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AMIN urges political parties to endorse its proposal for a $5 million Contemporary Music Fund.

30 Jun 2016

AMIN urges political parties to endorse its proposal for a $5 million Contemporary Music Fund.  The contemporary music sector in Australia is big business.  It contributes up to $6 billion in revenue to the Australian economy every year and creates close to 65,000 jobs (source: Music Australia).  Recent national research proves that for every $1 million spent on live music, $3 million is returned back into the broader community (source: Live Music Office), and nine new jobs are generated (source WAM/ECU 2016).

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The Seed Fund Applications NOW OPEN

21 Jun 2016

The Seed Fund is now open for Australian emerging managers including self-managed artists. Apply now!

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 1st August 2016.


20 Jun 2016

The PPCA and the Australia Council for the Arts today announced the recipients of six grants totalling $75,000 offered under a joint initiative between the two organisations. The partnership offers assistance to Australian artists to create new sound recordings, and we are super proud of the Victorian recipients - jazz extraordinaire and composer and ARIAwinner Barney McAll and Sean Congues with Northeast Party House. We can't wait to hear their new sonic creations! Congrats to all the recipients!

Read more here.

Reclink Australia needs YOU!

20 Jun 2016

Reclink Australia needs YOU! The time has come again to pull on the volunteer t-shirts (preferably with a warm undershirt) for the 2016Melbourne Reclink Community Cup, which takes place on Sunday 26 June at Elsternwick Park.

Reclink is particularly keen to sign up more volunteers with current Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificates, but of course, they would LOVE as many vollies as possible!

The link to sign up is below:

Please feel free to drag your friends and family along for the ride; remember, volunteers get a limited edition event t shirt, free lunch on the day, and a warm, fuzzy feeling of community spirit to go with it.

We should also mention the bands this year are amazing (Rhys Muldoonwith Kram from SpiderbaitThe SugarcanesLoose ToothTotal Giovanniand Regurgitator) and there is a VERY special surprise guest to be revealed closer to the Cup. You will not want to miss this one...

Results from APRA AMCOS Survey

17 Jun 2016

In the lead up to the ?federal election?, our friends at APRA AMCOS have asked how much we love Australian music. No surprise that 98% of those surveyed agreed that the federal government should invest in local music, however a 72% of those surveyed confirmed that a commitment to a significant investment in Australian music would influence their vote in the federal election.

Check out the results here:

APRA AMCOS Live Performance Return Workshops

16 Jun 2016

Played a gig in the last 12 months? APRA AMCOS member?
Make sure you fill out your Live Performance Returns $$$!

Not sure how? Attend this workshop at The Tote Hotel on 5 July.

Kate Ceberano AM honoured in Queens Birthday Honours List

15 Jun 2016

Huge congrats to Kate Ceberano who received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for “significant service to the performing arts, particularly music, as a singer, songwriter and entertainer, and to charitable organisations.”

"Ceberano, who has sold 1.5 million units in this country, was the first woman inducted into the Australian Songwriters Hall Of Fame, Artistic Director for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival for three years, and Ambassador for National Breast Cancer Foundation. The 49-year-old is currently celebrating 35 years in the music industry with the release of the Anthology album."

Read more here.

Label of Love series at Shadow Electric proves Melbourne has a bustling record label scene.

14 Jun 2016

Congrats to Steve Cross, Shadow Electric booker Sarah Guppy and all of the bands and staff at Remote Control Records and Flightless who put on one hell of a showcase of Victorian bands on the weekend as part of the Label of Love series.

The line-up showcased the diversity of Victoria’s music scene with standout performances from Lost AnimalBanoffeeTeeth & Tongue and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

There are other label showcases lined up for the month from some of ourbest independent labels Aarght Records, Cool Death, Farmer & The OwlBEDROOM SUCKDeaf Ambitions & Spunk RecordsUntzz Rec. and Temporal Cast.

The label is alive and well in Victoria.

Read the review on Beat Magazine here.

The National Drug Research Institute are running a research survey on drug use at festivals

10 Jun 2016

The National Drug Research Institute are running this anonymous research survey. The findings from this project will be used to help develop recommendations aimed at reducing the risk of future drug-related harm at these events.

If you take the time to complete the survey you could win a $500 JB Hi Fi Voucher.

Check it out here.

Arts Debate 2016

9 Jun 2016

Disappointing result from yesterdays debate:

"But after formal arts policies were launched by Labor and the Greens within the last week, Fifield was unable to articulate a concrete plan to “bring the arts and creative industries to the centre of the government’s innovation agenda”."

Read more here.

Melbourne Venue Shebeen to close 25 June

9 Jun 2016

Music Victoria is sad to hear of the news of Shebeen’s imminent closure.

Shebeen co-founder Simon Griffiths said the closure was due to unavoidable problems arising from noise.

"Over the last twelve months it has become apparent that the wall of our band room is shared with the Melbourne East Police Station's sleeping quarters," said Griffiths. "As a result we have received significant pressure from the police and the VCGLR, and we received an infringement notice from the VCGLR which we have unsuccessfully appealed. After working with our landlord to look at all available options we are incredibly sad to announce that we will be closing Shebeen for business on June 25. We’re deeply sorry for all of the shows that were booked after this date and are working flat out with The Venue Collective to find new homes for all of these shows. We owe a huge thank you to everyone that has been a part of Shebeen to date, and would love to see you for one last non-profit song, banh mi or drink before we close our doors."

The owners were made aware by venue bookers the Venue Collective a few weeks ago about support for soundproofing venues to mitigate such problems through the Good Music Neighbours program (, and we encourage any other Victorian venues facing noise complaints to contact the Good Music Neighbours industry liaison at 9686 3411.

Read more on the story here.

NEW Electronic Music Directory

8 Jun 2016

GREAT new initiative from the team at Stoney Roads. If you work in electronic music make sure you're listed in this directory.


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