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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.

Rolling Stone announces its new pop-up venue 'The Live Lodge' for the Workers Club in Melbourne!

Bringing the noise to the iconic Workers Club in Fitzroy is Rolling Stone and their popular 'Live Lodge'! Having enjoyed such a successful run in Sydney last year, the party is moving through to Melbourne for three jam-packed weeks of entertainment. Highlights are including a FREE event with Slash which will see the guitarist involved in an exclusive Q&A as well as performing, Shihad, the Golden Era Records crew coming through and more!

The countdown to the 2014 Bush Bands Bash is now on!

There's going to be one hell of a celebration in the Red Centre this September, when the Bush Bands Bash hits Alice Springs next month! The annual music event which brings some of the best contemporary Indigenous musicians and bands together for a night of storytelling, performance and brilliant music also is associated with invaluable development opportunities for those involved. In 2014, the Bush Bands Bash features eight bands from communities across Central Australia who will be both performing and participating in the development programs.

Kanye West reportedly working on joint album with Sir Paul McCartney

Following admiration from the legendary Sir Paul McCartney for Kanye West's experimental Yeezus, insiders have reported that the two artists have been secretly recordings songs together, and apparently they have been enjoying it so much that there is potential for an entire joint album. Among the songs titles; "Piss on Your Grave".

The Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards announces event date and new venue!

The Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards today announces its date for 2014, as well as the new venue which it will be held at as it celebrates its ninth year. For the first time in three years, the awards will be held in new surrounds, this time at North Melbourne's historic Meat Market. The heritage-listed venue will host the celebration of the talented and diverse Australian independent music community this October, an event which has provided invaluable opportunities to some of our biggest and now well-known touring artists and exports.

Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan and Briggs make solid impact on the 2014 National Indigenous Music Awards!

The National Indigenous Music Awards were held in Darwin over the weekend, with many turning out to celebrate the diversity and talent within the Indigenous Australian music industry. For the second year, Jessica Mauboy took out the National Artist of the Year Award, while Dan Sultan dominated the night in more ways than one, with a powerhouse headline performance and winning the National Album, Song and Cover Art of the Year Awards.

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 15th August 2014

In This Issue: PPCA and the Australia Council reveal $15,000 worth of grants for artists, Sony Music Australia and Red Bull Records partner up, Aussie artist Andy Bull wins Spotify’s Emerge program, and FBi Radio announces the finalists for their Northern Lights Competition and release a free compilation, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

BIGSOUND Live releases program ahead of September showscase nights!

We're nearing closer to BIGSOUND's annual takeover of Brisbane's Fortitude Valley, with the September conference and showcase nights only weeks away. Today, the official program for the two nights of gigs have been released online and now the hardest task for those planning on getting along begins - figuring out which bands to see and where!

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 8th August 2014

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In This Issue: BIGSOUND announces final line-up, SXSW Meet and Greets happening in Sydney and Melbourne and Australian creative industries team up for the Digital Content Guide. Plus news on the Helpmann Awards in Sydney and the upcoming Wonderland festival in Brisbane, the signings for the week, charts and more!

Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition opens for 2014.

Applications are now open for the prestigious Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, former winners of which include Megan Washington, Kimbra and The Preatures.

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 1st August 2014

In This Issue: Cherry Bar raises a record-breaking amount in their crowd-funding campaign, DT3 win NT Song of the Year, Three Six Zero launches a label, Blue Note releases an app and the Melbourne Music Bank returns with Ella Hooper as ambassador, plus all the signings and the ARIA charts.

The 1975's Matthew Healy responds to Bastille's Dan Smith: "I wouldn't be surprised if they headlined festivals first!"

In an interview with Gigwise published yesterday, Bastille's frontman Dan Smith was quoted as saying "I reckon The 1975 will be headlining festivals in a year or so". In our interview with The 1975 today in Sydney, we asked Matthew Healy he they thought about the opinion.

Ball Park Music, Chet Faker and REMi among the first names listed in the first Coopers AMP long-list announcement.

The first nine artists and their albums have been made public in the first long list announcement for the renowned Coopers AMP. The Australian Music Prize, which sees the winner walk away with the $30,000 prize come from all areas of the Australian music community, with their nominated albums representative of some of the best music of this year.

4ZZZ hold annual Radiothon this August

Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ are getting ready to host their annual Radioathon this August. The ten day event, run between August 22nd - 31st, helps raise funds to support running costs of the station. Members of the community are encouraged to subscribe during this period to be in the draw to win a huge variety of prizes.