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Posted 2 Jul 2014 @ 11:50am

Carlton Dry and the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) have opened applications for this year’s Carlton Dry Global Music Grant.


Worth $50,000, it was set up from last year to help fund a trip overseas for an emerging Australian act. It is part of a sponsorship deal that Carlton Dry and AIR struck, and will be announced at the Carlton Dry Independent Music...

Posted 30 Jun 2014 @ 11:38am

Melbourne musicians and managers were among those who struck lucky when the Australian music industry’s self-funding grants program, The Seed, announced the recipients of its programs for 2014.


The scheme’s successful (and, in many cases, career changing) Management Workshop returns after a year’s hiatus, with 24 managers...

Posted 26 Jun 2014 @ 9:44am

It's been a dramatic 24 hours for Australia's most iconic festival.


Following the news that AJ Maddah has sold his stake in the Big Day Out to C3 Presents, which runs the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and some South American countries, the Texas-based company have confirmed to...

Posted 25 Jun 2014 @ 11:35am

Melbourne City Council has released its Melbourne Music Strategy 2014-17 which outlines how it will continue to work with the local music industry over the next three years.


The Music Strategy was put together in collaboration with the music industry by setting up a Music Advisory Committee. It includes an Implementation Plan with 12 Year One Priority Actions.

Posted 23 Jun 2014 @ 9:23am

Yesterday’s Reclink Community Cup drew the largest crowd in its 20+ history, organisers said.


Over 10,000 punters attended at Elsternwick Park, and raised over $100,000 for Reclink Australia to deliver sports and arts programs to assist disadvantaged folks nationwide.
After two draws in a row, the 2014 match was won by the Rockdogs 8.4.52 against the Triple R/PBS...

Posted 21 Jun 2014 @ 10:44am

Plans by the owner of the Palace Theatre’s Bourke Street site to build a 50m-high hotel could be derailed by Planning Minister Matthew Guy.


It has already been opposed by a Melbourne City Council planning report. Melbourne Council will vote on it on Tuesday July 1.
Now Guy says he plans to introduce mandatory height controls which will restrict buildings between...

Posted 19 Jun 2014 @ 9:09am

Victoria’s live performance sector contributes $422.4 million to state economy, according to a new survey released this morning.


It is the second largest sector in Australia, second to NSW which contributed $586.5 million to the NSW state economy.
The study, prepared by EY (formerly Ernst & Young) for peak music association Live Performance Australia (LPA) is...

Posted 12 Jun 2014 @ 11:17am

The free Push FReeZA Summit will return on Tuesday July 8 at Fitzroy Town Hall (201 Napier St) between 10.30am and 3.30pm.


Music industry professionals will speak on artist and tour management, volunteering and internships, publicity, event management, song writing and performance, radio, and online music distribution.
Events include:
- Career...

Posted 11 Jun 2014 @ 12:33pm

Melbourne City Council has endorsed a new arts strategy which it unveiled recently in draft form. It outlined a three year plan on how to make Melbourne more of a creative city, and the role that local government could play in music and the arts.


This was the first time that Council has worked with the arts sector to come up with a vision for the arts and contemporary music. In...

Posted 11 Jun 2014 @ 12:00pm

Melbourne City Council last night deferred a decision over granting a planning permit for the Palace Theatre’s Bourke Street site until Tuesday July 1.


It came as a shock as the Council’s own Planning Department had recommended the application be refused.
In a heated meeting at Town Hall, representatives of the proposed W-Hotel development were hissed at by live...

Posted 9 Jun 2014 @ 5:12pm

The 2014 Reclink Community Cup on Sunday June 22 at Elsternwick Park has unveiled the captains, players and coaches in the Triple R 102.7FM/PBS 106.7FM Megahertz and the Rockdogs.


Tim Rogers will captain the Rockdogs, along with coach Tex Perkins. In the team are musicians from Bitter Sweet Kicks, King Of The North, Smudge, Le Bastard, The Stevens, Nation Blue, Even, The UV...

Posted 9 Jun 2014 @ 3:06pm

A Day On The Green has added another Victorian winery venue, this time in Goulburn Valley.  Mitchelton Wines, 90 minutes drive north of Melbourne, will host its first event in November. The concert lineup and full details will be announced soon. 


The national concert series also stages in Yarra Valley, Geelong and Rutherglen in this state, all with...

Posted 9 Jun 2014 @ 3:02pm

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have just finished their first USA/Canadian tour where they performed at Austin Psych Fest, Canadian Music Week and completed a run of 12 club dates along the east coast. The band have just announced a June residency at Baby’s Alright in Brooklyn, New York City, as well as a slot at Northside Festival alongside Albert Hammond Jr, Thee Oh Sees, Mac Demarco,...

Posted 6 Jun 2014 @ 4:13pm

The development of the Palace Theatre site looks like heading for another defeat on Tuesday.


A report to the Future Melbourne Planning Committee by the head of the City of Melbourne’s Planning & Building division has recommended that the application be rejected.
The landlord Jinshan Investment’s first application was refused by the Minister for Planning on...

Posted 4 Jun 2014 @ 2:51pm

The Angels singer Doc Neeson died today in his sleep aged 67, after a battle with a brain tumour.


Neeson was part of a generation of dynamic frontmen who emerged in the '70s as part of the pub rock movement. To maintain the puntersʼ attention, they had to be fast moving and captivating. Neeson was one of these.
Bernard (his real name) was the Belfast-born...

Posted 29 May 2014 @ 4:41pm

The new laneway precinct created as part of the Regional Rail Link project in West Melbourne is paying tribute to some of the major Australian names who have played Festival Hall.


Today Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder unveiled a series of light box installations to form part of the Dudley Street rail bridge, with images of “iconic and internationally celebrated...

Posted 29 May 2014 @ 12:13pm

Melbourne based songwriters were well represented in the nominations for the 2014 APRA music awards, announced today.


Vance Joy lead the pack, with no less than four nominations – not a bad effort for someone who was nominated for his first APRA trophy.
He is up for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, while ‘Riptide’ is up for Song of the Year, alongside Birds of...

Posted 7 May 2014 @ 10:40am

The City of Melbourne this morning released a draft of The Melbourne Music Strategy 2014-17 on how it can support and help grow the Melbourne music scene over the next three years. The ideas actively works at branding Melbourne as a music capital which will give it a global profile.


Councilor Rohan Leppert, the City’s Chair of Arts and Culture commented, “Melbourne’s music...

Posted 6 May 2014 @ 7:30pm

Community radio stations have launched an email campaign aimed at Treasurer Joe Hockey to stop him axing funding to the sector in next Tuesday’s Budget.


Last week the Federation Government’s Commission of Audit recommended in its review that the Government save $17.5 million with cuts to the community broadcasting sector. Its argument was that the Government already funded...

Posted 5 May 2014 @ 12:17pm

Artists and arts organisations with creative ideas for arts projects in the City of Melbourne are being encouraged to apply for a City of Melbourne arts grant. Applications for the 2015 Arts Grants Program opened today until Monday June 16.


Chair of Council’s Arts and Culture portfolio, Councillor Rohan Leppert said, “Artists and the work they do have a special role in a...

Posted 2 May 2014 @ 3:34pm

Tenor saxophone player Julien Wilson was the clear winner at last night’s Australian Jazz Bell Awards. They were held in Melbourne at The Plaza Ballroom.


Wilson, whose stylistic range saw him play on 50 albums, won three of the four categories he was nominated for. His Trout River took Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year. The other wins were with the Julien Wilson Quartet,...

Posted 2 May 2014 @ 3:25pm

The 7th Australasian Worldwide Music Expo has extended the deadline for showcase submissions to Friday May 9.


The world music and roots showcases are part of the event’s move to engage musicians with 500 high-profile Australian and international music representatives from leading festivals, record labels, booking agencies and arts organisations from around the world heading to...

Posted 30 Apr 2014 @ 1:57pm

Melbourne seven-piece King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are to embark on their first international tour in May, courtesy their win of the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant.


The $50,000 grant, awarded to them last October, will help fund dates in the US in Dallas, Chicago, Washington and a set at Psychfest in Austin, before dates in Canada.
They will also rent a...

Posted 30 Apr 2014 @ 11:01am

With just a month to go before the Palace closes, the battle to save the venue has intensified.


Ezekiel Ox (ex-Mammal, Full Scale vocalist) is holding weekly vigils outside the Palace every Friday between 5pm and 6pm. It’s not a Save The Palace group protest, they are there to support him. There’ll be speeches on how to save the venue as well as sharing of stories and a bit of...

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 4:20pm

This year’s Stonnington Jazz will see two musical families perform together.


James Morrison will be joined by his sons William and Harry in the James Morrison Inheritance. Clarinet player Denis Ball pairs with son, trumpeter Eugene in the Dennis Ball - Eugene Ball Sextet.
Two inspiring jazz singers return to Melbourne to play the event.  Chris McNulty has been...

Posted 23 Apr 2014 @ 4:16pm

Melbourne eight-piece The Good China have announced they are splitting after six years – and will play two farewell shows.


The first is at the Great Britain Hotel in Richmond on Saturday April 26, alongside Grizzly Jim Lawrie.
The second and final is at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday June 7 where they’ll be joined by two of their favourite bands, Spun...

Posted 15 Apr 2014 @ 11:45am

APRA (the Australasian Performing Right Association) has unveiled the Top 20 contenders for its Song of the Year award.


These will be voted for by the 87,000 members of APRA and its sister association AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society). They have until Tuesday April 29 to vote.
The songs are, alphabetically, A Moat You Can Stand In - The...

Posted 14 Apr 2014 @ 9:39am

Melbourne guitarist and singer-songwriter Davey Lane is offering a hand-carved guitar as the glittering prize for his current Pozible campaign.


Lane, also involved with You Am I and The Pictures, is raising funds for his debut solo album, to be released through his own Field Recordings. It's a follow up to his solo EP The Good Borne of Bad Tymes.
The $8,000 hand-...

Posted 4 Apr 2014 @ 2:59pm

The Palace Theatre’s “super club” Anyway will announce a new home to commence on Saturday May 24. This will be a week after The Palace is scheduled to close its doors for the last time.


Anyway has been running at The Palace as a weekly Saturday night since June 2013. Its six partners had run other Melbourne club nights before. It was Melbourne’s first “super-club” in over a...

Posted 4 Apr 2014 @ 2:50pm

The recently reunited Melbourne R&B band Southern Lightning are recording a live album at Cherry Bar. It takes place on Sunday (afternoon) April 13.


Founder members Louie Black (drums), Manny Seddon (guitars) and Dave Hogan (harmonica & vocals) are now joined by John Stax of England’s The Pretty Things on bass.
“There are moves afoot to put out the two...