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The music industry celebrates the marriage equality vote


Well, enough Australians voted morally and intelligently, and so it looks like marriage equality will be in full effect by Christmas (unless, of course, you don’t trust our PM).

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4 Aussie expats crushing it in the US music industry


Australian expats are achieving incredible things for the music industry from the US.

Ticketmaster will sell concert tickets through YouTube on artist pages


The ability of YouTube to provide people with the ability to binge their favourite band’s live shows and festival sets has copped quite a lot of flack amongst mosh-pit faithfuls over time, tarnishing the mystery and spontaneity that comes with live shows.

Will Facebook advertising become as unaffordable as TV advertising?


As Facebook becomes a more valuable tool to grow brands and generate more business, its value against other marketing platforms is beginning to change.

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We go behind the scenes at one of the best booking agencies in Australia


Booking agencies are a hugely important part of any artist’s career, and 123 Agency have been one of the ascendant figures in the industry over the last few years, most recently taking acts like Tash Sultana from playing 150-cap venues in her home city, to selling out Margaret Court Arena, touring Europe and the U.

Entries for the 2018 Vanda & Young songwriting competition have opened


Entries into the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition have now opened, with songwriters worldwide invited to go into the running for a $50,000 cash prize, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG.

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UK trials provide new evidence that pill testing reduces harm at festivals


The APSAD Scientific Alcohol and other Drugs Conference is happening in Melbourne this week, which happens to be the southern hemisphere’s largest summit on alcohol and drugs, for those keeping track of such things.

UNIFIED & The Hills Are Alive have joined forces on THAA Records


With 18 consecutive sold festivals under their collective belt, there’s clearly something special about the spark between The Hills Are Alive Group and UNIFIED.

The Industry Observer’s Inaugural Secret Santa


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

AIR launches Music Passport, UMA inks deal with Lucky Ent’s Teamwrk, and more


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