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Pozible & Ditto Music run a FREE Workshop and Gig for independent Musicians

25 Feb 2015

Pozible and Ditto Music are two of our wonderful discounters for Music Victoria Members! 
They are teaming up on Friday March 13th to run a workshop for independent artists. 
Also playing on the evening are Chris Watts and Moodie.
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AWME Showcase Applications Now Open

24 Feb 2015

The Australasian Worldwide Music Expo is the Southern Hemisphere's premier roots industry showcase this November 12-15, in Melbourne. Applications for artists to showcase are now open.

Online Survey for Mental Health in the Entertainment Indutry

23 Feb 2015

Concerned about mental health in the entertainment industry? Have a story to share? Be part of an online survey. It's world-first research into the Oz entertainment industry and will help shape a future response to mental health for entertainment industry workers.

Prince of Wales sold for $45 million and MEMO Music Hall has new bookers!

20 Feb 2015

St Kilda is the most famous live music suburb in Australia, and despite the sale yesterday of the Prince of Wales, it’s in pretty good shape.

While a lot of young bands had moved to Melbourne's northern suburbs – recent APRA figures confirmed that Brunswick is the singer-songwriter capital of Australia – but St Kilda still came in at number 10.

The current tenants have a lease over the Prince bandroom until the end of 2021, so hopefully it will continue to be a thriving venue for years to come. The Palais has been saved, the Esplanade is still putting on regular live music, and highly regarded venue owners and programmers Peter Foley and Richard Mitchell have confirmed today that they will be booking MEMO Music Hall in Acland Street.

Memo Music Hall has had had a colourful past since it opened in 1924 as a dance hall. It went on to house The Memorial picture theatre from 1927 to 1958 and TELEFIL recording and film studios from 1961 to 1965. The 2003 film ‘Ned Kelly’ starring Heath Ledger was rehearsed here and Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses rehearsed their upcoming album here last week. 
Amongst its claim to recording history fame is its location for Normie Rowe’s recording, "It Ain't Necessarily So", released in April 1965. The first number one record in both Sydney and Melbourne, by a Melbourne-based artist. 
In a nod to its past MEMO will once again throw open its doors as a recording and rehearsal space. 
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For booking enquiries call (03) 9568 1432 or email

City of Melbourne EPP Grants now Open!

19 Feb 2015

If you're thinking of running any events in the City of Melbourne in 2015 take a look at the Event Partnership Program! Applications are open now, and close March 16.

Unveiling of Amphlett Lane

18 Feb 2015

Today marked the unveiling of the much anticipated Amphlett Lane, cementing Australian rock goddess Chrissy Amphlett’s mark forever in Victorian history. Formerly known as Corporation Lane 1369, the grungy CBD laneway is a prime location for a memorial of the Divinyls singer and Victorian rock legend. The laneway joins the AC/DC lane as part of the Love Your Laneway initiative and was opened by the Lord Mayer Robert Doyle, as well as the singer’s husband Charley Drayton and cousin Patricia Amphlett. ‘There’s not a better place to be a home to our history than Melbourne’, said Drayton, adding that he is keen to help in any way to save the Palace Theatre, which the lane backs onto.

Somewhat fittingly, this news arrives the same day international developers announced that if it was for sale, they plan to purchase The Palace Theatre and restore it to its former glory.

Flinders Street Station $100 million Upgrades!

18 Feb 2015

Exciting news has been announced this morning that the State Government has pledged to invest $100million into restoring the crumbling yet iconic Flinders Street Station, which includes a long overdue facelift to the old station ballroom and a restoration of the clock tower. Could the restored heritage building possibly be the new site for an Australian Music Hall of Fame? Premier Daniel Andrews supports the renovations, commenting: “I won’t sit by and watch this icon crumble. We’ll end the decay now – it’s the first step to restoring this station to its former glory.”

Update from Music Victoria regarding Soundwave Festival public transport:

17 Feb 2015

Music Victoria had spoken to the festival organisers and the Department of Transport in the wake of yesterdays announcement regarding limited transport. At this stage, there is not much that can be done about additional train and tram options for what Public Transport Victoria is describing as the biggest event weekend in Melbourne’s history, as all extra services are committed to other events. But an agreement has been reached for free shuttle buses from nearby train stations. Transport information is below.

Melbourne prides itself on being the sporting and music capital of Australia, and that’s certainly true this weekend with White Night, the Cricket World Cup, Cirque du Soleil, the soccer, the rugby, the horse races, the Eagles, Guy Sebastian and Roxette.

It's difficult when nascent events, like White Night, compete for resources and patrons with existing commercial events, but Victorians seem to have an insatiable appetite for events, particularly in summer.

We urge anyone planning events to make sure they aren’t clashing with existing events on the same day, and Soundwave patrons to plan ahead for transport options – pre-purchasing a bus ticket or car pooling being the best options.

And please be patient with fellow patrons as you head home from the showgrounds.

Rock on!



Arts Victoria VicArts Grants open 5th February

4 Feb 2015

Got a great music project that needs a funding boost? The next round of Arts Victoria VicArts Grants opens 5th February 2015. The VicArts Grants program invests in the creative endeavours and professional practice of Victoria’s artists and smaller arts companies. Applications close at 5pm Wednesday 25th February 2015 for projects commencing after 1st June 2015.

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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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The Right Track: Free Musician Workshops at St Kilda Festival

20 Jan 2015

Join us for The Right Track, a FREE musician’s development day at The St Kilda Festival presented by APRA | AMCOS and supported by Music Victoria, where we offer the opportunity for artists to gain an insight into the industry and meet experts who will share their knowledge and wisdom in navigating the music business. The entire day focuses on songwriting and the inspiring  aspect of music from songwriting to creating a successful album and everything else in-between. Drop in for one session or stay for the whole day!

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