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How hard is it for a musician to earn a viable living in Australia?  Two articles from the perspective of musicians.

Spare a dollar for the music Maker, Music doesn't play itself an article by Kim Salmon from the age and

A thoughtful response with some suggestions by James Annesley from The Naked Giraffe

"Should venues cop more of the responsibility?
 Pubs with rock bands might be a different story, but for jazz venues, this is a tough one. I've never tried to run a jazz club, but I can imagine it would be quite a challenge. Jazz is a pretty esoteric and diverse genre, and hasn't been particularly popular since the 1960s. 

It's true that these venues can't afford to pay the artists a guaranteed fee without going broke, but should the artists really have to cop everything? Like Kim Salmon alludes to in his article, musicians are skilled professionals who work hard for their art, and should be payed properly when hired to play by a venue who depends on them for survival. 

I'm going out on a limb here, but would it not be possible for Melbourne jazz venues to invest a little more time and money into promotion, so the load is at least split more evenly between them and the artists?  Just a thought.

The music better be good

Not to name names, but I've seen some pretty half-arsed performances by some Melbourne jazz groups over the years (as well as many incredible ones), I think it's important that we always present high quality music that has the potential to really engage the audience. You don't have to be a highly experienced virtuoso to play an energetic gig either, just put some soul and pep into it, for god's sake. Yes, I know I've already stated that I've seen some of the country's best jazz musicians play to an empty room, but this will happen a lot more when the music is crap."

Please do read the full article, it seems as good a time as any to explore the issues and perhaps have all elements of the sector work together. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 21, 2014

Untranslatable CD review Matthew Sheens

in CD Reviews South Australia Posted by John McBeath
Rating: Four stars Since leaving Adelaide to study for a Masters at New England Conservatory, Boston, USA in 2009, having graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Elder Conservatorium, pianist Mathew Sheens, predictably, has gone from strength to strength. Now, as a follow up to his acclaimed 2013 release Every Eight Seconds, this new album was also recorded in New York. The new collection Untranslatable, continues the pianist’s compositional… Read more
September 18, 2014

Surveying the benefits of live music in Australia

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
"The social and economic benefits of Australia's live music industry are being put in the spotlight with a new survey across four states. The study will be a cost-benefit analysis of venue-based live music in Hobart, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. Lead researcher Dave Carter, from the University of Tasmania, said the aim was to examine how governments could help the sector and how live music impacts on people's lives. "One of the things we'd… Read more
September 11, 2014

Interview with Simon Milman on his Wanderlust collaboration

in Interviews Interviews Posted by Joanne Kee
Reina De La Pileta (Queen of The Swimming Pool)is a collaboration between Wanderlust and Simon Milman. It aims to transport listeners on a musical journey through Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Morocco and more, stopping for a horror film matinee en route. We asked Simon a few questions about this project. JK: How did this collaboration come about? SM: Miroslav and I met at the Canberra School of Music around 2003. We started working together in… Read more
September 07, 2014

When Music triumphs over censorship

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
John Lennon once said, "Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it." But publishers aren't the only ones who limit people's access to music. 17 Powerful moments when music triumphed over censorship READ MORE From Music.mic by Jarod Lindzon Read more
September 01, 2014

Congratulations to Art Music Award winners

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Winners were announced across 11 national and seven State categories at this year’s Art Music Awards held for the first time in Melbourne at the Plaza Ballroom on Tuesday 26th August. Hosted by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the Art Music Awards celebrate the achievement and creative success of composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music. This year’s diverse list of… Read more
August 21, 2014

Congratulations to Freedman 2014 winner Aaron Choulai

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
After a night of amazing music, the winner of the Freedman Fellowships was selected. Congratulations Aaron Choulai. At the age of 21 his first CD Place, was described by Paul Grabowsky as "A milestone in Australian jazz". Tokyo-based pianist Aaron Choulai received the Japanese Ministry of Education ‘mombushou’ Scholarship to study at the Tokyo College of the Arts (2009 – 2013). Aaron will use his Fellowship prize to invest in quality equipment… Read more
August 20, 2014

Bennetts Lane Jazz Club is closing

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
BENNETTS LANE JAZZ CLUB, Melbourne's iconic live jazz venue will be closing mid June 2015. The Bennetts Lane Jazz Club site has been sold. Over the past 22 years has hosted a plethora of national and international artists. Rumours of the closure of the Bennetts Lane Jazz Club have now been officially confirmed. The venue is reported as being sold because of the extraordinary offer made (reportedly an eight-figure sum), rather than a failing… Read more
August 19, 2014

The future of new music is at risk if we continue to undervalue composers

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
Whilst jazz commissions are not as common as those for classical music, this report and stagnant or decreasing performance fees points to it being a tough life for many musicians abroad as well as in Australia. "Professional composers are being asked to create new pieces for ‘shockingly low’ fees, Sound and Music report finds • Average fee per commission in 2013 was £1,392 • 15% of those surveyed earned more income v previous year" READ MORE… Read more
August 18, 2014

$15,000 Recording Grants On Offer

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
The PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) and the Australia Council of the Arts are jointly offering recording grants worth $15,000 to make new music. This is the second year that the PPCA and Australia Council are offering these grants. Last year’s recipients included Courtney Barnett, The Grigoryan Brothers, Lance Ferguson of The Bamboos, Ben Salter and Ainslie Wills. Dan Rosen, PPCA Chief Executive Officer said he was pleased… Read more

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