Music industry white paper presentation to Government

2 September 2014

On 28th August, Music Victoria was pleased to be able to present our Music Industry White Paper to representatives of Government and the Live Music Roundtable, including the State Liquor and Arts Ministers, the Small Business Commissioner, representatives from the Department of Planning, Arts Victoria, the EPA, Office of the Youth, and Councillors and representatives from councils around the state.

The Positions and Priorities music industry paper, launched in March, outlines a number of recommendations to the Victorian Government to help develop and support the Victorian contemporary music industry. Musicians, venues, businesses, and the music-loving public would all benefit from the 18 recommendations, developed in conjunction with members of the Victorian live music industry and Live Music Roundtable.

While recommendations around implementing the Agent of Change principle and reforming the building code are very close to being delivered, we are keen to work holistically across government in areas including regional development, tourism, small business, export and trade as well as the arts for the betterment of the industry.

You can view our presentation here and the Positions and Priorities paper here.

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Winners of the 2014 Art Music Awards announced

29 August 2014

Winners have been announced across 11 national and seven State categories at this year’s Art Music Awards. The Awards were held for the first time in Melbourne at the Plaza Ballroom on Tuesday 26th August.

Hosted by APRA|AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the Art Music Awards celebrate the achievement and creative success of composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music. This year’s diverse list of winners features some of Australia’s finest artists. 

Victorian winners include:

Paul Grabowsky also impressed with his work Tall Tales, awarded in the Work of the Year: Jazz category. Tall Tales is a journey through three different types of musical language, the first inspired by the Yolngu people of Northern Australia. 

Arts Centre Melbourne has received the Victorian State Award for composer development project 5x5x5 in the Excellence by an Organisation category,

Dr Catherine Crock’s support of Australian composers to create new works for her recording project The Hush Collection, Volumes 1-13 has seen her take out the Award for Excellence by an Individual.

The Performance of the Year category was awarded to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, for Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates. This complex 55-minute piece was conducted by Simone Young with soloist Peter Coleman-Wright and featured large choirs, impressive percussive elements and offstage musicians and singers.

The Australian Art Orchestra took home the Award for Excellence by an Organisation, with their standout achievements in 2013, including diverse programs, cross-cultural collaborations and community engagement.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Face The Music 2014

28 August 2014

Face The Music is wildly excited to announce the fiercely independent and uncompromising music legend Steve Albini as its first international keynote speaker for this year's music industry conference, held over two days at the Arts Centre Melbourne on November 14th and 15th.

Steve Albini is one of the most respected figures in the international independent music scene. As a renowned artist, music journalist, industry commentator and recording engineer, Steve is a champion of independent business models for artists to thrive and to release their work outside of the corporate music industry structure. He is regularly quoted by music media for his views on topics ranging from piracy to crowd funding to royalties and recording.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Music Week, Steve Albini will join hundreds of people from Australia's contemporary music community who meet each year at Face The Music to exchange ideas, make new connections and support each other’s creative and professional development.

Also announced to speak at this year’s Face The Music are Dave Batty (Custom Made / Artist Voice), Johann Ponniah (I OH YOU), Harley Evans (Moshtix), Briese Abbott (Spark & Opus), Ben Thompson (Corner Presents), James Young (Cherry Bar, Yah Yahs), Antonia Sellbach (Love of Diagrams, Beaches), Millie Millgate and Glenn Dickie (Sounds Australia), Chris Hatzis (3RRR), Cara Williams (Beat), Chris Johnson (AMRAP), Emma Telfer (The Office Of Good Design), Sophia Brous (Artist / Curator), Caleb Williams (Unified), Kirsty Rivers (APRA), Yvette Myhill (AAM), Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria) and Leigh Treweek (

Tickets are available from

Full Conference Pass: $100 full / $80 conc.
One Day Pass: $70 full / $50 conc.
Members of Music Victoria are eligible for a discount of 10% off the full rate. 

Face The Music 2014 - Arts Centre Melbourne
Friday 14th & Saturday 15th November 2014 

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CEO report August 2014

27 August 2014

Now that the regulatory landscape looks like being fixed to allow live music venues to thrive - although small venues with low margins such as the legendary Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club, which announced that it will close next June, are a reminder of the fragile nature of the business - Music Victoria is turning its attention back to the rights of the most important people – the musicians.

Thanks to those of you who filled out our recent survey about how Music Victoria can best support musicians and the music industry. We’ll be collating the results shortly, and one lucky respondent will win themselves a pass to the Face the Music conference in November (conference details including the first keynote speaker will be announced tomorrow!).  

There are several music surveys and research projects under way at the moment, covering a range of issues such as musicians’ income, health and safety, copyright, travel issues, expenditure at gigs, and the EPA noise reviews. Want to be heard? Check the full story below for various survey links and have your say!

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Musicians - have your say on travel and financial issues in national AMIN surveys

25 August 2014

Victorian musicians - we want to hear from you! The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) (of which Music Victoria is a member) is conducting TWO national surveys - one on airline travel when touring; and one on financial issues (including insurance, superannuation, how much you spend on creating music etc).

This information will help us develop better national strategies to assist musicians. Complete the surveys and you could also go into the draw to win a pass to Face The Music conference in November or a 'Rock Reader - Underneath the Riffs' book.

AMIN Travel Survey 2014:
AMIN Financial Survey 2014: 

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