Musicians’ plea as live music figures hit new low

Original article by Martin Boulton
The Age – Page: Online : 17-Feb-21

Australia’s live music industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with data from APRA-AMCOS showing that the sector is operating at less than four per cent of pre-coronavirus levels. More than 350 artists and music industry workers have written an open letter urging the federal government to either extend the JobKeeper scheme or introduce an industry-specific wage subsidy. They note that the arts and entertainment sector employs almost 200,000 Australians and contributes about $15bn to GDP each year.

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Fanny sweeps Golden Guitars

Original article by Andrew McMillen
The Australian – Page: 5 : 25-Jan-21

Celebrating excellence in Australian country music, the 2021 Golden Guitars were held in Tamworth on 23 January before a COVIDsafe reduced crowd of around 600 people. Fanny Lumsden won five Golden Guitars, including album of the year, single of the year and female artist of the year. The McClymonts won the Golden Guitar for group of the year, while Luke O’Shea took home the Golden Guitar for traditional country album of the year for ‘There In the Ochre’.

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NIDA rescued in the nick of time

Original article by Michael Bailey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 22-Jan-21

Acting school National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) is one of four major arts companies struggling to survive that will share $9 million in funding from the federal government’s $35 million Sustainability Fund. The Fund was announced in June as part of the federal government’s $250 million arts rescue package. The Melbourne Art Foundation, Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra are the other three arts companies that will share the $9 million, while Mel Gibson and Cate Blanchett are two of NIDA’s better-known alumni.

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Tanking arts and entertainment sector to get $250m support package

Original article by Phillip Coorey, Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 25-Jun-20

The federal government will announce details of a $250m coronavirus rescue package for the arts and entertainment sector on 25 June. The package will provide grants and low-interest loans to businesses and cultural institutions in a sector that has been hard-hit by the coronavirus lockdown. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the package will provide financial assistance for all people in the sector, including those who build stage sets and develop computer-generated special effects, rather than just actors and performers.

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It’s a win for artist known as What

Original article by Emily Ritchie
The Australian – Page: 3 : 31-Oct-19

A portrait of Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster has been awarded the 2019 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. It was selected from 30 finalists for the prestigious award, and was painted by a New South Wales-based artist who refers to himself only as What. His portrait of the co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens has been praised by one of the award’s judges, Kelly Gellatly.

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Records galore as Toni tops ARIAs

Original article by Andrew McMillen
The Australian – Page: 3 : 11-Oct-19

Singer-songwriter Toni Watson has received eight nominations in the 2019 ARIA awards, including best female artist, breakthrough artist and best independent release. Watson’s ‘Dance Monkey’ has been Australia’s number one song for a record 10 consecutive weeks, while it has also topped the charts in countries such as Britain and France. The Teskey Brothers and Hilltop Hoods have been nominated for seven ARIAs.

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Will Client Liaison’s new Bamboo Creek (Pilbara) hit The Beat Supreme be Number One in the US?

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 7-Oct-19

Client Liaison – Australia’s favourite retro 80s revivalist funk rockers – have ‘done it again’ with new hit ‘The Beat Supreme’ shot entirely on location at Haoma’s Bamboo Creek Mine in the remote Pilbara region near Marble Bar, WA. Client Liaison’s irreverent lead singer Monte Morgan clearly discovered gold on his trip to Bamboo Creek and dances ‘The Beat Supreme’ away in remote desert landscapes, over-sized mining trucks and the Bamboo Creek Mill processing ‘gold bearing’ ore with musical partner Harvey Miller. ‘The Beat Supreme’ is set to shoot to Number 1 on the local Australian charts in the coming weeks; however, only Warner Music and Spotify can answer the question:- Will ‘The Beat Supreme’ be available on US Spotify so it can make US charts Number 1? Tickets are selling fast for Client Liaison’s October-November Australian tour. Register for the latest news and updates – as well as buy tickets – for Client Liaison at http://www.clientliaison.com. Pilbara FIFO workers should ‘get in fast’ to buy tickets for the special shows in Dunsborough and Fremantle before tickets sell out. View Client Liaison’s new music video for ‘The Beat Supreme’.

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Client Liaison announce tour behind glossy new song The Real Thing

Original article by Al Newstead
abc.net au – Page: Online : 1-Aug-19

Pop duo Client Liaison are going on tour to promote their new single ‘The Real Thing’, with tickets to go on sale from 2 August. The tour begins at the Grand Hotel in Mornington in Victoria on 17 October, and runs to 9 November. Client Liaison worked with producer Dann Hume on their new song, with Hann having also worked with them on their previous song, ‘Survival in the City’. Client Liaison member Monte Morgan has described ‘The Real Thing’ as "more pop than we’ve ever been".

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Kylie Minogue reveals breast cancer prevented her from having children

Original article by Isabel Thomson-Officer
celebrity.nine.com.au – Page: Online : 5-May-19

Australian entertainer Kylie Minogue says she tries not to dwell on what might have been had she not been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Minogue, who is now 50 and getting ready to appear at the UK’s Glastonbury Festival in June, says that while having children was not in her "immediate plans" at the time, contracting the disease prevented her from having them.

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Flea and Anthony Kiedis from Red Hot Chili Peppers call out outlandish NSW live music rules

Original article by Cameron Gooley
abc.net.au – Page: Online : 8-Mar-19

US rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers has weighed into the debate regarding the New South Wales Government’s new regulations for live music festivals. The government has identified 14 music festivals that will not be granted a licence by the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority unless they prepare a safety management plan. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Michael Balzary told the audience at a concert in Geelong that the NSW reforms are "outlandish" and "stupid".

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