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The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 24th April 2015

In this issue: Megan Washington joins the PPCA board, Record Industry sales drop,#NotON Violence against women campaign picks up speed, Channel [V] launch new channels, Timmy Trumpet and Savage kick goals with "Freaks", DMA's release debut EP in the USA, who was signed this weel, plus the ARIA charts.

ALVVAYS, Caribou, Mac DeMarco and Death From Above 1979 among SiriusXM Indies Nominees for 2015

Photographer: Belinda Dipalo

ALVVAYS, Caribou (pictured), Mac DeMarco and Death From Above 1979 are among the nominees across 26 categories for the 2015 SiriusXM Indies - the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards held in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre on May 9th as part of Canadian Music Week.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 17th April 2015

In This Issue: we look at the brand-new event planned for Vivid Ideas, the new charity auction set up by In Hearts Wake, and more details about the new Abbey Road Institute in Melbourne, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

TEDxSydney unveils 2015 performer line-up

The annual celebration of ideas that is TEDxSydney has announced an eclectic and intriguing performer line-up showcasing the diversity, skill and multiculturalism of modern day Australia.

the AU review partners up with Footstomp for a massive CMW party featuring Kingswood, Ash Grunwald and more!

For the first time ever, and with Australia as its Spotlight Country for 2015, the AU review is partnering up with Footstomp Music to throw a massive party as part of Toronto music conference and festival Canadian Music Week next month. Nine incredible Australian acts are set to showcase at the event, to be held at one of Toronto's finest venues, The Painted Lady, on Thursday, May 7th - with entry completely free! Here's the lineup!

Courtney Barnett reaches number one on the CMJ college radio charts in the USA; added to Glastonbury Lineup

Adding to the list of accolades that Courtney Barnett has been receiving at home and abroad since the release of her debut record Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, the record just hit number one on US based chart service CMJ, beating out the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Dan Deacon (who was at the top of the charts last week) and Modest Mouse. We should also sneak in the fact that she was just announced for the lineup for Glastonbury 2015 for the second consecutive year!

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 10th April 2015

In This Issue: we look at the amazing recognition of Australian songwriters overseas, the new campaign designed to support Northern Territory artists, and what the new anti-piracy code for Australia will include, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Sydney label Rare Finds launching indie-based club night at new Sydney venue, The Sly Fox on April 24th!

One of our fave Sydney labels, Rare Finds, is launching a club night of their own down at new Sydney venue The Sly Fox in a few weeks! The indie club night kicks off on April 24th and promises to showcase some great emerging talent on the last Friday of the month. The first round of bands line up to perform at the Rare Finds club night includes Jenny Broke the Window, Food Court, Hedge Fund and Winston Surfshirt.

MusicNT progresses through Plus1 Initiative & seeks support to employ Development Manager in 2015!

In some good news out of the MusicNT camp, they today announced that they have been successful in the latest round of the Plus1 Initiative, a program developed by Creative Partnerships Australia that provides matched funding/financial support for arts organisations in order for them to further develop, attract new sponsors and strengthen existing or developing networks. Applying this to MusicNT and indeed, remote Australian music bodies and organisations, there's no real surprise that MusicNT is an ideal candidate for the program, as they continue to strive to ensure the NT music industry remains a significant member of the wider Australian music community and help local artists realise their goals.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 3rd April 2015

In This Issue: we have the details about Qantas’ incredible new deal for musicians, the new awareness campaign that’s taking off, and BIGSOUND 2015, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Violent Soho, Sahara Beck, Bobby Alu, The Amity Affliction and Airling among the big winners at the Queensland Music Awards

Violent Soho accept the award for album of the year. Photo Credit: Stephen Booth

The talent-rich sunshine state celebrated another fantastic year of music and creativity at the Queensland Music Awards at Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm on Monday Night, with big wins for Violent Soho, Sahara Beck, Bobby Alu, The Amity Affliction and Airling.

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.