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Posted 22 Dec 2014 @ 9:27pm

Melbourne’s inner north suburbs make up Australia’s songwriting capital, according to figures released by APRA AMCOS. Most of the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society’s national members are based there.


Brunswick has taken over from Northcote, which after being at Australia’s #1 spot for ten years now drops to #2. In...

Posted 20 Dec 2014 @ 4:01pm

Big Day Out has gone through yet another ownership change. It is now owned by America’s Live Nation Entertainment, which late last week bought out Texas-based C3 Presents.


C3, which runs the Lollapalooza festivals in five cities and Austin City Limits festival, bought a half-share in the long running Australian festival from founder Ken West, and later brought in Soundwave...

Posted 10 Dec 2014 @ 6:22pm

The City of Melbourne voted 6—3 last night against Palace Theatre owner Jinshan Investments’ application to demolish the heritage building.


Lord Mayor Robert Doyle was one of those who voted for the demolition, citing “planning consistency being important.” The Melbourne Heritage Action group attacked his reasoning as “a complete misunderstanding of the entire process of...

Posted 8 Dec 2014 @ 8:59am

As City of Melbourne ponder heritage listing for the Palace Theatre site, a new scenario has unveiled.


The British venue and events company which expressed interest in buying and renovating the Palace Theatre earlier in the year, has confirmed it is still interested in the purchase.
The firm’s Australian director is Greg Young, former owner and managing director...

Posted 5 Dec 2014 @ 5:51pm

Melbourne-based singer songwriters Husky Gawenda and Meg Mac won the first two spots in the 2014 Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition.


Gawenda took out the $50,000 prize for Saint Joan, recorded by his band Husky. The love song was based on the biblical tale of Jonah and the whale. He said he was still not sure how he would spend the prize.
One time The Age...

Posted 5 Dec 2014 @ 12:07pm

A petition with 600 signatures to have Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum honoured with his own laneway will be handed to Lord Mayor Robert Doyle today.


The campaign was started last month by radio hosts Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann and Brigitte Duclos from Gold FM. They’re pushing for a laneway near the Forum Theatre. But others in the music industry have said that given his long time high...

Posted 27 Nov 2014 @ 6:48pm

Melbourne City Council’s Future Melbourne Committee will discuss a report on the Palace Theatre’s Local Heritage significance next Tuesday (December 2).


The report was commissioned as a result of the Future Melbourne Committee asking in October to provide an assessment of the significant of the external and internal components of the Bourke Street site in the City.

Posted 24 Nov 2014 @ 10:07am

Obese Records is moving its retail operations online, and closing down its store in Frankston.


The move will take place in early 2015. In a statement about its online move, Obese said, “With a new facelift and a more efficient navigation system, clientele will have access to the same quality products, brand new local and international apparel as well as an extensive range of...

Posted 21 Nov 2014 @ 11:53am

Jazzhead Records, set up in 1996 by Joe Camilleri and business partner Andrew Walker to release Australian jazz and improvised music, is launching a new free afternoon live sessions from this weekend.


The Jazzhead Sundays series are held at Lady Grange in St Kilda (1 Fitzroy St) and are set to take the music from Australia’s largest jazz label beyond jazz fans to a wider...

Posted 20 Nov 2014 @ 10:53am

Dan Sultan took a critical risk in changing the creative team around him before making the Blackbird album in Nashville. The decision was vindicated yet again last night.  The acclaimed chart topping Blackbird was named Best Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards while he also went home with the Best Male Artist trophy.


Courtney Barnett woke up in Germany, where she is touring...

Posted 18 Nov 2014 @ 6:41pm

With yet another example of why Melbourne is the nation’s music capital, Chet Faker, Mia Dyson and Meg Mac took out the 10th J Awards, celebrated with a big party at Howler.


Chet Faker’s Built On Glass took Australian Album of the Year, joining past winners as Gotye, Tame Impala and Flume.
Richard Kingsmill says of the album: “Faker steers a course through each...

Posted 12 Nov 2014 @ 2:29pm

The new arts and entertainment hub opening in February on the site of the old George Cinemas in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, will be called Alex Theatre St Kilda.


Programming live shows and cinema, it will house two state-of-the-art theatres, with a 500-capacity and 330-capacity, which can be used as a live music, theatre or cinema rooms. A 250-seater space can also be used for...

Posted 3 Nov 2014 @ 4:44pm

In the run up to the state elections, the Australian Labor Party today promised to deliver a $22.2 million package called Music Works – to develop the Victorian contemporary music industry and support local jobs.


The announcement was made by Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews and Shadow Minister for Arts and Youth Affairs, Martin Foley at Sing Sing Studios.
“A Labor...

Posted 31 Oct 2014 @ 12:37pm

Venue owner Tim Northeast, booker Justin Rudge and retired accountant Barry Williams were elected onto the Music Victoria board last night.


The peak music association held its AGM at Bakehouse Studios in Richmond.. About 36 voting members heard reports from CEO Patrick Donovan and the Music Victoria Committee members on its activities and achievements over the last 12 months,...

Posted 31 Oct 2014 @ 9:25am

Medium and small venues in Melbourne and Victoria have had a major win, with the Building Amendment (Live Music) Regulations 2014 coming into operation this week.


The change allows smaller venues to put on live music without being required to comply with 9b requirements under the Building Code of Australia in the state of Victoria. It came into effect on Wednesday October 29....

Posted 24 Oct 2014 @ 2:43pm

Face The Music has announced its two-day program as well as its latest round of speakers. Emphasising mostly on the grassroots level of music careers, the conference looks at building and sustaining careers.


I Come From A Band Down Under: what has caused the overseas breakthrough of acts like Vance Joy, Sheppard, Kimbra, The Jezabels and Gotye, and how can other Australian...

Posted 23 Oct 2014 @ 10:54am

Indigenous music association Songlines is celebrating the life of murdered student Josh Hardy with a tribute show and fundraiser this Saturday.


A Tribute To Josh is at the Bella Union in Carlton from 8pm, with $10 at the door. James Henry and Kutcha Edwards will perform, while Kiwat Kennell does a DJ set.
All ticket sales will be donated to the Hardy Family,...

Posted 22 Oct 2014 @ 1:37pm

15 music acts, festivals and organisations were recipients of the latest round of VicArts grants, announced today.


Saskwatch/Terrific Industries received $21,000 to record a new album, while also receiving funding towards making their next albums were The Getaway Plan ($13,168), singer songwriter Fraser A Gorman ($10,000), refugee hip hop act FLYBZ, for new work featuring Paul...

Posted 17 Oct 2014 @ 10:38am

The nominees for the 2014 The Age Music Victoria awards were unveiled last night – along with the winners of the 11 genre awards.


“Not many states in the world have such a depth of talent in so many different genres to even justify a Genre Awards,” pointed out Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan. “These bands are the best of the best, and you can see them play at your local...

Posted 13 Oct 2014 @ 10:14am

The City of Yarra has come to the rescue of the 50 live music venues in its region with a funding pool of $25,000 to help soundproof their buildings.


The City of Yarra covers musically active areas as Brunswick Collingwood, Richmond, Fitzroy (including North Carlton), Northcote and parts of Alphington and Fairfield.  These are areas where the 50 music venues (out of the area’s...

Posted 10 Oct 2014 @ 5:33pm

Ed Nimmervoll, pioneering Australian music journalist, author and historian passed away early this morning in Melbourne.


He was 67, and had been battling a brain tumour. After collapsing at the ARIA awards in Sydney last year, he had undergone surgery in December.
His daughter Amber posted he was surrounded by his family at his passing.

Posted 9 Oct 2014 @ 2:07pm

Three Melbourne musicians who emerged from a rock background were among those nominated last night for the 2014 Screen Music Awards.


They are former John Farnham keyboard player David Hirschfelder, guitar virtuoso Jeff Lang and one time Boom Crash Opera member Richard Pleasance.
Hirschfelder is up for two nominations in the prestigious Feature Film Score of the...

Posted 8 Oct 2014 @ 9:08pm

Remi, Courtney Barnett, Dan Sultan and the Paul Grabowsky Sextet flew the Melbourne flag at the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards tonight.


First time nominee Remi had two wins, reflecting what a breakthrough year 2014 has been for him. His second album Raw X Infinity took Best Independent Hip Hop Album plus he also got the prized $50,000 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant....

Posted 8 Oct 2014 @ 12:15pm

The Palace Theatre could be saved as a venue, depending on whether it gets its heritage protection.


A global developer has been holding preliminary discussions in recent months with potential stakeholders as the State Government, City of Melbourne, associations as Music Victoria and a number of promoters before going public with its plans.
Its idea is to buy and...

Posted 5 Oct 2014 @ 11:02am

Melbourne City Council will vote on heritage protection for the Palace Theatre on Tuesday October 7. 


The music venue on Bourke Street in the CBD has been closed since May. But the battle continues to revive it although campaigners acknowledge its options are getting narrow.
The latest vote follows Heritage Victoria’s decision in July not to acknowledge the 100-...

Posted 30 Sep 2014 @ 11:05am

Digital music streaming service Rdio Australia has signed on as Major Partner of this month’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards.


As part of the deal, Rdio will present the Best Independent Album trophy at the Melbourne event. “Rdio is passionate about championing local independent talent and we hope this partnership will give Australia’s best up-and-coming artists the...

Posted 25 Sep 2014 @ 5:29pm

Shock Records’ punk imprint Halfcut has today announced it has signed Melbourne post-hardcore merchants Belle Haven.



They join a roster with Sydney’s Caufield (its last signing, in September 2013), Crossfaith, Thy Art Is Murder, Gallows and While She Sleeps.
Belle Haven release their new single Hunt For Health next week (which they...

Posted 11 Sep 2014 @ 4:10pm

Melbourne acts totally dominated the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant nominations shortlist which were announced this afternoon.


Four of the five names were from Melbourne, including Fractures, Remi, Saskwatch and The Smith Street Band. The sole exception was Canberra electro-trio SAFIA.
Last year’s inaugural Grant was also awarded to a Melbourne act, King Gizzard...

Posted 8 Sep 2014 @ 9:55am

Chet Faker and Courtney Barnett lead Melbourne’s charge in the nominations for the ninth Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards.


In the list, announced this morning, Faker was up for three, and Barnett up for two.
Faker is vying for Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album and Best Independent Dance, Electronica Album for his self-produced debut Built On...

Posted 4 Sep 2014 @ 11:28am

A large Canadian delegation will be in Melbourne next week to showcase emerging acts, speak about why Canada should be an essential stop for Australian acts, and to meet with local industry executives and musicians.


“Canadian Blast” is put on by Music Export Canada on Monday September 8 at Ding Dong Lounge in Market Lane in Chinatown.
Open free to the public are...