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Independent Record Store Day this Saturday 16th April

14 Apr 2011

The original idea for Record Store Day was founded in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.

Now a global celebration, this is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances.

Independent stores support local music, so support your local independent record store! Head along to your local store on Saturday 16th April and spend up.

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'Musicians & Money' survey

8 Apr 2011

Jody Galvin is passionate Melbourne musician & band booker at The Penny Black Hotel (as well as a Music Victoria member), who has previously worked as a loans officer on a No-Interest Loan Scheme within the community sector. She now plans to take this model and develop a similar loans scheme for Victorian musicians. 

Contemporary musicians have limited opportunities and access to funding to sustain their projects and music careers. Jody aims to use the data collected from this survey to determine the support for a no-interest loan program. 

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Melbourne community radio stations to make digital debut

4 Apr 2011  ... Nine Melbourne community radio stations will make their digital radio network debut on Thursday April 14 when for the first time all nine stations will simultaneously broadcast side-­by-side live from Federation Square to commemorate this historic occasion. The nine Melbourne ... Read More

AMIN releases free legal resource for artists and industry

29 Mar 2011

Australian artists are being given a hand to navigate the legal complexities of the music industry thanks to a valuable free resource released this week by national industry body, the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN).

AMIN’s new Music Industry Legal Pack features a collection of fact sheets and checklists aimed at equipping local artists and industry with some of the basic legal knowledge they need to deal with an increasingly complex industry.

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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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