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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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Indie Music Week – call for expressions of interest from Australian independent labels

19 Jan 2015

Sounds Australia, AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association), and PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) are seeking expressions of interest from Australian independent labels to take part in an Australian delegation to A2IM's (American Association of Independent Music) Indie Week in New York City in June 2015.

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Music Victoria’s Patrick Donovan to Chair AMIN

12 Jan 2015

The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan, as its new Chair, after the resignation of QMusic’s Denise Foley, following her departure from that role in late 2014.

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Music Victoria office closed for the holiday break.

23 Dec 2014

The Music Victoria office will be closed for the Summer holiday break from Wednesday 24th December until Monday 19th January.

Thank you to our members and supporters for keeping us going for another year, and thank you to our dynamic board members, Victorian Music Council members, education committee members, student committee members and all our great volunteers for a productive 2014.

2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards now calling for nominations

23 Dec 2014

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards. Celebrating its 13th year in 2015, the Jazz Bell Awards are the only jazz-specific awards in Australia to acknowledge excellence in performance, creativity and presentation. They honour the exceptional talent of the Australian jazz community and are widely recognised as the Australian jazz industry’s most respected and highly anticipated awards.

Nominations will close on Wednesday 11th February for the 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards. Nomination form and guidelines can be downloaded from www.bellawards.org

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APRA AMCOS announces national and state songwriting postcode rankings

23 Dec 2014

APRA AMCOS has released its national rankings of the top Australian songwriting postcodes, showing that Melbourne’s inner North is the national songwriting hotspot with five of the top ten spots.

Music Victoria's current home suburb of Brunswick ranks #1 overall, and tops the list in Alternative, Blues & Roots, Classical, Folk, and Pop/Rock. Interestingly, Northcote takes top Country spot ahead of Tamworth. St Kilda has fallen from fourth place to tenth over the last decade, and West Footscray showed the strongest national growth of the top 50 postcodes. Ballarat comes in at a respectable third in the regional rankings.

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Hilltop Hoods $10,000 grant for emerging artists launches

23 Dec 2014

Hilltop Hoods and APRA AMCOS are teaming up again to give one emerging Australian hip hop/soul artist or group $10,000. The initiative will help fund the costs associated with the manufacture, marketing and release of an album.

The initiative is open to artists around Australia who haven’t previously released an album professionally and who are members of APRA AMCOS. Entries will be judged by a panel of influential Australian hip hop figures.

Applications open Tuesday 20th January 2015; keep your eye on the APRA AMCOS website for more information including how to apply in the New Year.

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Expression of Interest: Creative Producer - Sunday Lounge Music Program

22 Dec 2014

The City of Melbourne is inviting expressions of interest from individuals who will work closely with Community Animators and musicians in producing an exciting music offering at City of Melbourne’s newest library and community hub, Library at The Dock.

This expression of interest is open from Friday 19th December until Wednesday 7th Friday 23rd January 2015.
Please send expression of interests to: Kimberley.pierzchalski@melbourne.vic.gov.au

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CEO report December 2014

18 Dec 2014

It’s been quite a year.

Finally getting the Agent of Change Principle over the line, and Daddy Cool agreeing to be inducted into The Age Music Victoria Awards were highlights. Throw in deregulation of all ages gigs; the release of the first ever Regional Live Music Census and Action Plan; working with five regional councils on their first ever music strategies; a statewide building code exemption for small and medium sized venues; more than a dozen great professional development workshops; and another cracking The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards; and we have a lot to celebrate in 2014 on behalf of the Victoria music industry.

I would like to thank our hard working staff Bek Duke, Belinda Collins, Laurie Wearne, and Laura Faulkner for their hard work this year, as well as our dynamic board members, Victorian Music Council members, education committee members, student committee members and all our great volunteers.

And now we are in for a golden era for contemporary music.

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Music: Count Us In schools songwriting competition

16 Dec 2014

Music Count Us In is Australia’s biggest school initiative, with more than 500,000 participating students from over 2,100 schools nationwide. Every year, more and more students enter the Music: Count Us In Songwriting Competition in the hope of being chosen to collaborate with a well-known Australian musician and co-write the song that stops the nation. The 2015 competition is now open, with entries closing on 20th February 2015. Teachers can download the Songwriting Brief and circulate it among their students so that they can get to work on their entries over the Summer break!

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Support Act Christmas Appeal

9 Dec 2014

This time of year can be tough for people in crisis, and musicians’ charity Support Act wants to do a bit more to help. Make a donation towards the Support Act Christmas appeal. The organisation plans to give every music professional who has used Support Act's services a supermarket gift card which can be used to buy food, essentials, and maybe a present or two for the kids. They are aiming to raise enough money to provide a $50 gift card for individuals and a $100 gift card for families. The deadline for the Christmas appeal is 23rd December.

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City of Yarra Live Music Venues Grants update

3 Dec 2014

Got a music venue in the City of Yarra? Yarra Council has a new grants program designed to support Live Music Venues in the City. So far Council has provided funding for soundproofing to two well-known and much loved local music venues, Some Velvet Morning & The Old Bar.

This Live Music Venues Grants Program is still open and funds are still available. The City of Yarra encourages music industry professionals and venue owners to have a look at the Guidelines and share them around. Apply now! yarracityarts.com.au/2014/11/20/live-music-venues-grants-update/

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