APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) announced the winners of the 2010 APRA Music Awards last night at the Sydney Convention Centre. Hosted by Jonathon Biggins and Julia Zemiro, the awards celebrated composers and songwriters across 12 categories who have achieved excellence in their craft over the last year.
In their first APRA nomination, the much coveted APRA Song of the Year award was won by The Temper Trap’s Dougy Mandagi and Lorenzo Sillitto, for ‘Sweet Disposition’.
The Songwriter of the Year award, presented by rock historian Glenn A Baker and decided by the APRA Board of Writers and Publisher Directors, was awarded to AC/DC’s Angus and Malcolm Young. The Young brothers also took home the accolade for Most Played Australian Work Overseas for their single ‘Rock ‘N Roll Train’.
Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year was awarded to Empire of the Sun’s Luke Steele, Nick Littlemore and Jonathan Sloane in recognition of their debut album, ‘Walking on a Dream’.
Musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jimmy Little AO, received the 2010 Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music. The recipient of the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music is chosen every year by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors for their contribution in shaping and developing the Australian music landscape.
APRA|AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle said “Jimmy Little and Australian music are synonymous. His career has spanned six decades and his music, pioneering community work and soft diplomacy has touched many. On behalf of APRA we congratulate Jimmy for his tremendous achievements.”
For a complete list of the 2010 APRA Music Awards winners visit www.apra-amcos.com.au
On Tuesday 25 May APRA announced details of the nominees for the 2010 APRA Music Awards to be held at the Sydney Convention Centre on Monday 21 June. The nominees across 9 categories, including the peer voted APRA SONG OF THE YEAR and recently announced ROCK WORK OF THE YEAR, represent the songwriters behind the most successful works of the past year.
Over 70 songwriters covering rock, pop, urban, blues and roots, country and dance were named as nominees showcasing Australia’s diverse and eclectic writing talents. They include LISA MITCHELL, DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, JESSICA MAUBOY, ASH GRUNWALD and KIM MOYES and JULIAN HAMILTON (THE PRESETS).
For a full list of nominees visit www.apra-amcos.com.au
Check out the music of APRA nominees via AirIt !
The 2010 WAMi Awards were held on May 20 at Capitol in Perth with Birds of Tokyo and Karnivool taking out an award each. The WAMi’s, co hosted by RTRFM’s Peter Barr and triple j’s The Doctor (Lindsay MacDougall), featured WAMingtons galore and guest award presentations by Dom Alessio and Steph Hughes from triple j’s Home & Hosed. The WAMi Awards showed off an impressive array of Western Australian talent, with live performances by Sugar Army, Hayley Beth, Will Stoker and the Embers, Black Poet and the Brow Horn Orchestra.
After waiting for a good three years for their second album, Karnivool fans showed their appreciation for ‘Sound Awake’ and voted it as the 2010 WAMi Award for Most Popular Album, beating other contenders John Butler Trio, Eskimo Joe and Gyroscope. Birds of Tokyo managed to score the Most Popular Act award for the second year running. Earlier in the week at the Craft WAMi Award presentations, Ian Kenny, the front man for both Karnivool & Birds of Tokyo won the WAMi Award for Best Male Vocalist for the third time.
In the public voted categories, Fremantle favourites The Joe Kings, were voted as Favourite Newcomer, while The French Rockets /Injured Ninja Split 12” + DVD was voted as the Most Popular Single /EP.
In the industry voted categories, the Emperors won Most Promising New Act, Yabu Band scored the WAMington for Indigenous Act of the Year, WAMi Award night performers The Brow Horn Orchestra scored Best Funk Act, Best Commercial Pop Act went to Eskimo Joe and Best Urban/Hip Hop act was awarded to the Typhoons.
Every year the Golden WAMi Award is awarded for contribution to the WA music industry and in 2010 Peter Barr (RTRFM’s Breakfast announcer & Morning Magazine producer) reclaimed his title, winning for the third time. His media home, RTRFM 92.1 were once again named the winners of the Organisation Media Award, while departing RTRFM Music Director Dave Cutbush, was chuffed when he was awarded the Individual Media Award.
For the full list of 2010 WAMi Award Winners visit http://wam.asn.au
Arts Minister Virginia Judge has announced a NSW Government initiative to support emerging indigenous artists at Bluesfest Byron Bay.
Ms Judge said the Government will invest $12,000 to give three new indigenous musicians an opportunity to perform on the First Nation stage at Bluesfest 2011. The three artists will be selected from MusicNSW’s Whichway program and the Troy Cassar-Daley Scholarship by a panel of representatives from MusicNSW, Country Music Association of Australia, Bluesfest and Arts NSW.
“Bluesfest provides a global stage for indigenous musicians so this is a fantastic opportunity for new artists to promote their talent,” Ms Judge said.
MusicNSW is thrilled to be able to add this opportunity to the existing projects currently being run through the Whichway Program, focused on developing the building the capacity of indigenous artists and industry in NSW. Throughout its 10 year history Whichway has supported the careers of Wire MC, Emma Donovan, The Last Kinection, Anthony Green and many many more. Whichway has just completed an advance workshop with 11 of NSW’s most talented indigenous musicians and is preparing for the commencement of its Whichway Up EP program and a regional workshop to take place in Tamworth later this year.
APRA| AMCOS and the NSW Government through Events NSW have announced the program for the second Song Summit, taking place in Sydney from the 19 – 21 June 2010 at the Sydney Convention Centre. The three day conference is a major creative, business development and networking expo for the music industry and includes live performances by international and local talent. This year, Song Summit forms part of Vivid Sydney, a unique festival of light, music and ideas running from the 27 May – 21 June.
Song Summit 2010 will feature high profile, international and local speakers including songwriters, composers and industry experts; alongside a number of workshops, conferences, showcases and networking sessions. Some of the speakers this year include: Josh Pyke (celebrated Australian songwriter and performer), Julian Hamilton (The Presets), Stephen Schwartz (theatre lyricist and composer), Robert Forster (acclaimed songwriter), Feargal Sharkey (CEO of British Music Rights), Clare Bowditch (ARIA Award winning singer/songwriter), Ian James (MD of Mushroom Records), Lior Attar (ARIA nominated artist), Tim Prescott (CEO of Albert Music) and Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe).
This year, Song Summit also features a Music Market and Song Summit LIVE – a nightly program of live music performances in venues around the Darling Harbour precinct. The event will also play host to ‘Backstage Pass’, a full day of workshops for secondary school students, culminating in a live performance. Also returning this year is the ‘Listen to the Music’ – a series of workshops during which songwriters can submit their music for critique by a panel of high profile music industry panellists. The conference will conclude on the evening of Monday 21 June with the annual APRA Music Awards.
For more information on Song Summit including speaker information and ticket registration, please visit www.songsummit.com.au and for the full Vivid Sydney program, please visit www.vividsydney.com
Lisa Mitchell has won the prestigious Australian Music Prize (the Amp) for 2009. The winner takes home $30,000 thanks to PPCA.
Previous winners include The Mess Hall, The Drones and Eddy Current Suppression Ring.
Mitchell is currently touring the UK. You can access her tracks from broadcast here
‘Oh Mercy’ win The Red Bull Award – In Recognition of Outstanding Potential.
With the announcement for the winner of the fifth Australian Music Prize (The Amp 2009) just over a week away, Prize Director Scott Murphy and principal sponsor Red Bull are proud to announce that ‘Oh Mercy’ are the chosen recipients of the Red Bull Award In Recognition of Outstanding Potential.
For the fourth year now, Red Bull have offered $15,000 of career building support to an artist from The
Amp Shortlist that is considered to have a big bright future in music, both here and overseas.
Oh Mercy comprises Alexander Gow, Thomas Savage, Eliza Lam & Rohan Sforcina. ‘Privileged Woes’, their debut album, follows the success of their EP ‘In The Nude For Love’, and was recorded in a spare room, the size of a single bed, with Myles Wootton (The Panics) - the band literally had to put the mattress against the wall to record. The album was then mixed by Matt Voigt (Cat Power, The Dirty Three, Paul Kelly) and mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound (TV on The Radio, The Strokes). The band is managed by Natalie Bell and Matt Tanner of Milefire Management and the album was released on the independent label Casadeldisco Records, which is distributed in Australia by Shock.
Click here to access 'Oh Mercy's' tracks on Air It.
Amrap today announced stage two of its AirIT initiative at the Adelaide Fuse Festival.
The stage two roll out gives all unsigned Australian artists eligibility to apply for AirIT.
Up until now the majority of artists using AirIT were signed to major and independent record labels. AirIT’s core activity is promotion and distribution of Australian music to community radio. By engaging AirIT to enhance an artist’s community radio servicing, the average artist receives $700 worth of free promotion and distribution.
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy congratulated the project on its achievements to date. “AirIT is not only a valuable resource for community broadcasters, it will now also assist with professional development and promotion for all
Australian musicians, both established and emerging,” Senator Conroy said.
Since the launch of the project late last year, over 5000 orders of Australian music have been delivered to community radio and more than 100 community radio stations use the service to access new release Australian music for airplay. Over 60 major and independent Australian record labels use AirIT to service community radio.
This initiative will see an average of forty unsigned Australian artists added to AirIT per month. Unsigned artists will appear alongside established Australian acts including Lisa Mitchell, John Butler Trio, Jimmy Barnes, British India, Urthboy, The Temper Trap and many more. This will greatly increase their chances of national exposure and airplay.
Unsigned artists can apply now at http://amrapsairit.weebly.com/unsigned.html
The Australian Music Prize (The Amp) 2009 Shortlist has been announced. All nine shortlisted artists are available now on AirIT.
Amrap congratulates The Amp 09 shortlist: Sarah Blasko, Oh Mercy, Urthboy, Lisa Mitchell, Black Cab, Kid Sam, Bertie Blackman, Lucie Thorn and The Mess Hall.
To see the shortlist click here http://amrap.org/airit/newsletters/
Or log in straight away as they’re all featured on the AirIT home page www.airit.org.au
A bit about The Amp
Each year an Australian artist or group is awarded The Amp, receiving a cash prize in recognition of the outstanding creativity they exhibited based on an original album released in that year. In 2008, the cash prize has increased to $30,000 thanks to principal partner PPCA. The Amp is unique in Australia - a critically judged award which honours contemporary Australian artists based on their creative excellence. Any artist has the opportunity to be Shortlisted and potentially to win - regardless of record sales, genre, level of public recognition or record label affiliation.
The Amp aims to promote the health and growth of the local industry both within Australia and overseas.
In its sixth year running The JB Seed, will be re-branded The Seed. Encouraged by the amazing generosity and trust people have shown the project, this shift will make The Seed an initiative whose ownership is that of the entire community of contributors.
The Seed has evolved over the years to become an integral part of the Australian Arts & Music industry, contributing over $533,000 worth of funding to over 200 Artists and Music Managers. The passion and support of all contributors has helped to make it what it is today and although John Butler and co-founder Danielle Caruana will remain a driving force behind the project, they believe it is time to make The Seed something that the arts community can call their own.
“When Danielle and I first started the fund we always intended for it to grow into something that wasn't just funded by ourselves but contributed to by many movers and shakers within the Australian music community.
By the second year of The JB Seed that is exactly what started taking place. Over the past five years the fund has been blessed with generous contributions from many members of the Australian music scene such as Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, The Cat Empire, The Waifs, Carlo Santone (Blue King Brown), John Watson (Eleven Music: Silver Chair, Missy Higgins, Little Birdy), Sebastian Chase (MGM), John Woodruff (Rough Cut Music), Correne Wilkie (The Cat Empire & Jackson Jackson), Maureen Ritchie and many others.
To launch The Seed a brand new website is live, check out www.theseedfund.org. The 2010 grant categories are live on the website. This year there is a focus on incidental and social activism in The Arts For The Public program, while the immensely successful Management Workshop Initiative will return once again. A new and exciting program is The Seed And Skinnyfish Indigenous Community Music Initiative, which will see a partnership between The Seed and Skinnyfish Music to create opportunities and encourage positive outcomes in community life through music.
All grant categories are now open and details regarding applications can be found at www.theseedfund.org Applications close Monday March 15th 2010 and final successful applicants will be notified early May 2010.