Music industry pushes for live music insurance + all of the industry’s biggest hits of the week


By Christie Eliezer

Additionally, more and more brands are committing to perform for Australian music, the response to the Four Corners talk on Sony and more!

Are you not up to date with everything that has been going on in the music industry recently? We don’t blame you. Here is a recap of all of the biggest news in the Australian music industry from the past fifteen weeks.

Headlines :

  • Music industry reacts to Four Corners presentation on Sony.
  • Big brands are joining forces with the Our Soundtrack Our Stories movement.
  • Push biz to bring the assurance of live music to parliament.

Keep your eyes peeled on our Industry News page to stay up to date on all the latest headlines.

More and more big brands are supporting Australian music

Commonwealth Bank, Nissan Australia and Bonds are the latest to pledge to support local music.

In August, after an Instagram post by Jack Rivers that has now reached 340,000 views, the music industry launched its Our Soundtrack Our Stories campaign to get big brands to give her a profile as she struggled during the pandemic. .

First, Channel 7, Qsic, 7Eleven, Coles, Channel 10, Rebel Sport and Bank Australia.

Annabelle Herd, CEO of ARIA and PPCA, said: “The support from the corporate sector in our country has been truly amazing to see, even more astonishing is that it shows no signs of slowing down, with many announcements to to come. “

Commonwealth Bank’s new StepPay campaign features Confidence Man and Sycco, after working with Thelma Plum and Birds of Tokyo last year.

Its head of marketing and corporate affairs, Monique Macleod, said: “We know the pandemic has been a difficult time for all Australians, especially those in the music and arts industries. We are proud to play a small role in promoting greater representation of Australian artists. “

After committing to 100% local music in all national dealerships, Nissan Australia further moved to “a new local Spotify playlist accessible by QR code for customers, further enhancing the brand experience through music.”

“One of the major components of Nissan Radio is that it is heavily influenced by artists from Australia and New Zealand.”

Underwear and clothing brand Bonds is committed to listing all local music in its stores across Australia.

Its Marketing Director, Kelly McBride, said: “At Bonds, supporting local artists has long been in our DNA. We couldn’t be more excited to support Our Soundtrack Our Stories with our 100% Australian Artist Playlist, which will be playing in Bonds stores nationwide.

Music on the 2022 slate by Seven

Seven will offer a lot of music in 2022, the network has revealed in its schedule to advertisers.

These include The Voice (which drew 1 million viewers for each episode this year and 2.42 million for the grand finale), The Voice: Generations, Australian Idol (back after 12 years of sleep) and Australia’s Got Talent.

Special events will be the 64th Grammys and the 94th Oscars.

Music industry responds to Four Corners presentation on Sony

The ramifications of Four corners’ Exposure of Sony Music Australia’s “toxic” and “intimidating” culture for decades under the leadership of its sacked CEO / Chairman Denis Handlin has been swift.

ARIA, where Handlin served as longtime chairman, issued a statement: “No one should feel unsafe, harassed, discriminated against or bullied in the workplace.

“ARIA will continue to work for safety, inclusion and equality across the music industry, especially through the process of cultural change that began in May of this year. “

APRA AMCOS, which presented Handlin in 2009 with its outstanding service to Australian music, called the program a “distressing and disheartening viewing” and reaffirmed its desire “to be part of a music industry that respects a standard. high level of professional respect, conduct and integrity, and does not tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment or intimidation.

“We recognize and accept that there is still a lot of work to be done in this space. “

Some executives have asked Handlin to have his musical honors withdrawn as well as his medal of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2005 and Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2017.

The committee behind the medals has confirmed that it will not act. But Queensland’s top music association QMusic has revoked the honorary award it bestowed on Brisbane-raised Handlin at the 2020 Queensland Music Awards.

“Following the continued reports of systemic bullying, discrimination and misconduct under Handlin’s leadership, we cannot allow QMusic to recognize and celebrate his career,” they said.

“Toxic workplaces, whether in the office, in the boardroom, on stage or behind, have no future in Australian music.

“We cannot and must not accept or celebrate this kind of culture. The future of music must be a secure, united and equitable future for all.

Among the allegations made on the TV show that drew 600,000 subway viewers – and denied by Handlin – were bullying, harassment, intimidation and abuse over the decades.

A staff member who was attacked in the washroom by a naked executive walked away with a payment of $ 80,000 while the assailant remained.

The staff were followed by private investigators, and a public relations manager was asked to show her breasts to radio officials as part of a promotional gimmick after the “model” hired to do so failed to show up. is not presented.

The Kid Laroi / Tame Impala collaboration?

Two unsubtitled black-and-white photos posted to Instagram Stories by The Kid Laroi of him in a studio with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker have hinted that a collaboration could appear on Kid’s debut album next year.

Meanwhile, her duet with Justin Bieber, ‘Stay’, topped the US charts for its sixth week. It is linked to 1983’s “Say, Say, Say” by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson for the third longest edition of two co-billed male artists.

At seven weeks, it’s Stevie Wonder and McCartney’s 1982 “Ebony & Ivory”. They still have a long way to go to catch up with Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ (feat. Bieber) with 16 weeks in 2017.

KISS For Darwin?

When KISS finally tours Australia in 2022, they will also be heading to Darwin. 20-year-old fan Charlie Mavros has started a petition on Change.org to get enough signatures for the tour promoter to review.

The push has the blessing of Mayor Kon Vatskalis who said he would make the same effort as when he got Elton John to play there.

New home for TheMusic.com.au

TheMusic.com.au was acquired by Brisbane-based SGC Media. Its former owner was Handshake Media of Melbourne, which created it from the merger of Drum Media (Sydney and Perth), Inpress (Melbourne) and Time Off (Brisbane).

SGC Media has not indicated what changes it will make, but it may well restart the music industry repertoire Handshake bought from Phil Tripp’s Immedia! when it was an essential contact resource.

Bomba gets the drum

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer and songwriter Nicky bomba has a great deal for anyone who pre-orders his October 22nd album Food & Shelter. They will be eligible to win a Gretsch Catalina Club Drum Kit and UFIP Cymbals with additional prizes like vinyl testing with custom artwork, a limited edition framed photo of Nicky’s artwork from her “Sunflower Sounds” exhibition, and Nicky Bomba pencil sticks, t-shirts and tea towel.

Biz pushes for insurance of musical events

The music industry has pushed the Australian government to follow the UK government’s lead in working with insurers to underwrite major music events and tours that are canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.

The federal government has invested money in the industry to get it back on the road, but it needs such a program to be sure it is moving forward. WA and Tasmania have introduced versions of this, but due to state borders being closed, the program must be national.

Sarah Hanson-Young of the Greens decided to legislate Federal insurance guarantee for live performances.

She said: “The live performance industry is not asking for help, it is asking for a product that is just not available right now so they can plan concerts, festivals and events with confidence. that they will not continue to take massive financial blows with continued restrictions and blockages.

“This situation is not unique to Australia and yet the Morrison government is sitting on its hands as the governments of the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and other countries underwrite regimes. insurance for their live music and entertainment industries. “

On October 14, artists, promoters, artist directors and music associations addressed a Senate committee to convey the urgency.

Fuzzy promoters, for example, explained how they went in 12 months from a thriving business to one that would switch if there was another cancellation.

Their co-founder Adelle Robinson has revealed that a sudden cancellation of the Sydney portion of the 35,000-capacity Listen Out festival will cost her $ 4 million.

Parliament is due to vote on this issue in November.

Watch the Four corners In front of the music documentary here.


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