The 2017 American Music Prize finalists include Whitney, Son Little and Margaret Glaspy in its sophomore year

Twelve finalists for the second annual American Music Prize (AMP) for “Best Debut Album” have recently been unveiled. Founded in 2016 by Scott Murphy, the pioneer of the coveted  Australian Music Prize, the AMP’s “Best Debut Album” award aims to celebrate the album format of music delivery, and discover, reward and promote brand new artists. Last year’s inaugural AMP “Best Debut Album” award was…

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Roger Shepherd, Adalita, NGAIIRE and more join the Rock & Roll Writers Festival in April

The 2017 Rock & Roll Writers Festival has unveiled its complete line up following the event’s special launch event in Melbourne overnight, with a final batch of speakers announced, as well as some great developments for the festival in this, its second year. Concentrated on exploring the relationship between writing and music, the RRWF will be held…

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Indie Week 2017 opens up expressions of interest

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), Sounds Australia, and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited (PPCA) are teaming up once again to lead a group of ten Australian independent record label representatives to Indie Week 2017, held in New York from 5-9 June. Tailored towards independent record labels and service providers, Indie Week is an invite-only conference organised by the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), focusing on the…

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Music Victoria targeting independent promoters and live music venues with new mentorship program

Late last week, Music Victoria announced the launch of Live Music Professionals, the organisation’s brand new 100% free mentorship program targeted towards independent promoters and live music venues within the Victorian region. Focused on helping create a strong and sustainable live music economy in Victoria, the new program will match a total of 20 successful applicants with some of the state’s most…

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First lineup of Primavera Pro 2017 conference speakers includes Australia’s Vanessa Picken

Tailored towards music industry professionals and independent artists from all over the world, the eighth annual Primavera Pro conference will be returning to the city of Barcelona from 31 May – 4 June 2017. Held at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the 2017 conference is set to revolve around the themes of originality as a creative motor, the challenges of artistic independence,…

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James Power and Jesse Barbera launch new full service booking agency, Social State Entertainment

Australian music industry veterans James Power and Jesse Barbera, have announced the launch of Social State Entertainment, a new full service national venue booking agency that will provide a time efficient and high quality booking service, tailored to each individual performance venue’s unique identity and brand. According to James Power, whose music industry experience includes everything from…

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2017 Leaps and Bounds Music Festival dates and new creative team

This year, the fifth annual Leaps and Bounds Music Festival will be held from 13-23 July. Commissioned by the Yarra City Council, the winter music festival aims to support local live music venues, musicians, and small businesses throughout the relatively quiet winter period. The 2017 Leaps and Bounds Music Festival will feature around 900 different musical acts from a wide range of genres, performing…

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Keep Sydney Open announces new rally date for February

Last Friday, the Police Commissioner of NSW filed a last-minute lawsuit against Keep Sydney Open, resulting in the Supreme Court issuing a prohibition order against the organisation’s application for a night rally, scheduled for Saturday, January 21st. However, organisers refuse to give up, with Keep Sydney Open announcing their third rally against Sydney’s controversial lockout laws on 18 February 2017….

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Watch Thundamentals, Urthboy, Coda Conduct, Birdz & more collab on “Change the Date”

As January 26th approaches, the conversation surrounding changing the date of ‘Australia Day’ has become even more heated and indeed crucial than ever. Recently, NITV and SBS, in conjunction with a line up of noted Australian hip hop artists, came together to explore different perspectives and opinions of the national holiday, culminating in a one-of-a-kind collaboration, entitled…

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Australian musicians and authors team up to defend their creative rights

Indie musicians Montaigne, Taka Perry, and Sam Margin (The Rubens) have teamed up with best-selling Australian authors Matthew Reilly, Jackie French, Anna Funder, and Alice Pung to feature in the latest series of videos in the “This Book/Song Changed My Life” social media campaign. Created by Copyright Agency and APRA AMCOS, the new  campaign highlights the possible negatives of the recently proposed changes to Australian copyright law,…

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Flume and A.B. Original lead the APRA’s Song of The Year Top 20 list

APRA AMCOS have released their shortlist for the 2017 APRA Song of the Year, with 20 Aussie songwriters making it to the final round, as voted by APRA AMCOS songwriter and publisher members. Newcomers Amy Shark, Julia Jacklin, Tash Sultana and D.D Dumbo enter the shortlist for the first time, while A.B. Original and Flume lead the Top 20 charge with two nominated songs featuring…

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