The State of Affairs (August 19, 2016): Music NSW’s Opportunity Development Grant applications open & more!

This week in the music industry: the second round of applications for Music NSW’s Opportunity Development Grant has opened, Melbourne contemporary music summit Face The Music released their first lineup of speakers, and the 2016 Art Music Awards winners were announced.

Music NSW’s Opportunity Development Grant


The second round of applications for Music NSW’s Opportunity Development Grant opened earlier this week.  The grant program aims to support Australian musicians and their managers through the early stages of their career development, as they attend various industry conferences and complete live-performance tours around the nation.

This year, the grant will offer a one off funding of up to $850/member of the touring party, with a total limit of $5500/group. Applications will close on September, 6, 2016. More information on how to apply can be found HERE.

Face the Music guest speakers

Earlier this week, the organisers behind Melbourne’s contemporary music summit Face The Music, released the first round of guest speakers for the 2016 event. Running from November 17-18th, the summit is so far set to feature numerous industry experts such as the celebrated American music blogger Anthony Fantano from The Needle Drop, Triple j radio host Zan Rowe, Ricki Askin from VICE, Robert Forster, Lorrae McKenna from Remote Control Records and more.

More information on the summit and speakers can be found HERE.

Winners of the 2016 Art Music Awards

On Tuesday, APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre hosted the annual Art Music Awards. Consisting of 11 different national categories and eight different state/territory specific categories, the Art Music Awards is the only nationwide award ceremony in Australia which recognises the works of local composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music.

Highlights from the night include the Award for Excellence in Music Education given to Artology for their Fanfare Competition, the Award for Excellence in a Regional Area given to Moorambilla Voices, the Award for Excellence by an Organisation given to Ensemble Offspring, the Award for Excellence by an Individual given to Claire Edwardes and Orchestral Work of the Year given to the composer of Earth Plays, Catherine Milliken. The full list of winners can be found HERE.

Sydney Opera House unveils renewal plans


Troy Grant, NSW’s Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, has recently unveiled the working designs for the Sydney Opera House’s largest program of upgrades since its opening in 1973. As part of the program, the Opera House will become much more accessible and open to the public, improve the acoustics and efficiency of the Concert Hall, establish a new Creative Learning Centre for children, young people and families, plus much more. A whopping $202 million has been committed to the project by the NSW Government and as Minister Grant says, the upgrades will ensure the Opera House can meet the constantly building demands of being one of the country’s most iconic tourist destinations and performance centres.

“The Sydney Opera House is the symbol of modern Australia. It is our responsibility as custodians of this extraordinary place to maintain and renew it for all Australians. That’s why we are investing more than $200 million in these wonderful projects, which represent the biggest upgrade to the Opera House since it opened 43 years ago.”


For more information on the Sydney Opera House upgrades, head HERE.

The Roundup

Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the ARIA Awards, Australian music’s biggest night of celebrations, will return to 2016 on Wednesday November 23rd.

The countdown to the 2016 NT Bush Bands Bash is now on, with the largest celebration of Aboriginal Desert Music taking place at the Telegraph Station in Alice Springs on August 28th. The concert is the final piece in the puzzle for eight bands selected from across Central Australia to partake in the Bush Bands Business development camp at Ross River from August 24th – 27th. To find out about the industry camp and who is involved this year (mentors include Peter GarrettBrian Ritchie and Anna Laverty), head HERE.

MTV Australia is bringing back MTV Beats & Eats on Saturday November 26, 2016 to Stuart Park, Wollongong. After a successful debut last year, organisers of the festival are expecting a crowd of around 10,000 people in 2016. So far the food and music festival will be featuring performances from New Zealand rapper Savage, EDM producer Paces, and New Zealand electro-pop act MAALA. More information on the event and  tickets can be found HERE.

AIR 100% Independent Singles Chart

  1. Flume feat. Tove Lo – Say It
  2. Sia – Cheap Thrills
  3. Flume feat. Kai – Never Be Like You
  4. Ta-ku & Wafia – Love Somebody
  5. Big Scary – The Opposite Of Us
  6. Sia – Chandelier
  7. Horrorshow – If You Know What I Mean
  8. Flume feat. Vic Mensa – Lose It
  9. Sia – Alive
  10. Hayden James – Just a Lover

AIR 100% Independent Albums Chart

  1. Jack Carty – Home State
  2. Sia – This Is Acting
  3. Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear
  4. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
  5. Sticky Fingers – Caress Your Soul
  6. The Cat Empire – Rising With The Sun
  7. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  8. Thundamentals – So We Can Remember
  9. Sticky Fingers – Land Of Pleasure
  10. Camp Cope – Camp Cope

ARIA Singles Chart

  1. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey – Closer
  2. Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ – Cold Water
  3. DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
  4. Illy feat. Vera Blue – Papercuts
  5. Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
  6. Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
  7. Jonas Blue – Perfect Strangers
  8. Anne-Marie – Alarm
  9. Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance
  10. Calvin Harris & Rihanna – This Is What You Came For

ARIA Albums Chart

  1. Soundtrack – Suicide Squad: The Album
  2. Bernard Fanning – Civil Dusk
  3. Human Nature – Gimme Some Lovin’: Jukebox Vol.II
  4. Montaigne – Glorious Heights
  5. Adele – 25
  6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – This Unruly Mess I’ve Made
  7. Skillet – Unleashed
  8. Keith Urban – Ripcord
  9. Elvis Presley – Way Down In The Jungle Room
  10. DJ Snake – Encore


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