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FENDER® CELEBRATES GUNS N’ ROSES BASSIST DUFF MCKAGAN WITH SIGNATURE BASS

Posted in Bass, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - March 29, 2019

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) this week released the Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass® the latest iteration of Fender’s collaboration with the Guns N’ Roses bassist and New York Times bestselling author. The newest model in Fender’s Artist Signature Series captures the true musical essence of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee McKagan. Best known for his work with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver McKagan has had an epic music career,  entertaining and inspiring countless fans. Now, with the Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass, he will continue influencing the industry with a bass guitar that epitomizes rock culture and caters to his unique, melodic playing style that’s impacted bass players and music-lovers everywhere.
“The Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass is a nice evolution of the original bass we released with him,” added Justin Norvell, EVP Fender Products. “While we were developing it, we worked closely with Duff and the first guitar tech for Guns N’ Roses – McBob – to give this bass even more versatility than ever. Duff played these basses on the latest Guns N’ Roses world tour and new features like instant Drop- D tuning with the Hipshot® Bass Xtender came in handy during those 30-song sets with 3 to 4 different tunings.”

ABOUT THE DUFF MCKAGAN DELUXE PRECISION BASS – AUD$2,199
The Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass is based on the ‘80s Jazz Bass Special he used while recording Appetite for Destruction. An evolution of his signature model, this bass adds all the features and stylistic touches that Duff loves. The black painted Modern “C”-shaped quartersawn maple neck has a “Deluxe Jazz Bass Special” headstock logo and rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays, along with the number “12” at the twelfth fret. A must-have for live performance, the Hipshot® Bass Xtender allows instant Drop-D tuning with the flick of a lever. Duff’s signature sound comes from pairing a Fender vintage-style Precision Bass split-coil pickup with a Seymour Duncan® STKJ2B Jazz Bass single-coil bridge pickup. This thunderous tone can be shaped precisely by the Fender TBXTM (Treble/Bass Expander) tone circuit. Additional features include a Pure Vintage ‘70s bridge and a Duff skull-and-crossbones neck plate. A deluxe gig bag is also included.

“The original bass I bought was the only one I took on the road for the Appetite for Destruction tour,” McKagan said. “We had a backup bass, but we didn’t need it. At some point we went to get another bass, but we couldn’t find a Jazz Special, so we went to Fender. To flash forward, be a Fender artist and have my own signature bass with this company is incredible. Fender is James Jamerson, John Paul Jones and it’s the bass that all the greats played. I’m still kind of in awe, and I don’t take it for granted.”

New features inspired by the legendary bassist’s preferences include: instant Drop-D tuning, tonal versatility from a TBXTM (Treble/Bass Expander) tone circuit and a sleek black-painted neck with pearloid block inlays and binding. The signature bass also features a Pure Vintage ‘70s bridge and, as a special touch, a neckplate adorned with Duff’s signature skull-and-crossbones artwork.

McKagan also recently announced the upcoming release of his much-anticipated solo album, Tenderness, which was produced by and features Grammy® award-winner Shooter Jennings, as a musical follow-up to 2015’s best-selling book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions). McKagan and Jennings began recording in March 2018, working out of Station House studios in Echo Park, Calif., where they wrote and recorded in-between McKagan’s tour with seminal rock band Guns N’ Roses and the release of Jennings’ eponymous album, Shooter.

In true tradition, the Fender’s Artist Signature Series honors popular and iconic musicians through product progression and storytelling, creating instruments inspired by the unique specifications of the world’s greatest guitarists and bassists. “It’s an honor to collaborate with such an esteemed and iconic bassist like Duff,  who inspires musicians of all generations and continues to raise the bar through his recorded work and on stage in one of the world’s most iconic bands,” said Matt Watts, VP Artist & Integrated Marketing. “It’s signature artists like him that build on Fender’s tradition of bass excellence.”

For additional information on new Fender products or to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.

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STAND UP FOR CHRISTCHURCH

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 26, 2019

This is not a music show but one we couldn’t ignore plugging. In the wake of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, Australia’s biggest stars in comedy are coming together to perform STAND UP FOR CHRISTCHURCH, a massive benefit* show to support the victims and families affected. All proceeds from the shows will be donated to the The Christchurch Foundation’s, Our People, Our City fund.

A stellar line-up of comedians are donating their time on Saturday April 13 at 4.30pm at Melbourne Town Hall, including Arj Barker, Urzila Carlson, Joel Creasey, Frida Deguise, Dave Hughes, Nazeem Hussain, Jimeoin, Tommy Little, Luke McGregor, Matt Okine, Celia Pacquola, Cal Wilson and Steph Tisdell and more.

Stand Up For Christchurch will be MC’d by organiser Nazeem Hussain, who said: “This line up came together miraculously quick. Comedians normally take 48 hours to respond to anything. They all texted back within 2 minutes! There’s clearly so much love to give from the comedy community.”

Roger Field, Chief Executive Officer, Live Nation Australasia: “We’re honoured to be given the opportunity to support Nazeem in producing this very important show, alongside The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Naz is an inspirational talent who has been able to engage the community to unite for a very special show in support of Christchurch.”

Melbournians choose love over hate, unity over division, laughter over fear.

MELBOURNE TOWN HALL, MAIN HALL
SATURDAY APRIL 13, 4:30PM
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Bookings comedyfestival.com.au or 03 9245 3788
*All proceeds from the shows will be donated to The Christchurch Foundation, to honour and raise vital funds for the victims and families who were tragically affected by the Christchurch attack on 15 March.

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DEF FX 90s ELECTRO SURF ROCK BAND REUNITE FOR JUNE TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 25, 2019

Fronted by the enigmatic Oz rock queen, Fiona Horne and legendary keyboard/vocalist, Ant Banister, Def FX are returning to Australia in June 2019 for select shows and to make sure everyone gets to party like it’s 1996, or as Fiona says, ‘Fuck that! Let’s party like it’s NOW.’

Joining Def FX on tour are Very Special Guests, the blistering Nunchukka Superfly, (who rose from the ashes of Punk Metal Kings, The Hard On’s), Matt Doll (Pop King and founding member of The Mavis’s), Newcastle Punk Priestesses, Bitchcraft and Sydney’s epic Industrial Dance band, Snvff.

With all members of all the bands, sharing long friendships spanning back to the early 90’s, this tour promises to ‘go off and feel like family,’ say’s Horne.

Aria nominated, Number One charting 90’s band, Def FX, are the voice of a generation of Oz rockers who emerged in the 90’s with a totally unique sound: heavy guitars, dance beats and flagrant sampling (before there were laws against it) – a sound that ultimately became Electronica.

But Def FX defied labels, releasing four albums, multiple EP’s and singles and leaving critics scrambling to describe their rock, surf, dance, industrial, punk sound.  The bottom line was that audiences couldn’t get enough of their slamming, crazy high-energy shows, with front woman, Fiona Horne, establishing herself as one of Australia’s most powerful female performers.  Def FX’s seven year career saw them headline tours crisscrossing Australia, USA and Japan non-stop – and sharing the stage with bands like The Smashing Pumpkins and No Doubt.  Def FX also played the main stage every Big Day Out from 1991-1996.

Reuniting in 2012 and again in 2013 for sold out local tours, which saw loyal frenetic fans bringing their teenage kids along into the mosh pit, proved that Def FX forged a great sound for the 90’s… and beyond.

TOUR DATES
Friday, June 21: Bar on the Hill, Newcastle NSW
w/ Nunchukka Superfly and Bitchcraft

Thursday, June 27: CrowBar, Sydney NSW
w/ Nunchukka Superfly

Friday, June 28: Sooki Lounge, Belgrave VIC
w/ Matt Doll (The Mavis’s)

Saturday, June 29: Woolly Mammoth, Fortitude Valley QLD
w/ Nunchukka Superfly and Snvff

Tickets available via Moshtix and Oztix

www.facebook.com/DEFFXOFFICIAL

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RUSSELL MORRIS ANNOUNCED AS LATEST RECORD STORE DAY AMBASSADOR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 25, 2019

RUSSELL MORRIS is now announced to join KATE CEBERANO : DAVE FAULKNER : HOCKEY DAD as this year’s Ambassadors for Record Store Day on Saturday 13 April.

Russell is a perfect match for Record Store Day as indie record stores played a significant part in the new vibe in Russell’s illustrious music career.

When Russell released ‘Sharkmouth’, the first album in his ‘Ghosts and Legend’s trilogy, back in 2012 indie record stores saw what a great album it was and supported it strongly, playing it instore and promoting it to music fans. It sold well, because when they got to hear it, fans loved it. The album won Russell an ARIA Award and that set the pace for the success of the following two in the trilogy.

Russell’s love, commitment and belief in the local record store is immense and he will do anything in his power to help them thrive. With the release of his latest album ‘Black and Blue Heart’, the local record store will again be of significant importance to the release.

For an incredible 12th time, Record Store Day will be once again be celebrated on the same date around the world.  With more than 180 indie music stores around Australia opening their doors for this special day, live music, DJs spinning the vinyl, treasure hunts, parties, barbecues, coffee carts, face painting, special one of releases for many legendary artists and of course, the legendary vinyl crate digging,  will see celebrations of the local Record store taking place on a grand scale.

Pro-Ject Audio Systems will again be on board for the 5th year as the official turntable partner.

Once again the record companies are planning a series of limited edition vinyl releases for the collectors. Many stores are importing pre-loved vinyl specially for the day, as well as raiding their vaults for vinyl, CD and memorabilia treasures. Even the odd cassette or two will appear. The vinyl resurgence continues alongside resilient sales for CDs.

The 12th annual worldwide party, that celebrates the culture of the indie record store, reiterates the importance of the traditional music outlet as one of the major avenues for the public to still discover the many genres of music releases each year. Stores around the world will open their doors to celebrate with music lovers, the musicians who make the music they love, and the people who sell it.

Record Store Day has grown exponentially and is now celebrated by millions of people, in thousands of independent record stores, worldwide. Follow Record Store Day at:

Website:  www.recordstoreday.com.au

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THE AMITY AFFLICTION ANNOUNCE TOUR WITH UNDERØATH, CROSSFAITH and PAGAN.

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 24, 2019

THE AMITY AFFLICTION, arguably Australia’s most successful heavy music exports have announced their huge Australian Tour in September with the support of UNDERØATH, CROSSFAITH and PAGAN.

For all the Brisbane fans, you’ll be treated with the “Heaven And Hell” as part of Brisbane Festival’s 30th anniversary of Riverstage celebration on Saturday 14 September. This show includes additional performances by SOUTHEAST DESERT METAL, VOID OF VISION, ENDLESS HEIGHTS, THORNHILL and more to be announced at a later date.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 12pm Friday, March 29.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning 12pm Wednesday, March 27 until 10am Friday, March 29.

For complete tour, ticket and VIP Experience information, visit: livenation.com.au.

THE AMITY AFFLICTION claimed their fourth consecutive #1 ARIA chart debut with their sixth studio album, “Misery”, (on Roadrunner Records). The album also remained at #1 on iTunes album chart for the entire first week of release. They join a handful of Australian artists to accomplish four consecutive #1 ARIA album debuts along with Silverchair and Powderfinger. Previous #1 albums for The Amity Affliction are “Chasing Ghosts” (2012), “Let The Ocean Take Me” (2014) and “This Could Be Heartbreak” (2016).

The Amity Affliction’s impressive resume of accolades include “This Could Be Heartbreak” (2016) as Gold certification, “Let The Ocean Take Me” (2014) and “Chasing Ghosts” (2012) with Platinum and Gold certifications respectively and “Seems Like Forever”, the #1 ARIA Gold certified documentary chronicling The Amity Affliction’s history up through their epic Let The Ocean Take Me World Tour.

“Misery” was supported with the release of cinematic videos for ‘Ivy’ (Doomsday), ‘Feels Like I’m Dying’ and ‘D.I.E’ together formed a short film written and co-directed by frontman, Joel Birch. The videos have a combined total view of over 2.2 million on YouTube alone.

Fresh off two performances at Download Australia, sold-out crowds around the globe, there is no room for slowing down and these shows will be the biggest yet.

In 2018, UNDERØATH released their first album in eight years, Erase Me, on their Fearless Records debut and added another crucial chapter to their formidable legacy. These melodic power merchants have gold certified records under their belts with They’re Only Chasing Safety (2004) and Define The Great Line (2006). Even with a comeback title seemingly marinating in self-fulfilling prophecy, nobody in their right mind would dare delete UNDERØATH’S measurable contribution to the advancement of post-hardcore and heavy rock. The only thing you need to erase is your patience with their pretenders. It’s great to have UNDERØATH back.

Having long been considered one of the most impressive bands in the world, CROSSFAITH continue to evolve and excite. Their latest release, EX_MACHINA is set in an alternative near future in which the ruling class, known as Angels, maintain their world through artificial intelligence and other technology, which dehumanises people and effectively turns them into drones. Since their inception, CROSSFAITH have been on the edge of a fusion of rock, metal, electronica and big ideas on their albums; and the edge of euphoria with their live shows. The band recently moved up to arena level at home in their native Japan and continue to tour regularly throughout the UK & Europe.

Dwelling in the shadows of Melbourne, PAGAN have spent their young but exuberant existence building a cult attraction to their wild, ritualistic performances and bittersweet death rock and roll. Whether a slot on renowned festivals like UNIFY, Yours & Owls or BIGSOUND, or national tours playing stadiums with Rise Against, or sweaty club shows with King Parrot and Clowns, Pagan have made a name for themselves with their blistering live show, making an impact on each stage they play.

THE AMITY AFFLICTION
AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2019

HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 12

RIVERSTAGE, BRISBANE FESTIVAL
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14

MELBOURNE ARENA, MELBOURNE
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16

TICKETS ON SALE 12PM FRIDAY, MARCH 29
Live Nation pre-sale begins 12pm Wednesday, March 27 until 10am Friday, March 29

For complete tour, ticket and VIP Experience information, visit:
theamityaffliction.net  & livenation.com.au

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TAL WILKENFELD ANNOUNCES DEBUT VOCAL ALBUM

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Australian bass prodigy Tal Wilkenfeld will release her debut vocal album, Love Remains, on March 29 via BMG.

The 10-song collection explores love, loss, and life through a poetic blend of Tal’s lyrics, storytelling and masterful musicianship.

The album was primarily recorded at Los Angeles’ East West Studios and co-produced with Paul Stacey (Oasis, The Kooks, Black Crowes). Jackson Browne contributed as Executive Producer and the album features backing from a bevy of friends and highly respected players including guitarist Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Perfume Genius), keyboardists Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) & Zac Rae (Death Cab for Cutie, Lana Del Rey) and drummer Jeremy Stacey (Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher).

Love Remains is a richly orchestrated body of work that showcases Tal’s evolution from instrumental prodigy to “formidable singer-songwriter” (Rolling Stone), talented vocalist and producer in her own right.

As Jackson Browne acknowledged, “I can’t think of another instrumentalist that has ventured into the area that Tal now has, when it comes to writing and singing songs from her own experience.”

Tal’s written a confronting album that alludes to complex and tragic romance. Just listen to the angsty anthem “Killing Me”. With a thick bass line and steady, punching drums that carry on throughout and frame the expressive lyrics, she emphatically proclaims her yearning to be “held but not beholden.”

From “Corner Painter,” her rollicking debut single featuring Benmont Tench on the pump organ, to “Haunted Love,” a soft selection of melodious yet prolific bass and orchestra, to the warm ballad “Under The Sun,” with yearning sounds of a violin, Love Remains showcases Tal’s talents on full display. She achieves a transcendent balance between instrumental prowess and exquisite songcraft.

Tal is a musical marvel; the kind of dynamic young talent whose fresh vision and uncanny intuition puts a whole new perspective on an age-old art form. She has gained significant recognition from performing on the bass with Jeff Beck and her high-profile guest appearances with legends from Mick Jagger and Prince to The Allman Bros and Herbie Hancock. After relocating stateside from her native Sydney, Australia at just 16-years-old, Tal made believers of rock royalty and fans with her uncommon combination of melodic sensibilities and technical aptitude.

Following the release of her instrumental debut, ‘Transformation,’ Bass Player magazine’s readers’ choice poll named her “The Year’s Most Exciting New Player,” and iconic bassist and producer Don Was presented her the publication’s “Young Gun Award.”

‘Love Remains’ Tracklisting:
1. Corner Painter
2. Counterfeit
3. Hard To Be Alone
4. Haunted Love
5. Love Remains
6. Fistful of Glass
7. Under The Sun
8. One Thing After Another
9. Killing Me
10. Pieces Of Me

Pre-order Love Remains here
https://lnk.to/LoveRemains

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ERIC STECKEL AUSTRALIAN TOUR – MAY 2019

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019


Hailed by many as the top rising star of Blues/Rock, Eric delivers a powerhouse performance that has left audiences in 25 countries (and counting) mesmerized. He brings an energy and passion to the stage that never disappoints and is a must see for fans of vintage guitar rock. This is a show you won’t want to miss!

In an era where pedalboards, laptops and samples have become commonplace, Eric Steckel goes against the grain and harkens his listeners back to the days when great guitars were played loudly through great amps. Hailed by many as the top rising star of Blues/Rock, Eric delivers a powerhouse performance that has left audiences in 25 countries (and counting) mesmerized. He brings an energy and passion to the stage that never disappoints and is a must see for fans of vintage guitar rock.

Few young guitarists can improve on Eric Steckel’s impressive resume. Eric’s debut CD, “A Few Degrees Warmer”, was recorded live in April 2002 when he was just 11 years old. It wasn’t long until he appeared at the 2003 Sarasota Blues Festival where Eric’s powerful set became the talk of the day. Before the night was over Eric was introduced by British Blues/Rock legend, John Mayall as the youngest guitarist ever on stage with the Bluesbreakers. Eric left a lasting impression on Mayall and, in 2004 Mayall invited Eric to appear in Sweden, Norway and Denmark during The Bluesbreakers’ Scandinavian Tour. In early 2005, Eric traveled to Los Angeles where he joined Mayall for session work on the “Road Dogs” record.

Eric then spent the following years filled with marquee festival dates and sold out concert tours in Holland, Germany, Belgium and Italy. He opened for Johnny Winter at The Paradiso in Amsterdam, thrilled audiences at the Tegelen Bluesrock Festival and shared the prime-time bill with Gregg Allman at the legendary Pistoia Blues Festival.

Throughout his teens and young adulthood, Eric released several critically acclaimed live and studio albums. 2006’s “Havana” was a hit among Blues guitar lovers and tracks from this album are still featured often on SiriusXM’s Bluesville station. 2008’s “Feels Like Home” featured the talented Duane Trucks on drums and recalled the 70’s southern rock era. Hits from this album such as “The Ghetto” and “Just Walk Away” receive regular airplay to this day. In 2012, after years on the road, Eric entered the studio once again to record a powerful modern Blues record. “Dismantle The Sun” emerged. In 2015, Eric embarked on a quest to record a fully transatlantic studio album with some of the finest producers, engineers and musicians he knew. This led to “Black Gold” being recorded in both Nashville, Tennessee and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Eric’s current album “Polyphonic Prayer” is his most successful album to date and features Eric on every instrument besides the drums.

Road-tested and seasoned from 20+ years on stage and in the studio, Eric delivers his signature blend of Bluesmetal worldwide to appreciative guitar lovers in 25 countries and counting.

DATES:
May 18th
Blues On Broadbeach Music Festival, Broadbeach Gold Coast
May 19th
Blues On Broadbeach Music Festival, Broadbeach Gold Coast
May 21st
Better Music, Canberra
May 22nd
The Basement, Canberra
May 24th
Bridge Hotel, Sydney
May 25th
Memo Music Hall, St. Kilda Melbourne
May 27th
Pistol Pete’s, Geelong

https://ericsteckel.com/

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GABY MORENO: ‘PALE BRIGHT LIGHTS’ LIVE AT THE FYREFLY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Singer songwriter Gaby Moreno won many hearts while in Australia recently. We captured Gaby at the Fyrefly in St.Kilda singing Pale Bright Lights from her current album Illusion. Use courtesy of Gaby’s management.

https://www.gaby-moreno.com/

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Introducing the Mentors and Participants of ‘Cultivate’ the first women-only leadership program for music industry leaders  

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Music Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Government is thrilled to announce the very first recipients and mentors of the inaugural pilot ‘Cultivate’, Victoria’s new initiative for mid-level to established women leaders in the state’s contemporary music sector. The program was officially launched Wednesday 20 March at The Corner Hotel with an all-day workshop including talks by keynote speakers Mrs Chloe Shorten and Director and CEO of ACMI Katrina Sedgwick, and hosted by Australian music industry veteran Leanne de Souza.

An overwhelming amount of applications left project manager Sarah DeBorre and the programs reference group with the hard task of shortlisting before selecting the first participants of the newly created leadership coaching program for women in the Victorian music sector.

Supported by the Minister For Women, the ‘Cultivate’ program aims to foster the development of some of the state’s key decision makers, business owners, and industry leaders within the music sector, by partnering them up with CEOs, senior role holders and experienced mentors to support and guide the advancement of their careers. “The women selected for this program are leaders in our music industry who possess the potential to influence and empower other women. Throughout this program, they will attend masterclasses, get personalised leadership coaching, be supported by an experienced mentor, and build a strong network to help them take the next step in their leadership,“ says Gabrielle Williams Minister For Women of the program.

The first talented women selected to take part in the exciting new leadership program ‘Cultivate’ 2019 are Dallas Frasca Director, A Hitch to the Sticks Festival/ Industry Mentor, Collarts; Kate Duncan CEO, The Push Inc; Katie Besgrove Co-Owner, Look Out Kid
General Manager, Barely Dressed Records; Coco Eke Label Manager, Bad Apples Music and Sally Mather, Music & Marketing Manager, Corner Group.

“The Cultivate program is a genius idea and I couldn’t be more stoked and grateful to be a recipient alongside these inspiring woman paving paths in Australia. The incredible initiative will have a long-lasting impact on the music industry and be felt for the years to come. “Give a woman a fish, and you’ll feed her for a day. Teach a woman to fish, and you’ve fed her for a lifetime.” That’s the saying right?” – Dallas Frasca.

Carefully selected by Project Manager, Sarah DeBorre, Amanda Walker – Co-founder & owner Lord of the Fries (LOTF) & Weirdoughs, Mia Klitsas – Co-founder and Director Moxie Products and The Brand Maketh, Jackie Antas – General Manager, Communications Ticketmaster/Live Nation Entertainment, Australia and New Zealand, Leonie Morgan AM – Consultant and Board Director and Sarah Davies – CEO Philanthropy Australia will all spend one-on-one time with the five outstanding leaders of the Victorian music industry.

The extensive program offers each participant a one-on-one coaching package with Leadership Victoria in Executive Leadership Coaching, that aims to help facilitate behavioural and attitudinal shifts to enable both individuals and groups to overcome barriers to change and to realise their own potential and the potential of their organisation.

In addition to the Leadership Coaching, four specialised Masterclasses in Fundamentals and Foundations of Leadership, Frameworks to use in Leadership, Façade of your Leadership, Futureproofing your Leadership will be held between April and June and will be coached by Louise Thomson of Global People Two. Louise helps people understand their own and others’ personality, their own emotional intelligence, the effect of their conversational style on others and how to build the capability and confidence of their team to create effective workplaces and communities.

“Mentoring is a powerful tool that really makes a difference and I am so excited to be paired with the amazing Coco Eke from Bad Apples Music as part of the Cultivate Program.  There is a lot we can discover together.” – Leonie Morgan, Consultant and Board Director.

The program was open for Victorian residents who identify as a woman and currently hold leadership or management positions at their place of employment within the contemporary music sector.

‘Cultivate’ Pilot Program 2019
March – June 2019

Participants
Dallas Frasca – Director, A Hitch to the Sticks Festival/ Industry Mentor, Collarts
Kate Duncan – CEO, The Push Inc.
Katie Besgrove – Co-Owner, Look Out Kid
General Manager, Barely Dressed Records
Coco Eke – Label Manager, Bad Apples Music
Sally Mather – Music & Marketing Manager, Corner Group

Mentors
Amanda Walker – Co-founder & owner Lord of the Fries (LOTF) & Weirdoughs
Mia Klitsas – Co-founder and Director Moxie Products and The Brand Maketh
Jackie Antas – General Manager, Communications Ticketmaster/Live Nation Entertainment, Australia and New Zealand
Leonie Morgan AM – Consultant and Board Director
Sarah Davies – CEO Philanthropy Australia

Find out more about ‘Cultivate’ at www.musicvictoria.com.au/cultivate

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SARA STORER: RAIN DANCING AROUND AUSTRALIA

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 21, 2019

Australian singer, songwriter and performer Sara Storer has recently released new music from her forthcoming seventh studio album RAINDANCE. The ARIA award and 21 Golden Guitar award winning artist has recently signed with Universal Music Australia on a world-wide deal.

The new album RAINDANCE is being released on April 12 and is available to pre-order now. The first single out now is the title track Raindance which is also available as an instant grat for digital preorders of the album.

Speaking of the first single Raindance, Sara shares: “Raindance is a song of hope. It also sends a message of coming together through dance and song. Music is great therapy and while our nation waits on rain let’s dance and sing this drought away. As a songwriter, we can often find ourselves writing stories with a heavy heart whether it be about ourselves or of others. So with regard to the drought, and the endless hardships of Aussie farmers, I felt it time to write a song of hope. A song that can lift out spirits during the nations wait for rain.”

A power-house of contributions saw the album produced by Sara’s long-time collaborator and producer Matt Fell at Sydney’s Love Hz Studios, with Shane Nicholson engineering the drums and guitar tracks at his Central Coast Sound Hole Studios.

Continuing the impressive array of contributors, Colin Hay features as a vocal collaboration on the song Next Year People, originally written and recorded by Hay. Others featuring on the record include Sara’s brother Greg Storer, and country artist Fanny Lumsden.

Physical album pre-orders from Sara’s website will receive a complimentary tote bag while stocks last celebrating the release of the album, while some other retailers are offering signed albums.

RAINDANCE album track listing:
1.       Raindance
2.       My Little Men
3.       Ploughin’ It In
4.       Next Year People
5.       Hayrunner
6.       Every Boy Needs a Bike
7.       How Sweet The Voice
8.       Natalie
9.       Fox
10.     The Captain
11.     Someday
12.     Jigalong Girls

Sara is currently on the road:
MARCH
Fri 22nd – Noojee Hotel, VIC 
www.noojeehotel.com.au  
Sat 23rd – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne VIC 
www.caravanmusic.com.au  

APRIL
Wed 10th –  The Publican Hotel, Mornington VIC 
www.publicanmornington.com.au
Thu 11th – Alexandra Shire Hall, VIC
Fri 12th – Gateway Hotel, Geelong VIC 
www.thegatewayhotel.com.au  


Sat 13th – Commercial Club, Albury NSW 
www.commercialclubalbury.com.au 


Sun 14th – Commercial Club, Wagga Wagga NSW  www.waggarsl.com.au/commercial-club 



MAY
Thu 2nd – Laurieton United Services Club, NSW 
 

http://www.waggarsl.com.au/commercial-club
Fri 3rd – Macksville Ex-Services Club, NSW 
www.macksvilleexservices.com.au


Sat 4th – Casino RSM Club, NSW 
www.casinorsm.com.au


Fri 10th – Hamilton Hotel, Brisbane QLD 
www.hamiltonhotel.com.au


Sat 11th – Caloundra RSL Club, QLD 
www.caloundrarsl.com.au
Thu 16th – Southern Cross Club, Canberra ACT   
www.cscc.com.au/woden 


Fri 17th – Milton Theatre, NSW 
www.miltontheatre.com.au


Sat 18th – Club Sapphire, Merimbula NSW 
www.clubsapphire.com.au  

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