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The Australian Women in Music Awards + all the biggest industry headlines – Mixdown Magazine

Words of Christie Eliezer

Shazam Now provides concert and tour information, MEAA responds to the federal budget, and more!

Are you out of touch with what’s going on in the music industry lately? We don’t blame you. Here’s a wrap-up of all the biggest Australian music industry news from the past week.

Top headlines:

  • The Women in Music Awards make a comeback, but the gender balance still isn’t there.
  • Shazam Now provides concert and tour information.
  • The MEAA is not happy with the federal budget allocation for the entertainment sector.

Stay up to date with the latest industry news here.

Australian Women in Music Awards return while new report confirms more gender imbalance

After a COVID-induced hiatus, the Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) returns in May with a conference component looking at women and hip hop, workplace safety and sexual harassment, and youth and mental health.

The keynote speaker ‘In conversation’ is Tina Arena with Yumi Stynes, who also pays tribute to this year’s Honor Roll recipient Olivia Newton-John.

For the Tina Arena Special Impact Award are Frontier Touring’s Sahara Herald, musician and educator Sonja Horbelt and arts consultant and radio presenter Dina Basil.

Others include Lifetime Achievement, Variety, Humanitarian, Classical, Leadership, Music Journalist and Photographer.

Nominated for the studio production are Antonia Gaussi of Studio 301, Becky Whitten of the Rolling Stock Recording Room, and Alice Ivy.

Speaking of production, a new US study on a thousand songs of billboard The Hot 100 in 2021, found that female producers made up only 3.9 percent of the pool.

No one was nominated for producer of the year at the Grammys.

Inclusion in the recording studio?, On Gender Equality in the Biz by Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

Of the 180 artists on the chart, 23.3 percent were women. (No artists identified as gender non-conforming or non-binary in 2021). Only 14.4 percent of songwriters were women.

Over the past ten years, women were more likely to appear as songwriters on dance/electronic songs (20.5 percent) and pop (19.1 percent), and in hip hop/rap (6.4 percent) and R&B/soul (9.4) was the least likely. Percent).

Australian acts get global boost from Fender

Australians Budjerah and May-A made Fender’s fourth Fender Next list of 25 emerging artists from around the world “Advancing Guitar in Music and Culture”. 850 had applied for the programme.

They get Fender gear, video, marketing support and the opportunity to feature in Fender commercials and events for 10 million customers around the world.

Past Oz winners were Lime Cordiale, Elijah and the Delusionals, Skaggs, Stand Atlantic and Running Touch.

Do NSW fans and musicians with disabilities have the space they deserve?

Music venues are eager to cater to artists and patrons with disabilities. One in five Australians has one. But MusicNSW’s new Music Accessibility Project Pilot Report found that there is much more to improve and came up with a number of recommendations to improve accessibility.

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Some of these are relatively low or no cost, others will require significant capital works.

Some examples were main entrances that were inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities, toilets accessible only via stairs, no lower section of bar counters for wheelchairs, no hearing loops, or step-free access to the platform. Was.

Digital accessibility is where venue access really begins, as online is where people go to access information to determine whether or not a gig will be accessed for them or how to plan.

Of the 20 locations, only 25 percent had information about accessibility, captioning or alternative text or image descriptions.

The project was funded by the City of Sydney and managed by disabled musician and Access consultant Morena Colette, with project partners Accessible Arts, Attitude Is Everything (UK) and Patternmaker. Watch the video below.

Recommendations include councils offering grants for capital works and places to actively provide programs. Musicians with disabilities earn 42 percent less because of fewer job and network opportunities.

Falls Victoria is seeing large crowds at new site

Falls Victoria’s passage from Lorne to the Pennyroyal Plains, 60 km southwest of Geelong, would allow it to double its attendance from its current number of 17,500.

The applications filed with Kolak Otway Shire show that the promoters want this figure to be 25 thousand in 2022-23 and 35 thousand by the third year.

Shazam now offering concert and tour information

Apple-owned music recognition app Shazam since 2018 now provides concert and tour information for its 225 million monthly users after integration with Bandsintown.

Users, or Shazaming, searching for a song are shown information on local concerts and ticket details, which they can share and add to their calendar.

Bandsintown has 68 million users and over 560 thousand artists, managers, labels and booking agents.

Another Australian writer cracks a billion streams

Another Australian songwriter broke a billion streams. London-based John Courtidis co-wrote “Head and Heart” by UK artists Joel Corey and MNEK, which released in July 2020.

It was number one in the UK, Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands.

It peaked at number two in Australia, spent 26 weeks in the top 10, went platinum six times and was the most streamed song written by an Australian on streaming services in fiscal year 20–21.

APRA added Courtidis to its 1,000,000,000 list for Arab streamers.

Music folk in the court

Music lovers in Caloundra, Queensland, had strange reasons to end up in court.

A 24-year-old painter admitted that he crashed his car and died drunk on the streets because he was “deeply disappointed” as the Wiggles won Triple J’s Hottest 100 and Triple J left the party.

As Courier Mail reports, he was fined $1100 and disqualified for 13 months.

A 41-year-old panel beater was fined $1650 for throwing a tantrum at the Kaloundra Music Festival after being told by a COVID marshal to wear a proper mask and that his fishing sun protector was not suitable.

Four cops were called, and he tried to scratch and kick them, as reported by the Courier Mail.

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Study: Time of day determines song priority

A new study from Aarhus University in Denmark concluded that the time of day determines our preferences for the songs we want to hear.

Based on four million songs on Spotify, the researchers concluded that we usually start out with something slow, country or classical.

As the day progresses, the trend is somewhat faster and faster, like AC/DC or Metalcore.

And the ‘mid’ song you can listen to at any time of the day? The soothing source, ‘Every breath you take’, to police chase and control 1983.

“It just has a little bit of magical about it, the straight rhythm and drums and rather pleasant melodic lines,” said the lead researcher, adding that it was good background music but with enough elements not to be elevator music.

QMusic unveils safety and diversity advisory group

Peak Queensland music association QMusic has unveiled its new Safety and Diversity Advisory Group (QSDAG) members.

It will provide insight and advice on how QMusic programs can be more inclusive and safe for women, First Nations, and LGBTQIA+ artists and industry people, as well as work with venues and key stakeholders to ensure their safety needs are doing.

It is chaired by Bridget DiFerdinando (Neuroleadership Institute), Kat Clark (Zoo Club), Shan Ross-Smith (Met, DVConnect), DJ and radio presenters Demila, Thelma Plum, and ARIA-winning music photographer and security advocate Michelle Pitiris. . Zoe Davis of Cube Sport.

QMusic recently participated in a roundtable with Queensland Attorney General Shannon Fentyman to discuss various programs that could be aligned to help ensure women’s safety in music and hospitality venues.

The association’s Concert Care initiative, launched at the Big Summer Block Party late last year, will be expanded to other QMusic events.

The entertainment business slammed the federal budget

The entertainment sector has made it clear that the federal budget has fallen short of the mark for their needs. Live Performance Australia said the sector still faced several challenges in its revival, calling for courses to address the skills shortfall, tax incentives to boost investment and a national insurance for promoters. Project.

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), which represents the majority of arts activists, pointed out that despite its efforts to “sustain the imagination”, the federal government “a pattern of disregard for the arts and a lack of vision”. was continuing.

MEAA analysis of the budget shows that allocation for regional arts will drop from $18 million this year to $7.5 million next year, with a cut from $195 million to $150 million for film and television and 109.9 million for Screen Australia. Will. dollars to $98.3 million.

Community Radio’s $20.5 million in funding was retained at its “critical baseline” but would work with the government to bring it down to $25 million.

See the full response of the Ministry of External Affairs here.

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