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CEO Report September 2015

24 Sep 2015

Dear members + subscribers,

We’ve just returned from BIGSOUND in Brisbane. By day, we hit up the conference, and by night, we split our love across the entire spectrum of amazing live talent. There is a truckload of talent pouring out of Australia right now and we were proud to see so many artists from our own state represented. Some of our highlights were Pearls, Harts, Crepes, friendships, Dorsal Fins, Fraser A. Gorman and Mojo Juju.
One of the biggest themes of the conference however, was adressing the barriers women face in the music industry. A strong presence of the #noton campaign and topical panels encouraged delegates to face issues and address questions that may not previously have been spoken of so transparently.
Back in April we conducted a survey with more than 300 women to learn about the role gender plays in employment and career development experiences. Thank you to our many members and subscribers for sharing this information. Today we release our Women in the Victorian Contemporary Music Industry report and details of our Women’s Music Industry Advisory Panel, which includes key female representatives to tackle some of these important issues.

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CEO Report August 2015

27 Aug 2015

You know winter’s almost over, not just because of the blossoming flowers, but when festival season starts firing up with announcements.

The season kicks off in Victoria with our massive music month of November, when Face the Music,AWMEMelbourne Music Week and The Age Music Victoria Awards all promote the best Victorian music. All details below.

There's still a few tickets remaining for The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame Concert. Be sure to pick up The Age tomorrow for another exciting announcement. Meanwhile, we're working on a killer line-up for this year's The Age Music Victoria Awards at 170 Russell, which will be announced soon.

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CEO Report July 2015

30 Jul 2015

G’day subscribers,

Some music scenes die over winter, however Victoria just keeps thriving.
The third Leaps & Bounds Music Festival is a wrap, it was so good to see packed City of Yarra venues and street parties showcasing our diverse music scene.
The Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley launched the new Music Works grants at our Grant Panel at Fitzroy Town Hall; Sounds Australia, local artists and managers gave tips for touring overseas at our Export Panel; and over a dozen local venues participated in our annual Venue Day, where City of Yarra announced another $25,000 in venue grants.
Huge thanks to the hard working team – programmers Mary Mihelakos and Justin Rudge, Belinda Collins and The Social Crew, publicist Karen Conrad and George Hyde, Leigh Treweek and The Music, the team at PBS 106.7FM and the City of Yarra for their incredible support and for putting on another great festival.
We were invited along to the launch of the David Bowie Is exhibition at ACMI as part of the Winter masterpieces exhibition.  It was awesome to be in the company of so many people celebrating music and local bands paying tribute to the Thin White Duke.

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CEO report June 2015

25 Jun 2015

Dear members and subscribers,
We had great pleasure in announcing this year’s inductees into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Famelast week with a press conference and lunch at the Palais Theatre. Inductees AC/DCBill ArmstrongJohn FarnhamOlivia Newton-John, Palais Theatre, Archie RoachStan RofeThe SeekersSunbury Festivaland The Thunderbirds shared stories of how they helped create Victoria’s world class music scene. One thing’s for sure: they didn’t have plans for world domination – they just had the passion and worked it out as they went. As Music Victoria Chairman Ashley Admiraal said: we are all standing on the shoulders of giants thanks to their ground breaking work.
You can share in this one-off celebration of the story of Victorian music at the Palais Theatre on November 20, with John Farnham and band (in a 30 minute set), Archie Roach, Kate Ceberano, Brian Cadd, Normie Rowe, Colleen Hewett, Vika Bull, Angie Hart, Mark Seymour and more performing songs to celebrate our inductees.
Zan Rowe spoke about the awards on the ABC news, you can watch her video summary here.
All event info here.

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CEO report May 2015

2 Jun 2015

G’day members and subscribers,

May was a hectic month. Not only did Music Victoria move to our new digs in South Melbourne but we also expanded the team. I write in Paddy's absence as the new Operations / Program Manager. I'm looking forward to bringing my skills and personality to the team and, you may all soon witness the fitness as I debut as Captain of the mighty Rockdogs in the Annual Community Cup in June.  Enough about me, here's what's been happening.  

Victorian music has been flying the flag overseas, with over a dozen Victorian bands representing includingTwerpsSun God Replica and Flyying Colours blowing away audiences at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, the UK Aussie BBQ in London, The Great Escape in Brighton, and the Liverpool Sound conference, to the Pierce Brothers and HOWQUA signing international agency deals after impressive performances at Canadian Music Week.

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CEO report April 2015

30 Apr 2015

G’day members and subscribers,

Thanks to everyone who signed up or renewed during our recent membership drive, in particular our 2015 ambassadors and congratulations to the winners of our drive prize packs.
We were thrilled with the response to Daybreak Films’ Membership Drive video reels promoting membership this year, as well as the travel deal we negotiated on your behalf with our buddies at Travel Beyond.

We are thrilled that Virgin Australia is now enhancing the deal to include a wider selection of discounted Virgin Australia flights and greater flexibility around changes to flight bookings. Check our website for more details, and make sure you register with the Travel Beyond Portal on the Music Victoria website to save thousands on tours.
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CEO report March 2015

23 Mar 2015

G’day members and subscribers,

Welcome to another membership drive!

We are really proud of what we have achieved over the last 12 months. There was pushing the Agent of Change legislation and red tape cuts through, successfully advocating for state political parties to endorse our Position Paper ahead of the election, 25 workshops, and two fantastic awards nights celebrating our diverse music scene.

So if you have been a member this past year, thank you, your fees helped us achieve these results. If you are a subscriber, there’s been no better time to join Music Victoria.
We have some amazing new discounts on offer for members, including a $30 Uber credit for first rides for all Music Victoria members signed and paid up by April 2.

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CEO report February 2015

26 Feb 2015

Hi Folks,
March is one of the busiest months for us, with three professional development workshops in Geelong, Airey’s Inlet and Oakleigh (see details below), before our membership drive kicks off on March 23. We have been working hard on some great new discounts for touring bands to offer you even more value for your membership fees ($33 for individuals, $66 for bands) so keep an eye out on our website for new offers over the next month.
We have also had some of our favourite musicians come to Yarraville Kindred Studios to participate in a cool short video promoting Victorian music and telling fellow musicians why they should join up. Keep an eye out on the website and our socials.
We are very excited about celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Age Music Victoria Awards this year. We will be holding two events this year: the Age Music Victoria Awards 2015, presented by Triple R and PBS at 170 Russell in late November, will celebrate both the Genre and Public Awards for the year. And we will be holding a one off tenth anniversary Hall of Fame induction show at another venue in mid-November, with a big announcement to be made in late April. Stay tuned.

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CEO report January 2015

29 Jan 2015

We’ve got a spring in our step as we enter a new year under a new Government which has dedicated almost $40million to contemporary music. While the detail is currently being worked out, and it won’t be rolled out until the second half of the year, the broad categories are outlined in the Creative Victoria Minister Martin Foley’s letter to Music Victoria.  

There’s going to be unprecedented financial support for musicians, labels, community radio, non-for-profits, export programs and tourism programs, so start thinking about building your case so you are ready to apply for grants once the funding is approved at the May State Budget.

Congratulations to the Victorian acts that made the Australian Music Prize shortlist and triple j Hottest 100 lists this month. Seven of the nine albums shortlisted for the 10th Coopers AMP Australian album of the year hail from Victoria. Chet Faker capped a stellar year by also taking out the top spot of the triple j Hottest 100. 12 Victorian artists made it to the list, with 20 entries between them. Remi also leads the 6th Rolling StoneAustralia Awards with four nominations.

It’s going to be a big year. With Music Victoria’s four year strategic plan set to expire shortly, the board of directors will be gathering in two weeks’ time to draft a new strategic plan that will act as a roadmap for Music Victoria for the next few years.

You’ll be hearing more from us during our annual Membership Drive from 23rd March to 2nd April, and we are excited to once again be involved with the Leaps & Bounds Music Festival in the City of Yarra from 3rd to 19th July. We are also currently in discussions about celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Age Music Victoria Awards in November.

We look forward to working with and representing you in 2015

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CEO report December 2014

18 Dec 2014

It’s been quite a year.

Finally getting the Agent of Change Principle over the line, and Daddy Cool agreeing to be inducted into The Age Music Victoria Awards were highlights. Throw in deregulation of all ages gigs; the release of the first ever Regional Live Music Census and Action Plan; working with five regional councils on their first ever music strategies; a statewide building code exemption for small and medium sized venues; more than a dozen great professional development workshops; and another cracking The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards; and we have a lot to celebrate in 2014 on behalf of the Victoria music industry.

I would like to thank our hard working staff Bek Duke, Belinda Collins, Laurie Wearne, and Laura Faulkner for their hard work this year, as well as our dynamic board members, Victorian Music Council members, education committee members, student committee members and all our great volunteers.

And now we are in for a golden era for contemporary music.

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CEO report November 2014

27 Nov 2014

With the Victorian State election just days away, all political parties have outlined their commitments to contemporary music which we have presented on our 2014 Victorian State Election Report Card. The card is now complete and we are thrilled at how many of our recommendations are supported by each party.
Congratulations to all of the Victorian winners from the recent The Age Music Victoria Awards, ARIA Awards, J Awards, and Screen Music Awards.

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CEO report October 2014

31 Oct 2014

What an exciting month we have coming up, with only four weeks to the state election; and the Face the Music industry conference; Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME); Melbourne Music Week; The Age Music Victoria Awards with Daddy Cool; and Airplay! with bands at Melbourne Airport all landing in between.

We have presented our industry position paper to the Government, the Opposition, The Greens, The Basic Rock ‘n’ Roll Party, and the Australian Sex Party, and put up an Election Report Card on our website, so we can score the parties on their policy commitments at this election.

At the Face the Music conference we will present several panels on everything from music & politics, to regional touring, press kits, and will also celebrate the careers of Daddy Cool and fellow 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, music journalist Ed Nimmervoll, in a photo exhibition at the Arts Centre. Remember, Music Victoria members get a 10% discount off tickets for Face The Music – drop us an email at and ask for your special discount code.  

Congratulations to this year’s winners at the Age Music Victoria Genre Awards: Chet Faker, Charles Jenkins, Evelyn Morris, Black Jesus Experience, Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Cookin’ on 3 Burners, Anton Delecca Quartet, Briggs, Ausmuteants and The Deans.

The nominees for the Age Music Victoria 11 public-voted awards were also announced at the genre awards ceremony. Vote for your favourite Victorian music of the year at by Friday 14th November. Who will be take home Best Album, Best Song, Best Band etc? You decide who wins!

Music Victoria, City of Melbourne and Melbourne Airport are pleased to again present Airplay! with live music at Melbourne Airport this November. Music Victoria will be booking Victorian acts all year round at the airport, so you never know who you will run into on your next airport visit.

We had a great turnout at our AGM on Thursday 30th October, and are pleased to announce the election to the board of Barry Williams (our current Treasurer); musician/booker/manager Justin Rudge; and venue owner Tim Northeast (Corner Hotel, Northcote Social Club). Congrats to the new board members! 

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