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Industry: boost for the live industry, new Melbourne signings, and Music Victoria call out for Women’s Advisory Panel

The Melbourne live industry will get a boost from the Victorian Government’s first tourism campaign in six years to attract more interstate visitors. A Twist at Every Turn (to denote the many moods of the city) will incorporate the excitement of artists, venues, festivals and laneway culture, along with sport, arts, fashion, food and wine, shopping and theatre. Reps from the business told this column that it would increase the visibility of Melbourne acts, making it easier for younger ones to tour interstate and increase work for the local live music industry.
 
Courtney Barnett’s album collaboration with Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice, looks like it’s increasing her exposure abroad. It’s debut at #11 in the UK and in America, debuted at #4 on the independent album charts and #51 in the Hot 100.
 
The Mt Duneed Estate in Geelong which hosts the A Day On The Green shows is becoming larger. Promoters Roundhouse Entertainment have applied to increase its capacity by 2000 to 20,000, expand its operating hours to midnight, and offer camping capped to 500 vehicles.
 
New Melbourne Signings:  Lance Ferguson of Bamboos, Lanu, Menagerie and Black Feeling fame, signed a worldwide publishing deal with BMG…Poison City added LOOBS with new single ‘Dandelion’ out on Friday November 10 and a debut album in early 2018…metalcore merchants Earth Caller are now with global metal label Entertainment On /Lifeblood Inc with new single ‘Fall’ out now and album Crystal Death in mid-January.
 
New report from Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) found that the indie sector now makes up 38.4% of the global recorded music market, and generated revenue of US$6b in 2016. Like AIR’s recent report, WIN estimates the figures on ownership of tracks, rather than distribution. Major labels tend to add market share and revenues from indie music they distribute to their own financials.
 
Vale: Marilyn Manson guitarist Daisy Berkowitz from colon cancer aged 49…Aussie country music promoter Rob Potts (CMC Rocks) after a motorbike crash in Tasmania last Friday…Fats Domino, one of the architects of rock’n’roll.
 
Sydney-based PR & artist management company Rare Finds is launching an east coast tour circuit for emerging acts. Queensland singer-songwriter Ayla is first up, heading to Penny Black on Friday January 19.
 
The team behind the Beyond The Valley and Pitch Music festivals have launched Untitled Group, which includes international touring, artist management and events including For The Love, Grapevine Gathering, Melectronic hub XE54 and Coburg Velodrome Events.
 
Music Victoria is calling out for 12 women and female identifying people to join its Women’s Advisory Panel for a two-year term to help to achieve its equal-gender quotas. Applications & Inquiries to: WAP@musicvictoria.com.au, nominations close Friday November 10.