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Winners announced for The Age Music Victoria Awards 2014

20 Nov 2014

Daddy Cool and an all-star cast of Victoria’s finest musicians gathered last night to wow a capacity crowd at The Age Music Victoria Awards at 170 Russell, with Daddy Cool playing a nostalgic and note perfect greatest hits set after their induction to the Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame! Other award night highlights included the late music journalist Ed Nimmervoll's induction to the Hall of Fame by Russell Morris. Davey Lane, Jess Cornelius, Ash Naylor, Stonefield, and Henry Wagons also performed on the night.

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Ten Australian songwriters one step closer to their big break with Telstra Road To Discovery

7 Nov 2014

After canvassing the country these past four months for Australia’s next generation of songwriters, 10 aspiring musicians have made it through to the Grand Final of the Telstra Road to Discovery talent development program.

From Narooma to Fremantle, Adelaide to Darwin, the Telstra Road to Discovery program has uncovered a diverse range of musicians across a variety of genres including indie folk, gospel soul, roots, Americana, pop and blues.

Following a Semi Final heat held at Kindred Studios in Melbourne, the final 10 were selected from a field of 18 hopefuls and will now compete at the Grand Final to be held at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on Wednesday 3rd December.

Congratulations to Victorian musician Larissa Tandy who is one of the ten finalists. Best of luck in the final!

The Grand Final will see two winners rewarded with a $15,000 music development fund and a trip to the United States to perform at the Americana Music Festival. The prize also includes ongoing opportunities for further development including local gigs and education to help kick-start their music career.

For more information and to follow the Top 10’s journey through to the Grand Final, visit telstra.com/trtd.  

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Music Victoria workshops and panels at Face The Music conference 2014

6 Nov 2014

Music Victoria is presenting a whole heap of panels at the upcoming Face The Music conference on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th November at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

We have great sessions on publicity, music & politics, touring regional Victoria, industry meet-ups, and a spotlight on our The Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame inductees, Daddy Cool.

The program, as always, looks fantastic with panellists including US producer & musician Steve Albini, UK music media presenter Jen Long, legendary Detroit techno collective Underground Resistance, and stacks more international guests and the best Australian music brains.

Ticket Prices:
2 Day Conference Pass – $100 / $80 concession
1 Day Conference Pass – $70 / $50 concession
BUY TICKETS HERE

Members 10% Discount: Members of Music Victoria are eligible for a 10% discount off the full rate. Contact us at members@musicvictoria.com.au for the discount code.

For all session details and times, panellist information, and ticket purchasing, check facethemusic.org.au  - see you there!

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Live bands to play at Melbourne Airport for Music Victoria and City of Melbourne's AirPlay! project

5 Nov 2014

Some of the Victoria’s most exciting live artists including Wally de Backer’s band The Basics, Charles Jenkins, and Marlon Williams will turn Melbourne Airport into a thrilling music festival for three days from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th November for AirPlay!

Now in its third year, AirPlay! celebrates the most exciting time of the year for music in Melbourne with Melbourne Music Week, the Face the Music conference, the Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME), and The Age Music Victoria Awards all taking place over a two week period in November. Melbourne Airport has also made a commitment to host live music at the airport at peak times throughout the year, creating performance opportunities for Victorian artists all year round. 

The Basics will kick off proceedings on the main stage outside the Virgin Domestic departures area at 5.00pm on Thursday 13th November. Over the next three days, passengers and visitors will be entertained by The Age Music Victoria Awards nominees including funk band Cookin' on 3 Burners (with Kylie Auldist), songwriting icon Charles Jenkins, and regional performer Freya Hollick, as well as party band Animaux, country sensation Marlon Williams, Al Parkinson, and Jules Boult on four stages around the airport.  

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CEO report October 2014

31 Oct 2014

What an exciting month we have coming up, with only four weeks to the state election; and the Face the Music industry conference; Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME); Melbourne Music Week; The Age Music Victoria Awards with Daddy Cool; and Airplay! with bands at Melbourne Airport all landing in between.

We have presented our industry position paper to the Government, the Opposition, The Greens, The Basic Rock ‘n’ Roll Party, and the Australian Sex Party, and put up an Election Report Card on our website, so we can score the parties on their policy commitments at this election.

At the Face the Music conference we will present several panels on everything from music & politics, to regional touring, press kits, and will also celebrate the careers of Daddy Cool and fellow 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, music journalist Ed Nimmervoll, in a photo exhibition at the Arts Centre. Remember, Music Victoria members get a 10% discount off tickets for Face The Music – drop us an email at info@musicvictoria.com.au and ask for your special discount code.  

Congratulations to this year’s winners at the Age Music Victoria Genre Awards: Chet Faker, Charles Jenkins, Evelyn Morris, Black Jesus Experience, Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Cookin’ on 3 Burners, Anton Delecca Quartet, Briggs, Ausmuteants and The Deans.

The nominees for the Age Music Victoria 11 public-voted awards were also announced at the genre awards ceremony. Vote for your favourite Victorian music of the year at theage.com.au/agemusicvictoriaawards by Friday 14th November. Who will be take home Best Album, Best Song, Best Band etc? You decide who wins!

Music Victoria, City of Melbourne and Melbourne Airport are pleased to again present Airplay! with live music at Melbourne Airport this November. Music Victoria will be booking Victorian acts all year round at the airport, so you never know who you will run into on your next airport visit.

We had a great turnout at our AGM on Thursday 30th October, and are pleased to announce the election to the board of Barry Williams (our current Treasurer); musician/booker/manager Justin Rudge; and venue owner Tim Northeast (Corner Hotel, Northcote Social Club). Congrats to the new board members! 

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Music Victoria Annual General Meeting 2014 - nominees and voting

27 Oct 2014

A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of Music Victoria will be held at Bakehouse Studios, Richmond (27-29 Hoddle Street, entry from Little Hoddle St near Elizabeth St), this Thursday 30th October 2014 commencing at 6.30pm.  

All members of Music Victoria are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to meet the staff and board of Music Victoria as well as your fellow members, and hear about the achievements and future goals of the organisation in an informal setting.

Financial members of Music Victoria are eligible to vote in the election of members of the Management Committee. Note there is one vote per membership (one vote per individual membership, and one vote if you have a band, small business, non-profit, corporate, gold or platinum membership).

Members will be able to vote on the election of three members to the Board. Current and eligible voting members will receive their ballot form upon arrival. A list of the candidates for the Board election are noted below in alphabetical order. 

If you are unable to attend the AGM in person, you may appoint another member of the Association (or the Chair) as your proxy to vote on your behalf. If you wish to appoint a proxy, download a form and return to the Secretary of Music Victoria via mail, email or hand-delivered no later than 6.00pm on Tuesday 28th October.

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The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards 2014 winners announced!

17 Oct 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 Oct 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 theage.com.au/agemusicvictoriaawards 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 Oct 2014 The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards finalists announced for 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.

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CEO report September / October 2014

7 Oct 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 Oct 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).

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The Push Pop Up Shop workshops at Darebin Feast

29 Sep 2014 The Push Pop Up Shop workshops at Darebin Feast

Decibels Youth Music Centre and The Push are partnering up to host the inaugural Push Pop Up Shop, as a part of the 2014 Darebin Music Feast. Over 12 days they’re taking over a vacant shop on High Street, Northcote to host a series of free and all-ages music workshops, presentations and performances.

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