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Industry: new signings, new jobs and global Music Cities Convention is coming to Melbourne

New Signings: Premier Artists’ latest addition is Richard Clapton, who will be represented by Frank Stivala and Brad O’Brien. Stonefield released their latest prog-metal single 'Delusion' through King Gizard & The Lizard Wizard’sFlightless Records.  Niche Talent Agency added hip hopper Turquoise Prince for bookings. Unified signed a record deal with Melbourne breakout artist Didirri. Sony Music extended its deal with Michael Jackson, who still sells an equivalent of one million records a year.
 
Tour promoter Life Is Noise sacked co-founder, Perth based Dave Cutbush following allegations of sexual misconduct involving a 16-year-old girl. Company director Jack Midalia said, "I take these reports seriously, and deeply apologise for not providing the safe space that the women in our industry deserve.” The backlash was immediate. US band Sleep cancelled its January tour, and will reschedule with a new promoter. Brisbane outfit Siberian Hell Sounds will donate the $200 they were paid by Life Is Noise a year ago to a women’s shelter.
 
In the meantime, the New York police will investigate rap entrepreneur Russell Simmons after nine women have now gone public of being raped or sexually harassed by him.
 
A sexual assault case against Nelly collapsed after the 21-year-old college student who accused him of assaulting her in his tour bus after a show in Washington, now will not testify. Her lawyer said she’d been “intimidated” by the rapper’s people but the artist plans to take legal action “to clear his name.”
 
The global Music Cities Convention will land in Melbourne on Thursday April 19 and Friday April 20. The theme will be “It takes a village to make a music city”. Music Victoria, one of the organisers, unveiled 45 speakers from around the world. They include academics, city planners, music industry execs, night mayors, festival promoters, event managers, musicians and cultural officers. To be discussed with 300 delegates is a possible solution to tensions between residents, venues and councils; night mayors, music tourism, music policy in Asia and the role of landowners. Melbourne will be in the world’s spotlight as a city that has more live music venues per capita than any other city in the world.
 
Things we hear: Novel, the folks behind festivals including Days Like This, Pitch Music & Arts and Let Them Eat Cake are about to unveil plans for a 5000-capacity venue in the Melbourne business district.  Mel B had surgery to cut out a tattoo with the name of ex-husband Stephen Belafonte. Kendrick Lamar says he’s seen a UFO but no one believes him. An INXS museum featuring thousands of items looks like it’s opening in Ballina, NSW, promising to bring $200 million a year to the local economy. Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio has died, aged 62. Richie Sambora will reunite with Bon Jovi when they are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame next year but a question mark hangs over Dire Straits’ original lineup.
 
Jobs: The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) has a vacancy in Sydney for Senior Manager - Business Development. See cbaa.org.au.Chugg Entertainment advertised on Seek for an A&R / Communications Coordinator. Deadline is Friday January 5.