Gold Coast music industry news: September 2018

Electrik Lemonade. Photographer Nadia Achiles

A Gold Coast run-down of news for local musicians and others in the music industry. Got news to share? Email us at news at

GC music industry soiree explores creativity

Join Gold Coast’s music industry folk at a casual networking event hosted by TAFE Queensland Gold Coast. TAFE’s Brad Hosking (Amy Shark, Electrik Lemonade, City Over Sand) will deliver a presentation on the science behind creativity before he joins a panel to further explore the creative process. TAFE are providing a drink on arrival, and tasty canapes and they’ll also open a new arts space and host tours of their studios and music facilities. RSVP is essential for the 11 September event which kicks off at 4.30pm. Email details or to register.


Gold Coast on show at Australian Music Week

Australian Music Week has announced its first live artists and four Gold Coast acts are in the mix for the November event. Gold Coast Music Award winners Ella Fence and The Mason Rack Band have scored showcase slots, alongside Kirra punks Hot Wax and alt-country-blues duo Little Georgia. The event takes place 7 – 11 November in Cronulla and includes masterclasses, panels and workshops as well as hundreds of live performances throughout Cronulla’s quirky venues. Early-bird tickets are just $99. More at


A little Gold at BIGSOUND

Gold Coast will be well represented at BIGSOUND this year too. Not only do we have our own city showcase with Black Rabbit George, Phoebe Sinclair and Electrik Lemonade (pictured in feature image by Nadia Achilles) strutting their stuff thanks to City of Gold Coast, we also have ten talented artists attending the event thanks to City of Gold Coast bursaries. PACES will perform twice (including at the infamous Oztix party) and San Mei, Eliza and the Delusionals and Hollow Coves also have showcase performances. Little Georgia are also jumping on board Footstomp’s showcase. Dylan Lindquist (Clawmachine) also scored a QMusic bursary to attend the industry event. Busy times.


New music supported by Council

Eight Gold Coast artists have received grants from a new round of Council funding which specifically supports music projects. Aquila Young, Radolescent, Mitch King, IVEY, Benny D Williams, San Mei, ELSKA and Ella Fence have all received cash to help them record or support the release of new music. There’s another round of these special RADF grants opening soon, so keep your eyes peeled on Council’s Art and Culture feeds to stay in the loop, or join the Blank GC industry e-list (where you’ll get all kinds of news like this) at


Music industry inquiry

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts has commenced an inquiry into the Australian music industry. The committee will examine the potentialfor continued growth and the factors affecting the success of the Australian music industry, both domestically and internationally. They want to how Australian composers, songwriters, performers, and producers can expand their reach and better compete with overseas artists and they’re asking for input from investors, music companies, record labels, cultural organisations, festivals and other businesses that connect Australian musicians and music with audiences and markets. Submissions are due by Friday 21 September and can be made online at or by emailing

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