CMJ announces first round of daytime speakers for 2014 event!

The first round of daytime speakers for CMJ 2014 has been announced! The New York music industry conference which will be taking over NYU's Helen and Martin Kimmel Center this October will feature the likes of Zola Jesus, Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance (Superchunk) and more in conversation, with all badgeholders invited to attend!

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 19th September 2014

In This Issue: Award and competition finalists are announced, support for music charity Bandcamp grows, and EMC reveals new opportunities for young artists, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Global Music Grant 2014 shortlist of nominees announced at BIGSOUND

Today, at Australian music conference BIGSOUND, a shortlist of nominees for the annual 2014 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant has been announced. With the $50,000 grant established last year in conjunction with AIR to help fund an international tour for a chosen independent Australian act, this initiative seeks to celebrate and reward some of our country's best emerging talent and assist them in boosting their global profile, furthering their career overseas.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 12th September 2014

In This Issue: The line-up for Friday Nights is announced, Transgressive Records gives away free music, applications for “Control” open, and awards nominations are announced, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Violent Soho, Sia, Courtney Barnett and more nominated for 2014 Carlton Dry AIR Awards!

The nominees for the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards have been announced, once again representing a great and diverse range of Australian musicians who have produced some standout material over the past 12 months. Alongside some of the country's best emerging artists (REMi, Kilter, DMA's), are nominations for some of Australia's established favourites, including the likes of the John Butler Trio, Sara Storer, Violent Soho and more.

Blekbala Mujik to perform in Central Australia for the first time in 18 years.

Blekbala Mujik are one of the most iconic and influential Australian Aboriginal rock bands who first solidified their music with the message of reconciliation to their Australian audience in the 1990s. Their live shows incorporate contemporary as well as traditional, showcasing the latest pyro-technics accompanying ancient dance and dreamtime storytelling. Blekbala Mujik have toured internationally, taking Aboriginal culture and language to another audience where ‘world’ music was still a new concept.

Devin Townsend to presents his Guitar Clinic tour in Australia this October!

The eccentric musical genius that is Devin Townsend will be bringing his talents back to Australia, presenting a series of Guitar Clinics with Thump Music. In conjunction with wanting to inspire other artists and preceding the release of his new double-album Z., Devin is coming down under to offer music and guitar enthusiasts alike from across the country the opportunity to learn from an artist who has built a successful career on musical diversity.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 5th September 2014

In This Issue: The winners of Northern Lights are announced, Luna Park’s big Halloween plans are unveiled, free workshops and new competitions are announced plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

The Australian music industry rallies behind Support Act and the launch of the 'BANDWAGON' fundraising drive!

Launched officially at Allans Billy Hyde's Melbourne store was the 'BANDWAGON' fundraising drive by Support Act. The crowd funding appeal run via Pozible aims to raise $100,000 for Australian music industry charity. Support Act, which provides financial relief to music professionals facing illness, injury or other life crises, has helped members in all different fields from singers, songwriters, roadies, techies and more. Helping launch 'BANDWAGON' in Melbourne today were Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, Hannah Findlay (Stonefield), Ian Haug (The Church, Powderfinger), Steve Kilbey (The Church), Eric McCusker (Mondo Rock), Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley (The Seekers).

LUCIANBLOMKAMP and The Walking Who named winners of FBi Radio's 'Northern Lights' competition!

The two winners of FBi Radio's 'Northern Lights Competition' have been announced today - congratulations LUCIANBLOMKAMP and The Walking Who! Both artists were selected from just under 600 entries in the competition and are now going to be finding themselves heading to Reykjavik, Iceland in November for the Iceland Airwaves festival! The Melbourne producer and the Sydney band will perform showcases at the festival, log studio time and meeting and network with industry figures while in Iceland, all the while being able to get their tourist on!

Complete Line Up revealed for the Melbourne Rolling Stone Live Lodge.

The complete line up of the Rolling Stone live Lodge has just been announced! The Live Lodge will see Fitzroy’s iconic Workers Club be transformed especially for the event which runs over three entertainment packed weeks between September 25 and October 12. Seven more acts have just been added to the already extensive line up:

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 29th August 2014

In This Issue: We reveal the details of several competitions and artist grants, legendary guest speakers for upcoming music conferences, line-ups for the coolest events, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Courtney Barnett, D.D Dumbo, Dune Rats, King Gizzard, DMA's, Luluc & more Australians head to NYC for CMJ 2014!

DMA's are coming for you New York. Are you ready?

Yes, it's that time already. The annual CMJ Music Marathon is coming to New York City in less than two months - and that means it's time for us to get a first taste of the bands who'll be gracing the event come October 21st. And that includes no less than 11 (and a half) Australian bands... with tonnes more to come!

BIGSOUND releases full conference line up; Mick Harvey announced as special keynote speaker!

With mere weeks to go until Brisbane's BIGSOUND conference and live showcase series kicks off for another year, they've gone and released the full conference line up, as well as a new slew of speakers including the legendary Mick Harvey! Hold on to your hats, this is going to be a big one.

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 22nd August 2014

In This Issue: A new partnership to help ATSI artists is announced, entries for Tropscore 2014 open, the winners of triple j Unearthed High 2014 and Your Shot 2014 are revealed, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.