Sounds Australia

Interview: Mid City talk about playing “buzzy” Germany for the first time at Reeperbahn & “Fake Friends Forever”

September 30, 2019

Australia was the focus country at this year’s Reeperbahn Festival and along with it came a slew of big name and emerging acts from around the country – most heading to play Germany and the event for the first time. Among them were Melbohrne’s Mid City, who joined us backstage at The Aussie BBQ, held […]

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The Great Escape programmer Adam Ryan on their 2019 festival’s Aussie focus & why the Sounds Australia team are the “best in the world”

May 2, 2019

Ahead of The Great Escape, which takes over Brighton in the UK next week, I caught up with the festival’s programmer Adam Ryan to talk about the growth of the festival, the involvement of Australian acts at it, working with Sounds Australia, and what it means for Australia to be the feature country in 2019. […]

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Meet the 22 Aussies heading to Nashville for AmericanaFest 2018

September 4, 2018

The 19th annual AMERICANAFEST will take over many of Nashville’s iconic music venues later this month. Running from the 11th – 16th September the festival is a great opportunity for artists – emerging and established – to showcase their work, form international ties and win sponsors. Australia’s national music export initiative, Sounds Australia, will be […]

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When and where to see the Aussies at Primavera Sound 2018 in Barcelona

May 29, 2018

Primavera Sound and the accompanying Primavera Pro Conference returns to Barcelona this week, and with it will be a slew of Aussies who will join the ranks of the likes of Tame Impala, Gang of Youths, Oh Pep! and more who have performed at the event in recent years. If you are lucky enough to […]

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Sounds Australia makes another impressive impact during the first day of The Great Escape

May 18, 2017

The SOUNDS AUSTRALIA crew have always maintained an impressive presence internationally, The Great Escape proving to be no exception to the rule for another year. Kicking off their time in Brighton with the annual Sound Gallery at Komedia, a great array of Australian artists took to the stage in the underground venue and upstairs in the studio […]

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Sounds Australia outlay huge Sound Gallery & Aussie BBQ plans for The Great Escape

May 12, 2017

The Sounds Australia crew return to the UK for The Great Escape this year and once more, they have curated some incredibly showcases for the British to see what the Australians have going. Two showcases have been planned for Brighton – the Sound Gallery returns to Komedia on Thursday, May 18th, while the Aussie BBQ hits […]

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Sounds Australia reveals four massive showcases in Austin for SXSW 2017

March 3, 2017

The Sounds Australia crew have come out guns blazing for their annual line up of showcase events for SXSW this year. Always renowned for their curation of stellar emerging and established Australian talent at events the world over, this SXSW foray is not to be missed if you’re soon to be Austin-bound. The massive four showcases include […]

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Indie Week 2017 opens up expressions of interest

February 6, 2017

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), Sounds Australia, and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited (PPCA) are teaming up once again to lead a group of ten Australian independent record label representatives to Indie Week 2017, held in New York from 5-9 June. Tailored towards independent record labels and service providers, Indie Week is an invite-only conference organised by the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), focusing on the […]

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Inaugural National Live Music Awards celebrate Australia’s best around the country!

November 30, 2016

Overnight, in every Australian capital city, live music was celebrated as part of the inaugural National Live Music Awards. The eight events took place at the same time around the country, with a diverse range of Australian artists being recognised for their efforts on stages at home and abroad. NGAIIRE (pictured) was big winner at […]

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Sounds Australia is Saved! Full funding for the music-market export initiative announced at Face The Music

November 18, 2016

After months of uncertainty following the defunding of the music export initiative – who, among many other activities, put on great events around the world like The Aussie BBQ to showcase Australian talent – the organisation’s immediate future was revealed on the steps of the State Library in Melbourne today. Fronting media and guests of […]

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Sounds Australia presenting ‘Insights Into International Genre Events’ in Adelaide this month

July 5, 2016

Sounds Australia heads to Adelaide next week, hosting the ‘Insights Into International Genre Events’ session in partnership with Music SA, Musitec and the Music Development Office on July 13th. The session will see artists and industry members who have frequented events and conferences including Americana, Classical: NEXT, Amsterdam Dance Event, WOMEX and more providing insights into […]

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The State of Affairs (27th May 2016): AIR CEO announces his resignation, IMS release their 2016 industry report & more!

May 27, 2016

This week in the music industry: the International Music Summit released their 2016 business report focusing on the electronic music industry, Sounds Australia revealed new plans to further promote Australian music overseas and Dan Nevin, CEO of Australian Independent Record Labels Association announced his resignation from the independent trade body. International Music Summit business report […]

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The State of Affairs: (20th May 2016)

May 20, 2016

This week in the music industry, Sounds Australia has been nominated for two awards for their continuous achievements in exporting fresh Australian music to international crowds and the annual Electronic Music Conference returns to Sydney for the fifth time. Sounds Australia Recognised for their Music Export Achievements Sounds Australia, an organisation focused on gaining international […]

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Sounds Australia receives two nominations at the Yearly Music Convention Awards

May 19, 2016

Currently in the midst of their 2016 Great Escape program in the UK, the Sounds Australia crew have recently been nominated for recognition of all their hard work at the 2016 Yearly Music  Convention Awards. The awards, run by The Great Escape, acknowledge and recognise the contributions made by live music export organisations and for […]

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Sounds Australia secures funding from The Australia Council for the Arts through until 2020

May 13, 2016

It’s been a rollercoaster week for Sounds Australia, who were dealt the blow of losing out on crucial funding through The Ministry of Arts Catalyst Program for next year. Its effect on the organisation’s export initiative is severe, meaning that the international programs Sounds Australia has successfully run in previous years will no longer be […]

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The State of Affairs (13th May 2016): Music Victoria’s new gender diversity policy & more!

May 13, 2016

This week in the music industry, Music Victoria announces new gender diversity policy, Sounds Australia fails to secure further government funding, and a new live music subscription service GiggedIn launches in Melbourne. Music Victoria’s New Gender Diversity Policy In their “Women in the Victorian Contemporary Music Industry” survey conducted in April 2015, Music Victoria highlighted […]

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Sounds Australia loses crucial funding through the Catalyst Program – the industry responds

May 10, 2016

It’s been a tough day for Sounds Australia and their extensive team of colleagues and supporters, with the low-key posting of the controversial Ministry for the Arts Catalyst Program over the weekend revealing that the live music body has failed to secure crucial funds. As detailed in an article by the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday, the Coalition has allocated […]

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The State of Affairs (29th April 2016): Australian Indie Labels heading to New York, nominations for the NIMA’s are open & more!

April 29, 2016

This week in the music industry, AIR, Sounds Australia and PPCA have announced the 12 Australian independent record labels who will be attending the annual Indie Week conference in New York, applications for the National Indigenous Music Awards are open, Support Act to celebrate and honour Paul Kelly’s contributions to the industry and we bring you […]

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Sounds Australia unveils both Sound Gallery & Aussie BBQ line ups for SXSW!

March 2, 2016

The Sounds Australia crew have today released details of their official SXSW events, including the always popular Aussie BBQ. The full artist line ups for the Aussie BBQ and two Sound Gallery Showcases have been unveiled, with 30 Australian acts set to perform. The Aussie BBQ celebrates its 13th year at SXSW in 2016 and […]

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