Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage NYC and Sounds Australia are thrilled to present the return of THE AUSSIE BBQ SummerStage to Central Park, New York City on Saturday 15 June, in partnership with the American Australian Association.

It’s set to be a huge summer party, and we are so excited to announce that Jebediah, Last Dinosaurs, Northeast Party House, Sheppard, Sycco and Thelma Plum will be performing as part of this year’s show. This is your chance to discover your next favourite Australian act with this unmissable lineup of iconic talent, all for free, from 4pm.

What began 20 years ago in a carpark out the back of Emo’s in Austin, Texas has grown to become recognised globally as the place to discover the next generation of Australian talent. From Brighton to Bangalore, Singapore to SXSW, THE AUSSIE BBQ has been held in venues all around the world, and in June it will once again take place in New York’s Central Park.

Australia’s legendary national radio station triple j will be joining in on the action too, capturing interviews with the artists, chatting to the crowd, and taking stories of the day back home.

So write it in your diaries, add it to your iCal – however you do it, don’t forget to save the date, and we’ll see you in New York City in June.

For more information on the artists, as well as set times for the show, visit http://soundsaustralia.com.au/summerstage-2024

Discover your next favourite Australian artist at this year’s The Great Escape Festival, taking place from May 15-18 in Brighton, UK.

24 Australian acts will make the pilgrimage to the UK in May to play in front of international industry and local music fans keen to see some of the most exciting talent coming out of the country.

The Australians confirmed to showcase at The Great Escape Festival this year are:

Allysha Joy 
Asha Jefferies
Battlesnake
Cat & Calmell
Elsy Wameyo
ENOLA
Forest Claudette 
Full Flower Moon Band
Go-Jo
Gretta Ray
Gut Health
HighSchool
Johnny Hunter
Keiynan Lonsdale
Kobie Dee
Platonic Sex
Radio Free Alice
Rowena Wise
Rum Jungle
Tamara & The Dreams
Teenage Dads
The Belair Lip Bombs
The Buoys
The Southern River Band

For the last 15 years, Sounds Australia has offered the Australian artists an additional opportunity to perform and be discovered at The Great Escape Festival. This year, don’t miss the two Australia Sounds Like showcases, presented in partnership with Tourism Australia and The Australian High Commission UK. On Thursday May 16 from 12-4pm, acts will perform across two stages at Komedia. Then on Saturday May 18, Australian music will take over Brighton Beach, with artists showcasing on three stages from 12-6pm.

Sounds Australia’s showcases have become renowned as the places to see the next generation of Australian artists, such as Amyl & The Sniffers, Budjerah, Confidence Man, Courtney Barnett, Cub Sport, DMA’S, Dune Rats, Gang Of Youths, Julia Jacklin, Mia Wray, Middle Kids, Pacific Avenue, Sampa The Great, Sycco, Tasman Keith, Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers, The Rubens and Tkay Maidza.

Australia’s iconic national radio station triple j will be on ground at The Great Escape Festival to capture content and artist interviews, taking the stories of Australian music success back home to local audiences and fans.

To find out more about all the Australian artists performing at The Great Escape Festival, as well as information on our showcases, visit the Great Escape Festival page on our website.

 

The Australasian Music Publishers’ Association Limited (AMPAL) in partnership with Sounds Australia presents the Music Australia International Conference Contribution – Music Publishers program.

Designed to ease the financial burden for selected Music Publishers who are attending major international music conferences in 2024, ICC funding will financially support selected AMPAL Members wanting to undertake professional development by attending an international trade conference and undertake an invaluable reconnaissance trip.

Applications for events occurring throughout 2024 will be divided into 2 rounds of opening and closing dates:

ROUND 1: Applications open for conferences taking place between May 1, 2024 and July 31, 2024

ROUND 2: Applications open for conferences taking place between August 1, 2024 and December 31, 2024

WHAT DO FUNDING RECIPIENTS RECEIVE

Contributions of up to $5,000 AUD will be awarded to selected Australian-operated music publishers who have been established for a minimum of two years. Funding will help cover essential costs associated with their attendance and international activity at their chosen event, such as travel expenses, accommodation, and event registration costs.

Whilst we realise the majority of music publisher representatives attending these events will be flying in and out of Australia, we understand some may be flying into events from different locations around the world – or already be based near the event location – and therefore they may not require the maximum $5,000 AUD of funding to attend the event. We therefore ask applicants to specify the funding amount they require to attend the event, and only ask for funds required.

Applications for Round 1 close Thursday March 28. For more information, and to apply, head to https://www.ampal.com.au/news-and-events/2024/3/music-australia-international-conference-contribution-publishers

 

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), in partnership with Sounds Australia, presents the Music Australia International Conference Contribution – Independent Labels and Distributors program.

Designed to ease the financial burden for selected Independent Labels and Distributors who are attending major international music conferences in 2024, ICC funding will financially support selected AIR Associate, Full and Australian Distributor members wanting to undertake professional development by attending an international trade conference and undertake an invaluable reconnaissance trip.

Applications for events occurring throughout 2024 will be divided into 2 rounds of opening and closing dates:
ROUND 1: Applications for conferences taking place between May 1 and July 31, 2024
ROUND 2: Applications for conferences taking place between August 1 and December 31, 2024

WHAT DO FUNDING RECIPIENTS RECEIVE?

Contributions of up to $5000 AUD will be awarded to selected Australian-owned and operated independent labels and distributors who have been established for a minimum of two years. Funding will help cover essential costs associated with their attendance and international activity at their chosen event, such as travel expenses, accommodation and event registration costs.

Whilst we realise the majority of label and distributor representatives attending these events will be flying in and out of Australia, and we understand some may be flying into events from different locations around the world – or already be based near the event location – and therefore they may not require the maximum $5000 AUD of funding to attend the event. We therefore ask applicants to specify the funding amount they require to attend the event and only ask for funds required.

HOW MANY APPLICANTS WILL BE FUNDED?

There is no predetermined number of funding recipients. The number of applicants who receive funding will depend on how much funding is available per round, and the strength of applications received.

Please note that only one person per label/distributor will be funded.

Applications for Round 1 close this Friday March 22. For more information, and to apply, head to https://air.org.au/maicc/

 

Sounds Australia, AIR, ARIA and the PPCA are now seeking expressions of interest from Australian independent labels, publishers and distributors to take part in a delegation to attend Indie Week 2024, an independent music-focused conference hosted by A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) from June 10 – 13, 2024 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Times Square in New York City.

A2IM Indie Week is a three-day international conference and networking event aimed at maximising the global impact of Independent music. Featuring keynotes, panels, exclusive networking sessions, and more, the conference has historically drawn an attendance of over 1200 participants from 28 countries. A2IM Indie Week has been running for over 15 years, and is the largest independent music gathering in the world

Indie Week is a member-only conference for record labels and service providers with a strong focus on the exploitation of master recordings, licensing, networking and digital. AIR & Sounds Australia have led Australian delegations to Indie Week since 2013 and we have again been extended an invitation to lead a delegation to Indie Week in 2024.

Sounds Australia will be contributing registration costs for successful applicants – up to the value of $549.99 USD.

Outside of A2IM Indie Week, the Australian delegation will be involved in exclusive networking events and visits to DSPs based in New York City.

Due to limited capacity, we ask all interested parties to show an expression of interest by filling out this survey BY TUESDAY MARCH 26 2024. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE SURVEY


In trying to ensure that attendees get the most benefit from the conference, we have set some minimum requirements. You will need to satisfy these requirements for your application to be considered. They are as follows:

• Australian attendees are responsible for booking and funding all flights, transfers, insurance and accommodation themselves.

• To apply a label must be an associate, full or distributor member of AIR, an independent member of ARIA, or an Australian independent licensor of PPCA. Due to limited capacity and the small number of invitations, all attending Australian labels must have a catalogue of at least five albums and represent the music of at least three artists. It is expected that they are digitally pro-active and are doing business internationally.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility please contact Maria Amato via email maria@air.org.au

The Australian delegation to Indie Week will be co-ordinated by AIR and supported by Sounds Australia, ARIA and PPCA.

 

Next month, 30 Australian acts will travel to Austin, Texas to showcase in front of music industry from across the world at South By Southwest.

Sounds Australia will produce two showcases at AUSTRALIA HOUSE @ SXSW 2024 presented by The American Australian Association. Located at 77 Rainey St, Sounds Australia’s official showcases offer a chance for those at SXSW to discover a raft of exciting Australian talent. Taking place on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March, acts will play across two stages from 11am until 6:30pm, highlighting the diverse array of sounds and genres coming out of Australia.

Having previously partnered in 2018, we are thrilled to have BIGSOUND back in AUSTRALIA HOUSE @ SXSW. Held annually in Brisbane, BIGSOUND is one of Australia’s premier music showcase festivals, and in 2024 they will host The BIGSOUND Brunch on Friday 15th March from 10am – 3pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the music industry from Australia as well as see some of the incredible artists who have previously showcased at the event.

We’re incredibly excited that our iconic national radio station triple j will be joining us at SXSW 2024 to capture content and artist interviews, and taking the stories of Australian music success back home to local audiences and fans.

Opening on the Monday of SXSW, AUSTRALIA HOUSE @ SXSW is an all-encompassing Australian experience featuring technology showcases, music performances, keynote speakers and interactive displays by some of Australia’s leading experts in the film, music, thought and innovation sectors. The multi-day activation includes multiple opportunities to engage in panel discussions, showcases and unique food, wine and tourism experiences.

SHOWCASES

THURSDAY 14TH MARCH
Australia House, 77 Rainey St Austin

Back Yard Stage

11.15 – 11.40am Flewnt & Inkabee
12.00 – 12.25pm Anna Smyrk
12.45 – 1.10pm Keenan Te
1.30 – 1.55pm William Singe
2.15 – 2.40pm Jess Cornelius
3.00 – 3.25pm The Belair Lip Bombs
3.45 – 4.10pm dust
4.30 – 4.55pm breathe.
5.15 – 5.40pm HighSchool
6.00 – 6.25pm Girl & Girl

Front Yard Stage

1.10 – 1.35pm Georgia Maq
1.55 – 2.20pm
 Jamie-Lee Dimes
2.40 – 3.05pm Mia June
3.25 – 3.50pm Emily Barker
4.10 – 4.35pm Alexander Biggs
4.55 – 5.20pm Sui Zhen
5.40 – 6.05pm Miss Kaninna

FRIDAY 15TH MARCH
Australia House, 77 Rainey St Austin

Back Yard Stage

The BIGSOUND Brunch:
11.15 – 11.40am Alexander Biggs
12.00 – 12.25pm Bones and Jones
12.45 – 1.10pm Asha Jefferies
1.30 – 1.55pm Yb.
2.15 – 2.40pm Carla Geneve

3.00 – 3.25pm Miss Kaninna
3.45 – 4.10pm Forest Claudette
4.30 – 4.55pm Folk Bitch Trio
5.15 – 5.40pm Alice Ivy
6.00 – 6.25pm Sycco

Front Yard Stage

2.40 – 3.05pm Great Aunt
3.25 – 3.50pm Elle Shimada
4.10 – 4.35pm Ivoris
4.55 – 5.20pm Wesley Dean
5.40 – 6.05pm Flewnt & Inkabee

In association with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office (NATSIMO) and the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA), Sounds Australiawill present Gettin’ Gone: A Country Music Export Workshop at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Friday 26 January.

The growth and commercialisation in country music over the past few years has seen it become one of the most popular genres in the world. The opportunities for Australian country artists to tap into the global market and build an international career are becoming more accessible – but at the same time, there have never been more challenges: whether it’s shifting trends, increasing costs of doing business, or an abundance of musical competition.

Hosted by Glenny G and Dom Alessio from Sounds Australia, this export workshop will help to put you, your artist or your music business in the best position to grow your international presence. There will be two parts to the workshop: first up, a Sounds Australia Export Masterclass, where you’ll learn more about what Sounds Australia does, why they exist, and how you can use their showcases and networking events to further your international career. Plus, you’ll get advice on how to best prepare for showcasing internationally, as well as learning about all the funding opportunities available to you.

The second part of the workshop will feature a panel of experts in the country music space who will give you a realistic look at what it takes as an Australian artist to rise through the noise internationally.

Moderated by Natalie Waller from ABC Music, the panel will feature Roxanne Brown (manager, Troy Cassar-Daley), Megan Hopkins (KIX Country Network), Johnno Keetels (BIG LOUD), Fanny Lumsden and Stef Russin (TEG Live).

This event is designed for artists, songwriters and industry of every level working in the Country, Americana, Folk and Singer-Songwriter spaces. Attendance is completely free, but registration is essential: https://events.humanitix.com/tamworth-export-masterclass

Gettin’ Gone: A Country Music Export Workshop will be held at the Tamworth Community Centre in the Heritage Room, beginning at 9am and running until 12:30pm. 

9:00am – 9:30am General networking with coffee and pastries
9:30am – 10:30am
 Sounds Australia Export Masterclass
10:40am – 12:00pm
 Panel: A Realistic Look At Making It Internationally
12:00pm – 12:30pm
 Q&A (Dom and Glenn)

About the role

Sounds Australia is looking to hire someone (permanent, full time) to join our compact team, preferably in the Ultimo office, however candidates from outside of Sydney will be considered.

We are a small team who work very collaboratively, driven by the goal of fast-tracking Australian music success internationally.

We are looking for someone with at least 5 years’ experience in the music industry who has the ability to travel to domestic and international showcase events where necessary.

Candidates should be detail driven and systems oriented, with competency in photo and video editing (Photoshop, Premier Pro, Illustrator) with proficiency in social media applications to build brand presence and engagement.

Genre specific candidates welcome, especially those with a background or expertise in the Asian or LATAM region, dance/electronic music.

Objectives

      • To raise the profile and visibility of Australian artists and industry in key international markets.
      • To encourage, develop and maintain positive and constructive working relationships with key industry and government partners and stakeholders.
      • Provide the best possible showcase environment for Australian artists to secure international outcomes.
      • To provide industry value-add networking and business matching opportunities at international events.
      • To share and present international music market intelligence through a series of local export training practices.
      • Represent Sounds Australia at international market events where required.

Key responsibilities

      • Encourage, develop and maintain positive and constructive working relationships with key international personnel and businesses for the purposes of promoting Australian music offshore.
      • Assist in coordinating and implementing showcase and networking events at international conferences and festivals.
      • Provide resources, information, insights and advice to support the Australian Music Industry in their export activities.
      • Contribute to the monitoring, developing and reporting on all initiatives relating to the role during the annual acquittal periods.
      • Contribute to the development of promotional strategies and content around Sounds Australia’s international market presence at conferences and festivals.
      • Contributing to the Sounds Australia website and social media channels.
      • General reporting to the Executive Producer on all aspects of the role.

Skills & experience:

      • At least 5 years’ experience in the music industry.
      • Demonstrate ability to establish and maintain strong connections and collaborations within the music industry across various genres and markets, facilitating partnerships, promotions, and strategic alliances
      • Demonstrated experience in working across different music markets, including local, and international, understanding the unique dynamics and preferences of specific territories.
      • Current knowledge of the international and domestic music industry, with a particular focus on export markets.
      • Experience and knowledge in specific music genres demonstrating an understanding of nuances, history, and trends.**Preferred, but not required

Competencies:

      • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively articulate ideas, actively listen, and convey information clearly and concisely to team members and partners.
      • Demonstrated capability to prioritise tasks effectively, manage deadlines, and allocate time efficiently to accomplish various responsibilities.
      • Ability to create and implement organised systems, workflows, or processes that streamline tasks and enhance productivity.
      • Initiative and problem solving skills within a team setting, offering innovative solutions and working towards consensus-driven outcomes.
      • Works collaboratively demonstrating a strong commitment to teamwork with the ability to build effective partnerships with colleagues, stakeholders, and external entities to foster on-going mutual respect and trust
      • Capacity to think critically and problem-solve effectively while under pressure, making timely decisions to ensure tasks are completed on time.
      • Capable of juggling multiple tasks without compromising quality, maintaining attention to detail across various simultaneous responsibilities.
      • Uses resources (intellectual, material, time, technological) in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
      • Competency in photo and video editing (Photoshop, Premier Pro and Illustrator)
      • Proficiency in social media applications to build brand presence and engagement

To apply for this role please submit a short cover letter outlining why you would be suitable for this role and a current resume via Bamboo.

While this role is one that requires specific skills and experience, we are encouraging people from all diverse groups who are interested in this position to put an application in, even if they’re not sure if they meet every single bit of the selection criteria.

For more information on this role, please feel free to contact Esti Zilber, Executive Producer Sounds Australia (ezilber@soundsaustralia.com.au)

Applications close: 8 January 2024

Sounds Australia is pleased to announce that Esti Zilber will be promoted to the role of Executive Producer for the national music export body, following the news of Millie Millgate’s appointment as the inaugural Director of Music Australia.

Esti joined Sounds Australia in 2010 and has worked closely with Millie for over ten years to develop and deliver Sounds Australia’s program around the world. Her work with inbound buyers across Australia’s domestic music conferences has seen thousands of invaluable connections made between international industry and local artists and managers.

In 2021 and 2022, Esti managed Sounds Australia’s Export Stimulus Program, which saw $1.2 million distributed across three rounds to over 320 individuals. The targeted support assisted Australian artists, crew and music professionals to realise significant career-defining moments in global markets and earn much needed income after 18 months of cancelled work due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Esti has been such an integral part of the growth of Sounds Australia over the last 13 years and I’m truly excited for the future of the program knowing what a compassionate and formidable leader she will be. Sounds Australia is in extremely safe hands.” Millie Millgate

“It’s a privilege to follow in Millie’s footsteps, building on the pathways she has forged to deliver international success for many of our industry’s most recognisable exports. I look forward to embracing this next chapter in my career and leading the Sounds Australia team as we brace ourselves for the new frontiers in promoting Australia’s music globally.

“I am so proud of the incredible talent this country produces and am excited to be stepping up to ensure their stories continue to be amplified on the world’s stages and receive the commercial outcomes and accolades they so greatly deserve.” Esti Zilber

Esti will begin as Executive Producer from Monday 20 November 2023, with Sounds Australia commencing a recruitment process imminently.

 

 

On Tuesday 7 November at 5:30pm AEDT Sounds Australia will be presenting a virtual version of our Export Masterclass, in partnership with APRA AMCOS.

In this webinar you’ll learn more about what we do, why we exist, and how you can use our showcases and networking events to further your international career. Plus, you’ll get advice on how to best prepare for showcasing internationally, as well as learning about all the funding opportunities available to you.

If you weren’t able to attend one of our export masterclasses in person this year then this one is for you. It’s free to attend but registration is essential.

APRA AMCOS Insights: Sounds Australia
Thursday November 7
Online
5:30pm – 7:00pm AEDT
Register here