The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards 2014 – winners announced!

17 October 2014

The winners of The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards for 2014 were announced last night at an industry event at The Age Media House.

Victoria’s diverse contemporary music scene was represented and duly celebrated with the presentation of 11 genre-based awards, plus live performances by Wagons and TEK TEK Ensemble.

“Not many states in the world have such a depth of talent in so many different genres to even justify a Genre Awards”, said Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan. “These bands are the best of the best, and you can see them play at your local venue seven nights a week.”

“Awards play an important role by recognising artistic achievements and giving a leg up to the most deserving acts, while acting as a filter for fans seeking out the best new music.”

The Age Shortlist Editor, Martin Boulton, said, “Too Much Water in the Boat by Charles Jenkins is an album I've been enjoying all year, it represents all those things that make the local music scene so exciting and, like our other genre award winners, deserves to be celebrated. Congratulations to all our winners and nominees.” 

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Nominees announced for the public-voted The Age Music Victoria Awards 2014

17 October 2014

The nominees for the publicly-voted The Age Music Victoria Awards 2014 were announced last night at an industry event at The Age Media House.

The announcement of the nominees for the publicly voted The Age Music Victoria Awards came after the presentation of the 11 specialist genre awards. The winners of the public-voted categories will be announced along with the induction of Daddy Cool and the late music journalist Ed Nimmervoll to the Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame at a sold-out event at 170 Russell on Wednesday 19th November.

Dave Houchin, Triple R Station Manager and presenting partner of The Age Music Victoria Awards 2014 said, “3RRR 102.7FM is very proud to be presenting The Age Music Victoria Awards once again in 2014. The event falling within the timing of Melbourne Music Week and Daddy Cool's induction into the hall of fame will create a fitting occasion to proudly celebrate Victoria's diverse music culture.”

Voting for the public awards is now open online at until Friday 14th November.

In recognition of all the artists’ contribution to Victorian music, all winners in the public Awards will receive a 10 hour recording package at Bakehouse Studios.

The Age Music Victoria Awards are the largest publicly voted awards in Australia with an average of 80,000 votes, and the awards continue their long association with the musicians’ charity Support Act Limited, donating $5 from each ticket to the organisation.  

Vote now for your favourite Victorian artists, songs, festivals, and venues!  

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The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards finalists announced for 2014

7 October 2014

The second annual Age Music Victoria Genre Awards finalists were announced earlier this morning by Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan, on The Breakfast Spread radio show with presenting partner PBS.

Specially selected expert panels deliberated over the best music from 1st October 2013 to 30th September 2014 across genres, from jazz to hip hop, global and heavy, and agreed on the top five releases and acts, which can now be revealed.

This year's nominees cover all genres from jazz to electronic to best experimental avant-garde and nominees include hip hop artists Briggs, Geko, L-Fresh the Lion, Remi and Tornts along with Victoria's best country acts Eaten By Dogs, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, T-Bones, Tracy McNeil and Wagons.

“Last year's Age Music Victoria Genre Awards highlighted the wonderful breadth of musical talent in Melbourne and throughout our regional areas. It's fantastic these names are being held up as the best in their field," said Martin Boulton, Editor of the Shortlist at The Age. 

Victoria’s diverse contemporary music scene will be celebrated with the presentation and announcement of 11 genre based awards on Thursday 16th October at an invitation only event.  This is also the 9th year for The Age Music Victoria Awards publicly voted awards and those nominees will be announced at the Genre Awards. Voting will open to the public online at on Friday 17th October and there will also be a rare opportunity to win a few double passes via The Age to the now sold-out public awards night on Wednesday 19th November at 170 Russell Street, Melbourne CBD.

In recognition of the artists’ contribution to Victorian music, all nominees in the Genre Awards will receive a free rehearsal/pre-production package at Bakehouse Studios. Winners in each category will also receive a 10 hour recording package along with this very special prize.

“Victoria is a melting pot of musical styles. The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards were established in 2014 with expert peer voting panels to recognise the most outstanding practitioners in each genre. Congratulations to all the nominees – we look forward to seeing the winners crowned on the 16th of October,” said Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan.

Adrian Basso, PBS General Manager said “PBS106.7FM is once again delighted to be involved in The Age Music Victoria Awards, celebrating Victoria’s rich music culture. Since 1979, PBS has been an intrinsic part of the local music community, broadcasting and supporting all styles of music not heard elsewhere. Full credit to Music Victoria and The Age for committing itself to this initiative, which we are proud to be part of.”

Congratulations to all the nominess! See you all at the 2014 The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards!

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CEO report September / October 2014

7 October 2014

There’s been a bit happening recently in the Music Victoria camp.

Music Victoria has posted a Victorian State Election Report Card to assess and compare the various parties’ commitments and support for contemporary music over the last four years. We will list their commitments to the sector for the next four years as they release them over the next 10 weeks, so watch this space. The aim of this is to assist Victorians in making an informed choice at the 29th November state election. We encourage all music fans to keep checking in on the report card which we will update as policies are released.

News of Victoria’s Agent of Change planning reform for live music venues has now spread to the UK, with local UK music groups using the reform framework to lobby their own government. They say “Agent of Change is so obvious and common sense that most people are amazed it isn't already part of UK law. In Australia it's already being adopted, and the outcome is improved planning; venues working alongside their communities to manage their noise when it changes, developers making better residences that are fit for purpose”. Read their petition here (with over 27,000 signatures so far).

The good management of music noise is a key interest for Music Victoria and the music industry, and we welcome the current review of the State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) - SEPP N-2 via the EPA (Environment Protection Authority).  Comments are open from the public until 15th October. Have your say – more info at the EPA site.  

One of Music Victoria's key objectives is to support development of Victoria’s regional music scene to improve economic and social outcomes in the regions. We’ve developed and published a Regional Live Music Action Plan – have a read of it here.

We have also just announced the nominees for the 2014 The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards. View the excellent nominees here. Winners are announced on Thursday 16th October. Stay tuned on details of how to vote in the public awards, too.

Hope to see you all at our Annual General Meeting on 30th October. Come meet the staff and Board of Music Victoria, as well as your fellow members. Make sure your membership is paid up by 13th October if you want to vote for the Board member elections at the AGM. 

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EPA review of State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) – SEPP N2

1 October 2014

The good management of music noise is a key interest for Music Victoria and the music industry, and we welcome the current review of the State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) - SEPP N-2 via the EPA (Environment Protection Authority).  

Since the introduction of SEPP N-2 twenty five years ago, the urban fabric of Victoria and Melbourne in particular has changed with high levels of urban consolidation, much higher density residential living, mixed uses, the deregulation of liquor licensing, and the resultant encroachment of sensitive land uses in and around music premises.

The development of SEPP N2 was predicated largely on the basis that separation of uses could be the principal means of managing noise and protecting amenity. This is no longer tenable. While the planning system has undergone an almost continuous process of review and reform, both shaping and responding to changes in the urban landscape, SEPP N2 has effectively remained static. Its review is long overdue. Accordingly, Music Victoria welcomes the review of SEPP N-2. 

The current SEPP does not acknowledge the significant cultural and economic value of music and entertainment to the Victorian community, nor does it provide sufficient guidance on how to balance the competing interests of the music loving public, operators and occupants of sensitive uses.

Music Victoria considers it is appropriate that there continues to be a SEPP relating to the control of music and entertainment noise from public premises, subject to the improvements that are suggested in our submission. This position is also subject to the EPA assuming a much more active role than it has over the last 25 years in engaging with community and industry to ensure the proper and better management of music noise related issues. If the EPA is to set the regulatory standard, it must be the ‘authority’ in practice, and not only in name.   

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