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CEO report December 2014

18 Dec 2014

It’s been quite a year.

Finally getting the Agent of Change Principle over the line, and Daddy Cool agreeing to be inducted into The Age Music Victoria Awards were highlights. Throw in deregulation of all ages gigs; the release of the first ever Regional Live Music Census and Action Plan; working with five regional councils on their first ever music strategies; a statewide building code exemption for small and medium sized venues; more than a dozen great professional development workshops; and another cracking The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards; and we have a lot to celebrate in 2014 on behalf of the Victoria music industry.

I would like to thank our hard working staff Bek Duke, Belinda Collins, Laurie Wearne, and Laura Faulkner for their hard work this year, as well as our dynamic board members, Victorian Music Council members, education committee members, student committee members and all our great volunteers.

And now we are in for a golden era for contemporary music.

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Music: Count Us In schools songwriting competition

16 Dec 2014

Music Count Us In is Australia’s biggest school initiative, with more than 500,000 participating students from over 2,100 schools nationwide. Every year, more and more students enter the Music: Count Us In Songwriting Competition in the hope of being chosen to collaborate with a well-known Australian musician and co-write the song that stops the nation. The 2015 competition is now open, with entries closing on 20th February 2015. Teachers can download the Songwriting Brief and circulate it among their students so that they can get to work on their entries over the Summer break!

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Support Act Christmas Appeal

9 Dec 2014

This time of year can be tough for people in crisis, and musicians’ charity Support Act wants to do a bit more to help. Make a donation towards the Support Act Christmas appeal. The organisation plans to give every music professional who has used Support Act's services a supermarket gift card which can be used to buy food, essentials, and maybe a present or two for the kids. They are aiming to raise enough money to provide a $50 gift card for individuals and a $100 gift card for families. The deadline for the Christmas appeal is 23rd December.

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City of Yarra Live Music Venues Grants update

3 Dec 2014

Got a music venue in the City of Yarra? Yarra Council has a new grants program designed to support Live Music Venues in the City. So far Council has provided funding for soundproofing to two well-known and much loved local music venues, Some Velvet Morning & The Old Bar.

This Live Music Venues Grants Program is still open and funds are still available. The City of Yarra encourages music industry professionals and venue owners to have a look at the Guidelines and share them around. Apply now!

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CEO report November 2014

27 Nov 2014

With the Victorian State election just days away, all political parties have outlined their commitments to contemporary music which we have presented on our 2014 Victorian State Election Report Card. The card is now complete and we are thrilled at how many of our recommendations are supported by each party.
Congratulations to all of the Victorian winners from the recent The Age Music Victoria Awards, ARIA Awards, J Awards, and Screen Music Awards.

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Applications open for Push Songs 2015

27 Nov 2014

Attention Victorian songwriters - Push Songs’ innovative and inspiring song writing mentoring program heads into its 7th year throughout February and March 2015 and again it’s FREE!

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Victorians win big at the 2014 ARIA Awards

27 Nov 2014

Congratulations to all the excellent Victorian winners and nominees for the 2014 ARIA Awards, with winners including Chet Faker, Dan Sultan, Paul Kelly, Paul Grabowsky, and Lior. Music legend Molly Meldrum was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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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  

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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

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

For all session details and times, panellist information, and ticket purchasing, check  - 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 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 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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