State of Affairs: ARIA Awards 2016 nominations, Melbourne Prize for Music and Awards 2016 finalists announced, & more!

This week in the music industry: the ARIAs presented the winners of the 2016 ARIA Awards for the Fine Arts Artisan & Best Comedy Release during the nominations ceremony in Sydney, the Melbourne Prize for Music and Awards 2016 announced their finalists and the opening keynote speaker for the 2016 LISTEN Conference was announced with additional panelists.

2016 ARIA Award Nominations and Winners

This Wednesday 5th October, the Telstra Customer Insight Centre in Sydney hosted the 2016 ARIA Awards Nominations Ceremony, where the full list of local and international musicians nominated for a prize were unveiled, along with the presentation of the 2016 ARIA Awards for the Fine Arts Artisan and Best Comedy Release. 

The ARIA Awards for the Finer Arts Artisan and Best Comedy Release aims to recognise the achievements of the people working in the behind-the-scenes of Australian music such as producers, cover art designers, sound engineers, as well as the work of musicians in the classical, world, and jazz genres. The year Australian electronic producer Flume and his team won all three categories of the ARIA Artisan Award; Producer of the Year (Flume), Engineer of the Year (Flume and Eric Dubowsky), and Best Cover Art (Jonathan Zawada), for their work on Flume’s second album “Skin”. On top of these three awards, Flume also was nominated for eight other ARIA Awards, making him the most highly nominated artist of 2016.

The winners of the 2016 ARIA Fine Arts Awards categories; Best Word Music (Nicky Bomba from Melbourne Ska Orchertra), Best Jazz Album (Vince Jones and Paul Grabowsky), Best Classical Album (Flight Facilities for “Flight Facilities – Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra”), Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album (Josh Pyke), and Best Comedy Release (Royd & HG).

The ARIA Awards ceremony, which will be held on November 23rd, are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. The full list of 2016 nominations can be found here.

Melbourne Prize for Music and Awards 2016 Finalists

Earlier this week, the finalists for the Melbourne Prize for Music and Awards 2016, one of Australia’s most valuable musical prizes, were announced. The awards work to provide recognition and opportunities for Victorian musicians who have made an outstanding contribution to the local music scene.

The finalists for the ceremony’s most prestigious prize the “Melbourne Prize for Music 2016”, worth $60,000 are David Bridle, Joe Camilleri, Kutcha Edwards, Liza Lim, and Adalita Srsen. The finalists for the second highest prize the “Outstanding Musicians Award”, worth $30,000 include the likes of Lior Attiar, Briggs, Kate Miller-Heidke, Eric Moore/King Gizzard, and more.

The winners of the Melbourne Prize for Music and Awards 2016 will be announced during a showcase at Melbourne’s Federation Square on Wednesday November 9th. The full list of finalists and information on how to vote for the “Civic Choice Award” can be found here.

LISTEN Conference 2016: Feminist Futures

This week, the organisers behind LISTEN Conference 2016 announced New Zealand artist and MC  Coco Solid as the final keynote speaker who will be joining  Clementine Ford and Alok-Vaid at the conference’s opening on Friday 14th October.

The current list of panelists include the likes of; Namila Benson, Trixie Darko, Maquarie Fletcher, Geryon, Thanh Hang Pham, Kirsty Rivers, MzRizk, Lara Soulio, and more.

The LISTEN Conference 2016 will also feature live musical showcases from; Ouch My Face, The Pink Tiles, Wet Lips, Hi-Tec Emotions, Crystal Myth, Wahe, Bahdoesa, Netti, DJ Sovereign Trax and Brooke Powers, Alok Vaid-Menon, Dawn Iris, Astrid & Callan, and Sarah Mary Chadwick. 

The LISTEN Conference 2016 will be held from 14-16th October. More information on the event and ticket purchases can be found here.

The Roundup

The venue formerly known as the GoodGod Small Club and Plan B has undergone another name change, now operating under the Hudson Ballroom. The institution will continue to host a wide range of Australian and international live music talent, not to mention popular club nights.

The second Keep Sydney Open rally is taking place on Sydney streets this Sunday, October 9th. For more information on where you can be involved, head HERE.

AIR 100% Independent Singles Chart

  1. Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
  2. Sia – Cheap Thrills
  3. Vance Joy – Fire and the Flood
  4. Flume feat. Tove Lo – Say It
  5. Amy Shark – Adore
  6. Sia – Chandelier
  7. Flume feat. Kai – Never Be Like You
  8. Vance Joy – Riptide
  9. Slumberjack – RA
  10. Sia – Elastic Heart

AIR 100% Independent Albums Chart

  1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  2. Tash Sultana – Notion
  3. Sia – This Is Acting
  4. Camp Cope – Camp Cope
  5. Big Scary – Animal
  6. Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear
  7. Ball Park Music – Every Night The Same Dream
  8. The Delta Riggs – Active Galactic
  9. Twelve Foot Ninja – Outlier
  10. Sticky Fingers – Caress Your Soul

ARIAS Singles Chart

  1. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey – Closer
  2. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
  3. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
  4. Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj – Side to Side
  5. Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
  6. Hailee Steinfeld – Starving
  7. Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
  8. DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
  9. The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – Starboy
  10. Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ – Cold Water

ARIAS Albums Chart

  1. Passenger – Young As the Morning Old As the Sea
  2. Bruce Springsteen – Chapter And Verse
  3. Shawn Mendes – Illuminate
  4. Soundtrack – Suicide Squad: The Album
  5. Barbra Streisand – Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway
  6. Anthony Callea – Backbone
  7. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection
  8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  9. Australian Cast feat. David Campbell – Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical
  10. Adele – 25



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