Samsung presents the massive Digital Matters program for 2014 while Australians shine on the Music Matters Live line up!

The huge Music, Digital and Social Media Matters programs are back in Singapore this May, with the three intensive and diverse conference and showcase line ups providing the opportunity for industry members from all around the globe to come together and learn, network and exchange ideas. The May 20-25 event sees Samsung coming onboard as Presenting Sponsor for the Digital Matters conference, which is a huge coup!

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

In This Issue: Sheppard top the ARIA charts, Chugg adds a trophy to his cabinet and APRA/AMCOS begin their hunt for song of the year...

The Byron Bay Bluesfest kicks off 25th anniversary celebrations with performances by John Mayer, Buddy Guy and more!

People left the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm as happy as they arrived tonight, as the Byron Bay Bluesfest wound up its first night of 25th birthday celebrations! With international heavyweights Buddy Guy and John Mayer dominating much of the headline slot time, audiences were in for a smorgasbord of music from around the globe once the gates were officially opened for a 4pm start.

Sounds Australia brings the Aussie BBQ back to Canadian Music Week!

Sounds Australia will return to Toronto soon, along with many Australian bands, for Canadian Music Week! Their world-renowned showcase will a great line up of Aussie artists play at The Aussie BBQ, held at the Horseshoe Tavern on May 10th. Taking place from 12:00pm - 6:00pm, the BBQ will give our talent the perfect opportunity to show their goods off to the Canadians - the biggest showcase of Australian music outside of the country itself.

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 11 April 2014

In This Issue: It’s looking like a nice day for a red wedding with Triple J reviving the old, Melbourne’s Beat magazine welcoming the new, find your folk’s record player to borrow and... something blue...

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 4 April 2014

In This Issue: Queensland government praised by venues, new gig spot for country Victoria, AWME applications open, new Merivale venue announced, Hilltop Hoods Initiative winner revealed, triple j raise $19k, signings for Brooke Candy, Tsun, Wet and Remi and much more...

AWME artists showcase applications are now open

Artist showcase applications are now open for AWME 2014. AWME is regarded as Australia's premier music industry conference & showcase event for roots music and is celebrating it’s seventh year in 2014.

Something For Kate reveal huge 20th anniversary plans including a tour, short film, book and more!

As far as 20th birthdays go, Something For Kate are doing theirs up right! The Australian legends have announced today details of their 20th anniversary celebrations, which will most definitely be celebrating all their achievements, their six studio albums, numerous tours and all those times Paul Dempsey has made you over-emotional and weepy. SFK fans, strap yourselves in, you're in for a treat.

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 28 March 2014

In This Issue:School’s in this week! The Tongue is giving a short course in rap, Music Victoria school the government and, in tribute to Dave Brockie, we’ll end the day with a GWAR style children's story.

Jessica Mauboy to represent Australia at this year's Eurovision Song Contest

Australian broadcaster SBS, European Broadcasting Union and Danish host broadcaster DR have announced that Jessica Mauboy has been invited to perform at this year's Eurovision Song Contest at Copenhagen on 8th May.

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 24 March 2014

In This Issue: Decca Records sign Sheppard, Music Vic kick off their membership campaign, social activists awarded with tickets and APRA nominations open for song of the year...

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 14 March 2014

In This Issue: Two people killed in tragic accident at SXSW, Yah Yah’s saved by Cherry, Sydney gains two new venues and more...

BIGSOUND 2014 artist applications open and earlybird registration on sale

Australia’s biggest music insudtry gathering BIGSOUND have announced the artist applications are now open & earlybird registrations is now on sales. The 2014 event will consist of three days and two nights of live music, parties, forums and seminars, held in Brisbane from September 10th to September 12th.

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News – 7 March 2014

In This Issue: Big Scary take home the 9th Coopers AMP, WOMAD get $400,000 richer, fly to London with FBi and more.

Big Scary take out the 9th Australian Music Prize!

Melbourne's Big Scary have taken out the 9th Australian Music Prize (AMP) for their album Not Art! As winners, they've taken out the coveted $30,000 prize, courtesy of the principal partner PPCA. The album, which has been a favourite of ours here at the AU, represented the great musical range of both Tom Iansek and Jo Syme - a well deserved winner of the prestigious prize!