AMPLIFIED+ Royal Hobart Regatta Showcase

Get along to The Royal Hobart Regatta on Saturday 7th February from 5:30pm, to check out some great Tasmanian music from Paper Souls, Bansheeland, and Shanti Dreads.

More details here:

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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:

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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

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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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