Industrial Strength

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 2:32pm

An audio walking tour exploring Chrissy Amphlett’s past, a concert that re-imagines the legendary shows at Melbourne Town Hall, and a digital documentary and tour of key locations of St Kilda's jazz history from the 1920's until today.


These are some of five music history projects being funded in the first round of the state government’s Rockin’ The Laneways program. It...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 11:37am

Nine Melbourne acts were announced among 498 others from around the world who are the latest to be invited to play South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.


Altogether 2000 acts will play between Monday March 13 and Sunday March 19.


The Melbourne contingent is made up of Slum Sociable, Sui Zhen, Japanese Wallpaper, Tim Wheatley, Slow Dancer, The Elliotts,...

Posted 2 Jan 2017 @ 12:34pm

By Christie Eliezer


Are You Experienced?
As music fans increasingly move away from owning music to renting it, user-experience will become the key for growth. Music apps and platforms, for all their hype, lag behind their digital rivals for visuals and sound quality, and in the multidimensional and scalability stakes. Some major brands have started to work at these. But...

Posted 18 Nov 2016 @ 3:03pm

After previously being slated to have its funding axed by the year's end, Sounds Australia has today announced that it has received a four-year funding plan from the Federal Government.  


In what is already being declared as a win for Australia's music community, the...

Posted 14 Oct 2016 @ 9:20am

Annual reports tabled by the Victorian state government in Parliament for its nine creative and cultural agencies showed that the 2015/2016 year was “a year of creative  growth and achievement.” 


The government report stated, “From dinosaurs to David Bowie and The Dressmaker, 2015-16 was a year of variety, achievement and audience growth for Victoria’s creative and cultural...

Posted 18 Jul 2016 @ 3:02pm

The Tasmanian Government have sealed the new five-year funding agreement with Mona, locking in continued funding for Dark Mofo. 


Dark Mofo first launched in 2013, and it has been confirmed to continue until 2021.
The new funding deal includes Dark Mofo's agreement to expand the number of interstate and overseas visitors to embrace winter in Tasmania, draw more...

Posted 18 Jul 2016 @ 9:34am

Ninety-six small, medium and independent arts organisations will share in $113 million worth of Creative Victoria’s 2017-2020 Organisations Investment Program funding over the next four years.


“Independent arts organisations are a driving force of our creative industries,” said Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley. “They have incredible reach and impact, providing...

Posted 11 Jul 2016 @ 10:46am

Touring promoter and venue operator Live Nation is the new operator and leaseholder of the Palais Theatre in St Kilda.


Today the City of Port Phillip announced: "Live Nation's proposal met or exceeded all our objectives and we are excited at what can now be delivered for our community and live music fans across Australia. We welcome Live Nation aboard and look forward to this...

Posted 7 Jul 2016 @ 10:58am

On the eve of its 20th anniversary, Melbourne’s Big West Festival will wind up on December 31. It will first finish off current projects including Mobile Art Spaces and social space theatre HOUSE.


The reasons why it was set up in 1997 no longer apply today, mostly due to the hard work of the festival itself.
Big West was set up to challenge the perception that...

Posted 1 Jul 2016 @ 10:32am

The Shadow Electric Bandroom is closing at the Abbotsford Convent almost two years after making it its permanent home. It hosted live music four days a week, many of which were sold out shows. Its adjoining outdoor cinema was also a regular occurrence.


Tomorrow’s Cutting Shape’s second birthday is among those which hit capacity.
Its final show will be on Sunday...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 11:13am

The Victorian Government has announced a new grants program to help the state’s music venues to undertake sound management and soundproofing projects. 


Called Good Music Neighbours, it offers matched funding of up to $25,000 to venues across the state for projects that will help them curb their sounds going into the local ‘hood. These could include getting advice from an...

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 5:18pm

The Federal Government has finally responded after the Australian and international music industry responded with anger at its cutting of Catalyst funding for export development initiative Sounds Australia.


A Change.org petition calling on the Government to change its decision received 4000 signatures.
Initially the trade body was told it would not receive funding...

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 9:33am

As part of its commitment to gender diversity within the music industry, Music Victoria will ensure the participation of at least 40% of women across its activities.


Last April, the state’s peak music association conducted a survey Women In The Victorian Contemporary Music Industry with 300 respondents. It identified key themes as barriers in the music industry were pay...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 1:29pm

Work is to start on the $20 million upgrade of the Palais Theatre in St Kilda to be completed by early next year. The State Government has appointed Built Pty Ltd, a construction company with extensive experience with complex heritage buildings, to deliver the project. It is a joint project with the City of Port Phillip.


Built will consult with Heritage Victoria as it renovates...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 10:51am

In a blow to Melbourne’s live music community and heritage supporters, the Victorian Civil And Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has decided that the Palace Theatre in the city should be demolished and its owner be allowed to build a hotel in its place.


However, supporters of the part-heritage 1912 building insist they will continue the battle to save it. An appeal to the Supreme...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 1:06pm

The Reclink Community Cup is going fully national in 2016. It extends to Brisbane and Hobart this year, after widening to Adelaide and Perth in 2015.


The charity ‘music industry versus media’ football match began in Melbourne in 1993, attracting over 10,000 people and raising over $100,000 for Reclink Australia each year. It began in Sydney in 2012.
The national...

Posted 7 Apr 2016 @ 10:33am

Reports this morning were that Stereosonc has been permanently axed by promoters Totem OneLove and SFX Entertainment. But they say it’s just taking a break in 2016. 


There has been no response from promoters. The Sydney Daily Telegraph reported that Totem OneLove’s Simon Coyle did not respond to its request for comment. It then contacted founder Frank Cotela who told them, “I...

Posted 4 Mar 2016 @ 1:46pm

The EDM and alternate lifestyle Maitreya Music and Arts Festival in Lake Wooroonook in Victoria's north-west is is battling to overturn its cancellation so it can still be staged for the tenth year between March 11 to 14.


Four days ago, Buloke Shire's decision to deny organisers a permit was upheld by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 5:40pm

Stereosonic is the first Australian festival to publically support plans by a number of NSW medical specialists and drug law reform advocates to start pill-testing at music festivals.


Promoter Totem Onelove said, “In principle pill testing would have our full support as long as all the key stakeholders sanctioned the initiative to ensure its effectiveness. We would strongly...

Posted 28 Feb 2016 @ 7:48pm

The Palace Theatre issue at VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) wound up last Friday afternoon after a five day hearing. VCAT will now go through the documents and give a final decision on whether to allow Jinshan Investment Group with its proposal to replace the century-old theatre on Bourke Street with a 12-storey hotel.


The City of Melbourne joined with...

Posted 14 Feb 2016 @ 12:17pm

Next month’s regional Maitreya Festival at Wooroonook Lakes (near Charlton) has started VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) proceedings against Buloke Shire Council and Victoria Parks. It wants them to approve a three year permit so it could plan its events over a longer period.


The music, arts and dance festival was to stage in the region for the 10th year in...

Posted 28 Jan 2016 @ 1:01pm

The current operator of the iconic Palais Theatre in St Kilda has been dropped from the shortlist of applicants vying to run the 89-year old venue on behalf of Port Phillip Council.


That leaves just promoter and venue operator Live Nation Australasia Pty Ltd and Sydney family business Playbill Venue Management Pty Ltd (Hordern Pavilion, Royal Hall of Industries) in the running...

Posted 6 Jan 2016 @ 1:48pm

1. Younger Acts Will Dominate Tours

While Baby Boomer acts were the backbone of the global concert industry for 30 years, many promoters believe their audiences are coming to the point they don’t go out any more. An early indication of the demographic swing is high grosses for tours by Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake. This shift, said one promoter, is due to the rise...

Posted 18 Dec 2015 @ 3:59pm

Victoria remains the state where the highest income earning Australian songwriters most like to live – and Brunswick and Northcote topped the suburbs list for a second year running.


The second APRA Top 30 Postcodes Rankings showed nine out of the top 15 suburbs were in Melbourne. Coburg moved up to #4 from #6, but Preston AKA Depreston and Fitzroy North/Clifton Hill have moved...

Posted 18 Dec 2015 @ 3:56pm

After a turbulent week, Soundwave 2016 was cancelled late yesterday “due to poor ticket sales”, according to its founder AJ Maddah.“I am very sorry, I tried my best,” he said.


The decision to pull the plug on next month’s three east coast shows came after a turbulent week of bad vibes from some of the acts, Maddah trying to get Rage Against The Machine to reunite, and Maddah...

Posted 11 Dec 2015 @ 10:39am

The issue over renovations to St Kilda’s The Esplanade Hotel has been resolved.


This week, Port Phillip Council unanimously approved internal and external renovations to the 138-year old Espy. This includes allowing the 145sqm rooftop terrace on the second floor to go ahead, but on the proviso it closes its retractable roof by 10pm and has no live music.
The Espy...

Posted 27 Nov 2015 @ 12:27pm

Tame Impala dominated the ARIA awards last night, but Melbourne artists also shone. Courtney Barnett triumphed with four, with wins also by Vance Joy, Seth Sentry and C.W. Stoneking.


Barnett crossed live from London to accept the female artist, breakthrough artist and independent release trophies. She also had an Artisan win for best cover art for her internationally acclaimed...

Posted 27 Nov 2015 @ 10:30am

Victoria’s not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations can apply for four year grants from state government, said Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley.


He was announcing the next round of Creative Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program, covering 2017 to 2020. It opens in March, more details at...

Posted 23 Nov 2015 @ 12:59pm

The Victorian state government has announced six venues to share $250,000 in grants to cover the cost of soundproofing. This is part of the Live Music Attenuation Assistance Program which was first announced in June.


Successful applicants are Bakehouse Studios, Bendigo Hotel, Cherry Bar, Ding Dong Lounge, 1000 Pound Bend and Revolver Upstairs. They will be reimbursed for...

Posted 23 Nov 2015 @ 12:31pm

The Age and Music Victoria celebrated the 10th anniversary of their music awards with ten Victorian icons inducted into the Hall of Fame at a star-studded concert at the Palais Theatre on Friday night.


The first four were initiated at a VIP cocktail party before the concert. First was the Palais, with honours by Tex Perkins, and accepted by Minister for Creative Industries...