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. Read More
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.Read More
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, 7.00pmRead More
WHERE: Prince of Wales Bandroom, Fitzroy St, St Kilda
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.Read More
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! Read More
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. Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
26 Nov 2010
Melbourne’s music community has joined ranks to raise funds for local muso Dimitra Bucolo, who has been hospitalised due to complications from lupus.
Dimitra has been performing since 1996 in various bands and solo projects (Scratchplate, Aux Assembly, Archaic Forms, Silence is Golden) in Australia and internationally, and is in need of significant financial help with her urgent medical and rehabilitation costs.
A gigantic benefit gig, dubbed Dimitron: A Benefit for Dimitra, is coming up at The Corner next Wednesday 1st December featuring The Drones, Zond, Hoss, Love of Diagrams, The Stabs, Kes Trio, New War, Matt Bailey and Breathing Shrine, plus Eddy Current & Twerps DJs. Read More
26 Nov 2010
The legendary Steve Lucas from Melbourne band X needs help with expenses for an extensive back operation.
In true rock & roll style, earlier this year against doctors orders, Steve Lucas ( frontman / guitarist, X /Bigger Than Jesus ), took Australia’s legendary primal act X on an American tour. Doing so in great fashion, playing to sell out halls up and down the west coast. Now he is in need of medical treatment for back injuries accentuated due to the tour.
Thursday 2nd December, The Gershwin room @ The Espy Hotel, St Kilda.Read More
18 Nov 2010
The Australia Council is running a series of funding forums in regional Victoria with information on their arts funding programs and how to increase the chances of having a successful application.
The forums are free and aimed at all current and aspiring artists and arts organisations interested to learn about what the Australia Council offers. The events are staged in partnership with the state arts agencies, which will provide information about their own funding opportunities. Read More