Thursday, 13 Nov 2014


We congratulate Lachlan Bryan on winning The Age Music Victoria Award for Best Country Album 2014 for Black Coffee. Lachlan is currently on a 22-date tour of the US. 

Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall (The Audreys) have been commissioned by Restless Dance Company to compose new music for its forthcoming production ‘The Balance’ which will also include several existing works by The Audreys. We also congratulate Taasha and Tristan on their ARIA Awards nomination for Best Blues/Roots Album for Til My Tears Roll Away. They have won the ARIA three times previously. 

Congratulations to Terry Mann (Coach Bombay) for his Screen Music Awards nomination for Best Original Song Composed For The Screen for ‘Giggle Galaxy’ (for ABC TV’s ‘Giggle & Hoot’). 

Davey Lane has released his debut solo album Atonally Young and is touring nationally in November.


Alberts and The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) have entered into a partnership to preserve the company’s archive of audiovisual materials, documentation and artifacts. The partnership was announced and celebrated at the Opera House with a special performance by Megan Washington.

The Delta Riggs’ second album, Dipz Zebazios, debuted at #38 on the ARIA Albums Chart and featured as Triple J’s feature album. Last month saw Alberts extend their relationship with the band whilst also welcoming Lime Cordiale and The Griswolds to the roster.

Congratulations are in order for Paul Grabowsky, taking out Best Jazz Album at ARIA’s Artisan Awards, as well as  Best Jazz release at the Carlton Dry AIR Awards for The Bitter Suite (ABC Jazz/UMA). Also amongst the ARIA nominations were Emma Swift (Best Country Album) and John Butler Trio (Best Blues and Roots Album).

In sync news, ‘Fred Astaire’ by San Cisco appeared in the UK film, The Inbetweeners, ‘1941’ by Roscoe James Irwin features in a TV promo for the History Channel on Foxtel and ‘Begin Again’ by Megan Washington featured in the TV series, Winners & Losers. 


Aboriginal music from Central Australia will be showcased to an international audience next month during the Australasian World Music Expo (AWME), held in Melbourne 13-16 November.  This showcase will feature Jacinta Price, Stewart Gaykamangu and Tjintu Desert Band and will be a free event held at the Shebeen in Melbourne from 12-2pm on Friday 14 November.

This year Jacinta Price toured Western Australia and has performed at the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs), the Darwin Festival, Alice Desert Festival and at the BIGSOUND music industry conference held in Brisbane, AWME and Nannup Folk Festival in Western Australia 27 February – 2 March.  

Stewart Gaykamangu, previously of Iwantja Band, has been working on his debut album, due for release early 2015 and fulfilling commissions to write the Quitline’s anti-smoking song ‘Break Free’ and the anniversary song for Ayers Rock Resort ‘Tjukurpa Ninti’.  

2014 has been Tjintu Desert Band’s breakout year, with national review coverage for their debut album Tjamuku Ngurra, a nomination for Best New Talent at the NIMAs, four songs listed as finalists for NT Song of the Year, and performances at Barunga Festival, the NIMAs in Darwin, Alice Desert Festival and Around the Campfire. 


JL Music Publishing is delighted to announce the Australian and New Zealand exclusive launch of Choon Finder, the one-stop-shop for music searching and licensing.

Choon Finder is a web based platform for hosting and sourcing production library music, to create a streamlined process for music users such as advertising agencies, producers and music supervisors to search, source and license quality music. The search algorithm allows the user to enter simple keywords describing tempo, era, genre and more to bring up the best results and avail them for download in broadcast quality. Licensing for the music is via the APRA AMCOS Production Music System, so for production music clients it couldn’t be easier.

Best of all we have access to some of the world’s best and most up to date music libraries - no stale production music from the 80's (unless that’s what is called for!) - with access to over 20,000 tracks from the Chicago Music Library, Hollywood Film & TV Music Library. And from October, the brilliant POPVIRUS library, all exclusive to JL Music for Australia and NZ APRA AMCOS Production Music Clients.

For more information please contact Daniel Randell


Mushroom Music Publishing celebrated a magnificent evening at The 10th Carlton AIR Awards in Melbourne. 

Violent Soho’s LP Hungry Ghost received awards for Best Independent Album and Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album.  The guys are celebrating Hungry Ghost achieving Gold!

Sheppard collected the accolade for Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year.

Dan Sultan’s LP Blackbird won Best Independent Blues & Roots Album. 

We congratulate Illy for his album Cinematic reaching Gold sales; this follows his single ‘Tightrope’ selling over 100,000.

Fraser A Gorman signed to London record label Marathon Artists. Fraser will be supporting Damon Albarn in December.

ARIA Artisan and Fine Art Awards 2014 – Chet Faker won Producer of the Year, Engineer of the Year and Cover Art for Built On Glass.

Mushroom artists performing at CMJ in New York include Saskwatch, DMA’s, Bad//Dreems, Caitlin Harnett, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Eden Mulholland.

Mushroom Sync pitched and landed placements for Until The Ribbon Breaks in a Nick Scali furniture campaign, Ash Grunwald for Nissan and Vance Joy for Network Ten’s Wonderland TV Promo


Native Tongue is proud to announce the signing of Courtney Barnett to a publishing agreement for Australia and New Zealand. 

The Melbourne singer-songwriter has garnered widespread attention over the past 12 months, from influential music site Pitchfork to an American network television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

On the sync front there have been uses for Charles William (Disney film & Soundtrack, European clothing TVC), Battles (Red Rooster), Gin Wigmore (Party Tricks Promo), Olympic Ayres (Topshop), The Fumes (Jack Daniels) and Sydney Wayser (Billabong) to name a few.


Origin Music Publishing is pleased to welcome three exciting new signings to exclusive worldwide representation:

Singer songwriter Scott Spark managed to secure a grant via the Grant McLennan Scholarship to help fund the writing and recording of his second album Muscle Memory, produced Ben Tolliday. The album is being released (via MGM) early May and the song ‘Two Alarms’ is the first featured track. Scott has commissioned a free ‘Two Alarms’ phone app to help promote the release.

Melbourne based singer songwriter Tom Kline developed his debut EP release with Grammy award winning producer Francois Tetaz (Tetaz is noted for his production work with fellow ORiGiN writer Wally de Backer). Tom is a gifted songwriter with a wonderfully graphic technique in building stories with his lyric work.

Michael Carpenter first became associated with ORiGiN as a key part of the group Eva Trout. His recent production achievement includes his mixing of the latest Russell Morris album and The Basics Live DVD/album. Michael has joined ORiGiN at a time when he is most inspired to put more time into his songwriting talent – his own work and as a collaborator. Michael works out of the Love Hz Studios in Sydney.  


New signings: 

  • Wolfe Brothers  - Australia’s hottest country rock band
  • Honeyfeet – (Manchester UK based ethio-trad, folk-hop band) – world deal         
  • Gemini Downs – (Indie Pop)
  • The Timbers – Alternative Folk
  • Charlie Parr (Country Blues)/Gabby Young & Other Animals (Eccentric Brit Pop)/Pokey La Farge (American Roots) – Heyday Media Group
  • Michelle Cashman – (Singer Songwriter Storyteller)
  • Snarky Puppy (New York based jazz, funk, world music) – Ropeadope Label
  • Empire Of Sounds (Swedish Singer Songwriter)


  • “Lillies Of The Valley  (Jun Miyake) Westpac 12 month TVC
  • “My Heart Goes Boom” (Miss Li) – Lend Lease website
  • “Make it Happen” (Steve Lucas) – Yoplait US TVC
  • “Contact” Daft Punk (Sherb’s sample – Garth Porter/Tont Mitchell/Daryl Braithwaite) – Playstation tvc – U.S TVC
  • “It’s On” (Wolfe Bros)  Theme for 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival
  • “I Don’t Want To Stop” – Lance Ferguson (Bamboos) – Virgin Summer campaign


  • House Husbands  - Garth Porter/Clive Shakespeare (Summer Love) 
  • Julia Zemira's Home Delivery – All music supplied by Perfect Pitch / Melanie Horsnell/Anton Hughes/Martin Kennedy/Kylie Auldist/Juzzie Smith/Dave Froggatt/Jamie Fonti / Elizabeth Martin
  • Wonderland – Lance Ferguson (Bamboos)/Empire of Sounds 
  • A Model Adventure -  Ch 7 – Claude Hay / All India Radio


Australian super-producer M-Phazes continues to build his global brand with news that he has secured two cuts on the debut album from hotly tipped Def Jam signing Logic.  ‘Bounce’ and ’Til The End’ which will both feature on Logic’s debut album Under Pressure. 

After returning home from their UMPG LA writing trip full of songwriting, label meetings and fan meet ups, Little Sea have chosen a label home at Sony Music.

Speaking of the integral role UMPG have played in their career thus far Little Sea said "UMP has been a big part of our story early on which has lead to us finding the best possible label home for Little Sea.” 

Universal Music Publishing Australia has signed a global music publishing deal with acclaimed songwriter/producer and artist Lance Ferguson. The New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based Ferguson divides his time between his duties as a broadcaster and DJ and releasing pop/electronica under his LANU guise, and leading Australia’s four times ARIA nominated soul outfit The Bamboos. The accomplished collaborator also lends his production, songwriting and guitar skills to a multitude of Australian and international artists including Aloe Blacc, Tim Rogers, Daniel Merriweather, Lyrics Born and Megan Washington, amongst many others.


During the October long weekend, a Sounds Australian event was held at The King’s School, Parramatta. The conference was run by the MTA, NSW. And Wirripang was the major sponsor.

Wirripang composers Jocelyn Kotchie and Joanne Burrows both gave well received presentations on teaching students, ranging from children to young adults.  Pianist John Martin presented his performance works as well as those of Ann Carr-Boyd. A splendid concert by pianist Amanda Handel preceded a very successful cocktail party.  Amanda had also given a presentation aimed at students ranging from grade three piano to advanced.  Plus Wendy Dixon and David Miller launched a new Voice of Australia pedagogy album with true professionalism. 

One event that tore at the heartstrings of most delegates was a moving talk and piano performance by Phillip Wilcher, focusing on the works he composed. Throughout the conference there were demonstrations of the toy piano by Diana Blom and Christina Whiteley presented her new book, ‘Australian Invading Turkey’, a very pertinent topic regarding the forthcoming commemorations for WWI.  Indeed a thoroughly musical occasion, well attended by MTA teachers and a number of Wirripang composers and editors including May Howlett, Jane Andino and Jeanell Carrigan.  

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