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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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Music Victoria news January 2011

5 Feb 2011

Grinderman tearing up the stage at the Melbourne leg of the Big Day Out was a sight to behold. Having earlier on the night witnessed the timeless Godfather of Punk Rock, Iggy Pop, teach most of the acts on the bill a lesson in showmanship and endurance, it was hard not to feel patriotic pride seeing how far our own Warracknabeal-born punk hero Nick Cave and his Ballarat-bred sidekick Warren Ellis have come. 

It was a timely reminder of how important it is to nurture our country and regional music scenes. Because last Thursday, we co-ordinated a gathering of Western Victoria music industry people in Geelong and the message came through loud and clear: the west needs some love. 

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Music Victoria presents a free music workshop at St Kilda Festival

4 Feb 2011

For the first time, St Kilda Festival welcomes Music Victoria to the program. Music Victoria will be hosting a free information workshop next Tuesday 8th February as part of the 2011 St Kilda Festival. If you’re an emerging artist and wondering exactly what Music Victoria is about, now is the time to get friendly!

Music Victoria’s CEO, Patrick Donovan, will be joined by singer-songwriter Jen Cloher; accomplished band booker and manager Neil Wedd; and publicist Karen Conrad who has worked with legendary Australian acts such as Jimmy Little, Mental As Anything and Dave Graney to name a few.

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The 6th Australian Music Prize announces shortlist

4 Feb 2011

The 6th Australian Music Prize (The Amp) continues to reward excellence in home grown talent with the announcement of the shortlist. Nine standout artists have been chosen by a judging panel of media, artists and retail staff to vie for the title.

In the running for the $30,000 prize money courtesy of principal partner PPCA, the following shortlisted artists have produced albums of such high quality they deserve national and international recognition.

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Finalists announced for the 2011 APRA Professional Development Awards

1 Feb 2011

On March 14th, 2011, a new crop of eight up-and-coming Australian songwriters will get a huge leg-up courtesy of the APRA Professional Development Awards. The APRA Professional Development Awards are presented every two years in conjunction with music organisations and institutions involved in the representation or education of Australian music creators.

For the 2011 event, a record number of submissions were received by emerging Australian songwriters and composers who are in the early stages of their career. Now APRA and its partner organizations are proud to present an impressive finalist list of almost 250 Australian songwriters from across the country.

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Push Songs launch & Songwriting Workshop with Mark Lang

31 Jan 2011

Attention Victorian Songwriters of all ages!

You’re invited to attend the 2011 Push Songs Launch on February 8 at APRA’s offices in Richmond. Come along to hear a free songwriting presentation from Skipping Girl Vinegar’s Mark Lang. Making and Breaking Your Own Mould will discuss ideas for stamping out your own sound, and harder still, how do you find the potential to evolve and grow as an artist? In the process, Mark will talk about writing and recording Skipping Girl Vinegar’s new album, and applying it to your own process as an artist.

Please RSVP for the free Push Songs Launch / Songwriting Workshop with Mark Lang by February 3rd via email

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2011 Australia Day honours

31 Jan 2011

The 2011 Australia Day Honours list recognises fifteen Australians for their services to music.

Music Victoria offers congratulations to the following Victorian recipients:


Mr Peter Kenneth Burch BM (Vic)

For service to the performing arts, particularly chamber music as an administrator, a teacher, and through support for emerging musicians.

Ms Paola Kavisha Mazzella (Vic)

For service to the performing arts as a singer and songwriter, and to the community, through the development of musical projects promoting awareness of multicultural, refugee and Indigenous experiences.

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Brunswick Music Festival 16th-27th March

19 Jan 2011

Now in its 23rd year, the 2011 Brunswick Music Festival program is now live on the festival website.

Held from the 16th – 27th of March, the festival presents local, national and international performers across venues in the City of Moreland, as well as many free events including the all-ages, all-genres Sydney Road Street Party held the week before the festival on Sunday 6th March with music on multiple street stages.

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Vale Steve Prestwich and Harvey James

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. 

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Share the Spirit Festival 2011

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.

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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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