triple j HOTTEST 100: AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENTS RULE Jan 27th, 2016

triple j HOTTEST 100: AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENTS RULE

Congratulations to The Rubens on taking out the #1 spot in the triple j Hottest 100. And congrats to AIR Members and the label behind The Rubens, Ivy League Records.  ... Back in November, we heard all about what it took to make the ‘Hoops’ album when AIR and Ivy League presented a panel at Face The Music; “Breaking Down A Big Indie Release”. The boys in...

ARIA RELEASES TOP SELLING ALBUMS AND SINGLES FIGURES FOR 2015 Jan 7th, 2016

ARIA RELEASES TOP SELLING ALBUMS AND SINGLES FIGURES FOR 2015

The top selling Albums and Singles for 2015 have been announced by ARIA and independent artists have once again featured very strongly.  ... Of the Australian Albums featured in the Top 100 Albums for the year, 50% were released on independent labels, and of the Australian Singles featured in the Top 100 Singles, 64% were released on independent labels.  ......

RELEASE (INDIE LABEL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM) PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED Nov 26th, 2015

RELEASE (INDIE LABEL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM) PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

Successful applicants for the trans-Tasman professional development program RELEASE: The Business of Record Label Management, have been announced. Fifteen independent label owners and senior managers have been selected to participate in the six month program; twelve from Australia and three from New Zealand. ... Victoria will provide the biggest contingent: Joseph Alexander, Katie...

AIR HOLDS DIGITAL MATTERS CONFERENCE AT THE TOFF IN TOWN Nov 2nd, 2015

AIR HOLDS DIGITAL MATTERS CONFERENCE AT THE TOFF IN TOWN

AIR held its Digital Matters Conference on Thursday 22nd of October at The Toff in Town in Melbourne. Taking advantage of the presence of many label members and industry folks who were in town for that evening's Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, the conference ran throughout the morning. ... The conference featured a key note address from Merlin CEO, Charles Caldas, in which...

THE 2015 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD WINNERS Oct 23rd, 2015

THE 2015 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD WINNERS

THE 2015 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD WINNERS ... The winners of the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards were announced in Melbourne last night. ... Courtney Barnett was the evening’s big winner, taking out three of the prestigious awards: Best Independent Artist, Best Independent Album for Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit as well as Best...

LOOKING BACK... 2013 AIR AWARDS Oct 20th, 2015

LOOKING BACK... 2013 AIR AWARDS

IN CELEBRATION OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AIR AWARDS, WE HAVE A COLLECTION OF RETROSPECTIVE PIECES, WHERE WE RELIVE THE MUSIC AND MAYHEM OF EACH MEMORABLE AWARDS NIGHT. THIS WEEK, JONATHAN ZWARTZ AND GEMMA FLETCHER REFLECT ON THE 2013 AIR AWARDS. ...   ...   ...   ... 2013 AIR AWARDS ... Venue: Revolt Arts Space, Melbourne ... Best Breakthrough Independent...

PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS Sep 16th, 2015

PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS

Some of Australia’s most impressive new and emerging talent is today announced to perform at the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. The 10th annual Awards will take place on October 22nd at Meat Market in North Melbourne and will feature live performances from Airling, Bad//Dreems, Dead Letter Circus, Frank Yamma and Harts, showing...

AIR ANNOUNCES CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES Sep 7th, 2015

AIR ANNOUNCES CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association today reveals the nominees for the 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. ... Ten years on from the Awards’ humble beginnings, 2015’s nominees represent the finest Australian independent music from the last 12 months, with the awards spanning a range of genres including jazz, classical, blues and roots, country, hip...

CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS - RDIO PLAYLISTS Aug 26th, 2015

CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS - RDIO PLAYLISTS

Partnering with Rdio for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards this year gives AIR a great opportunity to showcase the 2015 Long List Nominees, with playlists! ... We’ve got 12 great Awards playlists up on Rdio right now, ranging from Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Single or EP through to Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album and Best Independent Jazz...

RELEASE: THE BUSINESS OF INDEPENDENT LABEL MANAGEMENT CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS Aug 10th, 2015

RELEASE: THE BUSINESS OF INDEPENDENT LABEL MANAGEMENT CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS

RELEASE, the dynamic five stage program designed to assist independent label owners from Australia and New Zealand grow their businesses, is calling for applications. Owners and senior management of Independent labels from both sides of the Tasman are encouraged to apply. The program is presented by the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), and supported by the Australian...

AIR ANNOUNCES 20TH ANNIVERSARY & 10TH ANNUAL AWARDS Aug 5th, 2015

AIR ANNOUNCES 20TH ANNIVERSARY & 10TH ANNUAL AWARDS

In it’s 20th year, AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association) is proud to announce its 10th Annual Awards. The Awards will be presented in partnership with Naming Rights Partner, Carlton Dry, and supported by Major Partner, Rdio. ... The 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards will take place on Thursday 22nd October at Meat Market in North Melbourne. Regarded as...

THE NEED FOR INDEPENDENCE Aug 5th, 2015

THE NEED FOR INDEPENDENCE

independence ɪndɪˈpɛnd(ə)ns/ Noun Freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others. THE NEED FOR INDEPENDENCE The notion of the independent label is one that is very familiar to anyone who works in the music industry. Beyond that, other than the true music punters, very few people have any notion of what that means and why it is even important. While it...