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MusicACT summon the industry to an open bar at Smiths Alternative to talk shop and make a more collaborative music scene.

This is a convergence of scenes: all genres, venues, promoters, studios etc..

Including a talk by leading local instrumental artist and composer Bryn Evans. (Or just chat outside.)


Are you a skilled musician looking for new markets and income?

Hear Bryn Evans on finding a successful model, how to make productions more commercial, and hard data on the music publishing industry across the world.

This isn't about making a one-hit wonder, but making a career from music that targets publishing markets outside of the live circuit.

Bryn's work has appeared on TV shows airing on HBO, MTV, E!, VH1, Bravo, TLC, ABC Family and CMT. He specialises in indie electro, trap and cinematic hip hop but has had tracks placed in a range of styles from indie folk, electronic pop, indie rock, hip hop, alt country to dramedy and tension. Bryn is a master at making music for international clients.

Join MusicACT and Bryn Evans Music for an APRA AMCOS supported industry chat at Smith's Alternative on Saturday 26 August.


The Dirt: Getting to Know Your (Music Industry) Body

SO: you’ve got a great song, and people love you on the Internet. You might have had some radio play, or played some shows to people who aren’t in your immediate family. But what’s next? How do you take your career in music to the next level, and who can help you get there? 

With a lil help from Alex Lahey, Tia Gostelow, Tired Lion, and BAD//DREEMS, we’re here to give you a heads up.

All around Australia there are music bodies representing YOU as a musician within your community. As a member to one of these bodies, you can access all sorts of helpful stuff: professional development workshops, networking opportunities, discounts on travel, and conference passes for things like Bigsound and Face The Music.There’s heaps more, too: check out the body representing musicians in your state below, and join a family of talented musicians and music professionals. As your family here at Unearthed, we reckon it’s a cool idea. 


Music Victoria

“Music Victoria has opened up a whole new music community for me to be a part of, where I can find the support I need as an artist, as well as the answers to questions that are hard to navigate alone.”Alex Lahey 
Music Victoria members receive discounted rates on advertising, merchandise production, rehearsal studios, insurance and travel. There’s also free access to professional development workshops, and discounted tickets to music conferences. 
- You can cop some sweet discounts 
- Apply for a grant 
- Read up on day-to-day tips 
- Get the representation you deserve 
- Have your work acknowledged 

Q Music

"I’ve been a member of QMusic for a few years now. It's led me to showcasing at Little BIGSOUND in 2015, BIGSOUND in 2016 and also receiving 6 nominations at the 2017 QMusic Awards. Musicians serious about building a career should become a member of their state’s music organisation." - Tia Gostelow 
QMusic has become the first point of contact for emerging artists. They run BIGSOUND and the Queensland Music Awards as well as several workshops, seminars and masterclasses across the state every year. 
- Looking for one on-one career advice? 
- Want to connect with Industry professionals? 
- Showcase your work at BIGSOUND 
- Chuck some workshops and events in your calendar 
- Be a part of Queensland Music Awards 


"The resources and networking opportunities MusicNSW give young emerging artists creates such a wonderful platform from which to launch a career. I have felt the full weight of this support and it meant I was able to complete a debut album and tour the world." - Sophie Payten (aka Gordi). 
MusicNSW develops new and exciting programs to increasing access and opportunities to and within the music industry. They also take an active role in developing state-wide plans to improve contemporary music around the State. 
- Free entertainment and activities for young people. 
- Understand your legal rights 
- Apply for a grant with AUSPICING 
- Stream industry workshops, panels and seminars online 


"Being a part of something like WAM is a real important thing. The amount of support and guidance that is provided to you free of charge is incredible. Without this type of support, it's really easy to get lost and stop growing as a musician or artist, so I think it's a great thing to be a part of." - Ethan Darnell, Tired Lion 
WAM builds and strengthens the WA music community by developing, celebrating and connecting musicians, industry professionals and enthusiasts. Each year, WAM put on a music awards night and a festival for new and upcoming artists to showcase their music and attend conferences. 
- Tips on how to plan your next regional tour 
- How to get involved with the WAM Awards and WAM Fest 
- It’s never too young to get involved. Check out WAM’s Youth Engagement 


MusicSA was really important to the band in its early years. We were lucky enough to receive several grants which helped us fund our first EP and early tours. A bit further down the track we were among the inaugural recipients of the Robert Stigwood Fellowship, which helped us with our first overseas tours.” - Alex Cameron, Bad//Dreems 
MusicSA delivers workshops and training programs in schools, professional development, consultancy service for SA artists and showcase/live performance opportunities. They also run an accredited music business training program and secondary school vocational education training (VET) programs. 
- Have your name listed in the music industry directory 
- Get involved with the SAM AWARDS 
- Learn all about music business with these courses 
- Play Umbrella Sounds Music Festival or attend a workshop 
- Check out the Gig Guide 


MusicACT formed to strengthen connections between the ACT and the broader music industry, helping artists launch their art outside of the territory, with the help of political lobbying, advising, and professional development. 
- Join the ACT’s music community hub ACT-CESS 
- Get your name in the music industry directory 


MusicNT supports the evolving growth and development of the music industry in the Northern Territory through a number of programs encouraging NT musicians to create and export their music to the world. 
- With initiatives like Desert Divas 
- Opportunities to play Bush Bands 
- Be in the running for Song of The Year 
- Enhance your music career at the Intune Music Conference 
- Get involved with the National Indigenous Music Awards 

Music Tasmania

Music Tasmania offers programs and services to help develop the diverse talent of Tassie’s musicians. They partner up with events and festivals, and provide artists with plenty of opportunities.  
- Get a music video hook up with Songs From The Edge 
- Handy resources for you to get the most out of your live shows 
- And check out these other services too! 

Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN)

Lastly, don’t forget about AMIN. Each peak body is connected to all the other peak bodies via the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN). It’s AMIN that connects and represents the music industry on a national level and works to: 
- Market and promote the Australian music industry internationally to strengthen our presence overseas and create more opportunities for Australian musicians. 
- Negotiate with music related businesses, such as travel agents, airlines, hire car companies and hotels, to offer discounts and benefits for members. 
Become a member today and you’ll have access to all these opportunities. Don’t forget, you’ll be supporting yourself, local music, and industry professionals and that’s a pretty darn awesome thing!

This article was first published on triple j Unearthed.



APRA AMCOS is proud to announce the return of the biennial APRA Professional Development Awards, a career boosting initiative which has helped further the musical success stories of Gotye, Abbe May, screen composer Caitlin Yeo, Husky Gawenda, Georgi Kay, Jack Carty, Ngaiire, Morgan Evans and many more.

This year, a new dance/electronic category has been added to the APRA Professional Development Awards, bringing the total number of awards to nine. Each recipient will receive a $15,000 cash prize to support their development.

APRA AMCOS is also pleased to announce that the Smugglers of Light initiative will return in 2017 with the Music and Media Award providing a promising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music or media practitioner with a grant of $12,000. The Smugglers of Light Foundation has been set up in memory of Eli Westlake aged 21, who was tragically killed in Sydney in 2008.  

Applications for the 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards close at 5pm AEST on Thursday 27 April.

For more information on how to apply, terms and conditions and categories visit


Interested in running your own arts business?

On Monday 20 March, our friends over at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres are running three professional development opportunities, all for free!

Setting up shop: Legal issues for independent arts businesses
Run by the Arts Law Centre of Australia, this workshop addresses the issues involved in setting up and operating an arts business as an individual or in collaboration, and will also cover grant auspicing.

APRA AMCOS presents Meet the Locals: Canberra + Free Legal Advice
This music industry networking and advice session is a chance for musicians to meet and hear from some of Canberra's music industry professionals.

Arts Law Centre of Australia Legal Advice Clinic
This free advice clinic provides an opportunity for artists and arts organisations to get legal advice from Delwyn Everard, Director – Legal Services, Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Click through via the event pages above or this link to book your place and find out more.



ACT-cess, Australia’s Music Community Hub is Here!

ACT-cess is here! Australia’s Music Community Hub is where you can take advantage of many benefits and load up a profile for FREE. It is for musicians, song writers, music services, resource providers, acts of all description and more.

People of Australia’s music community are encouraged to register a free ACT-cess membership and load up a free profile to start taking advantage of the many benefits. They can also upgrade to a PRO member by using this 20% off discount code C9AE8D2CE4. Check out ACT-cess now at ACT-cess is the way ahead for Australia’s music community.

All the Best : )

The ACT-cess Group

Liaison – Andrew Cooper

+61 402 049742


Emma Macdonald of The Canberra Times interviewed MusicACT President Gavin Findlay and Live Music Office Policy Director John Wardle this week about progress on the Cool Little Capital report. Things are looking up.

Read the full story here

President of MusicACT Gavin Findlay says live music is in trouble due to over regulation. Photo: Elesa KurtzPresident of MusicACT Gavin Findlay says live music is in trouble due to over regulation. Photo: Elesa Kurtz


Kicking off a career in the music industry is often a daunting task for up-and- coming musicians and entrepreneurs.

Without the right business relationships, it can be difficult to know how to bridge the gap between aspiration and a successful career in the music industry. Now, there is a professional development resource – aptly named Music Industry Inside Out – specifically designed to answer those queries, unlocking the secrets of the Australian music industry one question at a time.
The brainchild of long-time music industry professional Martine Cotton, Music Industry Inside Out is a members- based digital resource providing bite- sized video interviews with acclaimed artists and members of the music industry.

Launched in October 2014, members are made privy to information such as how to book gigs, self- management techniques, tips on technology and preparing for an international tour, among much more.

The idea for Music Industry Inside Out blossomed out of Martineʼs travels around regional and remote Queensland running music business workshops. “It struck me that most young musicians and their music-mad friends who want to be band managers or put on their own music events, have no-one to ask questions to,” she says. “There is no way to really learn and understand how to create their own music careers unless they move to the cities – and even then, it can take years to build up your network of contacts and understand how it all works. They are all so hungry for knowledge and it devastated me to know that so much talent was going to waste because of lack of information and opportunities available to these people.”
Martine is well-placed to be sharing advice, she has had a long established career in the music industry. From running and booking one of the countryʼs most iconic venues to working as program manager for a key industry body, she has also worked on big and small conferences and produced events like the Queensland Music Awards.

With 25 years in the industry, there are few people she hasnʼt worked with or alongside. From managing bands, music events, national tours, promoting international touring bands and running her own booking agency and music business services, there is little she doesnʼt know about the industry. It is this experience and her immense passion for the local scene that has seen her branch out to establish Music Industry Inside Out.

The Music Industry Inside Out membership site kicked off in October 2014, allowing access to the 350-plus videos online from 28 different speakers across 23 course modules. Martine has spent much of the past 8 months cajoling her music industry peers to spend an hour in front of the camera sharing their advice and insights. Every week a new course video unit has been added from leading industry figures so that - at the time of writing, 39 mentors have shared their advice on different topics at various levels ranging from beginner modules to masterclasses.
There are also free resources such as the ʻSavvy Sevenʼ series, which provides local advice from some of Australiaʼs hottest young bands and the insightful weekly feature ʻA Week in the Life Of...ʼ, offering a rare glimpse into the working weeks of notable industry figures. Regular how-to articles also add to the knowledge database for regular readers.

“Members will get access to all course content, guest articles, forums, a mentor hook-up service and will also receive a monthly newsletter chock-full of music news, opportunities, events and a round-up of whatʼs new on the site,” she says. “There is also an Australian Music Industry Event Calendar and our comprehensive roundup of Music Industry Jobs from around the country, a fantastic glossary of music business terms and a database of valuable resources from around the globe.”

Martine says the Music Industry Inside Out resource will provide greater access to a shared knowledge base of contemporary and changing music industry practices, specific mentor programs for training and a better understanding of strategic planning required to grow within the industry. “It is my ambition to assist musicians and all those hard-working
music industry workers to develop a strong, healthy industry that can provide a viable, sustainable lifestyle for its members,” she says. “A rising tide lifts all boats: a well-informed industry will inevitably improve its own sustainability. Plus, well, that warm gooey feeling you get when you help people really rocks.”

There are a variety of membership options, starting from $20 for individual monthly memberships (or $150 per year), as well as a variety of tiers for small music communities (5-9 members) up to major organisations and universities (70-plus members).

To sign up for a membership or for more information, please visit:



The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) has announced an enhancement of the special Virgin Australia travel offering to members of the national AMIN network of organisations including a wider selection of discounted Virgin Australia flights and greater flexibility around changes to flight bookings.

Discounted Virgin Australia fares are available now through the Travel Beyond Group booking portal and include up to 7 per cent discounts on all domestic fares – excluding sale fares*. AMIN members travelling on Virgin Australia flights within Australia will also be able to make one free date change to their booking.^

The deal also supports international travel with discounts up to 15 per cent (depending on destination) to international destinations including Los Angeles, New Zealand and Virgin Australia short haul destinations across Asia and the South Pacific*. AMIN members also have access to specialist ‘entertainment fares’ for Premium Economy and Business Class, which include even larger discounts to selected key music destinations including Los Angeles and New York.  Please note discounts for domestic and international flights are not applicable to sale fares. These international discounts are limited to Virgin Australia operated flights and not partner airlines.

Under the arrangement, all AMIN members will also have access to Virgin Australia’s generous musicians baggage allowance for domestic flights, and to discounted membership of the Virgin Australia Lounge.~

The Travel Beyond Group booking portal provides a complete travel solution and, under this AMIN offering, includes discounts and special conditions for a range of car hire and hotel companies.

Please contact your state or territory music industry organisation for more information.

* Discounts offered for bookings made through the Travel Beyond Group booking portal and are not available for bookings made through the Virgin Australia website or Virgin Australia Guest Contact Centre. All discounts are included in the advertised fare price and are subject to change. Discounts do not apply to Virgin Australia sale fares or flights operated by a codeshare partner. Fares are subject to availability and may vary until ticketed. A Booking and Services fee will apply for bookings made by using a credit or debit card or Paypal. Fares are subject to the applicable fare rules and the Virgin Australia Conditions of Carriage. Go to for full terms and conditions.

^ One free date change for bookings on Virgin Australia domestic flights only using designated AMIN music industry fare. Fare and tax difference charges may apply. Changes must be made through your travel management company and not via the Virgin Australia Guest Contact Centre.  Changes must be made before midnight prior to the flights scheduled departure. Changes made on the day of flights scheduled departure are not permitted. Travel management company fees and charges may apply. The fare rules applicable to your booking will apply to any other changes to your booking.

~ Please contact Virgin Australia’s Groups Department for information on the musicians’ baggage allowance policy via or by calling 13 67 00. Discounted membership to the Virgin Australia Lounge can be purchased through Travel Beyond Group with proof of relevant AMIN membership. Access to the Virgin Australia Lounge is subject to the Lounge Terms and Conditions and Virgin Australia Lounge Rules, at


It’s that time of year again, Autumn’s finally here and you and your mates are heading to the festival that gets you groovin and geared up for the cooler season! Groovin the Moo takes on Canberra this May with a massive line-up of some of the best Australian and international acts to hit the stage.

To get you fully prepared for the festival VisitCanberra has put together a “Groovin Guide” so you have no trouble finding the hotspots to snap up that last minute outfit, rest your weary body for the night and re-fuel on post festival food!

1. Where to shop?
Need that last minute flower crown, sunnies, denim shorts and jacket? Canberra has a great range of different boutiques, shops and outlets across the city and surrounding suburbs for all festival goers!

If you are running short on time and after something for the day, head over to Westfield Belconnen only 10 minutes away from the festival HQ at the University of Canberra. Westfield has plenty of shops worth foraging in for festival fashion including; Bardot, Ally, Cotton ON, Factorie, Forever New, Glue, JayJays, Sportsgirl, Temt and so much more!

For something a bit quirky head to nearby Lonsdale Street Braddon for a great collection of vintage shops where you can pick up a show stopper! For a real bargain, a few accessories and to get something warm if you need that extra layer head to The Yellow Canary, a vintage clothes shop which is situated on the University of Canberra’s campus.

If you are staying right in the heart of the city never fear, Canberra Centre  is the place to pop in and snap up those last minute essentials! With a store list that covers all bases you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect outfit for the day!

2. Where to eat?
Canberra is renowned for its variety quality produce and great range of cafes and restaurants and we know the best way to get through a festival is to fuel up on that big breaky, brunch or lunch…right?

Head over to
Elk & Pea  located in Braddon which is only 10 minutes away from the festival grounds. This is a great place to enjoy a delicious South American influenced brunch with friends. We love the breakfast burger, crammed with bacon, avocado, charred corn, red onion, tomato relish and chilli or one of the spicy taco’s, all washed down with delicious coffee or a breakfast martini!

For the health consciousness looking to get a fresh start to the morning, or those seeking post festival vitamins, head over to
Local Press overlooking the water at Kingston Foreshore. This little gem is a wholefoods based cafe, specialising in wholesome, honest food and Cold Pressed juices!

Interested in Canberra’s unique culinary evening experiences? Head to
Akiba the capitals take on Asian fusion. With rave reviews and weekend yum cha (11am-3pm) this is the ultimate dining destination for you and your pals to tick off the list.

For a great pub feed and a bit of Irish hospitality head to King O’Malley’s which has a great beer garden and all your favourite pub dishes. We can’t choose between the thick crunchy wedges, spicy nachos or the chicken schnitzel.

3. Finished at the festival?
The last acts are closing and the festival is over for the year, where to now? You won’t be short on choices, Canberra offers some great places for you and your mates to check out when the sun goes down.

Venture into the city and head to our top 3 recommendations for best nightlife spots, including; Hippo Co , Shorty’s and Hopscotch Bar each brining their own individual scene to the city of Canberra.

4. What to see?

Hanging around before or after the festival and keen to explore the city a little more? How about getting up close and personal with a cheetah at the
National Zoo and Aquarium? This is one of the most amazing animal experiences in Australia as you can pat and play with one of these big cats.  

If you need to slow the pace down pack a picnic and chillout in the National Botanic Gardens. If that’s not your style, see Canberra on wheels and try a guided segway ride, a fantastic opportunity to have a bit of two wheeled fun around Lake Burley Griffin. For more details on what to do and see in Canberra head to

5. Where to stay?
After last minute accommodation to rest those dancing feet? Check out a wide range of options in Canberra at Our top pick is Canberra City YHA as here you can have a dip in the pool, chill out in the TV room or cook up a storm at the roof top BBQ.

Do Groovin the Moo Canberra the right way this year and stick to our Groovin Guide for 2015. For more information about Groovin the Moo festival head to:  




MusicACT held its Annual General Meeting at the Civic Hotel last Tuesday 11 November 2014. In his report, President Gavin Findlay noted that it had been an exciting but challenging year, with two major successful projects in the 2013 MusicACT Annual Music Awards and the PlayitLoud Youth Battle of the Bands for the Centenary of Canberra. However with several core committee members moving on and financial support not secured, the difficult decision has been taken to postpone the next ACT Music Awards until the second half of 2015. A full announcement about the awards will be made soon.

The decision to postpone the awards has however allowed MusicACT more time to focus on our other key objective: advocacy and policy development for the music sector. We have been working closely with John Wardle from the national Live Music Office and have held two issues forums to identify the most pressing problems and impediments to the growth of the music industry in Canberra. We have developed strong relationships with relevant ACT Government Ministers and agencies and they are listening to us. It is abundantly clear that the current legislative and regulatory framework actively works against creating new cultural events and venues for music in Canberra, and we have made a compelling case for a whole of government response. A meeting with Attorney-General Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell MLA has already been scheduled for the new year.

MusicACT is pleased to announce two new committee members who bring a wealth of talent and expertise: nationally regarded audio engineer Dax Liniere and Luke Wensing, who has been a mainstay of several community music organisations since the 1990s. The full committee elected is:

President: Gavin Findlay
Vice President: Dave Caffery
Treasurer: Daria Teodorowych
Secretary: Emily Allen
Dax Liniere
Angus Souter
Luke Wensing
Anna Wallace


MusicACT held a Music Sector Issues Forum last Wednesday 5 November at The Chop Shop, with guest John Wardle of the national Live Music Office. We chose the venue as it is emblematic of the complexity of the issues facing musicians and presenters seeking to build cultural activity in Canberra. Despite a high level of support from the Government during the assessment and permitting process for The Chop Shop, it is abundantly clear that the current legislative and regulatory framework actively works against creating new cultural events and venues in Canberra.

The key issues raised by the Issues Forum, building on those previously identified, are:

•    The impact of the changes to the School of Music are still being absorbed. A dozen of Canberra's best musicians lost their jobs and the decreased flow of top level students to study with them has changed the landscape forever. The Government needs policy for the music sector which supports innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation.
•    The Live Music Office has been working around the country with state and local governments to establish best practice in policy and regulation surrounding live music, with some impressive wins (link). The ACT has a solid policy framework on which to achieve excellent outcomes, if the will is there.
•    The City to the Lake initiative is an unprecedented opportunity to get this right, including cultural spaces, voluntary developer agreements, defining entertainment precincts, sound attenuation, agent-of-change/order of occupancy principles.
•    The City of Sydney has now made 15 venues available for free use by students and teachers for teaching and rehearsal etc.
•    The Venue Directory funded by a grant through artsACT is well used but needs updating.
•    The venues made available by the ACT Government, including the arts hubs, are not able to be used to their potential for live music because of regulatory issues and cost of use.
•    The Canberra Musicians Club and MusicACT are keen to progress the idea of a Regional Touring Network to expand the music economy in Canberra and the surrounding region.
•    Liquor permits are an essential tool for the live music sector and the current rules urgently need to be reconsidered. For example, to hold the Issues Forum at the Chop Shop required a special application (which can take up to 3 months) and hiring a security guard for a meeting of 20 people.
•    The next ACT Arts Policy Framework should include specific policy to support the live music sector, which is a small business sector: it needs a supportive regulatory regime and room to innovate and grow, much more than it needs grants.

Meeting with Minister Rattenbury

Last week MusicACT attended a meeting with Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury along with other event-producing community organisations to discuss the Government's initiative to reduce red tape. Flagged at the meeting was our concern that the community has not been kept informed of progress on recommendations of the 2009 Live Community Events Review including several that addressed the EPA Act. Gary Rake asked the meeting for proposals for changes to policy that could be considered. The following was put forward to the meeting, and we believe they are appropriate to put to you also:

1. That the Government should consider music and cultural event producers and venues to be clients, and provide greater assistance to them by streamlining permit application and approval processes and providing assistance to meet their regulatory requirements across the range of agencies and legislation.

2. That all relevant legislation, including the EPA Act, the Liquor Act, and zoning legislation should include as a key objective support for the development of the live music and cultural industries.

3. That the Government acknowledge that support for live music and community venues and events is a whole of government issue, and that the Government should develop and maintain a suitable ongoing consultation mechanism.


Heads-up! Terry McBride, manager of Coldplay, CEO of Nettwerk, is joining music managers Correne Wilkie and Paul McKessar at CONTROL 2014 this November. Between them these music mavens have sold more than 150 million albums, represented some of today’s leading artists. Think Cat Empire, Brooke Fraser and Avril Lavigne.  How do they do it? Find out, and get their feedback on your business model. Exclusive to Control 2014.  Apply now. Guidelines and application forms are available at or Applications close 29 September.

Terry McBride Bio

CEO - Nettwerk Music Group / CEO & Founder - YYOGA

Terry McBride is the current CEO and one of three founders of the Nettwerk Music Group, which includes Nettwerk Productions (Canada’s largest independent record label), Nettwerk Management (artist and producer management), Nettwerk One (publishing), and Artwerks (graphic and fashion design). Founded in McBride's apartment in 1984, Nettwerk has corporate offices in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Hamburg and London. Since its inception, Nettwerk has released over 600 different albums and sold over 160 million albums worldwide with such renown artists as Avril Lavigne, Coldplay, Dido, Fun, Wanting, Passenger and Sarah McLachlan. In the past few years McBride has spoke at dozens of international conferences about social marketing, digital branding, intellectual property rights and the future of music consumption.

In 2008, McBride co-authored a paper for the British University of Westminster’s “Musictank” entitled Meet the Millennials that became a marketing template for musicians in the digital space. In 2004, McBride stepped onto a yoga mat for the first time by way of recommendation from a friend, and it wasn't long before he realized that yoga offered him more than just a flexible body and mind. Acting on this realization, McBride along with his friend and yoga instructor, Lara Kozan, launched a chain of wellness centers called YYoga. It's McBride's vision for YYoga Studios to evolve into social third spaces, focusing on health and wellness for the body, mind, spirit and the community. McBride’s latest endeavor combines his two principle passions in the re-launch of Nutone Music. Encompassing music from the realm of devotional chant, world beat and beyond, Nutone is dedicated to the development of a new genre within today’s musical landscape. McBride explains, “Nutone's mission is to seek out what we feel is the best music that fits into the modern day Yoga studio, various wellness practices and everyday enjoyment of music. With many descriptions from World music to Chant to New Age to Mantra music, Nutone will demystify and clarify for listeners a brand that will be consistent in delivering quality albums.”

At the 2003 Juno Awards Terry received the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, recognizing an outstanding individual who has contributed to the growth and advancement of the Canadian music industry. Terry has also twice been awarded the Pollstar Industry Award for Personal Manager of the year for his work with Sarah McLachlan (1997) and Avril Lavigne / Coldplay (2002).

 Artists who are, or have been represented by Terry:

- Coldplay
- Avril Lavigne
- Sarah McLachlan
- Barenaked Ladies
- Dido
- Fun.
- Wanting
- Christina Perri
- Stereophonics
- Family of the Year


Sydney's EMC is back bigger and better in 2014. Asia's Pacific's largest electronic music conference will take place across three nights and two days at multiple venues in Sydney’s Kings Cross & Darlinghurst entertainment precinct this year. The expanded EMC program will build on previous year’s success by attracting over 10,000 local, interstate and international music lovers to Sydney from December 2 to 4.
Recognised as one of the world’s leading electronic music conferences, EMC will this year grow beyond just a day time industry-focused conference by introducing a night time program of showcase events called EMC Play, set to take place at Sydney’s iconic Kings Cross & Darlinghurst entertainment precinct.
The daytime conference schedule of panels, talks, masterclasses and round-table discussions will attract over 1,000 industry leaders and aspiring electronic music artists to two key venues: The EMC Keynote Hall at recently renovated Eternity Playhouse Theatre and The EMC Hub in Kings Cross. At night, EMC Play will light up Kings Cross with multiple showcase events in collaboration with Australia’s leading electronic labels and collectives.
EMC’s theme in 2014 is ‘Discovery’.  The event aims to be a crucial stepping stone in connecting Australian electronic music talent with some of the world’s biggest talent buyers including Donnie Estopinal (Disco Donnie Presents/SFX), Johnny Shockey (Coachella/LED Presents), Bobby Runway (SBE / SLS LA), Gary Richards (Hard LA/Live Nation) and more attending EMC with the goal of discovering new Australian talent.
Having established a reputation for featuring the world’s biggest dance music artists and prominent decision makers, this year’s conference speaker line-up is set to be even bigger.
MusicACT have been offered a discounted rate for Delegates Passes at $279 (use the promotional code: ‘EMC48’ when purchasing) which includes access to the full conference, networking events and EMC Play Showcases.
Earlybird Delegates Passes are now on-sale on at


Later in the year, Live Music Office Policy Director, John Wardle, will come to Canberra to speak at an industry forum to hear your view about what is needed to build live music in Canberra and showcase some fantastic developments happening in other states.

“This is an important time for Australian music policy. Cities such as Sydney, Wollongong, Adelaide and Melbourne have all developed live music strategies over the last year. They recognise that if venues and musicians are going to be a part of our community then we need to plan for their future.”

Start thinking, Canberra. And while you’re at it…check out their new website, launched just last week:


MusicACT has been working on broader industry policy and support, including working behind the scenes with the APRA|AMCOS run National Live Music Office and the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), as well as discussions with the ACT Government and key music sector representatives. These include sound limitations, the closure of venues and difficulty of them opening, making events easy to run by all citizens and a collaborative touring network for the region.

What would you like to hear about at an industry forum?










The 2014 ACT Music Awards are under way. After two huge years, we’re reviewing everything and making some helpful changes. The big event will now happen in February each year so songs written later in the year can be represented. And we listened to your comments: the next event looks to be in a larger venue to accommodate big audience involvement. Because music’s for everyone – let’s raise the roof, and do it with sha-bang.

Expect an announcement about the new format and entry in the near future.































































MusicACT are co-presenting DJ Workshop / Masterclass with Mario Galeano Toro on Tuesday March 11 2014 at Kendell Lane Theatre, NewActon Precinct.

Signed to legendary Brooklyn vinyl label Names You can Trust (NYC), Colombia’s DJ Mario Galeano Toro’s blend of electronica, 60‘s tropical Cumbia, psychedelia and Afro Caribbean dub is at the forefront of global Club culture. Using real time samples, turntable, the Maschine and live percussion, DJ Mario will demonstrate electronic production and live DJ techniques. Mario will also delve into the history of cumbia and the neo-cumbia movement.

3:30pm – 5pm / $10 / LIMITED NUMBERS - be quick, you don't want to miss this one! Tickets can be purchased here and you can join the facebook event here.

Mario will be performing with his band FRENTE CUMBIERO later on that night at The Street Theatre as part of COLOMBIA SOUNDS LIKE THIS - Frente Cumbiero + La Chiva Gantiva @ The Street Theatre.


Call for Volunteers and Committee Members

MusicACT is looking for energetic people who love music as much as we do to join us and help run our volunteer, not-for profit organisation.

After two magnificent years of the MusicACT Annual Music Awards - the MAMAs - it is time to take stock and establish strong foundations for the long term. We want to expand our range of services to members and spend more time advocating to government to make policy that supports Canberra's music culture. To do this we need people with skills and enthusiasm who have about 5 hours per week to spare.

In particular, we are looking for people with an interest in sponsorship development, and people with a passion for music sectors such as choirs, music theatre, country and blues.

If you are interested please drop a line initially to Gavin Findlay, President Music on


Matt Withers - Head of Guitar University of Canberra Music, member of BREW Guitar Duo and Guitar Trek, and 2012 MAMAs winner for Best ACT Classical Artist, is running the inaugural Matt Withers Young Australian Music Composition Competition.

It's open to any music degree students (current or graduate) under 30 from any Australian University/Institution.

Applicants will enter a solo classical guitar piece to be in with a chance of winning $500 + a performance of the work later this year!

Entries close COB Monday 30 June 2014.

More info. here on entry and submissions.


Congratulations to all of the 2013 MAMAs winners! It was a special night of nights at Albert Hall, thank you all for joining us in celebrating and honoring those who make this city so sonically vibrant


























 We have some pretty crash hot ticket options for you all for the 2013 MAMAs.

• GENERAL ADMISSION – 1 x General Admission to the MusicACT Annual Music Awards - $45

• MAMAs/MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE A: INDIVIDUAL – Annual MusicACT membership plus 1 x ticket to the MusicACT Annual Music Awards (total value $85) - $60

• MAMAs/MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE B: BANDS AND SMALL BUSINESSES (less than four members/employees) – Annual MusicACT membership plus 2 x tickets to the MusicACT Annual Music Awards (total value $190) - $150

• MAMAs/MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE C: VENUES/BUSINESSES/ASSOCIATIONS (four or more employees) – Annual MusicACT membership plus 4 x tickets to the MusicACT Annual Music Awards (total value $430) - $350

ALL tickets include free canapés on the night, and drinks are only $5!

Please recognise that we have tried to make this event as affordable as possible for all to attend our glorious night of nights.

You have until 6:00pm on the night (this Saturday the 23rd of November) to vote in our publicly voted categories AND secure a ticket, but jump on it sooner by all means.

We look forward to seeing you all on what is sure to be another fantastic MAMAs!


What an event Centenary of Canberra! Congratulations to The Steptones for taking out the Smells Like Centenary Spirit: PLAYitLOUD Band Competition and MusicACT's Best ACT Live Youth Band of 2013, we'll see you performing at the MAMAs! And of course to all of the performers, organisers and volunteers on the night, you all made it happen :)

Thank you to everyone who popped by our stall to sign the petition to make sure this wonderful event isn't a one off. If you haven't shown your support yet and would to like to see the event back next year, head on over to the SLCS event page and have your say!



This year, the MAMAs awards are again designed and made by Luna Ryan.

Luna Ryan is a well known Canberra based glass artist, with an art practice spanning more than twenty years, having graduated from the ANU Glass Department in 1990.

Ryan is one of the very few glass artists in Australia to use recycled television screens to create her glass art pieces. She exhibits locally and nationally and since 2004 has an ongoing artistic collaborative relationship with Tiwi artist Jock Puautjimi.
Works from this collaboration can be viewed in the National Gallery of Australia's permanent collections.

Her own works are in the collections of the ANU, UC, CMAG and Wagga Wagga National Glass Art Collection. At present, Ryan works and teaches from the Canberra Glassworks.

For the production of the MAMAs awards, Luna wishes to thank Renewable Processes and MRI e-cycle solutions for their donations of the screens. Also the following artists for their help and contribution in production: Melinda Willes, Mel George and Peter Nilsson.



Voting is now open for the 2013 MusicACT Annual Music Awards to be held on Saturday November 23 at The Albert Hall.

Have your say here in our four publicly voted categories:

- Hotel Hotel's Best ACT Artist of 2013
- Hellenic Club's Best ACT Live Performer of 2013
- O'Connor Commercial Refrigeration's Best ACT Live Music Venue of 2013
- Prime 7's Best ACT Youth Artist of 2013

Haven’t seen the finalists yet? You can check them out here.

Voting closes 6pm, November 23, 2013.

See you at the MAMAs!


The Bedroom Philosopher is an award winning muso-comic who’s Triple J hit ‘Northcote (So Hungover)’ is the hipster Khe Sahn. Last year the former Frankie scribe released his first book ‘The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries,’ earning high praise from Neil Gaiman. This year he has produced two Station IDs for ABC2 including the highly respected ‘Difficult Second Channel.’ His ARIA nominated album ‘Songs From The 86 Tram’ was Chris Lilley meets Beck, the live show winning Director’s Choice at Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Green Room award for Best Production.

The Bedroom Philosopher has appeared on Adam Hills Tonight, Spicks & Specks, Collectors, Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala & most importantly, Rage. Last year he supported The Dresden Dolls on a national tour, prompting Amanda Palmer to say “He is so hip he is absolutely not hip at all.”

He is currently writing a book about being an artist in Australia called Funemployed, to be published by Affirm Press next year.

Smells Like Centenary Spirit will be held at the Royal Theatre on November 15.


The wait is over and the the quality of entries was outstanding, with some categories too hard to narrow to three.

Check out the full here or below.


Hotel Hotel's BEST ACT ARTIST OF 2013

Aston Shuffle

Fun Machine


Hellenic Club's Best ACT Live Performer of 2013

Elisha Bones

Dylan Hekimian

Fun Machine


Prime 7's Best ACT Youth Artist of 2013

Dylan Hekimian

Mind the Gap

O'Connor Commercial Refrigeration's Best ACT Live Music Venue of 2013

NOTE: MusicACT has made every effort to include every ACT/surrounding regions venue that has hosted at least one live music event in the past year. If, unfortunately, we have overlooked your venue, please contact us immediately.

A Bite to Eat Cafe

Academy Club

Albert Hall

ANU School of Music Big Band Room

Balcony Room


Belconnen Arts Centre

Beyond Q Bookshop

Calwell Tavern

Canberra Institute of Technology Music Industry Centre

Charlie Black

Chisolm Tavern

Chisholm Vikings

Digress Restaurant & Lounge


Erindale Vikings

Griffin Centre Hall

Griffith Hall

Harmonie German Club

Hellenic Club (Woden)

Hellenic Club (City)



King O'Malleys

La De Da

Lake View Ballroom

Lanyon Vikings

Larry Sitsky Recital Room

Llewellyn Hall

Monkey Bar

Narrabundah Hall

National Library of Australia Foyer

National Library Theatre

NewActon Courtyard Stage

Ngunnawal Neighbourhood Centre

Piano Bar

PJ O'Reilley's (Tuggernaong)

PJ O'Reilley's (City)

Queanbeyan Bowling Club

Queanbeyan Kangaroos Club

Royal Theatre Canberra – National Convention Centre

Smiths Alternative

Southern Cross Club Woden

St Pauls Anglican Church Manuka

Sub‐Urban by Belluci's

The Abbey

Theatre 3

The Artists' Shed

The Astor Hotel Goulburn

The Basement

The Durham

The George Harcourt Inn

The Goulburn Club

The Great Hall

The National Press Club

The Old Canberra Inn

The Phoenix

The Pot Belly

The Street Theatre

Tongue & Groove

Transit Bar

Trinity Bar

Tuggeranong Theatre

Tuggeranong Youth Centre

UC Refectory

Walsh's Hotel Queanbeyan

Wesley Music Centre

White Eagle Polish Club

Woden Youth Centre

Youth in the City (Civic Youth Centre)

Zierholz @ UC


True Jungle Souljahs' Best ACT Bass Music Producer of 2013

Ben Colin

Shotgun Cubs



Best ACT Blues and Roots inc. World Artist of 2013

Los Chavos

Party Gravy

Guyy Lilleyman

Best ACT Choral or Vocal Artist of 2013

Xavier Dunn



Best ACT Classical Solo or Ensemble Artist of 2013

Andrew Rumsey

Griffyn Ensemble

Adam Cook

Best ACT Concert, Brass or Big Band of 2013

Canberra City Band

Spectrum Big Band

Best ACT Folk Artist of 2013

Beth & Ben

Alex and Joel

Xavier Dunn

Matty Ellis

Ian Blake

Best ACT Heavy Artist Punk, Hardcore, Metal of 2013

Perpetual End


No Assumption

When Giants Sleep

Best ACT Cover Band of 2013


Party Gravy

Be Be Gee

Best ACT House, Electro or Techno Producer of 2013

The Aston Shuffle

Peking Duk

Ashley Feraude

Smiths Alternative's Best ACT Indie or Alternative Artist of 2013

Elisha Bones


The Monotremes

Hippo Co's Best ACT Jazz Artist of 2013

Liam Budge

Party Gravy

Simon Milman

Redpath Shoes' Best ACT Pop Artist of 2013

Fun Machine

Kid of Harith

Amber Nichols

Servants of Sounds's Best ACT Psychedelic Electronic Music Producer of 2013



David Van Dijk

Blumers' Best ACT Rock Artist of 2013

Perpetual End

Super Best Friends

Elisha Bones

Best ACT Urban Artist of 2013

Kayo Marbilus

MC Fade

Big Dave


APRA's Best ACT Song of 2013

Love and Satellites ‐ ‘Right Here Waiting’

Fun Machine - 'Ready for the Fight'

MOG - 'Ricochet'

Best ACT Live Youth Band of 2013

Novia Scotia

Harley Quinn

Finding Eve

No Assumption

The Steptones

Behind the Silhouettes

Mind the Gap

Beneath the Surface

LIFT OFF 'wildcard' winner


Contribution to the ACT Music Industry

Frank Madrid

Jim Cotter

Best ACT Engineer / Studio / Producer of 2013

Albert Achanfuo‐Yeboah

Dax Liniere


MAMAs Hall of Fame

To be named on the night


Congratulations to our finalists!


Have you seen our MAMAs judges?

It's a stellar lineup this year with the likes of DJ Paul Fraser of Aquatic Lab Records and Garage Pressure, Felix Greenlees of Terrafractyl and Hypnagog, Geoff Bell of Laing Entertainment, Greg Arnold, a Senior Lecturer and the Head of Program of the NMIT Bachelor of Music Industry and winner of the prestigious APRA|AMCOS Songwriter of the Year award, Kathryn Holloway - a woman with many hats from Groovin The Moo, Richard Hinkson, aka Interpulse (who you can catch this weekend at Dragon Dreaming Festival) plus Rodney Holder, drummer and co-manager of his psychedelic metal band Alchemist.

Be sure to check out our full list of judges for more music industry heavyweights and bios.


You've all heard by now that British India are headlining Centenary of Canberra's Smells Like Centenary Spirit: PLAYitLOUD Band Competition brought to you by MusicACT.

Do you also know that it's a free event and there will be LOADS of other entertainment on the night? You don't want to miss this.

Riding high on the release of their 3rd Top 10 ARIA album Controller Australia’s own British India will end 2013 with a run of live shows in capital cities to support their new single ‘Blinded’

Released in March 2013 ‘Controller’ saw an energized British India back at the top of their game, supported by their new record label Liberation and publishing giant Mushroom Music.

The lead single from ‘Controller’ ‘I Can Make You Love’ proved to be the bands biggest release do date, selling 33,000 copies and delivering the band their 5th entry into triple J’s ‘Hottest 100’. ‘Summer Forgive Me’ and ‘Plastic Souvenirs’ continued the album’s forward momentum.

Since bursting on to the scene in 2007, British India’s inimitable and furious brand of pop-infused garage punk has seen them catapulted to the highest echelons of Australian rock royalty. ‘Blinded’ will be the final release from the ‘Controller’ album. The band will go off the road for 3 months to spend time in the studio working on new material for 2014.



MusicACT and Centenary of Canberra are proud to announce British India as the headline act for the final of the Smells Like Centenary Spirit PLAYitLOUD band competition to be held at the National Convention Centre Canberra on November 15.

Nine finalists from the September heats will also be performing on the night with the Best ACT Live Youth Band of 2013 to be awarded at the MAMAs

Make sure you're checking here and here to keep on top of what is sure to be a great night - and it's FREE!


In a bid to maximise the reach of the awards and cover all genres fairly, all categories are open until October 6.

Entry numbers for most categories are strong, but the less 'popular' awards (choral, classical, covers, musical theatre) deserve more time. And we have time, so now you do too! 

Get those submissions IN.

Reckon you're Canberr'a Best Live Music Venue? What about Best Live Performer or Youth Artisit? And how about submitting for Best Artisit while you're at it?!

Solo & big bands, brass bands, choral groups, musical theatre-ettes. Heavy bands & rock bands, folk, jazz & pop. Electro by 3 - don't forget urban & county.

Here is your chance to be seen.



Here are a couple of photos of the two qualifying bands from heat 1 of the Smells Like Centenary Spirit: PLAYitLOUD "Battle of the Bands".

Photographer credits: Laura, Hannah and Stacey from Little White Lies. And Dayna.

Novia Scotia

Novia Scotia 1

Harley Quinn



APRA|AMCOS have got behind the Canberra Songwriters Workshop with some funding through the APRA Music Grants 2013-2014 Skills Development program. 

The next workshop will be held next Monday, September 30 and will be a great networking and feedback opportunity for Canberra musicians.

Your first workshop is free, and entry to further, monthly workshops starts from just $5 for APRA members.

Here's some more from the group, get on board!


The Canberra songwriters Workshop is back and better than ever! We’ve been boosted by a change of venue and a grant from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), to promote the workshops.

If you’re a budding singer-songwriter or musician and want to connect with other likeminded artists - you’re not alone!! 

Come to our Songwriters Workshop held right here in Canberra on the last Monday of each month. You’ll meet other talented singers, musicians and songwriters, improve and get feedback on your songwriting skills, and take away loads of creative ideas.

Our next workshop is at the Statesman Hotel, Curtin on Monday 30 September, starting 6.30pm. Full details are at: The first session is FREE so what have you got to lose? It could be the next step on your songwriting career!!


Reckon you can write music for film? APRA have partnered with Tropfest to bring music and film together.

Not only are Tropscore (and Tropscore Jnr for the little ones) entrants given the chance to write the accompanying music to a short film, cash prizes and a performance to over 100,000 people at Tropfest in Centennial Park is on the cards!

Here’s all you need to do:

1. Download the film from the Tropscore website

2. Create your musical score

3. Submit your entry online

Entries close at 6pm (AEST) on October 10, 2013.

For a bit more info visit or call +61 2 9935 7878. You can also check Tropscore judge Guy Gross’ tips and tricks here

Tropfest screenings will happen in December 2013. Score!



On the hunt for some funding? Check out what the Australian Council for the Arts has on offer.

If you've completed an accredited Certificate IV arts course or higher in the past three years - or are about to complete one – then ArtStart: Career Kickstarts for Arts Graduates could be for you.

Up to $10,000 of funding is available to kick start your arts business. Have a look at what musician and current ArtStarter Austin Buckett has to say

Current round closes September 23, so be quick! Visit for all the details.


Smells Like Centenary Spirit PLAYitLOUD Battle of the Bands heats are approaching quickly. 

Visit for more info, dates and venues.

20 bands will be performing across the heats and there’s free entry, be sure to head along and show your support!


The new Song Central site is back in action! They are now taking members and also have a very exciting, new tender opportunity. 


A producer pitching songs for an A-List US artist doing a new album is keen to consider songs for this exciting opportunity. Go to and register, or call Sue on 0412531200.


Are you, or do you know any, pop/RnB/urban musicians that might be interested in this opportunity?  Spread the word as songs need to be ready for consideration before this Friday, August 23.



Entering is easy:

1. Register
2. Get credits
3. Upload songs

All the info you need is here

We’ve got 26 award categories ( this year so no one misses out!

This night is made possible by you guys so get submitting and please ‘share’!

Submissions close midnight, Sunday September 29 2013.



The MusicACT Annual Music Awards 2013 are back bigger than ever for their second year running!

Check out the event page here and stay tuned for important news and updates on this magnificent night.

For all of your MAMAs questions visit, submissions open in one week – Monday August 12.

Please invite and share with one and all!


The National Folk Festival has introduced a new payment option for the 2014 festival. The Pay by Instalment Ticket Plan allows you to pay off your ticket over a number of months for as little as $15 a week and is available as of today! For more information on this offer visit

Stall Holder Applications are also now open, see here for more info. and have a squiz while you’re there, they’ve got a new website!




Centenary of Canberra’s Capital Jazz Project begins TODAY and runs through to August 11.

The 10 day music event features 20 + performances from over 100 international, national and ACT-based artists and leading Australian jazz commentators. 

In partnership with The Street Theatre, ANU School of Music and Canberra 100, the Capital Jazz Project plans to develop and grow this exciting opportunity to create a national forum around jazz through bringing top quality jazz acts together in Canberra. 

See more at:


Kevin Rudd and Labor Government announces $560,000 for live music.

The funding, rolled out over three years, will support the creation of a new National Live Music Office. 

Arts Minister Tony Burke MP has said that The National Live Music Office will partner with governments, local councils, communities, businesses, musicians and songwriters on how to lift barriers to ensure more acts can perform at venues around the country.

The Office will be administered by the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) and has the support of some big, Australian, Live Music Ambassadors.

See the media release here:


Did you know that MusicACT members receive numerous discounts and updates on opportunities and news? Our regular news items, distributed via our website, facebook, member newsletters and more include various opportunities such as competitions, songs/artists wanted, conferences, showcase opportunities, advocacy issues and more.

We offer a number of membership categories to suit individuals, bands, businesses and venues. 

We’re now accepting members and signing up is easy! For more information and to see what else is on offer for our members, visit


Any musicians out there wanting to be involved in constructive conversations with media, artists, fellow musicians and members of the community, all from the comfort of a cosy bed? Then read on!

Centenary of Canberra and Big hART are running an interactive, multi-media bed installation in Civic Square from August 15 - 18 and they want you to get involved.

The installation, Winter Bed Vigil, will be about Canberra’s homeless population and will use short story, film and a roster of bed buddies to promote public conversation. 

Pack your PJs and hot water bottle and please hop into bed for this great cause (Egyptian Linen Sheets, feather doona and flat-screen TV provided). 

If you’re unavailable during these dates, you can still take part by taking a photo of your bed and writing a message of support to people without a home in Canberra. Email it to or put it up at

You can also make a donation on the day for Common Ground Canberra, a new facility for the homeless and those with a low income by visiting for more information.

To secure a spot in bed or for more information, please contact Creative Producer Holly Rankin Smith – 0407022392 - - -


With just over three weeks until entries close for Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards 2013 Music Category, now is the time to get behind this exciting opportunity.

Musicians could see themselves winning $5,000 in Qantas flights to a destination of inspiration (last year’s winner jetted off to New York), a $5,000 cash prize and professional mentorship with internationally recognised Lee Groves who has worked with Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp and Bertie Blackman!

Judges are looking for original, thoughtful, exceptional work from musicians with the dedication to build a career. All styles and genres are welcome and if you’re aged 18-30, then you are eligible to apply. 

Entries close Tuesday August 6 at 2.00pm.

For entry information and tips visit

Stay tuned for updates on Qantas' Spirit of Youth facebook page - Please spread the word – you don’t want to miss out!


Want to be a part of a multi-site event featuring wheel and spinning related activities and events? The Centenary of Canberra team is looking for you!

As Production Coordinators, the Hub Capital team will work under the direction of Canberra Centenary 2013’s Creative Director Robyn Archer AO and alongside the Program team coordinating and planning the delivery of elements of the SPIN: Hub Capital program, presented by community groups in the ACT. 

These are casual temporary positions. For more information please contact Dan Watters on (02) 6205 8408, or visit for a full position description.


The 2013-14 ACT Budget will deliver $1.5 million to assist in revitalising the Ainslie Arts Centre as a music hub. A further $1 million will be spent over the following two years in an upgrade to the Gorman House Arts Centre as well as $300,000 towards the establishment of the Kingston Visual Arts Hub.

The heritage listed ACT Government sites house a range of music-related organisations for the use of rehearsals and performance spaces. 

ACT Minister for the Arts, Joy Burch, is pleased to announce the ACT Budget Funds and we’re excited too! Later this year a new program will be launched, keep up to date by following @gormanhousearts on Twitter.

For more information on the Gorman House and Ainslie Arts Centre visit


This weekend, June 1st and 2nd, is Better Music’s Grand Opening Weekend. In store performances, specials and demonstrations will take place at 18 Salamander Ct, Phillip, open from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

After 30 years, Australia’s largest purpose-built musical instrument store has moved to a bigger and better site with a better range, better prices, better parking, better displays, and they’re still Australian owned and operated!

Check out their Grand Opening Weekend Artist Roster here

For more information on Better Music’s products and services visit


Artist applications are now open for BIGSOUND Live 2013. Australian and international artists have the rare chance to perform in front of some of the most influential figures in the international music industry.

Closing date for applications has been extended to midnight on Monday 20 May 2013.

Taking place on the nights of the 11th and 12th of September in Brisbane, BIGSOUND Live is the two-night music festival that puts artists in front of the local, national and international music industry delegates attending the BIGSOUND Music Industry Conference held 11 - 13th September, 2013. This year BIGSOUND Live showcases 120 acts over 12 venues.

In addition to having access to hundreds of influential music industry figures BIGSOUND Live showcasing artists are provided with the opportunity for excellent media exposure with the event being covered by national and international media outlets.

For all the info and to apply head to


Sound Summit Festival of Independent and Innovative Music is excited to announce some important changes for the festival in 2013. Sound Summit has just announced that the 2013 festival is to be held in Sydney.

Sound Summit will be taking place this year from Thursday November 7 to Sunday November 10.

While there are many reasons for the change in venue and date this year, the main issue had involved Sound Summit’s funding. This has forced Sound Summit to rethink its financial sustainability and its position as a festival to be able to continue to provide distinctive, challenging and engaging content.

Sound Summit is constantly evolving, and this move to Sydney is just one of the ways that the festival will transform in 2013. This will allow for maintaining growth and sustainability and we believe that Sydney will be able to provide us with a strong platform to achieve these goals.

The Sound Summit team feels that with all this in mind, the conference aspect of the festival this year will create a more widely relevant and important dialogue to contribute to the current music climate.

In brief, the 2013 Sound Summit will be a defining point in the festival’s identity and personality since separating from This Is Not Art (TINA) in 2011. The next two years and beyond will see more changes to the festival with 2013 standing as the deciding era of change.

The first Call Out for applications for the 2013 Sound Summit will be open on Tuesday May 21st. If you are interested in participating in this year’s festival, we encourage all potential applicants to contact the team to discuss your ideas. Initial ideas through to complete programs are welcome!

For more information head to the website


The 2013 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition has just been announced.

$65,000 cash will go between the three place winners this year, making this the largest songwriting competition of its kind in the world. All proceeds go to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia.

All songwriters across the world can enter. By paying $50 to submit your song you'll contribute to a very worthy cause.

Plus, you'll have the chance to have your songs heard by fantastic local and international judges including Adalita, Arnthor Birgisson and Gary Go.

This unique charity fundraising competition supports talented songwriters whilst raising much needed funds for music therapy.

Music therapy has been proven to help people with developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rett Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome and disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dyspraxia and Spina Bifida.

Use music to change lives for the better. Enter now!

All entries must be received online or postmarked no later than 11.59pm on 21st June 2013.

Visit for details.


MusicACT and Centenary of Canberra are proud as non-alcoholic punch to announce the C100 flagship youth event SMELLS LIKE CENTENARY SPIRIT.

Smells Like Centenary Spirit is a battle of the bands style event for people aged 14-22 years. It will be held in the ACT region with heats across four weeks in September culminating in the final concert on Saturday 16 November 2013.

The winner will receive a range of prizes, including The Youth Live Artist of 2013 award to be presented at the MusicACT Annual Music Awards on Saturday, 23 November 2013; the chance to perform at national all ages festivals Groovin the Moo 2014 and Bastardfest 2014 (dependant on band’s genre) (dates - TBC); as well as personal introductions to contemporary music industry figures including publishers, labels, managers, booking agents and more.

There are also a stack of opportunities to get involved with the big finale on Saturday 16 November. You can let us know who you’d like to see as a national/international headliner, what type of activities would make the event special and what youth focused stalls you reckon would work a treat simply by filling out some boxes on the super snappy SLCS site

If you fancy yourself a bit of a gun when it comes to behind the scenes stuff or a dab hand with Photoshop, we’d also love to have you on board. Let us know if you’re interested in assisting with production, events management or icon/logo design by emailing The aim of Smells Like Centenary Spirit is to have young people getting practical experience in every step of the way, and having an absolute blast while they’re at it.

It’s time to step out of your bedroom, garage or garden shed and onto the stage and into the spotlight, oh devastatingly talented youth of the capital! We look forward to hearing your music and ideas!


Facebook event page



Registrations are now open! Head to to enter. 

Rock on Canberra!


MusicACT congratulates Peking Duk for making it onto the mind-bogglingly massive Splendour in the Grass line-up. It boast such greats as The National, TV on the Radio in their only Oz show, Fat Freddy's Drop and squillions more. There seems to be something in the ACT water when it comes to world class electronic music, as evidenced by The Aston Shuffle's national domination and now the success of Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles. Congrats guys! Head to for all the info.


Josh Pyke (in conjunction with APRA) is offering an unsigned musician the exciting opportunity to receive mentorship and funding that will help grow their career. 


Initial meeting with Josh Pyke, Gregg Donovan (Wonderlick Entertainment), Stephen Wade (Select Music) to establish a business plan.

Follow up meeting three months later

Funding: AU$7500 

Mentor Details: 

Josh Pyke 

Successful and much loved Australian singer/songwriter with over fourteen years of experience in the music industry, Josh Pyke has won four ARIA awards and has been featured in triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown numerous times. He is currently working on his fourth studio album, due to be released in 2013. 

Official Website: 

Gregg Donovan 

Highly experienced Artist Manager and owner of Wonderlick Entertainment who oversees the careers of Josh Pyke, Airbourne, Boy & Bear, Grinspoon, Jackson McLaren, and Marvin Priest among others. 


Stephen Wade 

Owner and booking agent at Select Music, Stephen represents a diverse array of Australia’s best talent. 


Entries close Friday 31 May and the winner will be announced Monday 1 June via Josh Pyke’s fanclub and Busking For Change.