CEO report October 2014

31 October 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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Music Victoria Annual General Meeting 2014 - nominees and voting

27 October 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 October 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 October 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 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 October 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.

Specially selected expert panels deliberated over the best music from 1st October 2013 to 30th September 2014 across genres, from jazz to hip hop, global and heavy, and agreed on the top five releases and acts, which can now be revealed.

This year's nominees cover all genres from jazz to electronic to best experimental avant-garde and nominees include hip hop artists Briggs, Geko, L-Fresh the Lion, Remi and Tornts along with Victoria's best country acts Eaten By Dogs, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, T-Bones, Tracy McNeil and Wagons.

“Last year's Age Music Victoria Genre Awards highlighted the wonderful breadth of musical talent in Melbourne and throughout our regional areas. It's fantastic these names are being held up as the best in their field," said Martin Boulton, Editor of the Shortlist at The Age. 

Victoria’s diverse contemporary music scene will be celebrated with the presentation and announcement of 11 genre based awards on Thursday 16th October at an invitation only event.  This is also the 9th year for The Age Music Victoria Awards publicly voted awards and those nominees will be announced at the Genre Awards. Voting will open to the public online at on Friday 17th October and there will also be a rare opportunity to win a few double passes via The Age to the now sold-out public awards night on Wednesday 19th November at 170 Russell Street, Melbourne CBD.

In recognition of the artists’ contribution to Victorian music, all nominees in the Genre Awards will receive a free rehearsal/pre-production package at Bakehouse Studios. Winners in each category will also receive a 10 hour recording package along with this very special prize.

“Victoria is a melting pot of musical styles. The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards were established in 2014 with expert peer voting panels to recognise the most outstanding practitioners in each genre. Congratulations to all the nominees – we look forward to seeing the winners crowned on the 16th of October,” said Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan.

Adrian Basso, PBS General Manager said “PBS106.7FM is once again delighted to be involved in The Age Music Victoria Awards, celebrating Victoria’s rich music culture. Since 1979, PBS has been an intrinsic part of the local music community, broadcasting and supporting all styles of music not heard elsewhere. Full credit to Music Victoria and The Age for committing itself to this initiative, which we are proud to be part of.”

Congratulations to all the nominess! See you all at the 2014 The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards!

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