The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 27th March 2015

In This Issue: we have the winners of the Australia Council Awards and the APRA Music Awards 2015, as well as the details of Abbey Road’s new educational institution, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Paul McCartney and Metallica headline Lollapalooza 2015; Tame Impala lead the massive Australian charge.

With SXSW at an end, the music world is looking ahead to the rest of the major festivals to take over America this year. Following the announcement of Outside Lands in San Francisco earlier this week (see that lineup HERE), it's now Lollapalooza's turn - the iconic Chicago festival set to take place from July 31st until August 2nd. This year, Beatles legend Paul McCartney will join Metallica and Florence + the Machine as headliners for the festival - which at the time of publishing has already sold out of single and 3-Day passes (some VIP and Travel Packages are still left, however).

Courtney Barnett named best "Developing Non-US Act" amongst the 2015 Grulke Prize winners for SXSW

The third annual Grulke Prize has been awarded in three categories to some of the showcasing artists taking part in SXSW this year. The special accolade, created in honour of the late Brent Grulke, who was the Creative Director of the SXSW Music Festival, recognises artists from both the US and abroad who have shown considerable promise and have been breaking ground with their creativity and music. This year, Courtney Barnett has taken out the 'Developing non-US Act', noted as a 'boundary pushing breakout performer'.

Australian Music Industry Network announces game-changing travel deal for musicians

In partnership with Travel Beyond Group, the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) have announced a deal which would save touring musicians thousands of dollars a year. In an Australian first, the Travel Beyond Group have launched a dedicated travel portal available to all members of AMIN's associated state and territory bodies, offering discounted fares, both domestic and international, on Virgin Australia flights. This is in addition to heavily discounted accommodation rates and ground requirements, cutting off a huge chunk of touring costs for Australian musicians.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 20th March 2015

In This Issue: we find out what Australia’s Eurovision song will be, how street performers can enter a brand-new competition, and what the latest industry podcast is, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Catfish & The Bottlemen, East India Youth and more open the British Music Embassy at SXSW

His great mop of brown hair flopping about his face, Van McCann bellows at the crowd "I can't believe you know all the words Texas!". Catfish & The Bottlemen is only a bar into their opener, "Rango", but sure enough, the crowd is echoing every line, rendering McCann's job virtually obsolete.

TV on the Radio, Ludacris and Z-Trip bring SXSW Interactive to an end for 2015 at Stubb's BBQ.

After five days of talks, events and parties (...lots of parties), the Interactive portion of SXSW came to an end tonight with a massive party at Austin's iconic Stubb's BBQ outdoor amphitheater, presented by Media Temple. The drinks and BBQ flowed as Z-Trip, Ludacris and TV on the Radio performed in front of some two thousand lucky attendees. Relatively intimate for all, no doubt.

Something For Kate, Clare Bowditch and Darren Middleton for 'Something For John' benefit gig at The Corner.

Musician John Hedigan is known to many fans around the country for his work with Something For Kate, Paul Dempsey, Clare Bowditch and at the moment, he's going through quite a difficult time. Currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour, Hedigan is being surrounded by the love and support of family and friends. One of the ways in which he is going to be supported is through a special benefit show put on by Something For Kate, Bowditch and Darren Middleton - 'Something For John'.

Run the Jewels bring the Funny Or Die Hideout series at SXSW 2015 to a close!

One of the most sought after parties on SXSW's Monday night schedule was the Funny Or Die closing party, mixing up comedy and live music to wrap up what's been a successful presence in Austin for the comedy company. With Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's new film Get Hard premiering at SXSW Film just hours before the event started, the crowd gathered at The Belmont was already crammed in and keen to party.

Snoop Dogg announces global search to find new artists to collaborate with

In teaming up with music collaboration platform The Naked Song, hip hop icon Snoop Dogg becomes the first established artist to come on board an initiative to scour the globe in search for collaborations which probably would never have happened otherwise. Snoop's partnership with will see him look for the best new performers, producers, and songwriters from around the world who can offer up the freshest beats, riff, hooks, and even entire songs for him to work with.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News – 13th March 2015

In This Issue: we have the new line-up for Local Live at FBi, the latest ambassador for Record Store Day, and the details about the newest Sydney band competition, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Are these the bands set to play St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2016? Here's their SXSW Party lineup...

Pictured: METZ / Photo by Andrew Wade in Brisbane

For the past four years, Laneway Festival has celebrated their internationally renouned festival by throwing a special party at SXSW. The event often serves as an indicator of some of the bands we might end up seeing at Laneway in Australia in the following year. Well, next Wednesday it's happening again for the fifth consecutive year, and we have the full lineup here for you to enjoy, from METZ to Viet Cong and East India Youth.

The Aussie BBQ takes over Brush Square Park at SXSW 2015; Full lineup and set times announced!

The Aussie BBQ is returning to the park from whence it came... For the the 2015 event, SXSW will see The Aussie BBQ move from Saturday to the Friday and take over both sides of Brush Square Park for the first time ever - returning to the site for the first time since 2009. Here are all the details you need about the event, revealed today:

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 6th March 2015

In This Issue: Remi wins The 10th Australian Music Prize and $30k, we have the details about judge revelations for DISCOVERED at Marble Bar, the new additions to SXSW 2015, and the free podcast cataloguing Australia’s rock music history, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Guy Sebastian announced as Australia's representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2015

SBS announced today that singer/songwriter and ARIA Award winner Guy Sebastian will represent Australia at the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Vienna, Austria and broadcast on SBS from Wednesday May 20 to Sunday May 24.