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Posted 3 Sep 2014 @ 3:57pm

Melbourne City Council last night unanimously approved for a laneway in the heart of the city to be named after singer Chrissy Amphlett.


It sits off the top end of Chinatown on Lt Bourke St near Spring St and backs onto the recently closed Palace Theatre where Chrissie played with The Divinyls.
An ecstatic Counciillor Rohan Leppert tweeted after the vote: “...

Posted 3 Sep 2014 @ 11:06am

The Australian music industry this morning launched an ambitious campaign called Bandwagon to raise $100,000 for the industry’s benevolent fund Support Act Ltd. The Pozible campaign is located here.


At the launch, held at Allans Billy Hyde’s flagship Melbourne store, were long time Support Act Ltd supporters as “Molly”...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 8:31pm

The successful A Day On The Green winery shows is debuting a similar format for a younger audience called Rolling Green this summer.


It plays Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley on Sunday April 5, headlined by The Black Keys, who will be joined by Spiderbait, Band Of Skulls and Bad//Dreems.
Rolling Green will also be staged in the Hunter Valley in the NSW the...

Posted 29 Aug 2014 @ 12:52pm

Six months after it was closed as a movie theatre, the site of the old George Cinema in St Kilda will become a live entertainment venue by the end of the year.


It is now owned by film and theatre producer Aleksander Vass, with former Her Majesty’s Theatre GM Richard Fitzgerald set to run the new venue.
Aside from music concerts, it will also showcase plays,...

Posted 29 Aug 2014 @ 10:09am

Melbourne City Council will take a vote on whether Corporation Lane 1639, a dead end laneway off Lt Bourke St near Spring St, should be renamed Chrissy Amphlett Lane.


A change.org petition set up after the Divinyls singer died in 2013 at the age of 53, has drawn 7,300 signatures.  Among those were her husband Charey Drayton, Michael Gudinski,  Baby Animals’ Suze de Marchi, her...

Posted 28 Aug 2014 @ 11:32am

Musician, record producer and all-round indie music legend Steve Albini was announced this morning as the first international keynote speaker for the Face The Music music industry conference in November.


Albini’s punk rock attitude to recording has seen him engineer 1,500 albums – including Nirvana, the Pixies, PJ Harvey and The Stooges – and his current band Shellac releases...

Posted 27 Aug 2014 @ 11:07am

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) announced that Sheppard, Remi, DMA’s, SAFIA and Meg Mac will perform at the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards.


All five have been significant success stories in the Australian independent sector in the past 12 months.
Sheppard were a major mainstream breakthrough. Their single Geronimo stayed at #1 for...

Posted 19 Aug 2014 @ 11:28am

The reunited Hunters & Collectors and Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band were among the 44 winners at last night’s 14th Helpmann Awards in Sydney.


The Hunnas took Best Australian Contemporary Concert for their 12 headlining shows this year, ten for Roundhouse Entertainment’s A Day On The Green winery series, and theatre shows produced by Frontier Touring. They also...

Posted 19 Aug 2014 @ 10:10am

This year’s Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards head to a new space, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) announced this morning.


The awards, in their ninth year, are staged on Wednesday October 8 at North Melbourne’s Historic Meat Market. They were held at Revolt in Kensington in the past three years.
Awards presented during the evening...

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 4:58pm

The Australia Council for the Arts has unveiled a new artist-centric grants model that will allow a great diversity of artists and organisations to apply for funding.


The new model – with five grant programs, streamlined criteria and opportunities to apply for multiple stages of a project in one application – will come into effect in January 2015. It is the most significant...

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 9:48am

Community world music orchestra, Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde, in collaboration with the Darebin Music Feast, is hosting the inaugural 2014 Composition Competition for composers who live, work or study in the City of Darebin. Submissions close on Friday August 29 at 5pm.


Composers are invited to submit a two page instrumental tune that fits stylistically with the Orkeztra Glasso...

Posted 18 Aug 2014 @ 9:37am

Melbourne has once again proved to be the music capital of Australia, with Victoria generating the most revenue and attendance per capita through 2013.


This was according to Live Performance Australia (LPA)’s annual Ticket Attendance & Revenue Survey 2013 which was released this morning. The entire live performance sector – which covers contemporary music, musical theatre,...

Posted 13 Aug 2014 @ 10:43am

Melbourne associations and talent shared in the latest Australia Council grants worth $1.5 million.


Of 24 national music associations who got funding, Contemporary Music Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Association for Melbourne Jazz Presentation t/a Melbourne Jazz Co-Operative each received $50,000.
JOLT Sonic and Visual Arts Inc got $49,600, The...

Posted 11 Aug 2014 @ 1:22pm

The PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) and the Australia Council of the Arts are jointly offering recording grants worth $15,000 to make new music.


Applications close on November 25. For more information and to apply, go to australiacouncil.gov.au/grants/. Applicants must...

Posted 10 Aug 2014 @ 2:28pm

First week registrations by Australians for South By Southwest Music, Film & Interactive Festivals & Conferences in March 2015 in Austin, Texas, has been the strongest it’s ever been – and the bulk of these are from the country’s live music capital.


The festival’s Australian, NZ and Hawaiian representative Phil Tripp told Beat that 55% of the music and 60% of...

Posted 10 Aug 2014 @ 10:08am

Melbourne musician, producer and label owner Robert “Bo” Boehm passed away in hospital, at 55, after problems with heart disease. 


His bands Too Much Hair For The BBC, Butterflies In The Machine, Clowns Smiling Backwards and Winduptoys helped shape the city’s underground psychedelic, industrial and electro-loop sounds.
Born in Germany and...

Posted 8 Aug 2014 @ 10:21am

Entries have opened for the Darebin Music Feast 2014 Songwriters Awards. It is open to any songwriter who lives, works or studies in the City of Darebin.


The prize package includes $2,000 cash courtesy the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), studio time at Head Gap Studios, mastering at Indie Masters, duplication services thanks to Implant Media, a $200 Guitar...

Posted 4 Aug 2014 @ 2:23pm

Victoria is set to get a host of new laws governing live music – including the much sought after Agent of Change to protect music venues – the State Government announced today.


The changes come as part of the Live Music Action Agenda, and announced by Minister for Planning Matthew Guy, Minister for Liquor and Gaming  Regulation Edward O’Donohue, and Minister for Environment and...

Posted 1 Aug 2014 @ 10:50am

Two of the most influential Melbourne-based names through the years on Australian rock culture – Daddy Cool and rock journalist and author Ed Nimmervoll – will be inducted into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame on Wednesday November 19 as part of their awards.


The awards, which traditionally draw 80,000 votes from the public, are held during Melbourne Music Week at 170...

Posted 28 Jul 2014 @ 10:10am

Cherry Bar’s quest to raise $30,000 through a crowd-sourcing campaign through PledgeMusic to sound-proof the venue has been a smash success.


It closed after two days and set a new record in Australia for such campaigns run in the music industry.
James Young, co-owner and booker of the ACDC Lane venue, intended to run the campaign for 42 days. He turned to fans to...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 8:16pm

In the same week that Cherry Bar in ACDC Lane in the City launched a PledgeMusic campaign to raise money for sound proofing, Tago Mago on High St in Thornbury has announced a benefit concert on Saturday August 2 to help pay for sound proofing following noise complaints.


It starts at 12 pm and tickets are $20 at the door. Acts on the bill so far are Spencer P Jones & Escape...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 7:27pm

Dan Sultan leads the nominations for this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) with five mentions


The acclaim comes as the Melbourne singer/songwriter enjoys a successful year, with his third album Blackbird getting rave reviews and half of his current 22-date national tour with Stonefield sold out. Sultan is up for Artist of the Year against Sheila Morris, Jessica...

Posted 23 Jul 2014 @ 11:19am

Rock'n'roll is noise pollution, according to current laws. For 14 years, Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane has not had one noise complaint. But that is probably about to change with a 12-storey 189-apartment residential development at Flinders Street set to open next month. Its north facing balconies directly look over the Cherry.


James Young, co-owner and booker of the venue says that...

Posted 22 Jul 2014 @ 10:32pm

Live music advocacy group Save Live Australia’s Music (SLAM) has lost patience with Victoria’s Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy.


In a statement headlined “Where are the live music reforms you promised?”, SLAM stated, “The music community has lost faith with the Minister for Planning’s inaction on implementing the Agent of Change principle in the planning system to help...

Posted 21 Jul 2014 @ 11:06am

The 2014 Folk Alliance Australia National Conference will be held in Melbourne between Friday August 1 and Sunday August 3. There will be forums, workshops, performances, showcases and networking sessions.


The FAA’s Youth Development division will launch first details of its new National Youth Performance Touring Project. Folk Alliance Australia President Una McAlinden said, “...

Posted 21 Jul 2014 @ 10:54am

The Entertainment Assist association is conducting research into the pitfalls of working in the industry.


The charity was set up to help those in the Australian entertainment industry who have fallen on hard times, and they say that the high rate of suicide needs to be addressed.
The study, called Working In The Australian Entertainment Industry: Key Factors In...

Posted 15 Jul 2014 @ 3:22pm

Melbourne acts, festivals and promoters were among those announced in the nominations for this year’s Helpmanns. These are held on Monday August 18 at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre and broadcast on Foxtel’s Arena channel.


Hunters & Collectors are up for Best Australian Contemporary Concert alongside Flume, Tame Impala and The Presets. The Hunnas’ reunion tour included winery...

Posted 13 Jul 2014 @ 8:13pm

Melbourne venues were among the most successful in the world, according to global live industry bible Pollstar magazine’s mid-year report. It ranked the most successful tours, promoters and venues in the first six months of 2014.


Seven Melbourne venues made it into the US-based magazine’s various categories, compared to five in New South Wales, three in Brisbane and one in...

Posted 13 Jul 2014 @ 1:45pm

Barkly Square Shopping Centre in Brunswick has announced their Barkly Busking program. It is to establish the Brunswick based centre as a place of colour and sound, and also to acknowledge the role that buskers play.


It is calling out for local musicians to get involved, more information at barklysquare.com...

Posted 10 Jul 2014 @ 12:28pm

The Leaps and Bounds festival will pay tribute to the late Chick Ratten this Saturday at his former pub The Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy.


Ratten ran the Rainbow for 14 years. He is remembered for his passion for Australian music and for the Fair Go for Live Music initiative. His battle to keep live music alive was documented in the ABC screened The End Of The Rainbow in 2007....