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CEO Report April 2016 - Creative State Strategy

29 Apr 2016
Dear members and subscribers,

Victoria – the Place to Be. It used to be our (fairly naff) number plate slogan. But it’s pretty clear that Victoria is the place to be if you work in the Creative Industries.

The Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP, launched the state’s first ever creative industries strategy, Creative State last week. It was heartening to hear a minister talking so effusively about the various benefits of creativity and the arts, particularly when other governments are going backwards in this area.

"Creativity and cultural activity enriches our human condition", the Minister said before a set from Victoria’s finest female soul singer Emma Donovan. ‘’It defines who we are. It changes and reshapes our world. It inspires us, helps us build stronger, more cohesive communities. It increasingly drives new jobs and innovation. Creative State' puts creativity at the heart of Victoria's future."

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CEO Report March 2016

31 Mar 2016

Dear members and subscribers,
Thank you to everyone who renewed or became a member for the first time over our recent membership drive.  Congrats to the lucky prize winners who are all listed below.  You will receive your membership packs in the mail over the next week and this monthly newsletter will appear in your inbox at the end of every month. 

Your membership fees don’t just contribute towards state advocacy issues, but national agendas.  Music Vic CEO Patrick Donovan chairs the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), which is a collective of state and territory peak bodies AUS wide. 

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Patrick Donovan's take on Lock Out Laws

24 Feb 2016

There has been a lot of debate recently about the impact of alcohol harm minimisation strategies in Sydney and Queensland.

APRA AMCOS released figures this week revealing an alarming drop in attendees at live music venues in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct, which last year imposed a 1:30am lockout for licensed venues. The report revealed a 32% drop in the value of door charge receipts and a 17% decrease in the value of venue expenditure on live performers. An estimated 15,000 Sydneysiders hit the streets on Sunday to protest the lock-outs and celebrate its diverse culture – nearly six years after Victorians marched for music at Australia's largest cultural protest, the SLAM Rally (Save Live Australia's Music) in Melbourne.

Fearing a similar impact on its live industry from the proposed rollout of similar lock-out laws, Q Music’s Joel Edmondson has bemoaned the lack of the music industry’s voice at the negotiating table and said the crackdown could even threaten the viability of Brisbane’s world-renowned BigSound music conference.
At the same time, Professor Peter Miller, from Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies at Deakin University, has quoted a 50% decline in assaults causing actual bodily harm, and a 20% reduction in sexual assaults in the area over that period.
Clearly the issue is as serious as it is complex. But the delicate balancing act of ensuring the safety of citizens while protecting the United Nations-sanctioned rights for individuals to enjoy cultural diversity can't be solved with a one size fits all approach. Sensible, targeted approaches to the root causes of this violence are needed. After all, governments don't ban cars to reduce road fatalities; they implement targeted strategies.

So what is the answer? And what does this all mean for the world renowned $1billion Victorian live music industry?

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CEO Report January 2016

29 Jan 2016

Dear members and subscribers,

Music Victoria staff have returned from a brief holiday refreshed and raring to go in 2016.
One of our first projects is the Music Works Regional Audit on behalf of Creative Victoria.  We have hit the road around the state and will be interviewing over 70 musicians, venue bookers, managers and agents who are active in regional Victoria throughout February to map the current state of play and determine what factors can encourage more regional activity.  If we don’t get to you for an interview personally, an online survey will be uploaded in the next week or so to capture your invaluable feedback.

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CEO Report December 2015

23 Dec 2015

What an amazing end to the year for Victorian music.

Victorian music shone brightly throughout November. Contemporary music took over Arts Centre Melbourne with exhibitions dedicated to this year’s Hall of Fame inductees with over 1,000 music industry people at the Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) and Face the Music sharing the best ideas to take the music industry forward from 2016 and beyond.

We were thrilled with the reaction to our decision to separate our annual awards and the Hall of Fame components. 1,000 industry and fans converged at 170 Russell for the annual awards which showcased the wonderful diversity of Victorian music in 2015, with performances ranging from the slacker garage of Courtney Barnett, swelling country soul of Marlon Williams, hypnotic rhythms of Ajak Kwai and the soulful guitar histrionics of Harts.

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CEO Report October 2015

30 Oct 2015

Dear members & subscribers,

Music Victoria is gearing up for its biggest month of the year with The Age Music Victoria Awards, Hall of Fame Concert and a bunch of workshops at Face the Music and AWME (The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo).

Be quick, tickets are selling fast for The Age Music Victoria Awards at 170 Russell on Wednesday 11 November, featuring performances by some of the most amazing acts of the year, Marlon Williams, Courtney Barnett Harts + more. Voting is still open for the public awards, so make sure you cast your votes.

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CEO Report September 2015

24 Sep 2015

Dear members + subscribers,

We’ve just returned from BIGSOUND in Brisbane. By day, we hit up the conference, and by night, we split our love across the entire spectrum of amazing live talent. There is a truckload of talent pouring out of Australia right now and we were proud to see so many artists from our own state represented. Some of our highlights were Pearls, Harts, Crepes, friendships, Dorsal Fins, Fraser A. Gorman and Mojo Juju.
One of the biggest themes of the conference however, was adressing the barriers women face in the music industry. A strong presence of the #noton campaign and topical panels encouraged delegates to face issues and address questions that may not previously have been spoken of so transparently.
Back in April we conducted a survey with more than 300 women to learn about the role gender plays in employment and career development experiences. Thank you to our many members and subscribers for sharing this information. Today we release our Women in the Victorian Contemporary Music Industry report and details of our Women’s Music Industry Advisory Panel, which includes key female representatives to tackle some of these important issues.

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CEO Report August 2015

27 Aug 2015

You know winter’s almost over, not just because of the blossoming flowers, but when festival season starts firing up with announcements.

The season kicks off in Victoria with our massive music month of November, when Face the Music,AWMEMelbourne Music Week and The Age Music Victoria Awards all promote the best Victorian music. All details below.

There's still a few tickets remaining for The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame Concert. Be sure to pick up The Age tomorrow for another exciting announcement. Meanwhile, we're working on a killer line-up for this year's The Age Music Victoria Awards at 170 Russell, which will be announced soon.

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CEO Report July 2015

30 Jul 2015

G’day subscribers,

Some music scenes die over winter, however Victoria just keeps thriving.
The third Leaps & Bounds Music Festival is a wrap, it was so good to see packed City of Yarra venues and street parties showcasing our diverse music scene.
The Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley launched the new Music Works grants at our Grant Panel at Fitzroy Town Hall; Sounds Australia, local artists and managers gave tips for touring overseas at our Export Panel; and over a dozen local venues participated in our annual Venue Day, where City of Yarra announced another $25,000 in venue grants.
Huge thanks to the hard working team – programmers Mary Mihelakos and Justin Rudge, Belinda Collins and The Social Crew, publicist Karen Conrad and George Hyde, Leigh Treweek and The Music, the team at PBS 106.7FM and the City of Yarra for their incredible support and for putting on another great festival.
We were invited along to the launch of the David Bowie Is exhibition at ACMI as part of the Winter masterpieces exhibition.  It was awesome to be in the company of so many people celebrating music and local bands paying tribute to the Thin White Duke.

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CEO report June 2015

25 Jun 2015

Dear members and subscribers,
We had great pleasure in announcing this year’s inductees into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Famelast week with a press conference and lunch at the Palais Theatre. Inductees AC/DCBill ArmstrongJohn FarnhamOlivia Newton-John, Palais Theatre, Archie RoachStan RofeThe SeekersSunbury Festivaland The Thunderbirds shared stories of how they helped create Victoria’s world class music scene. One thing’s for sure: they didn’t have plans for world domination – they just had the passion and worked it out as they went. As Music Victoria Chairman Ashley Admiraal said: we are all standing on the shoulders of giants thanks to their ground breaking work.
You can share in this one-off celebration of the story of Victorian music at the Palais Theatre on November 20, with John Farnham and band (in a 30 minute set), Archie Roach, Kate Ceberano, Brian Cadd, Normie Rowe, Colleen Hewett, Vika Bull, Angie Hart, Mark Seymour and more performing songs to celebrate our inductees.
Zan Rowe spoke about the awards on the ABC news, you can watch her video summary here.
All event info here.

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CEO report May 2015

2 Jun 2015

G’day members and subscribers,

May was a hectic month. Not only did Music Victoria move to our new digs in South Melbourne but we also expanded the team. I write in Paddy's absence as the new Operations / Program Manager. I'm looking forward to bringing my skills and personality to the team and, you may all soon witness the fitness as I debut as Captain of the mighty Rockdogs in the Annual Community Cup in June.  Enough about me, here's what's been happening.  

Victorian music has been flying the flag overseas, with over a dozen Victorian bands representing includingTwerpsSun God Replica and Flyying Colours blowing away audiences at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, the UK Aussie BBQ in London, The Great Escape in Brighton, and the Liverpool Sound conference, to the Pierce Brothers and HOWQUA signing international agency deals after impressive performances at Canadian Music Week.

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CEO report April 2015

30 Apr 2015

G’day members and subscribers,

Thanks to everyone who signed up or renewed during our recent membership drive, in particular our 2015 ambassadors and congratulations to the winners of our drive prize packs.
We were thrilled with the response to Daybreak Films’ Membership Drive video reels promoting membership this year, as well as the travel deal we negotiated on your behalf with our buddies at Travel Beyond.

We are thrilled that Virgin Australia is now enhancing the deal to include a wider selection of discounted Virgin Australia flights and greater flexibility around changes to flight bookings. Check our website for more details, and make sure you register with the Travel Beyond Portal on the Music Victoria website to save thousands on tours.
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