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 for more information.  

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The Age Music Victoria Awards 2014 presents: The Return of Daddy Cool!

31 July 2014

The Age and Music Victoria are proud to announce that Australia’s best-loved band, Daddy Cool, will reform to play a special one hour show to celebrate their induction into The Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame on Wednesday 19th November at 170 Russell (formerly Billboard).

The awards night will kick off at 8.30pm with MC Henry Wagons, and special guests including Russell Morris, Stonefield, and Jess Cornelius (Teeth & Tongue) performing under the direction of musical director Pete Luscombe (RocKwiz) with the EG Allstars. Davey Lane will also perform a Jim Keays tribute and the evening will conclude with Daddy Cool’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert.

Tickets are $50+bf to the public on sale Monday 4th August via Music Victoria members and The Age subscribers can access a special discounted ticket offer of $40+bf. A limited number of corporate booths are available – please contact Music Victoria to purchase.

The Awards continue their long association with the musicians’ charity Support Act Limited, donating $5 from each ticket to the organisation.

  Tickets are on sale Monday 4th August for $50+bf at 

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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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