Join us at INDIE WEEK

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 of the world’s most iconic, forward-thinking and successful independent music companies. That first mission was an unqualified success and we’re delighted to be offering the opportunity again.

Indie Week has a strong focus on the exploitation of master recordings, licensing, networking and digital revenue streams. We believe it has the potential to become one of the most important market-places for labels on the international calendar. This year we are also excited to announce that participants in the label mission will also be invited to take part in a networking event with music supervisors and synchronisation companies in Los Angeles, hosted by Sounds Australia.

Due to this limited capacity we ask all interested parties to show an expression of interest by filling out this survey – it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete.


Draft Time Table for 2014 Indie Labels Mission

Friday 13th June @ Wonderland Park Ave Los Angeles
SYNC AUSTRALIA: A Sounds Australia Production
An invitation only opportunity for Australian labels, artists, managers and publishers to meet in person with LA based Music Supervisors and those working in film and television licensing.

Monday 16th June
Delegation meeting with YouTube content partnership team based in New York
Delegation meeting with marketing and label partnerships team at Spotify New York

Tuesday 17th June
Delegation meeting with Pandora
Indie Week Conference Begins @ Tribeca Grand
Executive One on Ones focused on data management, licensing and sync
VIP Reception hosted by Sounds Australia and the Australian Consulate in New York

Wednesday 18th June
Delegation meeting with Rdio marketing team in New York
Indie Label Conference Continues @ Tribeca Grand
Executive One on Ones focused on digital revenues and marketing @ Tribeca Grand

Thursday 19th June
Delegation meeting with Next Big Sound
Libera Awards – American Association of Independent Music Awards

Indie Week 2013 featured:

  • 600+ independent label executives, predominantly from North America
  • Delegations of labels from China, Canada and the UK as well as delegates from France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand and Japan
  • The 2013 American Independent Music Awards – “The Libera Awards”
  • Extensive executive one-on-one networking featuring labels, digital services and music supervisors from TV, film and advertising
  • Panels on video monetization, partnering with brands
  • The development of an independent music “road-map” for best practice amongst indie labels worldwide
  • Board meetings for WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) and MERLIN.

Please note:

  • Sounds Australia and the PPCA’s sponsorship of Indie Week 2014 will cover conference registration for small group of delegates, participation in panel discussions and one-on-one networking, VIP Reception and the Sync Australia event in LA.
  • Australian attendees are responsible for booking and funding all flights, transfers and accommodation themselves.
  • A2IM’s Indie Week 2013 is an “invitation only” event and not open to the general public.
  • Due to limited capacity and the small number of invitations, all attending Australian labels must have a catalogue of at least five albums and represent the music of at least three artists. It is expected that they are digitally pro-active and are doing business internationally.
  • Preference will be given to participants who are able to commit to the majority of engagements organised by AIR and Sounds Australia

For more information please contact Nick O’Byrne at AIR -

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We’re heading back to SXSW


With MIDEM under our belts and our THE AUSSIE BBQ’s first successful outing in Cannes, all eyes are on Austin, TX for SXSW. And with close to sixty Australian acts heading over, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA is gearing up for our largest outing yet.

En route to Austin, we’ll be stopping off in LA for THE AUSSIE BBQ at Bootleg HiFi. With twenty Australian acts taking to the stage, it will be the largest showcase of live Australian music ever produced in California. Taking place on Sunday 9th March, the LA leg of our US trip will host an impressive and diverse line up of acts from every corner of our country, and we are eagerly anticipating a great day, spent with good tunes, good eats and great company.

For those folks in LA, or those that have music loving friends in LA, tickets to THE AUSSIE BBQ can be purchased here.

From LA, we dive headfirst in to SXSW; a staple in the SOUNDS AUSTRALIA calendar since our inception. The number of Australian artists showcasing has never been this significant, and we are thrilled to be producing a number of events throughout the week featuring some of the very best talent this country has to offer.

Throughout the week there will be several networking and showcasing events throughout town, culminating as it always does with THE AUSSIE BBQ on Saturday, 15th March. Covering three stages, over fourteen hours and featuring close to forty acts, this has now become one of the best attended events at SXSW and we’re looking forward to seeing the thousands of fans and industry pack out Maggie Maes once more.

For all the details on all showcasing artists and industry at SXSW this year, download the FREE SOUNDS AUSTRALIA app for iPhone or Android and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-date photos and reviews from Austin.

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Register for MIDEM 2014 now!

Registrations with Sounds Australia for MIDEM 2014 are now open! We are proud to once again host the Australian Stand at MIDEM and we encourage all Australian delegates to register through Sounds Australia in order to receive additional benefits – at no extra cost!

For further details and a registration kit, please head to the MIDEM page on our site.

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Heading to CMJ? Let Us Know!

Sounds Australia app

Heading to CMJ? Let Us Know!

It’s a little over a month until CMJ Music Marathon takes over New York, with over 30 Australian artists showcasing. We’ll be there again and we’d like to know if you’ll be there too.

Australian industry attending the conference have the opportunity to participate in our networking events, showcases, parties and importantly, add a company profile to the Sounds Australia smartphone app. Please drop us a line if you’ll be there!

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Sounds Australia at Americana 2013

Sounds Australia at Americana 2013

Sounds Australia returns to Nashville this September for the Americana Music Festival, with four events on the cards and over 20 Australian artists showcasing.


Wed 18 September
Mustered Courage Station Inn, 11pm

Sat 21 September
Melody Pool 3rd & Lindsley, 8pm
Paul Kelly Mercy Lounge, 8pm
The Bushwackers The Rutledge, Midnight
The Hillbilly Killers The Rutledge, 11pm


Aussie-BBQ-NashvilleTHE AUSSIE BBQ
Sunday 22nd September, 12midday-8pm
The Basement, 1604 8th Ave Sth



FEATURING: Anne McCue | Breaking Hart Benton | Cameron Milford | Emma Swift | Gena Rose Bruce | Jen Mize | Kelly Menhennett | Michael Muchow & Melody Feder | Mustered Courage | Katie Brianna | The Borderers | The Bushwackers | The Hillbilly Killers | The Weeping Willows | Tracey Bunn


Tuesday 17 September, 6pm-11pm (Two sets, 6-8pm and 9-11pm)
Bluebird Cafe


FEATURING: Session One (6-8pm)
Breaking Hart Benton | Donna Dean Emma Swift | Jen Mize | Katie Brianna
Sam Hawksley | The Weeping Willows

Session Two (9-11pm)
Anne McCue | Cameron Milford | Gena Rose Bruce | Kelly Menhennett | Michael Muchow & Melody Feder | Paul Kelly | Tamara Stewart | Tracey Bunn


Friday 20th September, 12-2pm
The Second Fiddle, 420 Broadway



FEATURING: Catherine Britt | Damian Howard | Melody Pool | Mustered  Courage | The Bushwackers


Thursday 19th September, 5-7pm
The Sheraton, Mezzanine Ballroom



FEATURING: Damian Howard | Sam Hawksley | Tamara Stewart | The Borderers | The Bushwackers

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