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Songwriters should get paid

Live, Music, News & Commentary, Recorded |

Artists, no one needs reminding, scramble to survive financially. Musicians in some ways are luckier than artists working in other disciplines because at least they have a body in place to help them claim royalties. Australian songwriters who play live can submit performance reports to the Australian Performing Rights Association by July 31 to get paid for their work during the previous

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Tim Minchin’s Come Home (Cardinal Pell) nominated for Song of the Year

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One of the most talked-about songs in Australia last year has been nominated for the 2017 APRA Song of the Year award. Comedian and composer Tim Minchin’s Come Home (Cardinal Pell) was released as a charity single in February last year, with proceeds going towards survivors of child sexual abuse in Catholic institutions. The money raised allowed

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Are the Grammys racist? Adele’s win over Beyoncé raises questions

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Under normal circumstances, winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year is cause for great celebration. But when Adele was yesterday awarded the honour for her latest finely produced collection of balladry and acoustic pop, 25, the British singer said that she couldn’t possibly accept the award. Adele said, quite explicitly, that the honour should have

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No Zu review (NGV, Melbourne)

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Another NGV Friday in Melbourne – it’s a very refined sort of gig this one; relaxed yet artsy. As always, there is a wide maxi of people here – from the NGV regulars in  suits and dressy clothes to the t-shirt wearing crowd just here for a band and a drink. Pretty much anything goes. Tonight (February

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Triple J’s Hottest 100 breaks record while January 26 date still under review

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There’s been no campaign to get Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber to the top of the Hottest 100, or any similar movement for this week’s countdown. But that hasn’t stopped Triple J from recording the most votes ever cast for the popular annual event. More than 2.2 million votes were received for this year’s countdown, up 7.6% from last

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