The Dirt: Getting to Know Your (Music Industry) Body
SO: you’ve got a great song, and people love you on the Internet. You might have had some radio play, or played some shows to people who aren’t in your immediate family. But what’s next? How do you take your career in music to the next level, and who can help you get there?
With a lil help from Alex Lahey, Tia Gostelow, Tired Lion, and BAD//DREEMS, we’re here to give you a heads up.
All around Australia there are music bodies representing YOU as a musician within your community. As a member to one of these bodies, you can access all sorts of helpful stuff: professional development workshops, networking opportunities, discounts on travel, and conference passes for things like Bigsound and Face The Music.There’s heaps more, too: check out the body representing musicians in your state below, and join a family of talented musicians and music professionals. As your family here at Unearthed, we reckon it’s a cool idea.
“Music Victoria has opened up a whole new music community for me to be a part of, where I can find the support I need as an artist, as well as the answers to questions that are hard to navigate alone.” – Alex Lahey
Music Victoria members receive discounted rates on advertising, merchandise production, rehearsal studios, insurance and travel. There’s also free access to professional development workshops, and discounted tickets to music conferences.
"I’ve been a member of QMusic for a few years now. It's led me to showcasing at Little BIGSOUND in 2015, BIGSOUND in 2016 and also receiving 6 nominations at the 2017 QMusic Awards. Musicians serious about building a career should become a member of their state’s music organisation." - Tia Gostelow
QMusic has become the first point of contact for emerging artists. They run BIGSOUND and the Queensland Music Awards as well as several workshops, seminars and masterclasses across the state every year.
- Looking for one on-one career advice?
- Want to connect with Industry professionals?
- Showcase your work at BIGSOUND or Little BIGSOUND
- Chuck some workshops and events in your calendar
- Be a part of Queensland Music Awards
"The resources and networking opportunities MusicNSW give young emerging artists creates such a wonderful platform from which to launch a career. I have felt the full weight of this support and it meant I was able to complete a debut album and tour the world." - Gordi.
MusicNSW develops new and exciting programs to increasing access and opportunities to and within the music industry. They also take an active role in developing state-wide plans to improve contemporary music around the State.
"Being a part of something like WAM is a real important thing. The amount of support and guidance that is provided to you free of charge is incredible. Without this type of support, it's really easy to get lost and stop growing as a musician or artist, so I think it's a great thing to be a part of." - Ethan Darnell, Tired Lion
WAM builds and strengthens the WA music community by developing, celebrating and connecting musicians, industry professionals and enthusiasts. Each year, WAM put on a music awards night and a festival for new and upcoming artists to showcase their music and attend conferences.
“MusicSA was really important to the band in its early years. We were lucky enough to receive several grants which helped us fund our first EP and early tours. A bit further down the track we were among the inaugural recipients of the Robert Stigwood Fellowship, which helped us with our first overseas tours.” - Alex Cameron, Bad//Dreems
MusicSA delivers workshops and training programs in schools, professional development, consultancy service for SA artists and showcase/live performance opportunities. They also run an accredited music business training program and secondary school vocational education training (VET) programs.
- Have your name listed in the music industry directory
- Get involved with the SAM AWARDS
- Learn all about music business with these courses
- Play Umbrella Sounds Music Festival or attend a workshop
- Check out the Gig Guide
MusicACT formed to strengthen connections between the ACT and the broader music industry, helping artists launch their art outside of the territory, with the help of political lobbying, advising, and professional development.
MusicNT supports the evolving growth and development of the music industry in the Northern Territory through a number of programs encouraging NT musicians to create and export their music to the world.
- With initiatives like Desert Divas
- Opportunities to play Bush Bands
- Be in the running for Song of The Year
- Enhance your music career at the Intune Music Conference
- Get involved with the National Indigenous Music Awards
Music Tasmania offers programs and services to help develop the diverse talent of Tassie’s musicians. They partner up with events and festivals, and provide artists with plenty of opportunities.
Lastly, don’t forget about AMIN. Each peak body is connected to all the other peak bodies via the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN). It’s AMIN that connects and represents the music industry on a national level and works to:
- Market and promote the Australian music industry internationally to strengthen our presence overseas and create more opportunities for Australian musicians.
- Negotiate with music related businesses, such as travel agents, airlines, hire car companies and hotels, to offer discounts and benefits for members.
Become a member today and you’ll have access to all these opportunities. Don’t forget, you’ll be supporting yourself, local music, and industry professionals and that’s a pretty darn awesome thing!