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Push Songs – applications open for October and November 2014

24 Sep 2014 Push Songs – applications open for October and November 2014

Attention Victorian songwriters!  Push Songs’ innovative and inspiring song writing mentoring program continues throughout October and November 2014 and again it’s free. 

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

28 Jan 2014 Jen Cloher wins the 2013 Lighthouse Award for oustanding work in music management

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

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 Dec 2013 2014 Australian Jazz Bell Awards open for nominations

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 Nov 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 Nov 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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Winners of The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards 2013 announced

11 Oct 2013

The winners of The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards presented by PBS were presented at an event at The Age last night which was attended by over 200 music industry guests including many of the nominees and judges. 

The diversity of Victoria’s contemporary music scene was celebrated with these 11 new specialist awards as part of the inaugural The Age Music Victoria Awards. These genre awards are in addition to the 11 publicly-voted awards which will be presented in November.

Thank you to all the nominees, judges and sponsors. Congratulations to all the winners!


Best Blues Album – presented by Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
Three Kings for 'Three Kings'

Best Country Album – presented by Addicted To Noise
Dan Waters for 'La Vita E'Bella'

Best Soul, Funk, R'n'B and Gospel Album – presented by PBS
Kylie Auldist for 'Still Life'

Best Jazz Album – presented by Dixons Creek Estate
Allan Browne Trio for 'Lost In The Stars'

Best Hip Hop Album – presented by Capi Sparkling
Fraksha for 'My Way'

Best Electronic Act – presented by Select AV
Nick Thayer

Best Heavy Album – presented by Wifire Music
King Parrot for 'Bite Your Head Off'

Best Indigenous Act – presented by Songlines
Crystal Mercy

Best Global or Reggae Act – presented by Australasian Worldwide Music Expo
Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Best Experimental/Avant-Garde Act – presented by GI & Sanicki Lawyers
Judith Hamann

Best Folk Roots Album – presented by White Sky
Archie Roach for 'Into The Bloodstream'


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The Age Music Victoria Awards 2013 - nominees announced for publicly-voted awards

11 Oct 2013 The Age Music Victoria Awards 2013 - nominees announced for publicly-voted awards

The nominees for the publicly-voted The Age Music Victoria Awards 2013 have now been announced!

The Drones lead the nominations at the inaugural Age Music Victoria Awards, scoring three nominations for best album, best band and best live act, while a clutch of acts including Paul Kelly, Adalita, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Dick Diver and Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes each scored two nominations.

Voting for The Age Music Victoria Awards is now open at Voting ends Friday 15th November, with the awards presented on 20th November. 

Nominees were chosen by a panel of over 20 music industry broadcasters, journalists, festival curators, music associations and record store owners. 

Good luck to all the nominees!

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The Age Music Victoria Awards 2013 nominees are:

Best Album – presented by The Age
All Day Venus – Adalita
Calendar Days – Dick Diver
I See Seaweed – The Drones
Not Art – Big Scary
Spring and Fall – Paul Kelly

Best Band – presented by City of Melbourne
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
Dick Diver
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
The Drones

Best Song – presented by APRA
Nono/Yoyo – Standish/Carlyon
Head On/ Pill – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
History Eraser – Courtney Barnett
I’m In Love - Cash Savage And The Last Drinks
Riptide – Vance Joy

Best Male Artist - presented by Select AV
Archie Roach
David Bridie
Paul Kelly

Best Female Artist – presented by TheMusic
Courtney Barnett
Evelyn Morris (Pikelet)
Jen Cloher
Kylie Auldist

Best Emerging Artist – presented by Travel Beyond / Bigsound
Andras Fox
Brighter Later
Damn Terran
Fraser A. Gorman
Hiatus Kaiyote

Best Live Band – presented by RockWiz
Bombay Royale
Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes
Money For Rope
The Drones

Best Venue – presented by Mountain Goat
The Caravan Club
The Corner Hotel
The Forum
The Old Bar
The Toff In Town

Best Festival – presented by Crumpler
All Tomorrow’s Parties / I’ll Be Your Mirror
Golden Plains
Meredith Music Festival
Sugar Mountain

Best Regional Act
Gold Fields
Hunting Grounds
Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
Yacht Club DJs

Best Regional Venue
Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Meeniyan Town Hall, South Gippsland
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
The Barwon Club, Geelong
The Bridge, Castlemaine


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The Age Music Victoria Awards 2013 launched

6 Sep 2013 The Age Music Victoria Awards 2013 launched

The Age and Music Victoria join forces this year in a new partnership to celebrate the state’s musical riches in an all-Victorian awards evening, and to induct singer, songwriter, producer, author and soul queen Renée Geyer into the Hall of Fame.

Previously known as The Age EG Awards, the new The Age Music Victoria Awards, with supporting partner SAE Institute and presented by 3RRR 102.7FM, will be held on Wednesday 20th November 2013 at Billboard in Melbourne. As well as Renée Geyer’s 45 minute greatest hits set with special guests, this year’s awards night is set to be a star-studded Soul Revue with the EG Allstars joined by the biggest names in Victorian soul!

The Age Music Victoria Awards will present publicly-voted awards  in 11 categories (including new awards Best Regional Act and Best Regional Venue) across all genres which are voted via The Age online. This year, the awards are boosted by 11 new specialist genre categories, ranging from avant-garde/experimental to blues, country, electronic, hip hop and heavy. Expert judging panels will choose the nominees and winners, and awards will be handed out prior to the main awards night. The best genre music winners will also be considered for the main public award nominations.

The Age Music Victoria Awards night is open to the public and tickets are on sale now for $50+bf to the general public, or for $40+bf to Music Victoria members.

Presented by SAE and 3RRR 102.7FM
Wednesday 20th November 2013
Billboard The Venue, Melbourne 8.00pm

Tickets are on sale now for $50+bf through Oztix:, ph: 1300 762 545and Oztix retail outlets. ($5 from every ticket sold donated to Support Act Limited)

Voting for The Age Music Victoria Awards opens Friday 11th October online at 

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International Songwriting Competition 2013 - entries open and judges announced

7 Aug 2013 International Songwriting Competition 2013 - entries open and judges announced

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its 2013 panel of judges. Consisting of some of the most iconic and respected artists in the world, the panel also includes top tier music industry executives, including Presidents from six record labels, executives from MTV, VEVO, Nickelodeon, publishing companies, and many more.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of contemporary, popular music. Australian artists have fared well in recent competitions.

Previous ISC winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, hobbyist songwriters, and everyone in between. This list includes artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Clairy Browne, Matt Corby, Andrew Bird, Kate Miller-Heidke, Gregory Porter, Gin Wigmore, Missy Higgins, Carbon Leaf, King Charles, Omar Sosa, and many more.

ISC 2013 judges include:

Recording Artists: Tom Waits; Nas; Bernie Taupin; Martina McBride; Duran Duran; Garbage; Robert Smith (The Cure); Selena Gomez; Bruce Hornsby; Dido; Michael W. Smith; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Mark Foster (Foster The People); Alejandro Sanz; Gerald Casale (Devo); Florida Georgia Line; Jason Isbell; Joshua Redman; Brian Setzer; Avicci; Wynonna; Keane; Jeremy Camp; McCoy Tyner; Jon Secada; Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show); Boney James; Craig Morgan; James Cotton; Black Francis (Pixies); John Mayall; Anoushka Shankar; Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; and more to be announced.

Please visit for an entry form or more details. Deadline for entries is 18th September 2013.  


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Darebin Music Feast Songwriters?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ Award 2013

23 Jul 2013 Darebin Music Feast Songwriters?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ Award 2013

The Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award is now open! Songwriters who live, work or study in the City of Darebin are welcome to enter. The Award is open to songwriters of all ages. Past winners of the Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award include Jordie Lane, Sal Kimber, Falloe and Ben Mason.

The winner of the Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award will receive:

Entry fee is $10+GST per song. Judging panel includes Jen Cloher, Tristan Goodall and Peter Farnan.

Entries close on Wednesday 21st August 5pm.

For more information and to enter visit


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Melbourne Prize for Music 2013 - entries now open

12 Jun 2013

With a total prize pool of over $100,000, plus a finalist exhibition at Federation Square, the Melbourne Prize for Music 2013 and Awards is one of the most valuable music prizes in Australia. There are three categories this year and more than one category can be entered or nominated.

The Prize supports Victoria’s vibrant local music sector, providing opportunities for Victorian musicians across all genres, including performers and composers. The Prize is divided into three categories, the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music 2013, the $30,000 Outstanding Musicians Award 2013 and the $13,000 Development Award 2013, together providing more than $100,000 in support for local musicians.

A $4,000 Civic Choice Award 2013 will also be awarded to the finalist with the highest number of public votes (online from 4 September).

Entries close 16 July and recipients will be selected by a judging panel consisting of:

Kate Ceberano – Singer, Songwriter and Artistic Director, Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Professor Barry Conyngham – Dean, Faculty of the VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne
Paul Grabowsky – Pianist, Composer, Conductor and Director, Monash Academy of Performing Arts
Huw Humphreys – Director of Artistic Planning, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Chong Lim – Composer, Producer and Musical Director

The Prize recipients will be announced at an awards ceremony at Federation Square on 13th November.

For further information and entry forms, check or call the Melbourne Prize Trust on (03) 9696 4410.

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