The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 25th July 2014

In This Issue: New residential developments threaten live music scene in Melbourne, Abbotsford Convent Band Room set to stay, WAM launches Music Industry Sundowner and 4ZZZ’s begins their Radiothon. Plus Ash Grunwald achieves success in the U.S. and the ARIA Charts!

Nominees for the 2014 National Indigenous Music Awards announced!

This year's nominees for the National Indigenous Music Awards have been released and by all looks, the August Darwin ceremony is going to be one for the books! The musicians announced to be in contention for the awards this year have all been recipients of ARIA awards - or at least have been nominated - in previous years and have cracked the mainstream in their own way. From the pop stylings of Jessica Mauboy to the widespread international appeal Gurrumul, the artists vying for NIMA's love this year are all incredibly talented and diverse.

Mildura rapper Philly takes out triple J Unearthed's NIMA competition for 2014!

Partnering up again for 2014, triple J Unearthed and the National Indigenous Music Awards were on the look out for the best unsigned Indigenous act in the country as part of their annual NIMA Competition. Today, the 2014 winner was announced! 22 year old Mildura rapper Philly won the same title that talented and successful artists Thelma Plum and Robbie Miller have taken out in previous years and will now be hooked up with one sweet show - performing in Darwin next month at the NIMA's ceremony alongside the likes of Dan Sultan, Briggs and Jimblah.

SXSW to hold meet and greet sessions in Melbourne and Sydney this August.

The Kite String Tangle at SXSW 2014

A little bit of that March Austin flavour is coming to Melbourne and Sydney next month, as the iconic music festival and conference is set to host some exclusive meet and greet sessions ahead of the 2015 event. If you're an artist, industry member or music fan planning on heading to Austin for SXSW but are still a bit unsure about how it all works or find the week-long program of events a bit daunting (understandable), these sessions are the perfect way to get to know it, meet some like-minded individuals and more. Did we mention they're also free to attend?

The State of Affairs: Latest Music Industry News - 18 July 2014

In This Issue: Liberal Senator calls for sale of triple J, Sam Cromack to speak at Little BIGSOUND, CMW applications open and a $25,000 opportunity for Queensland songwriters. Plus new Australian labels, signings, and the ARIA Charts!

AIR names Levi's as Supporting Partner for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards!

AIR (Australian Independent Recording Labels Association) has named clothing brand Levi's has come onboard as Supporting Partner for the 2014 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards! The partnership is demonstrative of the brand's commitment to the support of emerging musicians in Australia and the awards are stoked to have them involved!

Michelle Grace Hunder's "RISE" hip-hop photography project spawns national launch tour!

Stemming from a love and passion for her work and the Australian hip-hop community, Melbourne's Michelle Grace Hunder is currently in the midst of an exciting time in her life, professionally and personally, with the upcoming release of RISE. The book, featuring 118 stunning portraits of hip-hop artists photgraphed by Hunder herself, is a project two years in the making. Funded through the massive success of her Pozible campaign, the support of artists and fans, RISE is being released next month and to celebrate, Hunder and some of her longtime mates have announced a launch tour!

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

In This Issue: An update on the feud between YouTube and the independent labels, a new live music venue for Melbourne, BIGSOUND’s line-up announcement, artist applications open for SXSW, AIR charts, exciting signings and more!

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The Telstra Road to Discovery opens for another year!

The Telstra Road to Discovery launched in Sydney last night with the talent development program seeing Australian artists Ella Hooper, Andy Bull officially kicking off proceedings. The 12th Telstra Road to Discovery will once again offer aspiring musicians a guided pathway into the industry, with support from industry professionals on hand to mentor the participants and impart valuable advice.

Neil Finn and The Church included in BIGSOUND's latest Speaker announcement!

BIGSOUND have continued to bring out the big guns, first with its initial live music announcement and now with its list of speakers for the 2014 conference. Neil Finn, The Church as well as top A&R executives will each deliver panels and keynotes in Brisbane this September, sure to provide some memorable moments for BIGSOUND attendees this year.

Desert Divas announce 'Generation to Generation' music and culture initiative!

In an effort to inspire the next generation of songwriters in Central Australia, the Desert Divas have announced the 'Generation to Generation' initiative. The initiative will provide young Indigenous singer-songwriters with an excellent opportunity to connect with traditional owners and elder women in Alice Springs.

SGC Media announces new label imprint 'Title Track'!

Brisbane's SGC Media has today announced its new venture in Title Track. A new label imprint, Title Track has been announced as a dedicated avenue to explore new and exciting acts and launch their careers. Sarah Chipman has been named the imprint's A&R Manager; operating with SGC's full resources, she will be focusing on the needs of emerging and alternative acts.

Melbourne's live music industry set to get boost with new 2250 capacity venue in the city!

With the demise of beloved live music venue The Palace in recent times, Melbourne music fans were left wondering whether or not live music was of a high priority in times where high rise apartments and corporate buildings shooting up everywhere in the CBD are becoming more frequent. In exciting news however, it has been announced that the Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington will be undergoing a huge refit as to be able to host touring bands of national and international calibres.

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

In This Issue:AIR and Carlton Dry $50,000 Grant applications open, Cooking Vinyl Australia announces new partnership with U.S. Razor & Tie, Sing Loud! Winners announced and new competitions open. Plus new workshops and the ARIA charts!