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Online Copyright Infringement Update

By Stu Watters Earlier this year, the federal government released a discussion paper seeking input on Online Copyright Infringement Issues in Australia. The paper was a co-branded release between Senator George Brandis (Attorney General and Arts Minister) and Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Communications). AIR welcomes this paper and feels that this is an important step for…
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ANNOUNCING: Nominees for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards

We are pleased to announce the nominees for the ninth annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. This year’s nominees include some of the country’s brightest emerging artists, alongside established and respected performers, acknowledging yet another extraordinary year for Independent music. Awards to be presented during the evening include Best Independent Album, Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Hip…
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WIN Fair Digital Deals Declaration – Australian Independent Labels Pledge.

AIR was thrilled to see the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) launch the Fair Digital Deals Declaration last week. Countries across the world have teamed up for an initiative to ensure fair and transparent accounting of digital revenue to artists. There has been a strong response from labels and trade associations across the globe including Australia, the…
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Changes to AIR’s Staff & Board.

CHANGES TO AIR’S STAFF Nick O’Byrne has resigned from his role at AIR after more than seven years at the organisation, the last five of which he’s been General Manager. He will finish his full time engagement at AIR on June 30th to focus on his career in Artist Management and his role as Executive…
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YouTube Threatens To Block Independent Content

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organisation that represents the interests of the global independent music community has responded to news that YouTube intends to block the content of members who do not sign a new music streaming agreement describing it as ‘unnecessary and indefensible’ WIN was formed in 2006 to represent the global independent…
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Australia Council continues support for Independent Record Labels

Great news! For the second year running the Australia Council For The Arts have released a round of funding results specifically in support of Independent Record Labels nationwide. The latest grants see 11 labels share in over $400,000 with an average of around $38,000 each. The labels funded are Chapter Music, Future Classic, Head Records,…
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JOIN US AT INDIE WEEK 2014

AIR, Sounds Australia and the PPCA are now seeking expressions of interest from Australian independent labels to take part in a delegation to the American Association of Independent Music’s (A2IM’s) Indie Week 2014 in New York City this June. Last year a 10 member Australian delegation attended the invite-only conference for indie labels; networking and dealing with some…
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Commercial Radio Simulcasting

  Last week, Commercial Radio Australia pulled a stunt by ceasing internet simulcasts of its regional stations. The action seems to be CRA’s petulant response to a decision made by the copyright tribunal forcing it to (shock horror) start paying royalties for the music it was broadcasting over the internet. The PPCA have released a more detailed…
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MGM and Pozible announce new partnership.

  MGM and Pozible have partnered to offer musicians the option to have their crowdfunded albums, singles and merchandise distributed through MGM’s subsidiary Waterfront Records. Musicians that opt in will also see their crowdfunded music now count towards the ARIA and AIR Charts. The partnership will make distribution easier for musicians, who will no longer…
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