Sounds Australia is excited to announce the launch of SOUNDS SESSIONS, a curated series of global conversations, which will be held on our new online industry portal, Inside Sounds.

For the inaugural series we’ve partnered with A2IM to present encore screenings of panels that were initially streamed as part of this year’s A2IM Indie Week. After each session, participants will have the opportunity to join some of the speakers in a special Q&A held on Zoom.

It kicks off next Tuesday August 3 at 9am AEST with the panel “What Does The Future Of Live Music Look Like?”

Registration is essential as spots are limited, so those Australian industry professionals interested in attending one or all of the sessions need to email [email protected] to secure their place.

Week 1 – Aug 3
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF LIVE MUSIC LOOK LIKE?

Rev. Moose (NYC) Katherine Friedland (NYC) Tobi Parks (Des Moines)

Week 2 – Aug 10
ELEVATING UNDERREPRESENTED VOICES

Melanie McClain (NYC) David Krinsky (San Fran) Janett Berrios (Florida) Shane Gill (Vancouver) Andre Benjamin (NYC)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – KENYA

Week 3 – Aug 17
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON STREAMING; ARE YOU CONNECTED TO THE WORLD?

Anna Siegel (NYC) Hiba Fatima Irshad (NYC) Arun Sajjan (Dubai)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – TURKEY

Week 4 – Aug 24
MUSIC AND INFLUENCER COLLABORATIONS ARE THE FUTURE, BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE COPYRIGHT ISSUES?

Heather Johnson (Seattle) Nate Beck (Washington) Sam Seum (LA)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – SOUTH AFRICA

Week 5 – Aug 31
DO LABELS STILL SIGN ALBUM DEALS W SINGLES ARE THE PRIMARY RELEASE FORMAT?

Elliot Resnik (NYC) Tony Alexander (Memphis) Susan Busch (NYC)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – NIGERIA

Week 6 – Sept 7
BUILDING FOR RESILIENCE: HOW INDEPENDENTS ARE TAKING STEPS TO OWN THEIR FUTURE

Katie Alberts (Atlanta) Zac Zarrilo (Philly) Whitney Dublin (NYC) Dan Nevin (London)

Sounds Australia is excited to announce the launch of SOUNDS SESSIONS, a curated series of global conversations, which will be held on our new online industry portal, Inside Sounds.

For the inaugural series we’ve partnered with A2IM to present encore screenings of panels that were initially streamed as part of this year’s A2IM Indie Week. After each session, participants will have the opportunity to join some of the speakers in a special Q&A held on Zoom.

It kicks off next Tuesday August 3 at 9am AEST with the panel “What Does The Future Of Live Music Look Like?”

Registration is essential as spots are limited, so those Australian industry professionals interested in attending one or all of the sessions need to email [email protected] to secure their place.

Week 1 – Aug 3
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF LIVE MUSIC LOOK LIKE?

Rev. Moose (NYC) Katherine Friedland (NYC) Tobi Parks (Des Moines)

Week 2 – Aug 10
ELEVATING UNDERREPRESENTED VOICES

Melanie McClain (NYC) David Krinsky (San Fran) Janett Berrios (Florida) Shane Gill (Vancouver) Andre Benjamin (NYC)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – KENYA

Week 3 – Aug 17
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON STREAMING; ARE YOU CONNECTED TO THE WORLD?

Anna Siegel (NYC) Hiba Fatima Irshad (NYC) Arun Sajjan (Dubai)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – TURKEY

Week 4 – Aug 24
MUSIC AND INFLUENCER COLLABORATIONS ARE THE FUTURE, BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE COPYRIGHT ISSUES?

Heather Johnson (Seattle) Nate Beck (Washington) Sam Seum (LA)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – SOUTH AFRICA

Week 5 – Aug 31
DO LABELS STILL SIGN ALBUM DEALS W SINGLES ARE THE PRIMARY RELEASE FORMAT?

Elliot Resnik (NYC) Tony Alexander (Memphis) Susan Busch (NYC)

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE BONUS PRESENTATION (15min) – NIGERIA

Week 6 – Sept 7
BUILDING FOR RESILIENCE: HOW INDEPENDENTS ARE TAKING STEPS TO OWN THEIR FUTURE

Katie Alberts (Atlanta) Zac Zarrilo (Philly) Whitney Dublin (NYC) Dan Nevin (London)

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) held their 9th annual Libera Awards digitally today, out of New York City. The event, recognised as the largest Independent music award show in the world, capped off days of panels and one-on-one meetings as part of A2IM Indie Week, which moved onto a digital platform for the 2020 event. Over the course of the week, supported by Sounds Australia, 25 Australian professionals braved the time zones and actively participated in the virtual edition.

Sounds Australia wishes to congratulate the Australian artists who won at the awards:

Julia Jacklin took home Best Folk / Bluegrass album for Crushing (Polyvinyl Record Co.) and also performed the incredible ‘Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You’ as part of the award ceremony, which also included performances from the likes of Orville Peck (who won best Country Album and Breakthrough Artist/Release) and Wyclef Jean, who closed out the night.

Julia Jacklin has appeared at a number of Sounds Australia events including THE AUSSIE BBQ at SXSW, Liverpool Sound City and Sound Gallery @ Komedia at The Great Escape all in 2016.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard won Best Metal Album for Infest The Rats’ Nest (ATO Records). They performed at the 2014 Canadian Music Week THE AUSSIE BBQ, at the iconic Horseshoe Tavern, alongside the likes of You Am I. They were also nominated in the Best Outlier Album category for Fishing For Fishies.

Amyl and the Sniffers won Best Punk / Emo Album for Amyl and The Sniffers (ATO Records), who performed with us in the UK at THE AUSSIE BBQ in London and Brighton’s The Great Escape, as well as The Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg in 2018.

We’d also like to congratulate the managers of the winning acts and acknowledge their tireless work for their artists – Alistair Burns (Julia Jacklin), Andrew Parisi & Simone Ubaldi (Amyl & The Sniffers) and Eric Moore (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard).

These amazing Australian acts joined an impressive list of winners which included Mavis Staples, Sudan Archives, Weyes Blood, Fontaines D.C. and IDLES.

Although they didn’t receive an award (this time), it was fantastic to see Alex Cameron and Courtney Barnett nominated, further demonstrating the depth and talent of Australian music right now.

For the full list of winners and more details about the Libera Awards, head to liberaawards.com

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) held their 9th annual Libera Awards digitally today, out of New York City. The event, recognised as the largest Independent music award show in the world, capped off days of panels and one-on-one meetings as part of A2IM Indie Week, which moved onto a digital platform for the 2020 event. Over the course of the week, supported by Sounds Australia, 25 Australian professionals braved the time zones and actively participated in the virtual edition.

Sounds Australia wishes to congratulate the Australian artists who won at the awards:

Julia Jacklin took home Best Folk / Bluegrass album for Crushing (Polyvinyl Record Co.) and also performed the incredible ‘Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You’ as part of the award ceremony, which also included performances from the likes of Orville Peck (who won best Country Album and Breakthrough Artist/Release) and Wyclef Jean, who closed out the night.

Julia Jacklin has appeared at a number of Sounds Australia events including THE AUSSIE BBQ at SXSW, Liverpool Sound City and Sound Gallery @ Komedia at The Great Escape all in 2016.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard won Best Metal Album for Infest The Rats’ Nest (ATO Records). They performed at the 2014 Canadian Music Week THE AUSSIE BBQ, at the iconic Horseshoe Tavern, alongside the likes of You Am I. They were also nominated in the Best Outlier Album category for Fishing For Fishies.

Amyl and the Sniffers won Best Punk / Emo Album for Amyl and The Sniffers (ATO Records), who performed with us in the UK at THE AUSSIE BBQ in London and Brighton’s The Great Escape, as well as The Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg in 2018.

We’d also like to congratulate the managers of the winning acts and acknowledge their tireless work for their artists – Alistair Burns (Julia Jacklin), Andrew Parisi & Simone Ubaldi (Amyl & The Sniffers) and Eric Moore (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard).

These amazing Australian acts joined an impressive list of winners which included Mavis Staples, Sudan Archives, Weyes Blood, Fontaines D.C. and IDLES.

Although they didn’t receive an award (this time), it was fantastic to see Alex Cameron and Courtney Barnett nominated, further demonstrating the depth and talent of Australian music right now.

For the full list of winners and more details about the Libera Awards, head to liberaawards.com