

29 Aug 2011

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) returns in November 2011 to showcase the very best of the city’s thriving independent music scene.  

MMW is partnering with the local music industry to create a unique event that will feature live performances, DJ sets, films, workshops, conferences and much more. Events will take place right across the city, not only in live music venues, but in city laneways, record shops, cafes, bars and fashion stores. In total MMW will showcase over 130 acts performing at 40 different locations during the course of nine days.

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PBS 106.7FM and Melbourne International Jazz Festival 'Young Elder of Jazz' award

29 Aug 2011

PBS 106.7FM, in association with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, is delighted to announce a brand new initiative promoting innovation and excellence in jazz composition: the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission.

The Commission will award a Victorian Jazz composer/ performer $10,000 for the creation and presentation of a new work to be broadcast on PBS and performed exclusively at the 2012 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF).

Applications are open from Monday 19th September and close at 5pm on Friday 7th October 2011. For full terms and conditions and entry forms, go to the PBS FM website.  

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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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