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Posted 19 May 2015 @ 12:18pm

The Victorian Civil And Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing between the Palace Theatre and City of Melbourne will be reheard in spring, most likely in September.


As revealed by Beat some weeks ago, the case heard over March and April was halted when Palace Theatre developer Jinshan Investment Group claimed a conflict of interest by one of those presiding.

Posted 15 May 2015 @ 1:22pm

This year’s Reclink Community Cup theme will be ‘Feel’n Kinda Sporty’. It's inspired by the Dave Graney & The Coral Snakes’ mid-1990s song of that name, which won Best Video at the 1997 ARIAs for direction by Tony Mahoney.


According to organisers, “It pays homage to the fact that Melbourne prides itself as one of the music and sporting capitals of the world. The town’s...

Posted 13 May 2015 @ 10:48am

Paul Kelly is the recipient of this year’s JC Williamson Award, Live Performance Australia announced this morning.


Live Performance Australia is the peak association covering all aspects of the live sector in this country, and runs the annual Helpmann awards.
The JC Williamson Award, named after a top theatrical entrepreneur, is given to someone who has made an...

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 4:37pm

Some major global record, publishing and agency deals have been struck for Australian musicians and songwriters out of the BIGSOUND conference and showcase in the past.


So it’s good news that 20 global and Australian A&R executives are among those winging their way to Brisbane for the 2015 event in September.
Among them are RCA Records’ Senior Director of A...

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 3:24pm

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget will invest $12.2 million in Victoria’s music sector. The Music Works package includes initiatives to support young and emerging musicians and live music venues, boosting tourism and creating jobs. The sum is about half of what the industry was hoping to get.


Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley said today, “Victoria is the music capital...

Posted 4 May 2015 @ 12:17pm

The City of Melbourne today opened applications for its Arts Grants Program. It funds one-off projects of up to $20,000 in the categories of Arts Projects; Residencies and Indigenous Arts.


The grants are part of the City’s commitment to support the arts, and open to all artists, arts and community organisations for projects in any art form that take place in the City of...

Posted 30 Apr 2015 @ 3:19pm

The City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee meeting on Tuesday May 5 will include a discussion on the heritage review of the Palace Theatre building.


Those wanting to make a verbal submission on the case are advised it is held from 5. 30m at Council Meeting Room, Level 2, Town Hall Administration Building.


A heritage review of the Bourke Street building...

Posted 23 Apr 2015 @ 4:44pm

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has announced that the hearing involving the Palace Theatre building on 20-30 Bourke Street in the CBD will have to be re-heard, the parties Save the Palace, National Trust Victoria and Melbourne Heritage Action Group have been advised.


According to a...

Posted 13 Apr 2015 @ 11:35am

Tour promoter Live Nation Australasia is one of the three on the shortlist to run the Palais Theatre in St. Kilda, Port Phillip Council announced. Altogether it received 37 applications for the long term lease.


The other two are Sydney’s Playbill and the current operator Palais Theatre Management. The three will now have to put forward proposals on their strategies to operate...

Posted 13 Apr 2015 @ 10:40am

Things are not looking good for consumers in Melbourne (and Australia) who illegally download and share music, movies and TV series.


Two events last week showed how the battle against online piracy is intensifying. There is also more bad news from the secret trade talks for the Asia-Pacific region, which is being led by the US and Japan, and which could make illegal downloading...

Posted 30 Mar 2015 @ 2:13pm

The new owner of the three Hi-Fi Bars, Max Watt’s Operating Pty Ltd, has wasted no time in putting its stamp on the music venues.


As was indicated when the Glen Iris-based company was set up on Sunday February 5, the names Max Watt’s Melbourne, Max Watt’s Brisbane and Max Watt’s Sydney were registered.
In what Max Watt’s Operating’s CEO Greg Bourke says, music...

Posted 27 Mar 2015 @ 10:07am

Qantas is offering additional baggage allowance for musicians from Monday April 13. It is an update of its first allowance, which came into effect in 2012.


This comes just a week after the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) and Travel Beyond Group unveiled a series of discounts for touring Australian musicians with Virgin, car hire and hotels/apartments.

Posted 25 Mar 2015 @ 12:32pm

Gotye, M-Phazes, Illy, Stonefield and Joel Fletcher were among the Melbourne acts which took out wins at last night’s APRA awards in Sydney.


Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know, written by Wally de Backer and Luiz Bonfa, took Most Played Australian Work Overseas for the third year in a row.


Co-writers Illy and M-Phazes won Urban Work of the Year for Tightrope...

Posted 19 Mar 2015 @ 2:30pm

Music Victoria has struck a deal that will save Australian musicians thousands of dollars when they go on tour.


The deal, with the Travel Beyond Group, offers massive discounts on flights, car hire and accommodation for Music Victoria members.
In an Australian first, Travel Beyond Group has designed a dedicated travel portal for members who register to make their...

Posted 16 Mar 2015 @ 4:10pm

After a month in administration, The Hi-Fi bars in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane have a new owner. The deal is expected to be officially signed in two weeks.


The music venues are now taken over by Max Watt’s Operating Pty Ltd. ASIC documents show that the company was set up last month. It is headquartered in Glen Iris, Melbourne, with offices in Sydney and Brisbane.

Posted 13 Mar 2015 @ 10:13am

The City of Melbourne has proposed a firmer heritage listing for the Palace Theatre. It will protect all of the exterior, not just the façade, which will make it harder to demolish.


The Amendment C241 follows a recommendation by the Heritage Council of Victoria that the Bourke Street site in the CBD could be of local heritage significance. The City commissioned an independent...

Posted 5 Mar 2015 @ 9:20am

Melbourne hip hop group Remi’s Raw X Infinity took out the $30,000 Australian Music Prize for most creative album released in 2014.


Aside from 23-year-old socio-political MC Remi Kolawole, the act also includes Sensible J (Dustin Smith) and Dutch (Daniel Siwes). Remi and Sensible picked up their award at a ceremony in Sydney at Paddington Town Hall attended by 200 invite-only...

Posted 23 Feb 2015 @ 1:32pm

The nine finalists for the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands have been announced, with the winner going for the grand prize of $11,000. They play at the Moomba Festival’s Push Stage at The Green between 1pm to 5.45 pm.


The nine are A-Ron & J.Jay (Craigieburn), The Bean Project (Upway), Ember Rain (Melton), The Evercold (Narre Warren), The Flats (Wellington), Horris...

Posted 18 Feb 2015 @ 6:58pm

Amphlett Lane opened in the Melbourne CBD this afternoon, situated off Little Bourke Street between Spring and Exhibition.


The unveiling of the street sign was attended by Chrissy Amphlett’s widower and Cold Chisel drummer Charley Drayton, cousin Patricia “Little Pattie” Amphlett and other members of her family, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Councillor Rohan Leppert (Chair of...

Posted 16 Feb 2015 @ 1:58pm

The Hi-Fi Bar venues in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney are expected to be sold within four weeks, says administrator Simon Nelson, from Melbourne accounting firm Romanis Cant.


It is believed that buyers are already on the radar, and the strategy is to sell the three clubs as a package. Obviously if that is not achieved, the clubs will be closed down.
The Melbourne...

Posted 11 Feb 2015 @ 9:02pm

An academic conference discussing the legacy of David Bowie will be held in Melbourne this year to coincide with the ground-breaking Victoria and Albert Museum multimedia exhibition David Bowie Is.


The exhibition will run at ACMI between July 16 to November 1 as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.
The seminar, The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie...

Posted 10 Feb 2015 @ 7:37pm

A proposed six storey apartment block on Nicholson Street in East Brunswick could cause severe broadcasting problems for Triple R.


Triple R has been headquartered at 221 Nicholson St, on the corner of Nicholson & Blyth, since 2004. The property at 122-124 Nicholson Street was a store and warehouse until it was sold last October.
The planning application by...

Posted 6 Feb 2015 @ 2:11pm

The Yarra City Council have provided the Old Bar with a new door.


The new door will help soundproof the venue to prevent noise complaints from nearby residents. The bar, which hosts live music seven nights a week, was provided with the upgrade as part of the Yarra City Council's Live Music Grants Program.

Posted 30 Jan 2015 @ 4:50pm

Victorian hard rock band Airbourne have signed a worldwide deal with global heavy metal label Spinefarm Records.


Spinefarm, which started out in Finland in 1989 by Sami Tenetz from Thy Serpent, has subsidiaries in the UK and the US. Since 2002 it has been part of the Universal Music Group but operates as an independent company.
Acts on its roster includes...

Posted 25 Jan 2015 @ 2:44pm

Australian music fans continue to embrace streaming and subscriptions services. According to ARIA’s wholesale figures for 2014, released today, both doubled in revenue.


Subscription service income jumped twofold to $23 million. Revenue from streaming services was up 111% from 2013. Digital subscription and free ad-supported models now make up 10% of the total market. The...

Posted 15 Jan 2015 @ 12:08pm

Songs by over a dozen Melbourne songwriters made it to the shortlist of the APRA Song of the Year, announced this morning.


The 24 songs on the list included three by Chet Faker and two by Courtney Barnett. Other songs are by Dan Sultan, Augie March, Russell Morris, Blue King Brown, Torquay-born Mia Dyson, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and The Peep Tempel,

Posted 14 Jan 2015 @ 7:48pm

Melbourne acts Courtney Barnett and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are among those playing America’s Bonnaroo 2015.


They join a bill including Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Billy Joel, deadmau5, My Morning Jacket, Slayer, Ben Folds, Alabama Shakes, Robert Plant, Belle and Sebastian, Florence and the Machine and Jamie XX and Childish Gambino.
The festival...

Posted 13 Jan 2015 @ 3:27pm

Perth-based national tour company Life Is Noise has confirmed that it is setting up a Melbourne office.


Its plans to expand into Melbourne were revealed last month by Beat. Now its director, Dave Cutbush, has confirmed that its new Operations Manager, Jack Midalia, will set up the Melbourne office.
Midalia was formerly living in Perth, where he worked at arts and...

Posted 9 Jan 2015 @ 9:52am

Patrick Donovan, CEO of Music Victoria, is also the new chair of the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), a collection of peak state music associations.


He takes over from Denise Foley, who stepped down from the role after two years after she left as Executive Officer of Queensland’s QMusic (a role she held for nine years) to become the producer of Brisbane’s BIGSOUND...

Posted 29 Dec 2014 @ 2:45pm

The Save The Palace Theatre battle over the Bourke Street building is going to the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).


The building’s owner, Jinshan Investments, has already applied to VCAT to demolish the building.
The City of Melbourne indicated it would take on the campaign.
On December 23, the Save The Palace Committee,...