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JOY FM Gets Picked By iTunes

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Kiss FM Takes Sydney’s Kiis FM To Court

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Mushroom’s Ian James Named Adjunct Professor At VU

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New Management For The Workers Club

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Push Over Launches Two Competitions

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Hilltop Hoods To Give $10,000 Grant To Rising Hip Hopper

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Melbourne Venues Proven To Be Australia’s Most Successful

Live Nation Australasia’s sales were included with its American parent but it would have rated high. The figures from just two of its tours alone – Pink (500,000) and Beyonce (348,406) – would have given it a healthy balance.

15 Melbourne Acts Confirmed For South By Southwest

John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Wolfmother and The Temper Trap are just some Aussie acts who got their international recognition in Austin.

The A - Z of 2014

Add your own predictions in the comments.

Nicky Bomba Soundtracks Melbourne’s NYE Spectacular Countdown

Bomba points out, “There’s a big resurgence of the ukulele at the moment. It’s a beautiful travelling instrument and simple to learn. As the world becomes more populated, instruments that are easy to carry and create a sense of community are going to be welcome.”

Melbourne Acts Dominate triple j’s Next Crop List

In past years, among those on the Next Crop list were then then-unknown Flume, Chet Faker, Courtney Barnett, Jackie Onassis, Boy & Bear, Washington, The Temper Trap, Ball Park Music, The Rubens and Angus & Julia Stone.

How Much Do Artists Make From Christmas Songs?

Meantime, Uncle Cliff's Mistletoe And Wine has been banned from Costa Coffee’s 1,600 shops over the Christmas period after customers named it the most hated Christmas song of all time.

Triple R, PBS, Big Scary And More Get Funding In Latest VicArts Grants

The other grants went to a range of projects, including multi-artform installations, new operatic, musicals and theatrical works, an Australian/Indonesian cultural exchange, indigenous dance performances and exhibitions, refugee story telling, regular sound performances, sculptures and the publication of arts and cultural magazines.

Increased Funding Announced For Leaps and Bounds In 2014

Leaps and Bounds has also applied for funding from Arts Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Hiatus Kaiyote Nominated For A Grammy

In other news apparently Lorde is one of us, or so the Grammy organisers seem to think, describing her as Australian based. Her track Royals is up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Interestingly, she is not up for Best Newcomer.

Yarra Council To Fund Venue Sound Proofing?

These are expected to be released for community feedback in April next year.

Studio Project Demolition Crew Making Live Debut

Aside from Demolition Crew, Doheny tells Beat that he’s got a solo single out in the new year, and is working on another Geisha record Dysphasia as well as a long time project of an historical album about Australia.

Future Classic And Brown Bear Brown Bear Entertainment Merge Touring Businesses

Their first tour together will be announced shortly. The two companies will also present some events independently.

Nick Cave, Illy, Russell Morris wave Melbourne Flag At ARIAs

See full list of winners at their website.

The Bendigo and City of Yarra In "Cordial” Talks

The petition on change.org now has close to 11,000 signatures.

Big Day Out Chooses Four Acts For Headspace Stage

“We’re very excited to see our local talent recognised,” said headspace spokesperson Kim Wood. “We know that music is a really important part of young people’s lives, so having (these bands) performing on a stage dedicated to headspace at the Big Day Out will help us reach thousands of young people.”

Inaugural Cherry Awards Announce Finalists

The Cherry Awards, sponsored by Jagermeister are held Wednesday December 18 from 8pm. There’s a live set from new act Palace Of The Kings and a secret headliner under the pseudonym Ladybird.

NYE On The Hill Sells Out

Full details are available from their website.

Four More Melbourne Acts Heading To SxSW

Australia certainly punches above its weight in terms of the acts which play at SxSW. Per capita, it is overtaken only by the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Altogether, 2,000 acts perform from around the world

Native Tongue Signs With New York’s SONGS Music Publishing, Gets Lorde

Apparently SONGS began negotiating with her back in February, a long before she became a global sensation.

Bendigo Hotel Faces Noise Issue, Heading To Court

Music Victoria and SLAM have been supportive of The Bendigo’s plight, offering their resources and advice.

Green Light Given For More Underage And Mixed-age Gigs

The Best Practice Guidelines for Live Music Venues are available for download at musicvictoria.com.au and vcglr.vic.gov.au. 

The Age Music Victoria Awards 2013 Roundup

About 80,000 voted in the awards, everyone reckoned host Chris Gill of Northside Records had the best ‘fro in the room, and Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan told Jae that he wants him to play next year's awards!