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

Sounds Australia, in partnership with The Association of Artist Managers (AAM), is thrilled to announce Round 2 of the Manager’s International Conference Contribution (MICC): ADE + WOMEX Edition 2023

This second 2023 edition of the MICC program follows Round 1, which centred around the Reeperbahn Festival, Germany this September, and will see 15 managers each receive $5000 AUD of funding support to attend the conference. MICC funding aims to help managers overcome the financial difficulties of getting to market and build important international export pathways for Australian artists.

This new MICC Round 2 will provide funding support for selected AAM manager members to attend either ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) – which takes place in Amsterdam, Netherlands from Oct 18-22 – or WOMEX (Worldwide Music Expo) in Galicia, Spain from Oct 25-29.

Selected AAM artist manager members who wish to attend ADE or WOMEX – with or without a showcasing artist – will each receive $5000 AUD, to contribute to costs associated with their international activity at the event, including their flights, accommodation, ticketing or admission and other associated costs.

Centering around select key global music events like ADE or WOMEX, MICC is designed to ease the financial burden for selected artist manager funding recipients, so they have the capacity to undertake a reconnaissance trip, to build international industry networks, export in-roads and learn more about international markets, leveraging the activities, networking and professional development opportunities of ADE or WOMEX.

Please note that for this round of MICC funding, all artist managers will need to submit an EOI – regardless of whether or not they have a confirmed showcasing act performing at ADE and/or WOMEX, or have already purchased a delegate registration badge – if they wish to be considered for MICC funding. Only a limited number of applicants will be selected via the EOI process and all successful applicants must meet the eligibility criteria. Please ensure you have read the eligibility criteria and T&C’s on the program webpage before applying.

“‘Go before you show’ is a mantra the Sounds Australia team has been preaching for years – even more so during the last few weeks as we’ve presented our Export Masterclass in Adelaide, Melbourne, Darwin and Brisbane. We truly appreciate though that this is easier said than done, especially with respect to the monetary commitment required. To help ease the burden and ensure Australian career managers have the chance to experience some of the world’s premier international conference events, we’re continuing to financially invest to firm up their attendance at both ADE and WOMEX this October.” – Millie Millgate, Executive Producer of Sounds Australia

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN, AND WILL CLOSE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 10, MIDNIGHT AEST.
PLEASE VISIT AAM.ORG.AU/MICC2023ADEWOMEX FOR FULL INFORMATION INCLUDING ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND t&cS.

ABOUT ADE
OCT 18 – 22
ADE – Amsterdam Dance Event – is the most upfront, influential and educational gathering for electronic music and its industry. With its conference, festival and educational breeding ground, ADE is able to create a solid foundation for future generations of electronic music professionals. The event attracts a total of more than 1,000 events in nearly 200 locations across its multidisciplinary program; for five days and nights, the city of Amsterdam truly breathes electronic music.

ABOUT WOMEX
OCT 25 – 29
WOMEX – Worldwide Music Expo – is the most international, culturally diverse music meeting in the world, and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and showcase concerts.
Over 2,600 professionals (including 260 performing artists) come together every October from 90 countries. Its diverse musical spectrum embraces folk, roots, jazz, local and diaspora cultures as much as urban and electronic sounds from all over the globe. WOMEX hosts 7 stages, around 700 exhibiting companies, 100+ speakers, films, an opening concert and an award ceremony across five packed networking days and rather short nights.

 

Established as the premier festival of its kind in Asia, All That Matters will bring the global Music, Sports, Gaming, Marketing, Digital Entertainment, Arts and Web3 industries together for its eighteenth year to debate and celebrate over 3 days of content and networking.

From 11 – 13 September 2023, All That Matters will return to the Hilton Singapore Orchard. Sounds Australia and Branded have partnered to offer Australian music industry professionals a unique discount on the cost of registration for All That Matters.

There are two steps to this discount:

1. PURCHASE YOUR DELEGATE PASS
Firstly, head to All That Matters website and select which delegate pass you’d like to purchase, using the SA code at checkout to receive the discounted rate.

VIP Pass – Full Price US$1299
SA Rate – US$799
SA Code: SAVIP23

Access to 3 days of LIVE content, networking platform, VIP parties of ATM2023 along with daily lunch served at the venue.

Conference Pass – Full Price US$649
SA Rate – US$399
SA Code: SACON23

Access to 3 days of LIVE content and networking platform. Limited numbers.

2. ADDITIONAL SOUNDS AUSTRALIA REBATE
Once you have purchased your All That Matters delegate pass, please email your receipt or evidence of purchase to Millie Millgate to receive an additional rebate on your pass.

 

Sounds Australia & the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) are thrilled to announce MICC – the Manager’s International Conference Contribution.

The first ever MICC manager’s delegation will centre around Reeperbahn Festival 2023, taking place September 20-23, 2023. Held annually in Hamburg, Germany, Reeperbahn Festival is one of Europe’s premier music festivals and conference events for the discovery of new music from around the world.

MICC: Reeperbahn Festival Edition 2023 will see AAM member artist manager members who are attending Reeperbahn Festival with a showcasing artist automatically receive $5000 AUD, to contribute to costs associated with their international activity at the event.

In addition, EOI’s are now open to AAM member artist managers who wish to attend Reeperbahn Festival 2023 without a showcasing artist, using the event as a valuable reconnaissance opportunity to build international industry networks, export in-roads and learn more about the German market – each successful EOI applicant also receiving $5000 AUD. [Please note that only a limited number of applicants will be selected via the EOI process and all successful applicants must meet the eligibility criteria.]

“Earlier this year when announcing the AAM’s Manager of the Year Awards, I spoke of the essential role Australian managers play in our ecosystem and that more than ever they require direct support to sustain and build their careers. Sounds Australia are pleased to announce that following the release of the new National Cultural Policy by the Albanese Government and with it the commitment to recurrent and uplifted funding to the nations’ export initiative – our first targeted financial support has been earmarked for Australian artist managers to attend The Reeperbahn Festival and Conference in Hamburg.

“As the fourth biggest music market in the world, the opportunity to learn, network and grow vital connections in Germany will be extremely valuable for Australian Managers seeking to develop and maintain international careers for themselves and their artist clients.” – Millie Millgate, Executive Producer at Sounds Australia

We will once again host THE AUSSIE BBQ as part of this year’s festival, and the manager’s trade mission, led by the AAM’s Executive Director, Maggie Collins, will include networking and industry-specific activities and support for these AAM managers.

This year THE AUSSIE BBQ will showcase the talent of artists including Annie Hamilton, Bobby Alu, Gena Rose Bruce, Lime Cordiale, Telenova and more!

“In 2022, the AAM commissioned research that showed that each $1 invested in artist managers returns $19.94 to stakeholders; a Social Return On Investment that speaks to the pivotal role managers play in the music ecosystem. This figure shows how a well-supported, resourced, educated, and experienced manager will have much larger and long-lasting effects over multiple artists’ careers.

“if anyone understands this, and has witnessed it first-hand, it’s the team at Sounds Australia. Together, our organisations ultimately exist to do one thing; support those who are elevating Australian contemporary artists at a global level. The AAM and Sounds Australia have collaborated on many projects to achieve this, but none so forward-thinking and on-point as the first ever Manager’s International Conference Contribution – an initiative that provides direct financial and peer-to-peer support to assist managers who are attending global music events, as they develop and execute critical export strategies for their artists.

“This investment in Australian Managers today, will see a return for artists and the wider industry tomorrow; nearly 20 times over. We’re so excited!” – Maggie Collins, Executive Director at Association of Artist Managers (AAM) Australia

Applications are now open, and will close SUNDAY AUGUST 20, MIDNIGHT AEST.
Please visit AAM.ORG.AU/MICC2023 for full information including eligibility criteria.

 

For almost 15 years, Sounds Australia has been assisting and supporting Australian artists and music businesses as they take their first steps into overseas markets.

Now the team are taking that knowledge on the road, as they announce the Export Masterclass series. At events around the country this August, you’ll find out 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 expert advice on how to best prepare for showcasing internationally, as well as learning about all the funding opportunities available to you.

There will also be plenty of time for questions, so if you’d like to ask the Sounds Australia team anything about performing or working overseas, this is your chance.

Head here to register for tickets, as well as for details on how to book a one-on-one meeting* in your city. 

*If you are unfamiliar with Sounds Australia, it is highly recommended you attend the masterclass prior to your meeting.

 

Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage and Sounds Australia are thrilled to present the return of THE AUSSIE BBQ SummerStage in Central Park, New York City on Saturday 17 June, in association with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

An unmissable mini-festival celebrating Australian music, THE AUSSIE BBQ SummerStage features iconic and rising acts ranging from pop, soul, alt-rock and cutting-edge hip hop. Now in its third year, the free event annually attracts thousands of New Yorkers keen to experience the breadth, diversity and history of Australian sounds.

This year’s lineup features 1300, Amy Shark, Budjerah, L-FRESH The LION, Peach PRC and Spiderbait.

Now in its third year, the event annually attracts thousands of New Yorkers keen to experience the breadth, diversity and history of Australian sounds. At the inaugural showcase in 2019, almost 5000 people came to THE AUSSIE BBQ SummerStage to see A.B. Original, Hermitude, The Teskey Brothers, Tkay Maidza, San Cisco and WAAX perform.

After a hiatus enforced by COVID lockdowns and international travel restrictions, THE AUSSIE BBQ SummerStage returned last year with a stellar lineup which featured Baker Boy, Electric Fields, G Flip, Haiku Hands, Peking Duk and You Am I.

2023 is set to be just as exciting for so many reasons. 1300, L-FRESH The LION and Peach PRC will all make their US debuts at THE AUSSIE BBQ SummerStage. It will be one of Amy Shark‘s first performances outside of Australia since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic – and her stint as a judge on Australian Idol.

Having supported Vance Joy across the world in 2022, and fresh from supporting Ed Sheeran on his recent Australian tour, Budjerah has set himself up for a massive year. And with their cover of Ram Jam’s ‘Black Betty’ going viral on TikTok, many in New York will be thrilled for the long-awaited return of cult heroes Spiderbait.

“We are so excited to host THE AUSSIE BBQ at SummerStage once again this year. This key partnership allows us to support and showcase some of the best new artists from Australia, furthering our mission to bring the world to New Yorkers’ for free.” Erika Elliott, Executive Artistic Director, SummerStage

THE AUSSIE BBQ SummerStage is a free event, with gates opening at 4pm. Set times will be announced closer to the day. For more information on the artists showcasing, head to soundsaustralia.com.au/summerstage2023.

A $3000 travel bursary is available for music writers to attend international showcases and write about Australian artists performing.

The Australia Council For The Arts is offering four travel bursaries in 2023, in partnership with Sounds Australia, supporting the creation of more content on Australian music becoming discoverable into the global market.

Priority will be given to events that are supported by Sounds Australia, and those with confirmed media content. To see which events we’ll be attending in 2023, head to our Upcoming Events page.

Travel must be completed in 2023 and the Australia Council expects all other costs including insurance, visas and travel costs to be covered by the recipient. Deadline for submission is 17 April 2023 – recipients will be notified as soon as possible after the assessment.

APPLY FOR THE MUSIC WRITERS TRAVEL BURSARY

Applicants must be over 18 years old at the time of submission with a valid passport. No more than one recipient from any one organisation. The Australia Council will not be liable for any other costs, visas or insurances and this bursary is a contribution towards travel and accommodation. For profit organisations are eligible.

If you have any questions, please contact hopadmin@australiacouncil.gov.au.

Sounds Australia, AIR, ARIA and the PPCA are now seeking expressions of interest from Australian independent labels to take part in an Australian delegation to attend Indie Week 2023, an independent label focused conference hosted by A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) from June 12 – 15, 2023 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Times Square in New York City.

A2IM Indie Week is a four-day international conference and networking event aimed at maximising the global impact of Independent music. Featuring keynotes, panels, exclusive networking sessions, and more, A2IM Indie Week has historically drawn an attendance of over 1200 participants from over 30 countries. 

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 2023.

Sounds Australia will be covering registration costs for successful applicants – valued at $549.99 USD.

Sounds Australia will also host THE AUSSIE BBQ showcase in New York on Saturday June 17, 2023. All Australian Indie Week delegates will be invited as VIP guests to THE AUSSIE BBQ which will also include an exclusive network luncheon with key New York music industry before the showcase performance.

Due to limited capacity, we ask all interested parties to show an expression of interest by filling out this survey BY TUESDAY MARCH 28 2023 – 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.

South Australian act Tkay Maidza showcasing with Sounds Australia at THE AUSSIE BBQ SummerStage in New York City in 2019.

South Australian musicians will have access to an Australia-first initiative to support their journey to specific international music events throughout 2023.
 
Through an Export Contribution Fund, the South Australian Government’s Music Development Office and Sounds Australia will provide a non-competitive $3,000 contribution to travel costs for eligible artists who receive an official invitation to showcase at Folk Alliance International (Kansas, USA), SXSW (Austin, USA), The Great Escape Festival (Brighton, UK), Americanafest (Nashville, USA) and The Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, Germany).
 
This partnership recognises the increasing barriers to market entry for South Australian export-ready artists and is aimed at easing their financial burden, allowing them to make the most of their international opportunities.
 
The inaugural beneficiaries of the SA Export Contribution Fund include Dean Forever, Germein, MANE, PINES, Teenage Joans and TUSHAR, who have all been invited to officially showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas this March.
 
“One of the best ways to grow the profile of our many talented musicians here in South Australia is to assist with music export.” says Andrea Michaels, South Australian Minister for Small and Family Business, Consumer and Business Affairs, and Arts. “It is great to see that five South Australian acts have already been invited to be showcased at SXSW – the most we have ever had from our state – and they will benefit from this initiative.

“The South Australian Government – through the Department for Industry, Innovation and Science’s Music Development Office – is proud to partner with Sounds Australia on the Export Contribution Fund to help showcase our talented South Australian musicians all over the world. We want to continue to build on Adelaide’s status as Australia’s only UNESCO City of Music and being able to perform at these events will work towards this goal.
 
Sounds Australia’s Executive Producer, Millie Millgate, says: “The creation of a dedicated Export Contribution Fund is the first of its kind in Australia and we are inspired by the South Australian Music Development Office who have seriously thought about where their artists need tangible support and have strategically created such a simple and effective program. Sounds Australia is proud to partner in its delivery and look forward to working with the South Australian acts and industry in their forthcoming export endeavours.”

More information on the fund and the application process is available here: https://soundsaustralia.com.au/funding/sa/