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The latest news articles discussing Australia's new music scene - you can also browse our archive of all news articles.

COVID-19 UPDATE: To keep up-to-date about important information regarding campaigns, policy initiatives and current developments, please follow also the AMC's social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter.


Australia Council announces a Resilience Fund to support artists and organisations

Australia Council announces a Resilience Fund to support artists and organisations

The Australia Council has announced a Resilience Fund of approximately $5M for artists and arts organisations to support their livelihoods, practice and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Jazzwise magazine (UK) celebrates Australian jazz

Jazzwise magazine (UK) celebrates Australian jazz

The latest issue of the UK jazz magazine Jazzwise has boasts a lot of Australian content, including a special covermount CD with 17 tracks of the latest Australian jazz.

Inside, are several articles featuring Australian artists, including an interview with Andrea Keller about her latest work and a long report 'Wizards of Aus', about the exciting artists active in the Antipodes right now. There are also reviews of albums with music by Mike Nock and Jonathan Zwartz.

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A COVID-19 support package announced by the Australia Council

A COVID-19 support package announced by the Australia Council

The Australia Council for the Arts has responded to the COVID-19 related state of emergency in the Australian arts with a support package, made possible, in part, by suspending and freeing up funds from programs not seen as a first priority in the current situation. Suspended programs include a number of grant rounds due to close within the next couple of months, including funding for arts projects and career development, Australia Council Fellowships, as well as the Contemporary Music Touring program, all with closing dates in June.

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Covic-19 Resources Register by Music NSW

Covic-19 Resources Register by Music NSW

The MusicNSW COVID-19 Resource Register is a hub for resources, support and information, most of it applicable nationally.

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COVID - update from the Federal Government

COVID - update from the Federal Government

• The effects of COVID-19 on creative and cultural activity continue to be considered as part of the Australian Government's national response. Read the full update.

• Impact of COVID-19 on recipients of arts grant funding - read the update.

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Open letter: Academics call for urgent crisis support for the arts, live music

Open letter: Academics call for urgent crisis support for the arts, live music

More than 100 Australian academics have signed and sent an Open Letter to the Federal government, calling for immediate crisis support for the arts, live music and event industries. The letter is related to an existing proposal of an Industry Package of $750 million supporting these industries.

View the full letter and the names of all signatories (pdf)

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Support Act is there for us - call for help or donate if you can

Support Act is there for us - call for help or donate if you can

Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music. 

> If you know someone who is struggling, let them know about Support Act and their counselling helpline 1800 959 500.

> Support Act is running an emergency appeal for the benefit of artists affected by the COVID-19. If you are in a position to help, you can make a donation here.

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Write a letter to your MP and add your story to 'I Lost My Gig'

Write a letter to your MP and add your story to 'I Lost My Gig'

We encourage you to go to the I Lost My Gig website and add your story. This initiative of the Australian Festivals Association (AFA) and the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) was established as a short-term quick-response data-capture project to quantify the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australia’s live event and entertainment industries. 

On the same website you'll also find information about an important campaign related to a proposed live music industry support packageSee this page about information how to contact your elected representative.

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Jazzahead 2020 postponed

Jazzahead 2020 postponed

The organisers of jazzahead! 2020, scheduled to take place in Bremen, Germany, on 23-28 April, have released a statement regarding the cancellation of the industry event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next jazzahead! will take place  a full year later, on 29 April - 2 May 2021.

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Classical:NEXT 2020 postponed

Classical:NEXT 2020 postponed

COVIC-19 pandemic has forced the postponement of Classical:NEXT music industry event, scheduled to take place in Rotterdam on 18-21 May 2020.

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New Zealand's ISCM World New Music Days postponed to 2022

New Zealand's ISCM World New Music Days postponed to 2022

The ISCM World New Music Days 2020, scheduled to be organised in Auckland and Christchurch, NZ, on 21-30 April, has been postponed. The festival with the program planned for this year will most likely be moved to 2022 - a prestigious timing as this will also be the centenary year of the International Society for Contemporary Music. Founded in 1922, the ISCM has grown to include more than 60 organisations in over 50 countries, on every continent. 

Postponement to 2022 is also investigated for the Asian Composers' League festival, originally scheduled to be held in Christchurch coinciding with the end of the dates of the 2020 ISCM World New Music Days.

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A letter from the AMC Board & staff (COVID-19 update)

A letter from the AMC Board & staff (COVID-19 update)

This letter from the AMC's Board and staff to our members and our community was sent out in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic - to keep up-to-date about important information regarding campaigns, policy initiatives and current developments, please follow the AMC's social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter. For news updates, see also the Resonate news feed

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$90K Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award to Ensemble Offspring

$90K Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award to Ensemble Offspring

Sydney-based Ensemble Offspring has won the $90K Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award. Other winners this time around include the Berlin-based director Barrie Kosky, known for his remarkable and daring interpretations of both new and older operatic works, for the Individual Award ($60K); and editor, presenter and steadfast supporter of the arts, Richard Watts (Victoria) for the Facilitator's Prize ($25K). The announcement was made in Melbourne earlier this month.

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Important: AMC's operations from 17 March

Important: AMC's operations from 17 March

As of the afternoon of Tuesday 17 March, we'll be introducing some significant practical changes in the AMC's operations to allow for our staff to work remotely. Our office at the APRA AMCOS building will be closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and all business will operate via email and through the website. The AMC's staff will continue to be there to serve our customers and answer your questions.

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Andrew Schultz appointed Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard

Andrew Schultz appointed Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard

Harvard University has announced the appointment of composer Andrew Schultz as the Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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