The Australian Women in Music Awards Return + All the Biggest Tracks in the Industry
Lyrics by Christie Eliezer
Shazam now features concert and tour information, MEAA responds to federal budget, and more!
Not up to date with all the recent happenings in the music industry? We don’t blame you. Here’s a roundup of all the biggest Australian music industry news from the past week.
- The Women in Music Awards are coming back, but the gender balance is still not there.
- Shazam now offers concert and tour information.
- The MEAA is not satisfied with the federal budget allocation to the entertainment sector.
Keep up to date with the latest industry news here.
Australian Women in Music Awards return as new report confirms greater gender imbalance
After a COVID-induced hiatus, the Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) returns in May with the conference component on Women and Hip Hop, Workplace Safety and Sexual Harassment, and Youth and Mental Health.
The “in conversation” keynote is Yumi Stynes with Tina Arena, who also pays tribute to this year’s honor roll recipient Olivia Newton-John.
For the Tina Arena Special Impact Award, Sahara Herald of Frontier Touring, musician and educator Sonja Horbelt and arts consultant and radio host Dina Bassile.
Others cover Lifetime Achievement, Diversity, Humanitarian, Classical, Leadership, Music Journalist and Photographer, among others.
The studio production nominees are Antonia Gauci of Studio 301, Becki Whitton of Rolling Stock Recording Rooms and Alice Ivy.
Speaking of production, a new American study of a thousand songs on Billboard Hot 100 in 2021, found that female producers made up just 3.9% of the pool.
None were nominated for Producer of the Year at the Grammys.
Inclusion in the recording studio?, on gender equality in business is by Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative
Of the 180 artists on the list, 23.3% were women. (No artists identified as gender-nonconforming or non-binary in 2021). Only 14.4% of songwriters were women.
Over the past ten years, women were most likely to appear as songwriters in dance/electronic (20.5%) and pop (19.1%) songs, and least likely in hip hop/rap (6.4%) and R&B/soul (9.4%). percent).
Australian artists get a global boost from Fender
Aussies Budjerah and MAY-A made Fender’s fourth Fender Next list of 25 emerging artists around the world “moving the guitar forward in music and culture.” 850 applied to the program.
They receive Fender gear, videos, marketing support for 10 million customers worldwide, and the opportunity to be featured in Fender commercials and events.
Previous Oz winners were Lime Cordiale, Eliza & The Delusionals, Skeggs, Stand Atlantic and Running Touch.
Do NSW fans and musos with a disability get the rooms they deserve?
Concert halls are eager to welcome artists and patrons with disabilities. One in five Australians owns one. But the new from MusicNSW Music Accessibility Project Pilot Report found that there was still much to improve and offered a number of recommendations to improve accessibility.
Some of them are relatively inexpensive or free, others would require major capital works.
Some examples were main entrances inaccessible to people with reduced mobility, washrooms accessible only by stairs, no lowered section of the bar counter for wheelchairs, no hearing loops or no-step access to the stage.
Digital accessibility is the starting point for venue access, because online people access information to determine whether (or not) a concert will be accessible to them or how to plan.
Of 20 sites, only 25% had information on accessibility, captioning, or alternative description of text or image.
This project was funded by the City of Sydney and managed by disabled musician and access consultant Morwenna Collett, with Accessible Arts project partners Attitude Is Everything (UK) and Patternmakers. See the video below.
Recommendations include councils offering grants for capital works and venues to actively provide concerts. Musicians with disabilities earn 42% less due to fewer employment and networking opportunities.
Victoria Falls attracts more and more people to the new site
The relocation of Falls Victoria from Lorne to Pennyroyal Plains, 60km south-west of Geelong, will see it double its attendance from its current number of 17,500.
Applications filed with promoters of the Colac Otway Shire show want the figure to rise to 25,000 in 2022-23 and 35,000 in the third year.
Shazam now offers concert and tour information
Shazam, the music recognition app owned by Apple since 2018, now provides concert and tour information to its 225 million monthly users, following integration with Bandsintown.
Users searching or Shazaming a song receive information about local gigs and ticket details, which they can share and add to their calendars.
Bandsintown has 68 million users and serves over 560,000 artists, managers, labels and booking agents.
Another Aussie writer cracks a billion streams
Another Australian songwriter has cracked a billion streams. London-based John Courtidis co-wrote UK artists Joel Corry and MNEK’s ‘Head & Heart’, which was released in July 2020.
It was number one in the UK, Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands.
In Australia, it reached number two, spent 26 weeks in the top 10, went six times platinum and was the most streamed song written by an Australian on streaming services in fiscal year 20-21. .
APRA inducted Courtidis into its 1,000,000,000 list for a billion streamers.
Folk music in court
Music fans in Caloundra, Queensland had the strangest reasons to end up in court.
A painter, 24, has admitted he was in a car accident and passed out drunk on the street because he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ the Wiggles won the triple j’s Hottest 100 and that he was kicked out of a triple j party.
He was fined $1,100 and disqualified for 13 months, the Courier Mail reported.
A 41-year-old panel drummer has been fined $1,650 for throwing a tantrum at Caloundra Music Festival after being told by a COVID marshal to wear an appropriate mask and that his fishing sunscreen was n was not suitable.
Four cops were called, and he tried to scratch and kick them, the Courier Mail also reports.
Study: Time of Day Determines Song Preferences
A new study from the University of Aarhus in Denmark has concluded that the time of day determines our preferences for the songs we want to listen to.
Based on four million songs on Spotify, the researchers concluded that we usually start with something slow, country or classic.
As the day progresses, the trend is towards something louder and faster, like AC/DC or metalcore.
And the “middle” song that you can listen to at any time of the day? The police’s soothing 1983 ode to harassment and control, “Every Breath You Take.”
“It just has something a little bit magical, the rhythm straight and the drums and the melodic lines quite nice,” said the principal researcher, adding that it was good background music but with enough elements not to not be elevator music.
QMusic Unveils Safety and Diversity Advisory Group
Peak Queensland music association QMusic has unveiled the members of its new Safety and Diversity Advisory Group (QSDAG).
He will provide information and advice on how QMusic events can be more inclusive and safer for women, First Nations and LGBTQIA+ artists and people in the industry, also working with venues and major stakeholders to meet their security needs.
It is chaired by ARIA-winning music photographer and safety advocate Michelle Pitiris, along with Bridgette DiFerdinando (neuroleadership institute), Cat Clarke (the zoo club), Shaan Ross-Smith (MATE, DVConnect), DJ and radio host Dameeeela, Thelma Plum and Zoe Davis of Cub Sport.
QMusic recently participated in a roundtable with Queensland Attorney General Shannon Fentiman to discuss different programs that could be aligned to help keep women safe in music and hospitality settings.
The association’s Concert Care initiative rolled out at the Big Summer Block Party late last year will be expanded to other QMusic events.
The entertainment industry attacks the federal budget
The entertainment industry has made it clear that the federal budget is not meeting its needs. Live Performance Australia said the sector still faced many challenges in its recovery, calling for courses to overcome the skills shortage, tax incentives to stimulate investment and a national insurance scheme for promoters.
The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA), which represents most arts workers, pointed out that despite its efforts to “keep the fiction going,” the federal government continues “a pattern of neglect and lack of vision. for the arts”.
MEAA budget analysis finds regional arts allocation will rise from $18m this year to $7.5m next year, for film and TV from $195m to $150m , and for Screen Australia will be reduced from $109.9 million to $98.3 million.
Community radio funding of $20.5 million was kept at its “critical threshold”, but will work with the government to increase it to $25 million.
See MEAA’s full response here.