Join the Australian music industry’s call-to-arms to add our soundtrack to our stories
Our Soundtrack Our Stories is an initiative to soundtrack Australian lives with Australian music. It’s that simple. But one simple move will have a monumental impact on the lives of our homegrown, globally-loved, local artists whose livelihoods have been rocked by the ongoing pandemic. This campaign is about celebrating Australian music and the people making it.
Greater support from corporate Australia means greater reach for our artists, which translates to everything from higher streams, new fans and increased royalty revenue. That support could not come at a more important time, with over $64,000,000 in revenue lost since 1 July 2021 among just 2,000 respondents to the I Lost My Gig survey.
The viral call-to-arms for Australian media and business to get behind homegrown music calls for public commitment to increase the inclusion of diverse Australian artists in the commercial and mainstream landscape.
The post has already led to action from Channel 7, Channel 9, Coles, 7-Eleven and Bank Australia, with the likes of Baker Boy, Lime Cordiale, Vera Blue and Alex The Astronaut, Sarah Wilson, Turia Pitt, Chantelle Otten adding their support to the original post.
Our Soundtrack Our Stories is an open invitation from our country’s music community to the rest of Australia to discover, champion, share, and consume more local music.
Join the movement. Get involved today by clicking the links below:
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Check out the factsheet here to learn more about how to support.
Follow @OurSoundtrackOurStories on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter for more and use #OurSoundtrackOurStories.
Together we acknowledge First Nations peoples’ unbroken connection to country and the experience that they bring to the music landscape. – The team at Support Act.
Employment and the economy: How arts, culture and creativity impact economic outcomes
‘In times of crisis, arts and culture are more critical than ever. The world has changed in 2020, and the evidence about the impacts of arts and culture are more relevant than ever. Research shows that, during and following major crises such as health emergencies or natural disasters, effective arts and cultural activities are those that aim to reconnect affected communities, reduce feelings of isolation, strengthen people’s connection to place, provide opportunities for reflection and commemoration, and foster a shared sense of hope and optimism. Arts and cultural activity can also increase a nation’s soft power potential; a critical resource during a period of global disruption.’
Relevant fact sheets may assist in advocacy, funding applications: Find them here
The Regional Performing Arts Touring program (Playing Australia) October deadline
The program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring and other designated costs associated with tours. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.
We welcome national touring applications from all forms of professionally produced live performance… The Australia Council also offers the Contemporary Music Touring Program. So, if you are interested in touring music nationally please contact a Grants Officer to work out which grant is best for you. email@example.com
Under this fund a national tour is 3 or more locations outside of your home state. A break in the middle of a consecutive schedule of locations is possible if there is a compelling reason and the impact on the funding request is minimal. Tours may include venues within your home state.
There are temporary adjustments to the guidelines to take account of current circumstances.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak to a member of the Artists Services team before applying to this fund. Closing date: 3pm, Tuesday October 12 for projects starting after January 1, 2022
Also, see article on Queensland regional arts initiative in this edition of Loudmouth.
The US National Endowment for the Arts and the National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture have published the second issue of Arts Research Quarterly.
This latest issue features articles on how music intertwines with our daily lives, gender inequalities in the consumption and production of jazz and how our individual musical preferences are influenced by our diurnal patterns. Also on how investing in cultural consumption amenities in higher education affects student-level outcomes, the role that culture plays in promoting gender equality, arts-based interventions for pain management and the prevention and treatment of substance use disorder (SUD), and other topics!
About Arts Research Quarterly samples recent research publications on the arts ecosystem and on the arts’ value and impact for individuals and communities.
About NADAC: The National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture (NADAC) is one of several topical archives hosted by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the largest social science data archive in the world and part of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. NADAC is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Thanks to the support from the NEA, users can obtain data from NADAC completely free of charge.
China strikes at karaoke’s danger to the state
China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has just announced that, from October 1, any music that breaches a fresh set of government rules will be banned from being played within the country’s near-50,000 karaoke venues.
Reddit tells us any songs breaching the following will be outlawed as “illegal content”:
- That which violates the basic principles determined by China’s Constitution;
- That which harms national unity, sovereignty, or territorial integrity;
- That which endangers national security or harms national honor or interests;
- That which incites ethnic hatred or ethnic discrimination, hurts ethic feelings, encroaches on ethnic customs and habits, or undermines ethnic unity;
- That which violates the state’s religious policies or promotes cults and superstitions;
- That which advocates illegal or criminal activity such as obscenity, gambling, and drugs, or that instigates crimes;
- That which is contrary to public morality or the ethnicity’s exceptional cultural traditions;
- That which insults or defames others, infringing on the lawful rights and interests of others;
- Other content prohibited by laws and administrative regulations.
From October, karaoke venues will shoulder responsibility for censoring music that breaks any of the above rules. Chinese government agents will be holding “inspections and spot checks”. MBW, August 24
How NFTs such as Bitcoin are creating more equity for artists
With the continued rise and popularity of crypto-currency, artists are beginning to see the benefits of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for their artwork. On Episode 22 of “DISCOVERY,” we discussed the financial viability of NFTs for artists, and how they’re adding to the value of artists’ work. Guest: Amy Whitaker, New York University. Host: Koven Smith, Senior Director/Arts, Knight Foundation
Here is the podcast. The session begins at 2 minutes into the video.
International songwriter groups join together to oppose the freezing of US mechanical royalty rates
Music Creators North America, the Songwriters Guild of America and the Society of Composers & Lyricists have been joined by nine domestic and international groups representing the interests of half a million songwriters and composers in filing comments before the US Copyright Royalty Board.
The groups express strenuous objection to the proposed adoption by the CRB of private agreements negotiated by the three major record labels/music publishing conglomerates that would once again freeze mechanical royalty rates for physical product, downloads, bundles and ring tones for another five years (more than twenty years and counting in the aggregate). All other songwriter groups are invited to join in this effort!
The comments were endorsed by the following music creator organizations:
- Alliance for Women Film Composers (AWFC)
- Alliance of Latin American Composers & Authors (AlcaMusica)
- Asia-Pacific Music Creators Alliance (APMA)
- European Composers and Songwriters Alliance (ECSA)
- The Ivors Academy (IVORS)
- Music Answers (M.A.)
- Pan-African Composers and Songwriters Alliance (PACSA)
- Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC)
- Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC)
Australia is represented through the Asia-Pacific Music Creators Alliance.
On August 13, the government of the Netherlands decided to extend the measures against COVID-19. Following this announcement, we had long discussions with our local partner de Doelen in order to find a way to realise Classical:NEXT 2021 in accordance with the ongoing measures. Unfortunately, and with great regret, we have to announce that we are forced to cancel Classical:NEXT 2021 due to the current regulations in the Netherlands.
Sydney Sacred Music Festival
Expect the Unexpected
Online and Around Australia
- 12 artists from around Australia (and Armenia)
- 3 nights online and free
- 4,11,18 September from 7pm
- Mongolian Throat singing to Folktronic Latin grooves to Improvised Jazz
- streaming from our Facebook and Youtube