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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 theage.com.au/agemusicvictoriaawards 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 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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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 theage.com.au 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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Winners of the 2014 Art Music Awards announced

29 August 2014

Winners have been announced across 11 national and seven State categories at this year’s Art Music Awards. The Awards were held for the first time in Melbourne at the Plaza Ballroom on Tuesday 26th August.

Hosted by APRA|AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the Art Music Awards celebrate the achievement and creative success of composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music. This year’s diverse list of winners features some of Australia’s finest artists. 

Victorian winners include:

Paul Grabowsky also impressed with his work Tall Tales, awarded in the Work of the Year: Jazz category. Tall Tales is a journey through three different types of musical language, the first inspired by the Yolngu people of Northern Australia. 

Arts Centre Melbourne has received the Victorian State Award for composer development project 5x5x5 in the Excellence by an Organisation category,

Dr Catherine Crock’s support of Australian composers to create new works for her recording project The Hush Collection, Volumes 1-13 has seen her take out the Award for Excellence by an Individual.

The Performance of the Year category was awarded to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, for Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates. This complex 55-minute piece was conducted by Simone Young with soloist Peter Coleman-Wright and featured large choirs, impressive percussive elements and offstage musicians and singers.

The Australian Art Orchestra took home the Award for Excellence by an Organisation, with their standout achievements in 2013, including diverse programs, cross-cultural collaborations and community engagement.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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2014 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition

1 August 2014

APRA AMCOS, Alberts and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia (NRMTA) are pleased to announce that entries for the 2014 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition – the largest charity songwriting competition in the world – are now open.

This year’s winning songwriter/s will take home a cash prize of $50,000, with second place receiving $10,000 and third place taking home $5,000. 

The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious songwriting competitions in the world, supporting talented songwriters whilst raising much needed funds for music therapy that has been proven to help people with developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rett Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome and disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dyspraxia and Spina Bifida.

Entries close on the 22nd September 2014.  Please visit www.apraamcos.com.au/vandayoungsongcomp for more information.  

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