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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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CEO report March 2015

23 Mar 2015

G’day members and subscribers,

Welcome to another membership drive!

We are really proud of what we have achieved over the last 12 months. There was pushing the Agent of Change legislation and red tape cuts through, successfully advocating for state political parties to endorse our Position Paper ahead of the election, 25 workshops, and two fantastic awards nights celebrating our diverse music scene.

So if you have been a member this past year, thank you, your fees helped us achieve these results. If you are a subscriber, there’s been no better time to join Music Victoria.
We have some amazing new discounts on offer for members, including a $30 Uber credit for first rides for all Music Victoria members signed and paid up by April 2.

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CEO report February 2015

26 Feb 2015

Hi Folks,
March is one of the busiest months for us, with three professional development workshops in Geelong, Airey’s Inlet and Oakleigh (see details below), before our membership drive kicks off on March 23. We have been working hard on some great new discounts for touring bands to offer you even more value for your membership fees ($33 for individuals, $66 for bands) so keep an eye out on our website for new offers over the next month.
We have also had some of our favourite musicians come to Yarraville Kindred Studios to participate in a cool short video promoting Victorian music and telling fellow musicians why they should join up. Keep an eye out on the website and our socials.
We are very excited about celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Age Music Victoria Awards this year. We will be holding two events this year: the Age Music Victoria Awards 2015, presented by Triple R and PBS at 170 Russell in late November, will celebrate both the Genre and Public Awards for the year. And we will be holding a one off tenth anniversary Hall of Fame induction show at another venue in mid-November, with a big announcement to be made in late April. Stay tuned.

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CEO report January 2015

29 Jan 2015

We’ve got a spring in our step as we enter a new year under a new Government which has dedicated almost $40million to contemporary music. While the detail is currently being worked out, and it won’t be rolled out until the second half of the year, the broad categories are outlined in the Creative Victoria Minister Martin Foley’s letter to Music Victoria.  

There’s going to be unprecedented financial support for musicians, labels, community radio, non-for-profits, export programs and tourism programs, so start thinking about building your case so you are ready to apply for grants once the funding is approved at the May State Budget.

Congratulations to the Victorian acts that made the Australian Music Prize shortlist and triple j Hottest 100 lists this month. Seven of the nine albums shortlisted for the 10th Coopers AMP Australian album of the year hail from Victoria. Chet Faker capped a stellar year by also taking out the top spot of the triple j Hottest 100. 12 Victorian artists made it to the list, with 20 entries between them. Remi also leads the 6th Rolling StoneAustralia Awards with four nominations.

It’s going to be a big year. With Music Victoria’s four year strategic plan set to expire shortly, the board of directors will be gathering in two weeks’ time to draft a new strategic plan that will act as a roadmap for Music Victoria for the next few years.

You’ll be hearing more from us during our annual Membership Drive from 23rd March to 2nd April, and we are excited to once again be involved with the Leaps & Bounds Music Festival in the City of Yarra from 3rd to 19th July. We are also currently in discussions about celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Age Music Victoria Awards in November.

We look forward to working with and representing you in 2015

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