The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 30th January 2015

In This Issue: we look at the ARIA 2014 Wholesale Figures, the blazing return of vinyl, and the 2015 Indent Grants for all-ages live music events, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Red Bull Music Academy announces Sydney studio takeover

Applications are now open until the 4th of March to apply for the Red Bull Music Academy in Paris. In celebration of this, RBMA have taken over Studio 301 in Sydney to provide lectures, parties, and radio broadcasts to future applicants.

Chet Faker tops the Triple J Hottest 100 in the countdown's 22nd year!

In its 22nd year, the triple j Hottest 100 countdown possibly drew more conversation than ever, all winding down to the Australia Day broadcast which (quite early on) established that no, Taylor Swift would not be featuring in the poll. But, while a large proportion of people threw arms up over the travesty before going back to their Australia Day celebrations, triple j showcased the 100 songs which represented what's been yet another year of dynamic musicians to grace the ABC station's airwaves.

South by South West 2015 adds 170+ new acts including some from Perth, Sydney and Melbourne

The biggest music international music conference of the year, South by Southwest (SXSW) has been busy sifting through the world wide music scene and picked up over 170 new acts who will be showcasing at the event in March. The SXSW crew will be confirming more acts and sessions every day between now and the event, but as it stands the line up of music acts is - as always - epic. In addition to these new acts, SXSW has also confirmed 12 new, engaging sessions for their traditional Music Conference.

The Workers Club announces new venue for Geelong opening in late March!

The Workers Club and Spinning Half have partnered up in bringing more live music to Geelong with the opening of The Workers Club Geelong! Opening in late March, the live music and entertainment venue has already confirmed 30 live shows booked, the first international band being released today. The Workers Club Geelong will also be opening a kitchen, with more details on the fare to be served coming soon.

APRA|AMCOS initiative SongHubs set to connect Australian songwriters & producers in LA during Grammy Week!

APRA|AMCOS initiative SongHubs, the program which partners Australian songwriters with international music creatives, is set to head Stateside this year! We went behind the scenes with SongHubs when the sessions took place in Mumbai back in 2014, where the likes of Cloud Control, Peking Duk and more worked with musicians in India, resulting in invaluable new relationships and some great music being made. Now, to coincide with Grammy Week, SongHubs is heading to LA to link up some Aussie songwriters with some US producers and songwriters.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 23rd January 2015

In This Issue: we have all the details on the upcoming visits by legends Mark Ronson and Richard Thompson, the brand-new and returning grants for young artists in 2015, a 10k fund from Hilltop Hoods for emerging artists, plus the latest signings, the ARIA charts, and more.

The Preatures, Seekae and more win at the 2014 FBi SMAC Awards!

The 2014 FBi SMAC Awards went down overnight at Carriageworks in Sydney, celebrating the musicians, artists, performers, restaurants and events who've repped for the city brilliantly in the last year. Forming any city's creative hub and maintaining a vibrant and inclusive culture is a task in itself, but as the SMAC Awards have shown year after year, Sydney has always had a good network of creatives striving to make the city a place you want to go and a place you want to stay.

Chet Faker, Remi, The Peep Tempel among shortlisted artists for the 10th Coopers AMP!

The shortlist of artists in the running to win the 10th Coopers Australian Music Prize has been revealed this morning, with the likes of Chet Faker, Remi, The Peep Tempel and #1 Dads all sitting pretty on the list! The winner, announced on March 4th, will win a $30,000 cash prize courtesy of the PPCA; their album being named number one by a panel of judges who will have listened to more than 300 records in order to make the decision. Pretty cool, hey?

YouTubers Bethony Mota, GloZell Green and Hank Green to interview President Obama

Ever since 2010 the President of the USA Barack Obama has turned to YouTube and Google after his State of the Union speech to answer questions that are top of mind for the American people. Asked through YouTube video submissions or live via Google+ Hangouts, these questions brings an interesting perspective to the issues the president addresses in his speech. This year YouTube will be sending three of its popular YouTubers to the White House to talk with the president in person in a live broadcast on Thursday 22nd January.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 16th January 2015

In This Issue: we bring you the industry partnerships that are launching 2015, the new fund of £25k to fund up-and-coming artists, and which iconic music venue will be closing this year, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Chet Faker, Augie March, Hilltop Hoods and more shortlisted for the APRA Music Awards!

The nominees for the 2015 APRA Music Awards were announced today, with the Sydney event set to celebrate some of the country's best at Carriageworks in March. The shortlisted artists for the prestigious Song Of The Year Award will be whittled down to five finalists, the winner of which will be announced at the ceremony on March 24th. Hosted by Brian Nankervis again this year, the event will also be joined by APRA Music Awards Director Robert Conley, who will be curating the live peformances on the night.

Australia & New Zealand Take the Spotlight at Canadian Music Week 2015

The Annual Canadian Music Week has chosen to feature Australia and New Zealand for their 33rd installment, hosting 21 elite industry members and over 25 artists to participate in conferences, performances and awards shows... with more to come!

Horror My Friend, Delia Obst, Lonelyspeck, Wireheads, Strict Face and Brokers named Adelaide's 'HOT SIX' by Rip It Up!

Photo: Sia Duff

The people behind Adelaide street press Rip It Up have been scouring the local scene and presenting the most promising Adelaide bred and based talent for what has become their 'Hot Six' list. Last year saw the likes of Bad//Dreems, Tkay and Timberwolf earn spots and look at where they were able to go throughout last year. Far, is the answer you're looking for. For this year's list, a variety of music has been represented, with Horror My Friend, Strict Face, Brokers, Wireheads, Delia Obst and Lonelyspeck making the final cut.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 9th January 2015

In This Issue: we reveal the most successful songwriting suburbs, the which artists to watch in 2015, and the updates for the World Electronic Music Contest Australia, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.