Amplified+ showcase acts announced for Junction Arts Festival



Drum roll please! Music Tasmania and Junction Arts Festival are excited to announce the showcase acts that will be performing as part of Amplified+ on Thursday 3 September. Mark your diaries and come along to support these stellar Tassie performers make their mark in the Junc Room. Get ready! Here’s the final lineup:

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Thomas Fowkes writes simple, heartfelt, acoustic joys. Music to move you. Expect a truly intimate performance from this local talent who will transform the Junc Room with his humble, yet compelling songs and soaring vocals.

His debut release “Little Face” is now available and you can listen to it right here:

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Guitar melodies with a touch of piano are all that accompany Summer’s soulful voice, as she captivates audiences with her intimate storytelling. This Launceston indie-pop princess, has toured nationally and supported big names such as The Basics (Gotye), Jordie Lane and Elixir (Katie Noonan). Summer is an enchanting ballad master who entwines thoughtful lyrics around clever, infectious melodies.

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Dynamic duo of the Australian folk and blues music scene, Tiffany Eckhardt and Dave Steel, recently relocated to Franklin in Tassie’s South. Tiffany has written and recorded seven successful independent releases, while Dave has been writing songs and making albums for the past 20 years. Dave has played and toured with some of Australia’s best known artists, including Weddings Parties Anything, Archie Roach, Kasey Chambers and Kavisha Mazzella.

Together, this talented husband and wife team, capture the essence of country living through songs to stomp your feet and shake your hips to. Honest, humorous and uplifting – this is original Australian music at its very best.

Heart Beach are an ocean pop band that play sad minimal Hobartian skuzz music. The sublime live performances of Jonathon McCarthy on guitar and vocals, Clair Jansen
on vocals and bass, and Christopher Wessing on drums and guitar, have earned them fans from all over the world. Heart Beach have toured Australia and New Zealand, including performing at the prestigious festival Camp A Low Hum. Triple J recently named Heart Beach as one of Unearthed’s 10 Quiet Achievers of 2015 and made them a coveted feature artist this year.

Heart Beach’s self-titled debut LP, has been earning them admiration from near and far, with Everett True from the Guardian saying: “It takes a brave, thoughtful band to sound this vulnerable. Heart Beach are beautiful, beautiful, melancholy babies. Treasure them.”

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The Saxons are so hot right now. This 4-piece, indie rock outfit, consisting of Nick Bennett, Bradley Martin, Tom Youd and Josh Mcdonald-Davies, has come a long way from winning the State-wide Rock Challenge in 2014 for Launceston College. The Saxons have earned a reputation for their scintillating live performances and intricately crafted songs, which have been honed by sharing the stage with some of the finest local and national acts going around. Get ready for The Saxons to tear your hearts and eardrums apart in this showcase finale.

For more information and to download the Junction Arts Festival Program visit:


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Expressions of Interest are now open for Music Tasmania’s showcase performance at Junction Arts Festival!

We have partnered with Junction Arts Festival to present a showcase night of Tassie music in the Junc Room, treating festival audiences to a smorgasbord of local talent.

The Amplified + Showcase offers live performance opportunities for artists to connect with new audiences and to play at a large scale, nationally recognised event.

Music Tas will also host a networking event with select industry delegates prior to the showcase performance. This is an excellent chance to make important industry connections and perform at Launceston’s leading arts and culture fest on Thursday 3 September 2015.

Interested? Click here for more info: Amplified + Showcase and Junction Expression of Interest brief.

To apply, complete the Expression of Interest form and email it to

Expressions of Interest close 1 August 2015.

IMAGE: Paper Souls performing at the 2014 Junction Arts Festival. PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Gelston

Presented by Junction Arts Festival and Music Tasmania.


APRA AMCOS’ Professional Development Awards

APRA AMCOS’ Professional Development Awards (PDAs) 2015 are now taking applications, and the winners will be in illustrious company, joining the ranks of former 2015-APRA-PDA-slider3winners including Gotye, Abbe May, Husky Gawenda, and more.

The PDAs provide some serious opportunities for emerging songwriters and composers… Such as: Your music will be judged by some of the industries best including Lior, Andrea Keller, James Blundell, Mark Moffatt, Josh Pyke, Jenny Morris, Kav Temperley, Jon Hume, Rai Thistlethwayte and international judges Gary Go and Erik Lewander. Each 2015 winner will receive more than $15,000 worth of career support including a microphone and headphone package courtesy of Audio Technica.  The winner of the Film and Television category will also win a scholarship to the ASCAP Film and Television workshop in LA.

PDA categories are:
Popular Contemporary (Three awards are given in this category. This includes Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Hip Hop, Dance and R&B)
Film and Television
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI)

This year “The Smugglers of Light” initiative will also form part of the PDAs, providing a promising Australian Indigenous music or media practitioner a grant of $12,000.

Get to work on your application now, and read more about it here.

Enter 2015 Telstra Road to Discovery

Pink TRTD Logo (1)Telstra Road to Discovery, the talent development program that connects emerging singer songwriters with some of the most influential figures in the music industry, has officially opened the call for entries for the 2015 program. Aspiring singer songwriters can submit their entry online in three easy steps at for the opportunity to win one of two music development funds valued at $15,000.

The program gives artists the flexibility to achieve their goals their way with an all-expenses paid trip to the USA to attend the Americana Music Festival, local gigs, ongoing education and the opportunity to work with Telstra to help them kick-start their music career as well as the $15,000 development fund.

Telstra Group Manager Creative Partnerships, Nicola Reeves, said the program aims to connect aspiring artists with some of the best minds in the music business. “For over a decade, Telstra Road to Discovery has been committed to the development of Australia’s emerging music community at a grassroots level through music education, expertise and discovery,” said Ms Reeves.“This year we’re making it even easier for musicians across the country to enter by bringing the entry process completely online, and we’ll also be enticing new genres of musicians to the program with an interactive Master Class,” continued Ms Reeves.

The Telstra Road to Discovery Master Class series will also return for a third year in October, providing aspiring artists with direct access to some of the most influential names in the industry, and advice on developing their music career.

Australian music legend, singer-songwriter and longtime mentor of the program Ella Hooper, said Telstra Road to Discovery offers a genuine path for artists looking to break into the industry. “Mentoring young artists is a big part of what Telstra Road to Discovery is all about, each year attracting renowned artists, managers, producers and experts who all provide crucial advice and expertise to developing artists. Telstra Road to Discovery opens doors for artists like no other program. If you are an aspiring musician, or know of someone trying to get their foot in the door, this is a great opportunity to do so,” said Ms Hooper.

Entries are now open and close on Sunday 23rd August 2015. For more information on the entry criteria, visit


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Music Tasmania has teamed up with Festival of Voices and City of Launceston to offer you an incredible opportunity to work, learn and perform with German a cappella metal band, Van Canto, for FREE! The workshop, valued at $298 per participant, runs in Hobart from 7 July – 12 July 2015 and is an accredited course through the Conservatorium of Music. Thanks to Festival of Voices, we have 10 free workshop passes to present to selected artists throughout Tasmania.

Don’t miss your chance to learn and work alongside one of Germany’s biggest metal sensations!

For more information about how to participate, email

AMIN and Travel Beyond Group announce travel deal for Musicians

Australian musicians are set to save thousands of dollars a year in touring costs after a new preferred supplier deal negotiated between the Australian Music Industry Network and Travel Beyond Group.
In an Australian first, Travel Beyond Group has designed a dedicated travel portal available to members of AMIN’s associated state and territory bodies which offers discounted Virgin Australia fares, heavily discounted accommodation rates and ground requirements.

Highlights include:

  • Savings on Virgin Australia fares
  • Discounted rates and reduced excess on Car Hire
  • Multiple drivers, flexible driver age below 25 (over the age of 21 and full licence required)
  • Online portal to book hotels and apartments at best rate including QuestMantraOaksAccorIHGStarwoodCrown and other boutique properties both in Australia and internationally for groups under 10
  • Discounted Virgin Australia Lounge memberships
  • Excess Baggage allowances continue with Virgin Australia and QANTAS
  • Free wifi and onsite parking at selected hotels and apartments.

Last year AMIN surveyed its members about what discounts and benefits they would like us to negotiate for them to complement the excess baggage deal we negotiated with Virgin Australia in 2011” said AMIN Chair Patrick Donovan.

Travel Beyond Group are delighted to be selected as the preferred travel partner of AMIN,’’ said Wonitta Atkins, Business Solutions Manager for the Travel Beyond Group. “The portal is simple to use and offers a travel solution not seen previously in the music industry. We are really excited to be a part of this ‘game changer’ for the industry and look forward to continuing to support local music.’’

The first portal on the Music Victoria site will be set up by March 23 for its annual membership drive, and the other state portals rolling out soon afterwards. Members self-register on the portal where all available fares can be seen so the best available deals can be bought. Musicians can book their entire tour on the portal and will be provided with a detailed itinerary.

You must be a member of one of the following organisations in your state or territory to access the deals:









AMIN is proudly supported by APRA/AMCOS

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is coming up on the 20th of January at 6:00pm, upstairs at The Republic Bar (299 Elizabeth Street).  Members are invited to nominate and vote for board positions.  Non-members are welcome to attend and will be able to sign up for membership on the night.  The benefits of membership are detailed on our membership page.

The President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary will be elected from the 10 people elected onto The Music Tasmania Board.  The Constitution has been updated to comply with the new Tasmanian Model Rules (2007).

To nominate for a position on the board, members must fill out a board nomination form.  DOWNLOAD the nomination form here: MT-Board-nomination-form

Please email completed forms to the following address:

Telstra Road To Discovery 2014

After canvassing the country for Australia’s next generation of songwriters, 10 aspiring musicians have made it through to the Grand Final of the Telstra Road to Discovery talent development program.

This year’s journey started in July, touring across Australia and selecting a total of 18 unsigned musicians from eight live music performance heats and a digital component, with 10 artists making it through to perform at the Grand Final.

The 10 finalists chosen to compete at the Grand Final on 3 December include:
1. Gordi (Sophie Payten), 21, Canowindra NSW (alternative folk, acoustic guitar), online entry
2. Reuben Koops, 21, Launceston TAS (alternative folk, guitar), online entry
3. Loren Kate, 30, Aldinga SA (alternative folk, acoustic guitar), Adelaide heat winner
4. Asch-Rose Steadman, 23, Sandgate QLD (country blues, acoustic guitar), online entry
5. Joe Mungovan, 20, Kiama NSW (indie/roots, acoustic guitar), Sydney heat winner
6. Dylan Wright, 21, Cronulla NSW (folk/pop, acoustic guitar), online entry
7. Hannah Rosa (Hannah Morrison), 22, Gordon Park QLD (alternative folk/pop, acoustic guitar), Brisbane heat winner
8. Teischa (Teischa Jones), 17, Jolimont WA (contemporary folk, guitar), online entry
9. Riley Pearce, 21, Dalkeith WA (indie folk, acoustic guitar), wildcard entry
10. Larissa Tandy, 38, Murchison VIC (roots, acoustic guitar), online entry

Hosted by Melbourne singer-songwriter Ella Hooper, and alongside performances by the Semi Finalists, audiences were treated to acts from last year’s winners Helen Shanahan from Perth and Christopher Coleman from Hobart.

For more information and to follow the Top 10’s journey through to the Grand Final, visit

Help UTAS Discover The Value Of Live Music

The University Of Tasmania is calling for responses to a survey it is conducting in order to understand the intrinsic value of live music.

The project, titled Cultural And Economic Contributions Of Live Music Making In Australia, and is designed to compile data through which policy makers and regulators will be able to make better-informed decisions when it comes to Australia’s live-music landscape, and is seeking as many opinions as possible to construct the most comprehensive picture they can of Aussies and live music consumption.

The study is a joint initiative of primary backers the Live Music Office in conjunction with the City Of Sydney, the City Of Melbourne and the South Australian state government, as well as personnel from the University of Technology, Sydney, and RMIT.

To have your say and help the researchers develop the most comprehensive understanding of the ways in which Aussie punters consume live music, head here and fill out their survey – you could be helping to shape the future of the industry.