The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 30th October 2014

In This Issue: we bring you the news about TEDxSydney 2015, Deezer, a special Kings Cross ARIA Week Event, plus the latest signings, the announcement of the winner of the Mercury Prize and the ARIA charts.

Randa named winner of the NZ On Air Critics' Choice Prize at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards!

Mainard Larkin, the 21 year old rapper who performs under the moniker of Randa, has taken out the NZ On Air Critic' Choice Prize as part of the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Up against other finalists in Estere and Lake South, Randa performed an electric set at the King's Arms in Auckland last night to a vull venue of punters and music industry figures alike.

Secret Sounds and Now/Live announce joint venture in Secret Sounds Asia.

A new business venture has been created between Secret Sounds and Now/Live, in Secret Sounds Asia. Established with the intention to encourage and strengthen the already burgeoning Asian touring market, the renowned Australian company headed up by Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco have joined forces with the boutique promotions company which has been responsible for some critically acclaimed touring artists performing through Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei

The 2014 ARIA Awards sell out, with public voting now open!

The ARIA Awards have come around again and although general public tickets have already sold out, late-coming music enthusiasts still have the opportunity to visit The Star, Sydney to watch the artists walk the red carpet.

Justice Crew, Dami Im, L-Fresh the Lion and more set to perform at Beats 4 Breast Cancer Concert in December.

A great collection of artists are coming together for the National Breast Cancer Foundation's inaugural 'Beats 4 Breast Cancer' concert this December! The likes of the Justice Crew, Dami Im, L-Fresh The Lion and Leo Sayer (plus more) will be performing at the special event at the QANTAS Credit Union Arena on December 10th, with all proceeds going towards the foundation's campaign of preventing as many breast cancer related deaths as possible by 2030.

Additional speakers added to WA Music Conference in Perth this November!

Earlybird tickets for the WA Music Conference in Perth next month have already sold out, with the list of already announced speakers continuing to grow. The conference, which already boasted 50 stellar speakers, has had another round of guests announced to the program, including Canadian Music Week's John Kastner joining in via Skype!

Guy Pearce announces signing to 123 Agency and further album details!

Renowned actor and musician Guy Pearce has today announced he has signed with Melbourne artist agency 123 Agency, as well as releasing his second single, "Taste". The track, taken from Pearce's forthcoming debut album Broken Bones, will be featured when the Pearce launches it officially in Sydney and Melbourne next month!

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 23rd October 2014

In This Issue: we reveal a stack of opportunities for young artists, like new labels, free music conferences, and songwriting competitions, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Sleater-Kinney are back! Release new single "Bury Our Friends" and announce first new album in 10 years!

We suppose just about every "reunion" is inevitable these days, but it doesn't stop us from getting excited about it. Iconic punk trio Sleater-Kinney are the latest to get us excited, announcing today their first album in ten years, No Cities To Love, which will be released on 16th January 2015 on Sub Pop via Inertia in Australia.

The Foo Fighters are coming to Australia and New Zealand.

As they ramp up excitement for their new album Sonic Highways, thanks to the HBO series of the same name, the album's opening song - and subject of the series' first episode "Something From Nothing" has been the subject of a Frontier Touring hashtag: #SOMETHINGNOTHINGOZNZ.

Sounds Australia set for massive music campaign for CMJ in New York!

Sounds Australia are going to be hitting CMJ in New York with one of their most ambitious music campaigns yet. From October 21st (US) through until October 25th, more than 60 bands will be on show for the Americans, with our diverse industry turning up to play. For the first time, Sounds Australia will be taking over the SANTOS Party House, combining the hugely successful Beat Pie and Sound Gallery events on October 23rd.

Vodafone NZ Music Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the New Zealand Music Awards have just been announced and front-runners are Lorde, Sol3 Mio, Ladi6, David Dallas, The Naked And Famous, Broods, Tiny Ruins and Stan Walker.

Aussie showcase "Southern Exposure" lineup and set times announced for CMJ, presented by the AU review.

Southern Exposure is a special showcase of Australian music taking over Piano's in New York City this Thursday night, from 8pm to 3am, as part of CMJ 2014 - proudly presented by Australian publication the AU review and showing off some of the finest up-and-coming talent from the Great Southern Land. Today we're excited to announce the bands playing the event and the set times. Let's take a look at the bands playing the event:

AWME announces conference schedule for 2014!

The Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) is getting ever closer and today, the organisers have announced the conference schedule for 2014! The November conference is set to attract hundreds from all over the globe and through Australia for three days of live music, discussions and networking within the industry. The conference element of AWME will be taking place at the Arts Centre Melbourne and includes conference sessions surrounding grants, touring and more.