Touring just became a lot easier for touring artists with airline Virgin Australia announcing a new initiative aimed at addressing the ongoing problems musicians face when travelling with musical equipment. After discussions led by national body The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), Virgin Australia have made an offer exclusively to the music industry that includes a baggage allowance of 32kg (across three pieces of checked baggage) for individual artists – with an additional 32kg able to be purchased in advance for just $15. Bands will also now be able to ‘pool’ their baggage allowance across their travelling group.
The artists are starting to spill into Fortitude Valley in preparation for BIGSOUND Live which kicks off tonight. Both industry and punters alike will be treated to 80 of Australia, New Zealand and Canada’s most promising up and coming acts in Brisbane’s live music precinct, featuring The Getaway Plan, Horrorshow, Jinga SBusby Marou, Calling All Cars, Trial Kennedy, Evil Eddie, emma louise, Stonefield, Owl Eyes, Bleeding Knees Club, Adalita, Ball Park Music and many more. Tickets are still available from OzTix or grab one on the night at the OzTix Shopfront.
An offshoot of the annual BIGSOUND Conference Q Music in conjunction with Youth Music Industries present “Little BIGSOUND 2011” a one-day forum for young people looking to break into the music industry. All Little BIGSOUND speakers have now been confirmed, namely Shin Fukuzumi – P-Vine Records, Japan; Adam Lewis – The Planetary Group – USA; Paul Hanly – Frenchkiss Records - USA; Maggie Collins – Golden District and many more!
A public clinic that provides free legal advice to up-and-coming musicians, artists, writers and technology gurus is currently holding advice sessions. The clinic can provide assistance with common queries about what rights a song writer retains when co-authoring a song, or even assist with questions about online and digital distribution. The IP and Technology Law Clinic is aimed at members of the creative and technology sectors with limited financial resources, and is being coordinated by staff from the QUT Faculty of Law and QPILCH.
JMC Academy invites all local musicians to a free workshop on “Plugging in to Your Audience” in the Academy’s Auditorium on the evening of September 20. Run by former New York MC of the Year Tah Phrum Duh Bush, this workshop helps musicians of any genre to engage and connect with their fans and in turn to grow their fan base into a career. Musicians of all ages will enjoy and learn from Tah’s down-to-earth approach and extensive experience in the toughest of music markets. Places are limited, so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15.
COUNCIL and the Queensland State Government have shown ongoing commitment to supporting arts and culture in regional Queensland by funding the 2011-2012 Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program. Funding is available for professional development, workshops, research, as well as arts and cultural projects focusing on community, heritage and tourism. Applications for the current round close 16 September with successful applicants to be notified on 24 November.
Be part of Brisbane Square Library’s Acoustics on Sunday 2012 Program. Calling all musicians interested in auditioning to be part of Acoustics on Sunday (last Sunday of the month) at Brisbane Square Library. Solo artists and duos (acoustic-style) are encouraged to apply.
This is your chance to make noise in the library! Please phone Brisbane Square Library on: (07) 3403 4166 or email: email@example.com to register your interest.
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