The nominees for the 2015 SA Music Awards have today been announced, with successful Adelaide export Tkay Maidza leading the charge, nominated for seven awards across 14 categories! Music SA this morning revealed the results of what has been a months-long judging process for a panel of local industry minds, reflective of the amount of talent South Australia has produced over the past 12 months. The awards ceremony will be held on November 11th, set to be opened by SA Premier Jay Weatherill and Lord Mayor Martin Haese at The Mercury Cinema.
The largest publicly voted music awards in the country, The Age Music Victoria Awards, have announced the nominees for 2015, highlighting the best of contemporary, Victoria-based Australian music in the past 12 months and celebrating the enormous success of our very fine, very strong industry. As always, the awards will also shed light on the best venue and festival in Victoria over the past year.
Acknowledging excellence and innovation in the field of screen composition, the Annual Screen Music Awards have nominated a collection of composers. The Awards, staged jointly by APRA AMCOS and the AGSC, celebrate achievements in music composition for documentaries, short films, children’s television, advertising, film and television soundtrack albums, as well as feature films.
The nominations for the 2015 ARIA Awards have taken place in Sydney today, with the winners of the Artisan and Fine Arts categories also being announced. Courtney Barnett won her first ARIA Award during the event, taking away a statue for Best Cover Art, while Kevin Parker won both Producer of the Year and Engineer of the Year for Tame Impala's latest album, Currents. For Barnett, today's event revealed her as the artist with the most ARIA nominations for 2015, racking up a massive eight nominations.
The Seed Fund has announced its successful applicants for 2015, including some of the country's best and talented industry professionals. Helmed by John Butler and Danielle Caruana (Mama Kin), The Seed Fund has been offering a range of initiatives to artists and managers for 11 years now, aiding the successful applicants in becoming self-sustainable professionals within the industry. The group chosen to partake in the management workshop this year, as well as song recording and production services and benefit from The Seed Fund's fostering of professional management wages come from all around the country and represent an exciting crop of music industry individuals from varied genres.
We're two weeks out from the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards and with the performers and first round nominees already announced, the good folk at AIR have today announced the latest nominees to the pool of great talent already up for awards. The nominees for Best Independent Music Label have been rolled out this morning, including Elefant Traks, Milk! Records, Liberation Music, Future Classic and Ivy League Records. The category, introduced in 2012, saw I OH YOU win at last year's ceremony, held at North Melbourne's Meat Market venue in October.
As the Austin City Limits Music Festival kicks off today in Austin, Texas for the first of two three day weekends, it has been confirmed that the brand will be moving to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time, set to run Auckland City Limits as an all age, one day event on 19th March 2016.
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Founded by Melbourne musician, Nick Sowerby, Sunbeam Sound Machine, now a full-fledged five piece band, and in the light of their musical successes, have been invited to play in front of a world-wide audience at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. To raise some funds to fly over to the States, the band will be holding a CMJ Fundraiser Show at The Shadow Electric in Melbourne on Friday October 2nd with a few other local bands like Good Morning, Ciggie Witch, Romeo Moon and Sporting.
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The Aussie BBQ has become a fixture of the international touring schedule of any emerging Australian band, hitting up events like The Great Escape, Canadian Music Week, SXSW and Music Matters in Singapore every year. Well, next month the event will once again take over the Delancey (168 Delancey St, New York) for an entire day and night of Australian music as part of the annual CMJ conference and music festival.
CMJ Music Marathon, New York’s annual music showcase, has announced its initial line-up for 2015, with a range of performances featuring some 300 artists from Australia and the around the world. Australian acts featured include British India, singer-songwriter HOWQUA, Sydney’s NGAIIRE, SAFIA, METHYL ETHEL, The Bennies and more. Taking place in October, the 2015 installment of the CMJ Music Marathon marks the event's 35th year and will also see the likes of Catfish & The Bottlemen, Mercury Rev, Tobias Jesso Jr., Kamasi Washington, Glass Animals, Panda Bear, BØRNS and Perfect Pussy performing.
Since the drastic lockout laws have been put in place by the State Government, thousands of Sydney sider's have felt the sting of the highly regulated and restricting night life. This Sunday September 13th, Reclaim The Streets will give the chance for thousands of protesters to gather in Hyde Park to take a activist stand against the laws.
As we write and publish this, Midnight Oil's Peter Garrett is delivering his BIGSOUND opening keynote to a packed theatre in Brisbane. He kicked off his address with a 1 minute summary of his time in the music industry - narrowing it down to a "clickbait style list" of the ten things he learnt from his years as a musician:
In This Issue: we look at the 2015 Melbourne Music Bank; a new imprint from the team at Nuclear Blast Records with four international signings; the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University turns 50 and over 200 musicians help celebrate across the country; a study finds that live music is adding more to the Australian economy than retail, accommodation, and other sectors; and Victoria's music community have launched a new taskforce to deal with sexual assault and harassment in licensed venues and at music festivals. All this plus the latest signings, and the ARIA charts.
As she continues making her undeniable mark on the mainstream music world Tinashe releases the final two singles off her incredible debut LP Aquarius with the Dev Hynes assisted (and one of our absolute favourite songs of 2014) "Bet" and the slinky "Feels Like Vegas".
It seems like everyone is keen to discuss, analyse, and celebrate all corners of Australian music because BIGSOUND industry and conference tickets have now completely sold out out. The annual event, which is held in Brisbane and brings in a stupendous amount of Aussie acts alongside 1200 international music industry delegates, is often seen as this country's biggest music party and the increasing demand for it has seen it grow rapidly in the past few years.