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.

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CONTROL 2014 – Now Calling For Applications.

CONTROL, the dynamic five stage programme designed to assist music managers from Australia and New Zealand grow their businesses, is now calling for applications.

CONTROL will incorporate two residential labs to be held near Sydney, the first from 23-26 November 2014. Six music and business advisers including Paul McKessar (Manager of Brooke Fraser, The Naked and Famous, Lydia Cole, Breaks Co-op)and Correne Wilkie (Manager of The Cat Empire, Jackson Jackson, Harry James Angus)will work with participants on their leadership skills and business models.

CONTROL will provide participants with practical business guidance. It will include a comprehensive review of the different business models found in the contemporary music sector, as well as deep analysis of each business model brought to the lab. This will be the first time that managers from New Zealand will also take part in the programme.

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Amplified+ at The Junction Arts Festival

Amplified+ Showcase (Thursday 11 September, 5pm-11pm):

A bespoke format of Music Tasmania’s major music industry showcase Amplified, Amplified+ features live performances by Tasmanian artists.

Hosted in The Junc Room on Thursday 11 September, Amplified+ showcases an infusion of sounds, from raucous folk-punk and psychedelic jazz-rock, to melodious folk and acoustic singer-songwriters, featuring live performances by Tasmanian artists The Stayns, Josef Josef, Paper Souls, Siobhan Corcoran and Marty Kooistra.

Amplified+ Workshop (Friday 12 September, 12pm-1:30pm):

Delegates Carin Waterson from Adelaide Film Festival, Tom Larnach-Jones from The Gasometer Hotel and Pam Merrigan from National Folk Festival will present a workshop on live performance and touring.

Adelaide Fringe is Australia’s largest open-access arts festival with over 900 events, 4000 artists and audiences over 1.9 million in 2014. Carin Waterson is the Artists & Venues Manager and works with artists and venues in supporting them to participate in the festival.

Pam Merrigan is Director of the National Folk Festival, an annual celebration of everything folk from the quirky to the more traditional notions of the genre. Pam Merrigan has extensive experience in music arts and education, arts production and management.

Tom Larnach-Jones is currently the booker of Melbourne venue The Gasometer Hotel and has previously booked The Toff and Revolver Upstairs. In past lives Tom founded and ran an independent label Trifekta Records, was the Melbourne side-show coordinator at the Big Day Out, did everything from packing boxes to A&R at Shock Records and worked with songwriters and composers at APRA AMCOS.

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Edge Radio – Radiothon 2014 (Sept 5 – 13)

Friday 5th – Edge’s birthday party featuring mainland act, Pierce Brothers with Lulu and The Paige Turners at The Republic Bar.

Tuesday 9th – Live broadcast with special guests, Tim Davies and Ben Wells.

Wednesday 10th – Face The Music Quiz at The Brisbane Hotel.

Saturday 13th – Radiothon closing party with Tantric Sax, Catsuit, Pines and Mess O’ Reds at The Brisbane Hotel (front bar).

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Employment opportunity at Music Tasmania – Program Coordinator

Music Tasmania is seeking a responsible individual with good communication skills and a passion for music to join our organisation in the role of Program Coordinator.

The position of Program Coordinator will include the management and monitoring of Music Tasmania’s rehearsal facility, the Bunker Music Studio located in Hobart, and marketing communication tasks.

Download the complete Position Description

Please address the Selection Criteria and along with your CV, submit to

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 8 August 2014.

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Employment opportunity: Venue Manager, The Odeon Theatre

MONA is seeking an experienced and professional Venue Manager to join their team in Hobart on a part time contract basis for up to 12 months.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the management of the Odeon Theatre as a commercial live performance and events venue.

For further details on the position, visit MONA’s employment page.

Applications close Monday 18 August 2014.

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Arts Tasmania | Individual Artists Grant

Planning a tour, recording project or release for 2015?
Got an opportunity to conduct professional development training or mentorship interstate or internationally?

The Individual Artists program invests in emerging and professional artists by assisting them to undertake projects that will enable them to further their careers and enrich their artistic practice. This funding program is for supporting projects that will occur in 2015.

For further details on how to apply, visit Arts Tasmania or contact Ashlee Irwin, Program Officer. | (03) 6165 6658

Applications close 1 August 2014.

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Edge Radio and FBi Radio Open Night | Monday 21 July

Edge Radio 99.3FM and FBi Radio (Sydney) are teaming up for a Music Open Night at The Arts Factory, Monday 21 July.

If music is your thing, come along and get valuable radio and music industry advice from:

Stephen Goodhew (Music Director, FBi Radio)
Alastair Ling (Program Director, Edge Radio)
Dario Phillips (Program Manager, Music Tasmania)
+ other music industry reps

A longstanding monthly event held by FBi at their studio, this is the first time that that Music Open Day has left Sydney – coinciding with the first time the station’s NORTHERN LIGHTS competition has been open to anyone in Australia!

Facebook event – share with your band mates and other musicians.

Northern Lights competition

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Carlton Dry Global Music Grant 2014

The Australian Independent Records Association (AIR) and Carlton Dry invite Australian artists to apply for the $50,000 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant.

The Carlton Dry Global Music Grant has been created to give an artist access to funds required to take their music to audiences around the world.

The prize money must be used exclusively to help tour, showcase, record or relocate overseas to further your career.

To be eligible for the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant you must:

1. Be an Australian artist with ambitions to reach markets outside of Australia. Preference will be given to artists that are not yet sustainably established overseas but have strong fan engagement and demonstrated success in Australia.

2. Show how the $50,000 will be spent on overseas travel to further your career. You will need to provide details of your plans to travel overseas between October 2014 – June 2015.

3. Agree to the grant requirements if you are shortlisted and/or win.

4. The Artist must be released by an Independent Label or self released.

For further details and to apply, click here.

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Telstra Road To Discovery | Entries Now Open

Telstra Road to Discovery 2014 officially launched on Tuesday 8 July in Sydney with performances from Andy Bull, MC/Artist Ella Hooper and 2013 winners Helen Shanahan (WA) and Tasmania’s own Christopher Coleman.

This year the program shifts to 100% original music and genre agnostic, as well as continuing to provide mentorship, song writing and music education opportunities for independent and unsigned Australian songwriters. The program connects emerging artists with leading industry figures and provides a platform for their music to be heard by a wider audience.

8 showcase heats will be staged across the country, in which 6 local (pre-screened) applicants are selected to perform. A heat in Hobart will be held on Thursday 25 September at Republic Bar.

The heat performers will also have the opportunity to participate in a Mini Music Industry Q&A session with Head Judge Bill Page and MC/Artist Ella Hooper.

In addition to heat winners, 8 online applicants will be selected to progress through to the intensive 3-day Boot Camp and the Semi-Final.

Ten emerging songwriters perform at the Grand Final which produces 2 ultimate equal winners who each receive a tailored 12-month development package that includes a return trip to Nashville, USA.

Entries are now open, click here for details.

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