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Posted 19 Nov 2015 @ 6:49pm

Two of Melbourne’s greatest musical exports won at the 2015 J Awards held in Sydney this afternoon.


Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit took out Australian Album of the Year.
Speaking to Veronica & Lewis on triple j, Barnett exclaimed, “I’m very excited and honoured to win this award. It’s amazing. It’s a nice feeling for something...

Posted 12 Nov 2015 @ 10:58am

“This song has two chords in it so… sucked in,” Courtney Barnett quipped as she picked up the Best Song guitar shaped trophy for Depreston.


It was one of four wins for her at the 10th The Age Music Victoria Awards, held at 170 Russell last night.
Just back from New Zealand and involved in the remarkable Archie Roach ABC Radio broadcast, Barnett also took out Best...

Posted 12 Nov 2015 @ 9:34am

Last night’s The Age Music Victoria Awards got a boost when Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley joined the audience and announced that the State Government was to invest $704,078 in local music.


The latest funding, part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $12.2 million Music Works package, will benefit Victorian musicians, bands, music festivals, venues and industry...

Posted 9 Nov 2015 @ 11:31am

Initial plans by the owners of The Espy in St Kilda to reopen in time for the summer months are up in the air.


The long time music venue closed in May for extensive renovations that were set to increase its status as a live music space. These included sound and lighting upgrades to the Gershwin Room which hosts RocKwiz.
At the time, owners said, “Improvements will...

Posted 23 Oct 2015 @ 10:24am

Courtney Barnett blitzed the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards held for the tenth year at North Melbourne’s Meat Market last night. She won Best Independent Artist for a second year in a row, Best independent Album for Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Best Independent Single/EP for Depreston, while her Milk! Records took out Best Independent Label.



Posted 7 Oct 2015 @ 1:21pm

Melbourne acts Courtney Barnett and Vance Joy lead the nominations for next month’s ARIA awards. These were announced in Sydney this morning.


Barnett had eight nominations. They included Album Of The Year, Best Female Artist, Best Independent Release, Best Rock Album, Breakthrough Artist and the publicly voted categories for Best Australian Live Act and Best Video for the song...

Posted 7 Oct 2015 @ 1:20pm

The Face The Music conference has announced 16 new speakers, six of them from triple j and the ABC.


The latest additions are Dave Ruby Howe (triple j Unearthed), Nicole Cheek (triple j) Dorothy Markek (Double J), Jacinta Parsons (ABC Local Radio), Joanna Cameron (One of One), Amy Terrill (Music Canada), Professor Robert Kronenburg (University of Liverpool), Councillor Rohan...

Posted 5 Oct 2015 @ 9:36am

Melbourne venues have been the most successful Australia-wide in the third quarter of the year, says a US report. The data was collated by US based global live music bible Pollstar.


Rod Laver Arena was ranked #30 in the list of Top 200 arenas in the world after selling 289, 924 tickets in the period. It lead over Perth Arena (#33), Sydney’s Allphone Arena (#51) and Qantas...

Posted 30 Sep 2015 @ 1:33pm

The inaugural one-day Melbourne Music Symposium will be held on Thursday November 12 at the Melbourne Town Hall, the City of Melbourne announced this afternoon. It will explore its status as one of the great music cities of the world.


The speakers include Canada’s Amy Terrill, Vice President of Public Affairs at the Music Canada association, Professor Robert Kronenburg, (Roscoe...

Posted 25 Sep 2015 @ 4:10pm

A report released by Music Victoria called Women in the Victorian Contemporary Music Industry has unearthed some alarming issues.


The music industry might see itself as promoting an enlightened liberated view of society. But in real life the industry, not helped by the fact that the majority of its decision makers are male, is conservative in a lot of its attitudes.

Posted 18 Sep 2015 @ 3:54pm

Through the Victorian state government’s new Music Works - Quick Response grants, five acts and two executives will be attending College Music Journal Music Marathon (CMJ) in New York next month.


Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley announced  $50,000 in grants this morning.
They will support Fraser A Gorman, Pierce Brothers, pop outfit Good Morning, EDM...

Posted 18 Sep 2015 @ 3:20pm

Alarm bells rang this week when the sound of electric tools and incessant banging was heard from inside the Palace Theatre site on Bourke St.  The building is currently going through a heritage review.


Members of Melbourne City Council and the Save The Palace group rushed to investigate if this was a repeat of last November’s stripping of plaster and century-old decorations...

Posted 16 Sep 2015 @ 11:11am

Five acts were announced this morning for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. Treading the boards on Thursday October 22 at Meat Market in North Melbourne are, alphabetically, Airling, Bad//Dreems, Dead Letter Circus, Frank Yamma and Harts.


All five not only show off the versatility of the Australian indie scene, but have had a great 12 months.

Posted 15 Sep 2015 @ 2:37pm

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)’s Palace Theatre hearing, set for Monday September 28, has been rescheduled for Monday February 22 next year.


The reason given was that the heritage expert to give evidence was going on holidays.
In the meantime, site owner Jinshan Investments has submitted yet a new plan. It will see the facade of the 103-...

Posted 10 Sep 2015 @ 10:34am

Workers in the Australian entertainment industry may be satisfied with doing work they love and tests their creative, entrepreneurial and community skills.


But they were 5-7 times more likely than the general population to consider suicide in the last 12 months – and road crew members nine times more. Actual suicide attempts were double that of mainstream society, while rates...

Posted 4 Sep 2015 @ 1:49pm

National figures released this morning by Live Performance Australia (LPA) showed that the live performance industry contributed $1.51 billion to the Australian economy last year.


The sector – covering contemporary music, opera, classical, musical theatre, theatre, comedy and dance – sold 18.54 million in total, according to the annual Ticket Attendance and Revenue Survey 2014...

Posted 12 Aug 2015 @ 7:18pm

Australia’s live music sector contributes a total of $15.7 billion to the country in economic, social and cultural terms, according to a new report.


The Economic and Cultural Value of Live Music in Australia 2014 was researched by the University of Tasmania and released by the Sydney-based Live Music Office.


The study combined a national consumer survey...

Posted 7 Aug 2015 @ 9:42am

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Which scribe started an interview, “Don’t like your new album much”?
Is Aussie music streaming Guvera about to list after a “large” injection of cash?
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Posted 5 Aug 2015 @ 11:06am

AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association) this morning announced plans for its 10th annual independent music awards, and for its 20th year.


The 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, supported by Rdio as a major partner, is held on Thursday October 22 at Meat Market in North Melbourne. Performers will be announced soon.
This year, the amount of...

Posted 22 Jul 2015 @ 5:33pm

Victoria is to set up a task force to address incidences of sexual assault and harassment of women in licensed venues and festivals, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett announced.


This followed a meeting yesterday of the Victorian Live Music Roundtable where venue operators and music industry execs meet regularly with the Government and...

Posted 12 Jul 2015 @ 7:41pm

A mid-year report of the global concert scene by America’s global live music sector bible Pollstar shows that Melbourne well and truly deserves its music capital tag – not only in Australia but around the world.


The Palais Theatre was the sole Australian entrant in Top 100 Global Theatres, at #26 after selling 106,951 over the last six months.
The Top 100 Clubs...

Posted 9 Jul 2015 @ 6:47pm

A Change.org campaign has been started by some of the Victorian music industry for the State Government to consider putting The Live Music State on licence plates.


The online petition to get 5,000 signatures to present to the Government can be found...

Posted 8 Jul 2015 @ 5:07pm

The Victorian government have announced the new Music Works Grants designed to boost the state’s contemporary music industry.


The new Creative Victoria program is set up to support musicians, music managers and industry organisations at all stages of their careers.
This includes creating and recording music, initiatives that build up the industry (workshops,...

Posted 3 Jul 2015 @ 12:17pm

Registrations have opened for band and film showcase submissions for South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, next March. As a result it is hosting a number of free meet and greet nights around the country where SXSW virgins (or semi-virgins!) can pick up tips from veterans and network with others before you get there.


SXSW is one of the major trade events and conferences in...

Posted 23 Jun 2015 @ 10:06am

Chet Faker, Kylie Minogue and Tim Rogers are among the Melbourne names nominated for this year’s Helpmann Awards.


The awards cover all aspects of live performance, including classical, opera, dance and musical theatre, there are three contemporary music categories.
Up for Best Australian Contemporary Concert are Chet Faker, Jimmy Barnes, Kylie Minogue and Tina...

Posted 22 Jun 2015 @ 9:24am

The Triple R 102.7FM/PBS 106.7FM Megahertz gave the musicians’ team Rockdogs a thrashing at yesterday’s Reclink Community Cup at Elsternwick Park.


The ‘Hertz lead the game from the start, and won 9.10.64 to the Doggies’ 5.7.37. Alex Casablancas from Megahertz, won the Stephen Connelly Award for best on ground.
Organisers say over 10,000 attended the 21st game, a...

Posted 22 Jun 2015 @ 9:16am

Rumours are that the Croxton Park Hotel – on High Street on the border of Thornbury and Northcote – is being revived as a major venue.


Currently it still has live entertainment on the weekends with a suburban family vibe.
But Beat hears that a promoter associated with previous live music venues has struck a deal with owners to relaunch it in October as a weekly...

Posted 15 Jun 2015 @ 12:30pm

The ten Victorian music names to be inducted into this year’s The Age/Music Victoria Hall of Fame for their contributed to the Victorian music scene were announced this morning at a media call at the Palais Theatre.


They are alphabetically: AC/DC, Bill Armstrong whose Armstrong Studios is where some classic Melbourne records were cut and launched, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-...

Posted 9 Jun 2015 @ 10:47am

The Victorian State Government issued two pieces of good news for Melbourne’s live music venues – financial help with soundproofing, and a lift on the ban of late night trading for smaller establishments.


Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Jane Garrett, was at Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane to launch the $250,000 Live Music Attenuation Assistance Program,...

Posted 28 May 2015 @ 9:11pm

The long awaited Rowland S. Howard Lane gets its official opening on Thursday June 4 at 9.30 am. The wall on the lane, between Jackson Street and Eildon Road in St Kilda near the car park, will be adorned with permanent street art and posters as a reminder of Howard’s creativity.


Attending will be members of Howard’s family and his long time collaborator Genevieve McGuckin....