State of Affairs: National Live Music Awards, Face the Music, Proudly Pokies Free & more

This week in the music industry: the official 2016 board members and venues for the National Live Music Awards were announced,  Face the Music released their second round of speakers and announced their official venue for 2016.

The National Live Music Awards

This week, the National Live Music Awards announced their official board members for 2016, and confirmed seven venues for the inaugural event. With live performances being the main form of income for most musicians, the National Live Music Awards aims to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the very best in Australian live music, an industry first.

The official board members, who will elect the judging panel and approve of all major decisions behind the National Live Music Awards are;

  • Damian Cunningham (Director of Live Music Office)
  • Maggie Collins (Programmer at BIGSOUND)
  • Emma Coyle (Industry Development Manager at Music SA)
  • Mike Harris (CEO of WAM)
  • Paris Martine (Contrary Music)
  • Joel Edmondson (Executive Officer of Q Music)
  • Katie Noonan (Musician)
  • Dean Ormston (Head of Member Services at APRA AMCOS)
  • Simon Collins (Music Editor at The West Australian)
  • Emily Collins (Executive Officer of MusicNSW)
  • Laura Harper (CEO of Music Tasmania)

In addition, seven out of the eight venues hosting the awards have been released;

  • Badlands (Perth)
  • The Curtin (Melbourne)
  • The Basement (Sydney)
  • The Railway Club (Darwin)
  • The Republic Bar (Hobart)
  • The Jade (Adelaide)
  • The Triffid (Brisbane)

Featuring a variety of national and state focused categories, the awards will be held as part of ARIA Week, on Tuesday 29th of November 2016, across every Australian state and territory. Further details on the Canberra venue and event tickets will be released in the coming weeks.

Face the Music confirm more speakers

Face the Music, the two day contemporary music summit held on Thursday 17 – Friday 18th November 2016, released their second round of speakers this week. The new additions to the already jam-packed lineup of guest speakers include the likes of Aussie rapper Tkay Maidza, Alex White from Pandora’s “Next Big Sound” team, Aussie rapper Briggs, artist and producer Japanese Wallpaper and more.

It was also announced that the State Library Victoria will be the official 2016 venue for Face the Music. More information on speakers and tickets can be found here.

Youth-focused Proudly Pokies Free movement launching at the OAF


A new movement supporting pokies-free venues in Sydney, Proudly Pokies Free, i launching at the Oxford Arts Factory on October 23rd, backed by some of the city’s favourite musicians. Behind the campaign is Anna and Tom Lawrence, who have been working hard in continuing the work inspired by their father Neil Lawrence, who was behind the 2015 documentary Kaching! Pokie Nation. The launch event will feature performances from Tim Freedman of The WhitlamsJoyrideWild HoneyLeft. and Bad Deep DJs.

“I’m proud to be involved with the Proudly Pokies Free movement to hopefully encourage a mindset that rewards and encourages venues that show imagination in programming and curating their activities. It’s time for the people of Sydney to push back against the pokies.” – Tim Freedman.

“We are asking the young people of Sydney to join us for a night of great music and positive vibes. This night is about celebrating the incredible musicians that exist in this city and challenging an industry which makes it harder for them to thrive.” – Anna Lawrence.

Doors are open from 5pm. Tickets are available via Moshtix for $15, $20 on the door – all funds go directly back to the campaign to raise awareness and develop support in encouraging the government to change pokies policies.

The Roundup

On Wednesday night, the 2016 Bluesfest won the award for “Best Regional Event” at the Australian Event Awards. This is the second time the music festival has won the title, which acknowledges the music festival’s cultural and economic contributions to the local area.

The Oxford Creative Academy in Sydney is hosting its Open Day tomorrow (Saturday, September 24th), giving potential newcomers the opportunity to listen to professionals in the music industry talk about their careers and different experiences. Tour the Hercules Street Studios and, as part of the FREE information sessions, be a part of a live mixing demonstration, Q&A sessions with speakers and watch an industry presentation from Matt O’Connor as an introduction to the Oxford Creative Academy. Register for the event HERE.

AIR 100% Independent Singles Chart

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

AIR 100% Independent Albums Chart

  1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  2. Big Scary – Animal
  3. Northeast Party House – Dare
  4. Sia – This Is Acting
  5. Twelve Foot Ninja – Outlier
  6. Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear
  7. Ball Park Music – Every Night The Same Dream
  8. The Delta Riggs – Active Galactic
  9. Flight Facilities – Down To Earth
  10. Felix Riebl – Paper Doors

ARIA Singles Chart

  1. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey – Closer
  2. Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
  3. Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
  4. Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
  5. Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj – Side to Side
  6. DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
  7. Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ – Cold Water
  8. Illy feat. Vera Blue – Papercuts
  9. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Ty Dolla $ign,
  10. Hailee Steinfeld – Starving

ARIA Albums Chart

  1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  2. Safia – Internal
  3. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection
  4. Soundtrack – Suicide Squad: The Album
  5. Jason Aldean – They Don’t Know
  6. Barbra Streisand – Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway
  7. Bastille – Wild World
  8. The Beatles – Live At The Hollywood Bowl
  9. Adele – 25
  10. Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence




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