Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) music films and member giveaways

17 July 2014

The 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has launched its full program for 2014, consisting of 341 films, 17 program strands, 28 world premieres, 168 Australian Premieres, 19 Talking Pictures events, 24 international guests, and more than 71 local guests.

Screenings include Don’t Throw Stones, a documentary based on rock ‘n’ roll icon Stephen Cummings’ tell-all memoir Will It Be Funny Tomorrow, Billy?; and 20,000 Days On Earth - a biopic on post-punk poet, Nick Cave.

There is also the excellent Backbeat program of music films and documentaries.    

MEMBER GIVEAWAY! Thanks to MIFF, we have a giveaway of a double pass to eight great music films to some lucky Music Victoria members.

Just email with your name, phone number and Music Victoria membership number, and let us know which film (see list here) you and a guest would like to see. We have one double pass on offer for each film, only on screening dates as listed, and one prize per winner.  

Check out the full MIFF program at   

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Telstra Road to Discovery 2014

9 July 2014

Telstra Road to Discovery, Australia’s premier talent development program is now open with some exciting developments for 2014.  Not only is this year open to all genres, we have also shifted to 100% original music with even more focus on mentorship, song writing and music education.

Underpinning the success of Telstra Road is the heart of the program; collaboration mentorship, songwriting and music education for independent and unsigned Australian songwriters who are passionate about establishing themselves in the music industry. The program puts emerging artists in touch with influential figures in the music industry, takes their music to a wider audience and increases their media exposure.

Two Telstra Road to Discovery finalists will win a huge major prize including a Talent Development prize package worth $100,000:

  • A trip to the USA
  • National publicity
  • A Music Development Fund worth $15,000
  • Media training
  • Songwriting advice from The Mushroom Group and Mushroom Music
  • An APRA Songwriters Grant  
  • Telstra products and services 

Entries are now open!    

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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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