Australia Rocks the Pier is an annual Australian concert held on Santa Monica’s iconic pier as part of the Twilight Dance Series – one of the largest and most successful free festival-style concert series in Southern California. 2014 marks the 30th year of the concert series and the 5th Australia Rocks the Pier. The Australian concert draws 10,000 cheering fans to the pier as contemporary Australian rock is showcased to an influential Californian audience. Previous Australian performers have included Missy Higgins, Ben Lee and Kasey Chambers.

This year Jagwar Ma will be heading to Santa Monica to headline Australia Rocks the Pier, presented by G’Day USA. Fascinator will play the second set and G’Day USA are offering the opening set to a deserving Australian act/band.

A panel will pick the winner from online entries. To enter, send a demo, a bio, a band/artists photograph along with a 50-word blurb explaining what it means to you to be part of Australia Rocks the Pier 2014. The best entries will be posted on the G’Day USA Facebook page as well as shared on the G’Day USA Twitter account and the G’Day USA Instagram account. All entries and enquiries should be emailed to

Entries close Monday, 28 July 2014, at 5pm PDT.

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Australia to take the international focus at CMW 2015.

After showcasing Australian talent including The Jezabels, The Falls, Jordi Lane, King Gizzard & the Wizzard Lizzard, Blue King Brown, The Beards, Kate Miller Heidke, DZ Deathrays, The Lazys, Busby Marou, Emma Louise and You Am I, Canadian Music Week 2015 (May 5-9, 2015 in Toronto) will see the burgeoning region of Australia take the international focus.

Australia has a unique musical ecosystem which does not have to rely upon global sales, global distribution or artist success abroad in order to be successful,” said CMW President Neill Dixon. “Their labels are successful. Their distribution foundation is strong. The amount of profitable festivals and music venues remains the highest in the world. The continent is an excellent outlet for Canadian bands to remain active in otherwise down seasons. The economy is motivated, the Australian dollar is climbing and somewhat stable so people can part with discretionary spending. There is a lot that we can learn from Australia and we plan to explore and uncover as much of it as we can at CMW 2015.”

After establishing and building a significant footprint for Australian artists and industry at Canadian Music Week over the last 5 years, the time is ripe for us to proudly wear the ‘Spotlight Country’ mantle in 2015,” said Millie Millgate, Executive Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA. “We look forward to consolidating the partnerships and networks already developed with our kindred music nation, whilst forging new opportunities and greater access for more of the incredible talent that’s exploding out of Australia.”

Delegations from Australia have long been part of Canadian Music Week and have resulted in a number of business prospects and transactions for Canadian labels, managers and artists. The 2014 edition saw the highest representation of Australian artists ever at the festival, with SOUNDS AUSTRALIA producing three showcasing events across the week; Sound Gallery, Beat Pie and The Aussie BBQ. With the support of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, BIGSOUND, CAAMA, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, next year’s spotlight will see opportunities rise as the foundation for building relationships, showcasing talent, exploring solutions, meeting the key players and accessing entry strategies is laid at CMW 2015

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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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