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AIR Awards Celebrate Warren Costello, Gurrumul Estate’s Return to Court, and More!
Not up to date with all the recent happenings in the music industry? We don’t blame you. Here’s a roundup of all the biggest Australian music industry news from the past fortnight.
- Native Tongue bought by the American publisher Concord.
- Golden Robot launches an exclusively feminine label.
- More moolah for the creators of Facebook, Snapchat.
Keep up to date with the latest industry news here.
Native Tongue acquired by the American publisher Concord
The Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) publisher Native Tongue has been acquired by the American giant Concord.
The price to pay is staggering. No details were given. But the British trade magazine Music Business Worldwide put it to an eight-figure sum in US dollars.
Concord is certainly cashed in: the biggest growing independent company in recent years, it turned down a $5 billion takeover offer in April.
Concord will establish its first ANZ office in Melbourne, under the leadership of Native Tongue Managing Director Jaime Gough and SVP Chelsea Gough, and their management team including David Nash, VP Publishing, and Matt Tanner, VP A&R.
John Minch, President of Concord’s International Publishing, said: “Australia and New Zealand are important music markets in their own right and it’s a region we’ve wanted to invest in for many years.
“This will be an important strategic step for Concord in coordinating our publishing initiatives in Asia, which Jaime will be handling.”
Native Tongue was founded in 2003 by Chris Gough and run since 2014 by brothers Jaime and Chelsea.
“It provides our local writers with a truly international organization capable of maximizing their potential around the world,” said Chris Gough.
NT’s roster includes Courtney Barnett, Stuart Crichton (Backstreet Boys, Kesha, Kygo), M-Phazes (Ruel, Remi Wolf), Sophie Curtis (Cosmos Midnight, Jessica Mauboy, aespa), Sir Dave Dobbyn, Jon Hume (Dean Lewis , Sofi Tukker), Don McGlashan, Steve Rusch (Clinton Kane), Gin Wigmore and Marlon Williams.
Some like Ciara Muscat (NiziU, Twice) and Tim Tan (Enhypen, Seventeen) were among Native Tongue’s hits in Asia, which included five #1 Korean releases and two consecutive #1 albums in Japan in early 2022.
The AIR Awards celebrate Warren Costello
The August 4 AIR Awards honored the late Warren Costello with the 2022 Outstanding Achievement Award for supporting independent artists for over 30 years through the Liberation and Bloodlines labels.
The five thousand dollar professional development award from a global independent advocacy group goes to Warren’s daughter, Caitlin Costello, to further her career as an entertainment lawyer.
The best independent label went to Johann Ponniah’s I OH YOU.
Gurrumul Estate matter back to court
The question of who will administer Gurrumul’s estate continues to be debated in the NT Supreme Court.
His daughter, Jasmine Yunupingu, has applied to run the estate, NT News reported.
The musician stipulated in his will that all posthumous earnings would be shared equally between Jasmine and her foundation.
According to court documents, Gurrumul had asked Mark T Grose of his label Skinnyfish to administer the estate.
Grose had asked the court to do so but withdrew this year with his lawyer explaining that he had not appreciated “the legal issues involved”.
The legal maze includes a number of women who have a legitimate right to inheritance.
They include his wife, a common-law partner, and the possibility of a third wife/common-law partner. The matter returns to court on August 26.
Gurrumul was inducted into the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) Hall of Fame on Saturday August 6 at the Darwin Amphitheater.
Past inductees were Warumpi Band, Archie Roach, Roger Knox, Kev Carmody and Gurrumul’s former band, Yothu Yindi.
To coincide, a Gurrumul-themed exhibition has started at the Australian Music Vault in Melbourne, featuring an essay by award-winning journalist Tracee Hutchison.
Audoo Inks Song Detection Agreement with APRA AMCOS
British public performance royalty technology startup Audoo has signed a song detection deal with APRA AMCOS in Australia and New Zealand.
It helps ensure more accurate royalty payments on public performances in bars, cafes, dance schools, gyms and retail stores.
Audoo’s revolutionary audio meters are first deployed in six major cities: Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Auckland.
Ten artists win sound recording grants
Ten artists won $15,000 each to participate in new sound recordings. This was the ninth round for the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts, grossing $807,000 over the years.
The 10 are Nina Wilson for the first album; Matthew Keegan for multicultural band The Three Seas to record at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK; and Angela (Angie) Hart to record her third solo album about mental health, intergenerational trauma, domestic violence, infertility and grief.
Lucas Abela will merge his textured glass noise with the thunderous drumming of Zach Hill from Death Grips. Australian-Japanese artist Taka Perry is releasing a bilingual English and Japanese EP using artists from both countries.
Melbourne pianist and composer Natalie Bartsch to reinterpret her 2021 album Hope in a jazz/post-rock vein. Tiana Naug records an album paying homage to her Samoan and Indian culture and dance music.
Ryan Hutcheson and Barkindji Song Woman are making an album of “cultural and humanitarian significance” and Frenzal Rhomb will complete a record started in 2018.
Tania Frazer records five new works to highlight the didgeridoo.
Class action lawsuit against NSW cops
Redfern and Slater & Gordon Law Center launched a class action against NSW Police for those ‘unlawfully searched’ at festivals.
More than 100 women are said to have endured what they described as “humiliating” searches over three years, which some in the legal community have called illegal.
Advanced course for artist managers
The Association of Artist Managers is looking for six artist managers who own medium-sized to established businesses for its new Revive professional development program, funded by the Australia Council.
It will be delivered virtually by Compton School founder David Court through short lectures, exercises, feedback and discussion, and participants will develop a personal business plan including a self-management to-do list. , professional development and business planning.
All the details about herethe application deadline is August 18.
Golden Robot launches an exclusively feminine label
Sydney/LA Golden Robot founder Mark Alexander-Erber’s long-standing plan to create a women-only brand has come to fruition.
Archangel Records is run by Golden Robot executives Jasmine Robins and Kay McRae.
His launch numbers include Meeanjin/Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Ella Fence, SCALLER in Indonesia, and Texas alternative rock Tough On Fridays.
More moolah for creators of Facebook, Snapchat
Creators are online to generate more funds through Facebook and Snapchat initiatives.
At Facebook, music revenue sharing is available to select people whose videos (excluding live and short uploads) use licensed tracks from Facebook’s song library.
Snapchat will pay DistroKid creators monthly grants of up to $100,000 through the “Sounds” creator fund. Videos created with music from Sounds on Snapchat have collectively generated over 2.7 billion videos created and over 183 billion views.
Grant McLennan Scholarship Opening
Now in its fourteenth year, applications are open for the 2022 Grant McLennan Fellowship, which offers $15,000 to live in New York, London or Berlin to immerse themselves in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to develop their artistic skills.
The current recipient, Brisbane guitarist, songwriter and singer Jack Bratt lives in New York and is writing his second album.
The scholarship is funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and presented by QMusic. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. (AEST) on Monday, August 29.
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