Jen Cloher wins the 2013 Lighthouse Award for oustanding work in music management

28 January 2014

Victorian musician and mentor Jen Cloher has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the field of music management by being awarded the Lighthouse Award for 2013.

The annual award, sponsored by APRA | AMCOS, recognises a Victoria-based music manager who passionately supports Australian music, demonstrates integrity and creativity and is willing to mentor and embrace the wider music community.

Jen, who is a self-managed musician, was a very popular choice amongst the judging panel for her contribution to the music community and her work in mentoring musicians in areas of self-management.

The award caps off a successful 2013 for Jen, which included the release of her third album In Blood Memory and a national 35 dates tour with Mia Dyson and Liz Stringer. She also spent a lot of her time travelling around the country facilitating workshops for self-managed musicians as part of the ‘I Manage My Music’ program.

“This award remembers the life and spirit of Linda Gebar,” said Jen, on receiving the award. “She worked passionately to strengthen the world-class music community we share in Melbourne. There are always people behind the good things that happen in the music industry and Linda was one of those people.”

“We have so many great artists in this country that, if they had not taken on the role of self-management, we might never have heard of them. Thank you to the Lighthouse award for recognising the work we do.”

The award is in memory of Linda Gebar who passed away in 2008. Linda was a successful music manager and booker, as well as a mentor and strong supporter of the Victorian music community.

The Lighthouse Award is sponsored by APRA | AMCOS and supported by AAM (Association of Artist Managers), AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association), Music Victoria and BIGSOUND. The winner receives $5000 to develop and expand their career.

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$10K on offer for 2014 Hilltop Hoods Initiative - applications now open

14 January 2014

One emerging Australian hip hop/soul artist will have the opportunity to fast track their career with the 2014 Hilltop Hoods Initiative. Valued at $10,000, the initiative is open to all up and coming hip hop/soul artists or groups who have not yet released an album professionally.

The initiative is aimed at funding costs associated with the manufacture, release and promotion of a debut album. The prize pack also includes legal advice courtesy of David Vodicka and Media Arts Lawyers for general or specific career advice. The winners also will receive Zoo York and Shure Microphone prize packs.

The judging panel features some of Australia’s most influential hip hop figures:

  • Hau (ACT) - Artist (Koolism), Presenter (triple j’s the Hip Hop Show)
  • Nish (SA) - Graffiti Artist, Indigenous Community Worker, Promoter
  • Ran-Dee (NSW) - Manager (Def Wish Cast, NTSC), Booking Agent, Promoter
  • Raph (VIC) - Artist, Clothing Label Owner (Blank Clothing), Author (Behind The Beat)
  • Tom Thum/Tommy Illfigga (QLD) MC, Beat Boxer, Graffiti Artist, B-boy, Producer

Applications open Tuesday 14th January 2014 with entries closing Tuesday 25th February 2014. The winner will be announced Thursday 27th March 2014.

For more information on eligibility, details and entry form, please visit

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2014 Australian Jazz Bell Awards open for nominations

16 December 2013

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Australian Jazz Bell Awards, which will be announced on Thursday 1st May 2014 in Melbourne.

The Jazz Bell Awards were established 11 years ago to acknowledge excellence in performance, creativity and presentation. They are the only Australian Jazz specific awards held to recognise and honour the exceptional talent of the Australian Jazz community. The awards are named after the Father of Australian Jazz, the late, great Graeme Bell MBE AO.

Nominations for the 2014 Australian Jazz Bell Awards close on Friday 14th February. Nomination forms and guidelines can be downloaded from

The Awards categories which share a prize pool of $40,000 - $5,000 per category are:

  • Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album 
  • Best Australian Modern Jazz Album
  • Best Australian Contemporary ‘Avant-garde’ Jazz Album
  • Best Australian Trad Jazz Album
  • Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year
  • Best Australian Jazz Ensemble
  • Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year
  • Graeme Bell Hall of Fame – in recognition of an outstanding career

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The Age Music Victoria Awards 2013 winners

21 November 2013

Renée Geyer and an all-star cast of Victoria’s finest musicians told the story of Australian soul to a near capacity crowd last night at the inaugural The Age Music Victoria Awards at Billboard, with Renée playing a 45 minute set of her greatest hits and delivering a passionate rendition of ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s World.’ 

A thrilled Geyer said, “This award means so much - it is a career-topping milestone and I’m thrilled to be the first female solo inductee to The Age Music Victoria Hall Of Fame.”

This year The Drones won big twice, capturing City of Melbourne award for Best Band as well as the RocKwiz award for  Best Live Band; and Paul Kelly also bagged two trophies with The Age EG Best Album for his ‘Spring and Fall’ album, and Select AV’s Best Male Artist Award.

Adalita topped off a huge year with a well-deserved win for The Music’s Best Female Artist Award and newcomer Hiatus Kaiyote won the BigSound &Travel Beyond Best Emerging Artist Award, which includes flights and accommodation to Brisbane’s BigSound Conference and a slot in a high-profile showcase in addition to a very cool looking trophy. 

The Mountain Goat award for Best Venue went to Melbourne’s fine Corner Hotel, and Crumpler’s Best Festival award went to Meredith Music Festival, with Aunty Meredith sending a telegram of thanks to the award’s presenters.

This year, the two new regional award categories that were introduced for public voting - Best Regional Venue and Best Regional Act - attracted fierce competition and interest with the Theatre Royal in Castlemaine winning the award for Best Regional Venue and everyone’s favourite sister act Stonefield winning Best Regional Act.

Editor of The Age ‘Shortlist’, Martin Boulton, said “The state of Victorian music is in rude health when a genuine star of the industry in Paul Kelly is still delivering career best albums and this year's Best Emerging Artist award has gone to Hiatus Kaiyoye, who couldn't attend only because they're blowing away audiences overseas.”

“On a night when Renée Geyer was recognised for her enormous contribution to the music industry, we've also seen some of Victoria's best talent on show.” 

Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan said, "Congratulations to all of the winners and inductees. The ecstatic response from the crowd and 80,000 plus votes from the public illustrates that Victoria’s world class soul scene deserved its own night and that a Victorian contemporary music awards was long over due. Bring on next year."

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Nominees announced for 2013 Screen Music Awards

8 November 2013

The best and brightest of Australia’s screen music industry feature in the recent announcement of the nominees for the 2013 Screen Music Awards to be held at the Sydney State Theatre on Monday 9th December.

Presented by APRA|AMCOS and the AGSC (Australian Guild of Screen Composers), the Screen Music Awards is the only Australian event entirely dedicated to recognising the behind-the-scenes heroes of music composition for the large and small screen.

Victoria is well represented with nominees Lisa Gerrard, Burkhard Dallwitz, Biddy Connor, Ricky Edwards, Frank Tetaz, Cezary Skubiszewski, Jessica Paige, Erin McKimm, Thomas E Rouch and Daniel Frankel.

Nominated for Feature Film Score of the Year is Lisa Gerrard (2012 Feature Film Score of the Year winner).

Composer and orchestrator Ricky Edwards is acknowledged for his work on sci-fi comedy movie The 25th Reich.

Also nominated are Amanda Brown and Burkhard Dallwitz for their collaboration on Red Obsession, which was handpicked by Robert De Niro as a highlight of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.  

Biddy Connor is nominated for her score for Melbhattan - part homage, part pastiche of the opening sequence of Woody Allen’s seminal 1979 film Manhattan.  

Burkhard Dallwitz is nominated for his iconic work on Underbelly: Badness – Episode 5: Troubleshooting.

This year’s contenders in the category of Best Music for an Advertisement are all first-time nominees including Erin McKimm for Shibui Hands.  

Cezary Skubiszewski is nominated for ABC telemovie The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, based on the international best-selling novel by Fergus Hume.  

Francois Tetaz has been nominated for his work on Underground, the Robert Connolly directed bio-drama about Julian Assange as a young hacktivist. 

Daniel Frankel, Gideon Frankel, Jessica Paige and Alex Wurman are nominated for Best Original Song Composed for the Screen for Begin Again from Call Me Crazy.

Thomas E Rouch is nominated for Fallen Dreams from Reverse Runner.

Monday 9th December 2013
State Theatre, Sydney

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