The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 4th September 2015

In This Issue: we look at the 2015 Melbourne Music Bank; a new imprint from the team at Nuclear Blast Records with four international signings; the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University turns 50 and over 200 musicians help celebrate across the country; a study finds that live music is adding more to the Australian economy than retail, accommodation, and other sectors; and Victoria's music community have launched a new taskforce to deal with sexual assault and harassment in licensed venues and at music festivals. All this plus the latest signings, and the ARIA charts.

Finalists announced for 2015 Melbourne Music Bank

The Bank of Melbourne have announced the twelve finalists for their annual music competition, with the finals now open to the public for voting. The four with the most votes will perform at Melbourne's Art Centre on October 8th with the ultimate winner judged by a panel of industry experts.

A variety of genres can be found in the list of finalists, including pop, hip hop, alt rock, electro, and indie folk. The twelve finalists are: Anna Cordell from Ivanhoe, Arctic Maps from Preston, DL Music from Narre Warren, Feelds from Alphington, Imogen Brough from Geelong, Jade Alice from Viewbank, Kudzai from Narre Warren, Milo from Breamlea, Napier from Essendon, Playwrite from Northcote, Sam O'Connell from Mt Martha and Sarah May from Bonnie Doon.

Public voting is open from today until September 27 and voters can share in fantastic weekly prizes, including Spotify vouchers and ticket giveaways. To learn more about the finalists, listen to their songs and cast a vote, visit

Nuclear Blast launch new imprint "Arising Empire"

Owner of indie record label Nuclear Blast, Markus Staiger and ex-People Like You Records manager Tobbe Falarz have launched a new imprint called Arising Empire, focused on providing a musical home to young, dynamic, and hot local and international bands spanning metalcore, punk, and rock. The first four bands announced as signees to the new imprint are Novelists (FR), Imminence (SWE), Amor (US), and GWLT (GER). Novelists will be the first band releasing material under the imprint, with their album Souvenirs due 6th November this year.

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music turns 50

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Monash University's Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music over 200 musicians, both Australian and international, as well as acclaimed alumni and staff will be coming together to make music at the university, across Melbourne, and even up in Sydney. From now until 7th October, the musicians have been focused into a comprehensive music program of more than 30 concerts, including 18 free performances. Headliners include classic singers India Shubha Mudgal and tabla maestro Aneesh Pradhan, as well as NYC bassist Mark Helias, Chicago Jazz trombonist Ray Anderson, and legendary Australian singer-songwriter Kate Cebrano.

Many of the performances are listed at the following websites: |

Live performance industry posts $1.51 billion revenue to Aus economy

A national research conducted by Live Performance Australia (LPA) has found that the live performance industry remains a strong pillar of the Australian economy, contributing $1.51 billion in 2014, with 18.54 million tickets issued. The annual look into ticket sales for Australian live performance events is the most comprehensive survey of it's kind and contradicts the logic behind closing live music venues, especially in Sydney and Melbourne.

The live performance industry outperforms other strong market sectors such as the retail trade, accommodation & food services, and sporting events. More specifically, Contemporary Music and Musical Theatre are the two strongest contributors, generating 40.1% and 21.2% of revenue respectively, with a combined attendance rate of 51.6%. The most significant gains in revenue as compared to previous years was from the Festival (Multi-Category), Musical Theatre, and Special Events categories, with the Festival (Multi-Category) surge possibly explained by new data providers in 2014, such as Falls Festival, MONA FOMA, and Dark Mofo.

Music Industry tackles sexual harassment with new taskforce

The music community in Victoria have taken a big step in tackling the issues surrounding sexual harassment and assault with a new taskforce focused on piloting programs in licensed music venues to create a safer environment for everyone to enjoy their night.

The taskforce is the first of it's kind in Australia, and will address common issues surrounding sexual harassment and assault in licensed venues and music festivals. The taskforce comprises representatives from the Live Music Roundtable, as well as key members of LISTEN and SLAM (Save Live Australia's Music).

ONELOVE introduce new talent agency

Successful indie dance label ONELOVE have just introduced the ONELOVE Talent Agency to further support and represent the best in local dance. The new division has been set up to utilize the label's broad network of touring, PR, and music industry contacts from around the world in order to provide ONELOVE recording acts with touring support both locally and abroad. First up on the agency will be long-time ONELOVE resident DJ Generik.

Latest Signings

Before they release their debut album Stay In, Do Nothing early next year, head-turning band Horror My Friend have signed with Poison City Records, the same label that is home to The Smith Street Band and The Bennies. Poison City boss Andy Hayden signed the band due to an unsolicited e-mail which they had sent him, with new music attached. The band will play Jive in Adelaide on September 12th.

World dominating DJ Fuzzy (real name Faustina Agolley) can now call Select Music her home after signing the label, joining a roster of successful talent including Client Liaison and RÜFÜS.

Nicole Millar, best known as the voice behind Peking Duk's megahit "High", is the newest member of the EMI music family. The 22 year old vocalist has also been named 'one to watch' at the forthcoming Electronic Music Conference (EMCPlay), which will take place across various venues in Sydney on December 2nd; it will be Millar's first live solo show since appearing on the Red Bull Music Academy's stage at last year's Splendour in the Grass.

ARIA Charts


1. How Deep Is Your Love — Calvin Harris & Disciples
2. That’s How You Know — Nico & Vinz feat. Kid Ink & Bebe Rexha
3. Can’t Feel My Face — The Weeknd
4. Are You With Me (Original Mix) – Lost Frequencies
5. Locked Away - R City & Adam Levine
6. Wildest Dreams - Taylor Swift
7. Peanut Butter Jelly — Galantis
8. Fire and The Floor - Vance Joy
9. Wings — Delta Goodrem
10. The Fix - Nelly Feat. Jeremih


1. Immortalized - Disturbed
2. Compton - Dr Dre
3. Burning Bridges - Bon Jovi
4. The Great Unknown - Rob Thomas
5. Homecoming - Short Stack
6. 1989 - Taylor Swift
7. X - Ed Sheeran
8. Best of the Soul Years - Jimmy Barnes
9. Title - Meghan Trainor
10. Two Strong Hearts - John Farnham & Olivia Newtown-John