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Music Victoria raises almost $50k for Support Act

4 Jul 2016

Support Act would like to pay tribute to Music Victoria for raising almost $50k for the charity during the past 10 years.

Since 2006 Patrick Donovan, firstly during his career at The Age as its chief music writer, and latterly as the CEO of Music Victoria, has constantly championed Support Act and the crisis relief service it provides for music professionals. Patrick and the organisations he has led have been responsible for generating donationsevery year through their flagship event The Age EG Awards, now known as The Age Music Victoria Awards, the most recent of which took place in November 2015.


4 Jul 2016


Apply for funding through the ?Good Music Neighbours? live music venue sound proofing program from today until next Wednesday 13 July.

See all the info here:

CEO Report - June 2016

30 Jun 2016

Dear members and subscribers,

Over the last 12 months there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes building a case for more support for contemporary music from the Federal Government.
The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN, chaired by MV's CEO Patrick Donovan) released a statement calling on the parties to create a new $5 million Contemporary Music Fund. This Fund would support:

  • increased export opportunities for artist;
  • audience development;
  • education programs that encourage greater involvement in both live and recorded music;
  • regional touring; and
  • and the funding of Music Australia and AMIN to continue their work for the industry.
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AMIN urges political parties to endorse its proposal for a $5 million Contemporary Music Fund.

30 Jun 2016

AMIN urges political parties to endorse its proposal for a $5 million Contemporary Music Fund.  The contemporary music sector in Australia is big business.  It contributes up to $6 billion in revenue to the Australian economy every year and creates close to 65,000 jobs (source: Music Australia).  Recent national research proves that for every $1 million spent on live music, $3 million is returned back into the broader community (source: Live Music Office), and nine new jobs are generated (source WAM/ECU 2016).

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The Seed Fund Applications NOW OPEN

21 Jun 2016

The Seed Fund is now open for Australian emerging managers including self-managed artists. Apply now!

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 1st August 2016.


20 Jun 2016

The PPCA and the Australia Council for the Arts today announced the recipients of six grants totalling $75,000 offered under a joint initiative between the two organisations. The partnership offers assistance to Australian artists to create new sound recordings, and we are super proud of the Victorian recipients - jazz extraordinaire and composer and ARIAwinner Barney McAll and Sean Congues with Northeast Party House. We can't wait to hear their new sonic creations! Congrats to all the recipients!

Read more here.

Reclink Australia needs YOU!

20 Jun 2016

Reclink Australia needs YOU! The time has come again to pull on the volunteer t-shirts (preferably with a warm undershirt) for the 2016Melbourne Reclink Community Cup, which takes place on Sunday 26 June at Elsternwick Park.

Reclink is particularly keen to sign up more volunteers with current Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificates, but of course, they would LOVE as many vollies as possible!

The link to sign up is below:

Please feel free to drag your friends and family along for the ride; remember, volunteers get a limited edition event t shirt, free lunch on the day, and a warm, fuzzy feeling of community spirit to go with it.

We should also mention the bands this year are amazing (Rhys Muldoonwith Kram from SpiderbaitThe SugarcanesLoose ToothTotal Giovanniand Regurgitator) and there is a VERY special surprise guest to be revealed closer to the Cup. You will not want to miss this one...

Results from APRA AMCOS Survey

17 Jun 2016

In the lead up to the ?federal election?, our friends at APRA AMCOS have asked how much we love Australian music. No surprise that 98% of those surveyed agreed that the federal government should invest in local music, however a 72% of those surveyed confirmed that a commitment to a significant investment in Australian music would influence their vote in the federal election.

Check out the results here:

APRA AMCOS Live Performance Return Workshops

16 Jun 2016

Played a gig in the last 12 months? APRA AMCOS member?
Make sure you fill out your Live Performance Returns $$$!

Not sure how? Attend this workshop at The Tote Hotel on 5 July.

Kate Ceberano AM honoured in Queens Birthday Honours List

15 Jun 2016

Huge congrats to Kate Ceberano who received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for “significant service to the performing arts, particularly music, as a singer, songwriter and entertainer, and to charitable organisations.”

"Ceberano, who has sold 1.5 million units in this country, was the first woman inducted into the Australian Songwriters Hall Of Fame, Artistic Director for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival for three years, and Ambassador for National Breast Cancer Foundation. The 49-year-old is currently celebrating 35 years in the music industry with the release of the Anthology album."

Read more here.

Label of Love series at Shadow Electric proves Melbourne has a bustling record label scene.

14 Jun 2016

Congrats to Steve Cross, Shadow Electric booker Sarah Guppy and all of the bands and staff at Remote Control Records and Flightless who put on one hell of a showcase of Victorian bands on the weekend as part of the Label of Love series.

The line-up showcased the diversity of Victoria’s music scene with standout performances from Lost AnimalBanoffeeTeeth & Tongue and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

There are other label showcases lined up for the month from some of ourbest independent labels Aarght Records, Cool Death, Farmer & The OwlBEDROOM SUCKDeaf Ambitions & Spunk RecordsUntzz Rec. and Temporal Cast.

The label is alive and well in Victoria.

Read the review on Beat Magazine here.

The National Drug Research Institute are running a research survey on drug use at festivals

10 Jun 2016

The National Drug Research Institute are running this anonymous research survey. The findings from this project will be used to help develop recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of future drug-related harm at these events.

If you take the time to complete the survey you could win a $500 JB Hi Fi Voucher.

Check it out here.


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