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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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Dimitron: A Benefit for Dimitra

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

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Lucas Aid - A Benefit for Steve Lucas

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.

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Australia Council Arts Funding Forums for Bendigo and Mildura

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. 

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2011 APRA Professional Development Awards - now open for applications.

14 Nov 2010

The 2011 APRA Professional Development Awards (PDAs) will change the life of eight emerging Australian songwriters and composers. Each winner will receive a prize package valued at over $25,000 – made up of cash, products, travel, education and recognition.

The Professional Development Awards are presented every two years by APRA in conjunction with music organisations and institutions involved in the representation or education of Australian music creators.

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Fourth & final round of speakers announced for the Face The Music Conference 2010.

11 Nov 2010

The 2010 Face The Music Conference is on this weekend and the full program is available to download. In the meantime, another 17 speakers have been added to the program. 

Over 75 high profile international, national and local artists and music industry experts will be sharing their knowledge and experience with the music community at Melbourne’s annual industry conference; providing both a platform for both professional development and networking, as well as nurturing creative ideas and expertise. 

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