The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-14T07:02:50Z Your Shot Brissy DJ Showcase this Weekend - Inspirational Contestants and Awesome Headliners 2017-07-14T07:02:50Z your-shot-brissy-dj-showcase-this-weekend-inspirational-contestants-and-awesome-headliners **PHOTO & VIDEO OPPORTUNITY** Your Shot presented by Alcatel Brisbane DJ Showcase this weekend! “I don’t let my disability define me as I am much more than that. The one thing Your Shot has seriously helped me with, apart from becoming a better DJ, is improving my confidence and self-esteem", Karime Baylis, Your Shot 2017 Contestant. Photo/Video opportunity: Interview Headline Acts, Inspirational Qld Contestants, Your Shot Director & Founder Available for interview: Karime Baylis - with cerebral palsy and severe deafness Karime has his fair share of challenges, but is the most determined and dedicated contestant this year - 1st in line when doors opened on registration day. Tigerlily - worldwide sensation and humble Australian DJ (Your Shot 2010 Alum) NYC Producer Party Thieves - renowned for his hard hitting EDM club selections Steve Pillemer - Your Shot Director and Founder, who has taken Your Shot from Australia to global markets including USA and China Contestants and their families will also be available and keen to talk about their journey Event Details: WHAT: Your Shot presented by Alcatel DJ Showcase WHEN: Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July 12pm - 10pm WHERE: Birdees, 608 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006 Background: Your Shot presented by Alcatel, is an Australian DJ competition (in its 8th year) which anyone can enter, with or without experience, the only requirement is a passion for music.This year, saw 10,000 young Aussies register. 360 were selected across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne for a 6-week intensive training course from some of the industry’s best at The Training Academy. This weekend,120 Brisbane contestants will battle it out for 2017 bragging rights and the opportunity to experience and perform at a leading global music festival, alongside world famous DJs. Karime Baylis is one of the 120 contestants to perform this weekend. Karime puts his heart and soul into his artform while managing Cerebral Palsy and severe deafness. When he initially discovered his passion for music at age 15, it was an escape from bullying at school during his lunch hour. He really started to action his passion when his mother saved up to purchase a Pioneer DJ deck. Months later, this equipment was stolen from his home, at which point his community and Pioneer stepped up to pool together a staggering $6,800 and replace the stolen decks. Now 19, Karime will be hitting the decks for the Your Shot title! He says of his Your Shot experience: “I don’t let my disability define me as I am much more than that. The one thing Your Shot has seriously helped me with, apart from becoming a better DJ, is improving my confidence and self-esteem. It is mind blowing how many people Your Shot brings together who share such a deep passion for EDM and all the opportunities to be able to network, ask advice, pick their brains & ask questions you may not normally get to ask, really is amazing!” NYC producer The Party Thieves (a.k.a Jared Mc Farlin) renowned for his hard-hitting EDM club selections, and Your Shot 2010 Alum and DJ royalty Tigerlily and will be headlining the two-day battle. Tigerlily said: “Your Shot single handily changed my life and launched me into the world of DJing. There is no chance I would be where I am today without it. I love to return to Your Shot each year and reminisce about my first set – it was so much fun!” Your Shot presented by Alcatel is a one-of-a-kind local DJ competition that provides a unique opportunity for Aussies with little or no DJ experience to transform their passion for music into a career. Taking the east coast by storm, 2017 will see 800 contestants trained by some of Australia’s best DJ talent over six weeks at The Academy and then perform in the hopes of taking home the title of Your Shot 2017 winner. “Your Shot isn’t about the end goal, it is about the beginning, helping aspiring DJs take the first steps to follow their passion for music. I want them to look up at their favourite DJ and think it’s an achievable goal, not just a dream”, said Your Shot Director, Steve Pillemer. "Your Shot is so much more than a competition, its a family, a community. We are thrilled to have past contestants like Tigerlily who have elevated their DJ career to great heights both in Oz and abroad, and a global superstar like The Party Thieves on-board to support our up-and-coming artists. We are chuffed that they are headlining Brisbane and can't wait for a stellar 2017 showcase", he added. If you are interested in attending or interviewing any of those mentioned above, please contact Rachael Blasina at +61 428 073 703. Unique Hi-Fi and AV Show for lovers of hip-hop to classical and everything in between 2017-06-22T06:06:04Z unique-hi-fi-and-av-show-for-lovers-of-hip-hop-to-classical-and-everything-in-between Music and AV aficionados from Sydney and surrounds are in for a unique treat with the upcoming Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show from 28-30 July. Just for their pleasure, dozens of hotel rooms at the InterContinental at Circular Quay will be stripped bare so they emulate a family lounge room or home theatre setting. Nowhere else in Australia can music and AV lovers appreciate 150 major brands from the world's finest audio products in one place in such an appealing five-star location. BYO music is encouraged: from hip-hop to classical. It's the best way to relax, hear and compare preferred music choices in as natural a home environment as possible. Visitors to the show can get hands-on experience on all types of gear including speakers, electronics, turntables, headphones, music streamers and computer systems. Roy Bird, CEO of the Chester Group, the Show's organiser, said the top three things that music and AV lovers want to know at the moment is: how to stream quality audio and video; the real difference between analogue and digital sound; and how beneficial or not hi-fi cables are. "We know that visitors to the show care about the quality of sound reproduction and they want the best they can afford. That's why it's important for exhibitors to have the best acoustics possible in each room," he said. Highlights for visitors to the 2017 Show in July will be: * Fiona Joy, Australian pianist, singer and composer will be performing concerts on each day in the Fort Macquarie Room. * Arguably the best home theatre system in the world combining a Barco Residential ultra-high definition projector for a Cinema-at-Home experience. * StormAudio's immersive audio processors and amplifiers in the latest format Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with Atlantic Technology loudspeakers. * Mark Döhmann presenting his ever-popular Vinyl Masterclasses, which are always a full house. * All the top brands will be represented. Prizes available to win include: 10 portable Bluetooth speaker units; a $4000 amplifier; a portable audio player worth $1500.00; a $600 headphone; and many more generous prizes. All exhibitors ensure experts are on hand to address any questions and numerous seminar sessions help visitors learn: for example, how-to set up a sound system, stream music around the home, turn a computer into a high-end audio source, and how to control everything from a smartphone and tablet. For more information visit https://www.chestergroup.org/australianhifiavshow/2017https://www.facebook.com/australianhifiavshow/ A full press release and photos can be downloaded from here:https://wmcpr.com.au/unique-hi-fi-av-show-lovers-hip-hop-classical-everything/ An industry expert is available for interview. Please contact Wendy McWilliams to arrange a suitable time. Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Get Set Everybody this Australia Day at Treasury 2017-01-03T01:33:28Z get-set-everybody-this-australia-day-at-treasury Taxiride are well and truly back - with the original line-up once again joining forces at Treasury Brisbane this Australia Day. Get set everybody, to enjoy this free live performance from 8.30pm on Thursday, 26 January in the LiveWire Bar. The four Melbourne musicians, who have dominated the Australian music scene, are travelling north to perform the best of their chart topping hits such as ‘Get Set’, ‘Everywhere You Go’, ‘Can You Feel’ and ‘Nothing In This World’. QLD Managing Director, Geoff Hogg is excited to welcome such an energetic and iconic Australian band to Treasury. 'Taxiride has had huge success in Australia and overseas. Their unique sound is still there and the hit songs they have penned have stood the test of time. There is no doubt that their performance on Australia Day will provide our guests with a thrilling entertainment experience and we look forward to welcoming them here at Treasury' said Geoff. Performance Details Date: Thursday, 26 January 2017 Venue: LiveWire Bar at Treasury Brisbane Time: From 8.30pm No bookings required. ENDS Media Contact Luana Latham Communications Manager Treasury Brisbane T: 0427 904 284 E: luana.latham@star.com.au DISCOVER 30 YEARS OF ROXETTE HITS AS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD THEM BEFORE 2016-12-14T07:59:15Z discover-30-years-of-roxette-hits-as-you-ve-never-heard-them-before "Songs for Nurseries, Toy Rooms & other Sweet Places" MEDIA RELEASE, SYDNEY, 14 DECEMBER 2016: Today, Australian boutique music company, Bamm Bamm Wolfgang, have released an exclusive collection of classic Roxette songs, reimagined as lullaby instrumentals for the next generation of magic friends. Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) promises to “Rox you like a baby!”. Join the Baby Roxers, Baby Jane and Baby Cooper (the animated artists and babes behind the music), on a melodic journey across three decades of Roxette. Serenade your little one with a starry twist on hits like “Listen To Your Heart” and “The Look” and other fan favourites, including “Silver Blue” and “Stars”. The ultimate gift for Roxette aficionados, this lovingly crafted 12-track compilation appeals to little ears with mesmorising melodies and dreamy instrumentals, making The Lullaby Hits (Vol.1) the essential soundtrack for a “Perfect Day” until it is time to “Go To Sleep”. Adam Alexander, Creative Director of Bamm Bamm Wolfgang comments: “This is a passion project for me. I’m a Daddy and have been an avid Roxette fan since the early 90s. While I adore traditional lullabies, it’s my hope that this record can be something a little more personal for Roxette fans, who are now becoming parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles – to add to their repertoire and share with their little ones. A musical inheritance, if you like!”. To accompany the release, Bamm Bamm Wolfgang have collaborated with Director Robertino Zambrano to produce a sensory music video starring Baby Jane and Baby Cooper, capturing the adventurous and imaginative spirit of the album. Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) is available from Wednesday, 14 December 2016. Album download available from digital stores. A limited-edition CD is available via the official Roxette website www.roxette.se. To find out more, visit: Website: http://www.babyroxers.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/babyroxers Twitter: twitter.com/Baby_Roxers Instagram: Instagram/babyroxers – END – For more information, images and interview requests please contact: Celia Harding
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E: celia.harding@outlook.com Notes to Editors Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) Private album link for review Track listing The Look Stars Sleeping In My Car Listen To Your Heart Almost Unreal Spending My Time Silver Blue How Do You Do! Good Karma First Girl On The Moon Perfect Day Go To Sleep Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon 2016-11-15T07:29:56Z nail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1 RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone. “We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year. Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES 1. Gourmet Experiences Barista training course Patisserie masterclass Brewery tours and beer tasting 2. Outdoor Activities Horse riding activities Scenic cruises Vintage bike ride with picnic 3. Water Sport Experiences Sea turtle snorkel tour Crocodile cage of death Flyboarding experience ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 Two giants in one place: photo opp at Melbourne Central from 12 October 2016-10-07T08:27:02Z two-giants-in-one-place-photo-opp-at-melbourne-central-from-12-october Invitation to cover the promotion of the upcoming national HiFi & AV Show   Dates: 12-14 & 17-19 October: Giant Lego Loudspeaker, Melbourne Central   You are invited to view the largest Loudspeaker in the World. It’s here directly from Denmark to promote the Australian HiFi & AV Show 2016, which is to be held in Melbourne between 21-23 October. This will be the best Show in its history in Australia with around 215 brands on display.   This giant 3.8 metre high replica, is actually made of Lego and doesn’t make a sound! Created by Dynaudio and built with the help of a Lego Certified Professional from Norway, this enormous ‘loudspeaker’ contains 25,000 Lego parts and weighs 85 kg.   This giant Dynaudio Lego Speaker will be on display at the Shot Tower in Melbourne Central for two weeks leading up to the event. Visitors also get the opportunity to listen to their own music on high resolution portable audio players while there.   Visiting the display will allow music lovers to also learn about the latest in all things audio by talking to industry HiFi guru and director of BusiSoft AV, George Poutakidis who will be available 12-14 and 17-19 October. As George travels the world visiting HiFi shows and leading audio companies he is fully abreast of all the latest innovations.   George can also talk about current industry trends, which will be demonstrated at the Australian HiFi & Audio Show. You can ask him about: ·Headphones that can cost over $8,000 a pair. ·How music lovers are having their earpieces moulded to suit their ears*. ·Amplifiers dedicated just for headphones. ·High resolution portable and digital music players over $5,000. ·The resurgence of vinyl and the sophisticated turntables available today. ·The new generation of young music lovers being attracted to high end audio equipment. ·Minimalistic HiFi systems without amplifiers, for the growing number of people who live in apartments and have smaller spaces. ·A new wave of users who prefer to use high resolution streaming off the internet rather than buying CDs or downloading tracks to listen to their music of choice. If you would like to send a reporter to visit the display and interview George, please contact me at your earliest opportunity, so I can set up a suitable time. My details are below. If you can’t make it to Melbourne Central, the massive Lego Speaker will be moved to the HiFi Show, which will be held at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, starting at 2pm on Friday, 21 October.Please note that visitors to Melbourne Central can obtain a 10% discount voucher to attend the HiFi & AV Show. Regular ticket prices start from $21 per day (online price).  HiFi & AV Show highlights   On Sunday 23 October at the Show, John Paul Young is hosting a Classic Vinyl Listening Session, chatting about his songs and career and spinning his records on a Thorens turntable and Krix sound system.   Other leading brands that can be experienced at the Show include: B&W, JBL, Yamaha, Marantz, Epson, BenQ, KEF, Dynaudio, HEOS, Bang & Olufsen, Naim Audio, Arcam, Jamo, Bluesound and Ypsilon.   Some of the most expensive equipment at the Show includes the Kyron Active Speaker System at around $85,000, the Helix 1 turntable at $80,000 and the Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 90, which is around $130,000. (See photo attached)   *BusiSoft AV is offering free ear impressions for custom in-ear monitors to the visitors of the Show. This process helps create a perfectly tailored in-ear monitor (IEM) and normally costs up to $120, but a BusiSoft AV trained audiologist will provide this service for free, during the Show.   Demetrius Baklavas, the world renowned audio engineer, founder and chief designer of Ypsilon Electronics, will visit the Show this year. Highly regarded around the world, Ypsilon Electronics specialises in the some of the best high end audio equipment. Patrons of the HiFi Show will have the rare opportunity to see the maestro in person!   Patrons of the Show also have the chance of winning five major prizes, including a high res Digital Audio Player from Astell&Kern valued at $2899, Eclipse Active Speakers valued at $1950 and a Dynaudio XEO/Focus XD wireless multi-room speaker system valued at $2000. All up, prizes are valued at $10,500.   As in previous years, each exhibitor will have their own room or theatre, with some requiring bookings to be made for private consultations.   More details on the Show can be found here: https://www.chestergroup.org/australianhifiavshow/2016 If you wish to apply for a free media pass to the show, you can apply for one here:https://www.chestergroup.org/australianhifiavshow/2016/tickets/press Nominations Open for 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest 2016-09-20T01:30:37Z nominations-open-for-2017-queen-of-country-music-quest Nominations for the 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest have opened, with local businesses and community groups urged to get involved in the event that’s been supporting local women since 1984. Now in its 32nd year, the Queen of Country Music Quest empowers young women from the Tamworth region to develop important personal and professional skills like public speaking, networking and community service. This year, the Quest has been given an added boost with the announcement it will be run by the Tamworth branch of international female advocacy group Zonta, which empowers women through service and advocacy. Tamworth Zonta Club president Deb Maes said she was excited about taking the Quest forward. “The club is committed to expanding the Quest and are joining collaboratively with others in the community so the Quest can be an even more valuable experience for the entrants, sponsors, employers and the whole community,” Deb said. Nominations close September 30, and is open to women aged 18-35 years who must be nominated and sponsored by their employer, a local business or community organisation to get involved. All Quest nominees will receive professional development in October and November including workshops on etiquette, grooming, personal presentation, media training, confidence coaching and a six-week public speaking and leadership course from The Tamworth Communicators. In December, 15 Quest finalists will be named, then officially “sashed” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival Opening Concert on Friday 20 January. These finalists will act as advocates of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and also of Tamworth as a destination of choice in NSW. The major honours -- Queen and Princess of Country Music -- will be announced at a gala dinner at the Tamworth Jockey Club on Friday 27th January 2017. The winner will be awarded the major prize, which this year is a trip to Tamworth’s sister city, Gore in New Zealand where she will represent Tamworth at the 2017 Gore Country Music Festival. Both the Queen and Princess will be ambassadors for Tamworth and the region throughout 2017, spending the next 12 months involved in a range of high-profile civic and community events, guest speaking engagements and corporate and festival functions. Last year’s Quest Winner, Madeline Lang, encouraged local women keen on personal and professional development to seek nomination from their employer or community group. “The Quest is a unique experience and I would absolutely encourage anyone who is interested in personal development to get involved. It’s also a great chance to learn new skills, gain professional and personal confidence and make some good friends along the way,” Madeline said. Entrants must be available to attend all scheduled events throughout the Tamworth Country Music Festival and later events throughout 2017. Nomination forms can be found at the Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth website located here. >ENDS< Media Contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications Tel: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 SAVE THE DATE | ARIA launches 30 Year Celebrations 2016-08-16T22:08:23Z save-the-date-aria-launches-30-year-celebrations   ARIA LAUNCHES 30 YEAR CELEBRATIONS The 30th Annual ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra returns to The Star, Sydney and will be broadcast on TEN on Wednesday, November 23       Australia’s biggest and best music acts will come together at The Star, Sydney to celebrate 30 glorious years of the ARIA Awards on Wednesday, November 23. The 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra and proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW is destined to be the biggest ceremony yet and a milestone to remember. It was back in early 1987 Sir Elton John hosted the very first ARIA Awards at the Sheraton Wentworth Hotel in Sydney, and was joined by the inaugural ARIA winners including John Farnham, INXS, and Crowded House. Over the next three decades the ARIA Awards has become the pinnacle event on the Australian music calendar, forging careers, creating icons, and playing host to countless magic moments and performances. The ARIAs will celebrate its 30-year history with a show that will feature star-studded performances from current and iconic artists, with very special guest appearances from around Australia and the world.  ARIA is thrilled to continue its partnership with Network Ten, who will broadcast this year’s show around Australia. The 2015 ARIA Awards delivered increased ratings, was the #1 show for 16-39 year olds, and achieved the most social #ARIAs ever, generating 109 million Twitter impressions around the world.  The ARIAs will also continue to be broadcast throughout Asia with STAR World taking Australia’s best artists into the homes of millions of people across the region. ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, Denis Handlin AM, said:  “On behalf of the ARIA Board, we are thrilled to be celebrating The 30th Annual ARIA Awards at The Star, Sydney – a night which will highlight three decades of brilliant performances and incredible artists across all genres of Australian music. “We are delighted to once again be working with our valued presenting partner Telstra to recognise those artists that have captured the nation’s imagination both in the past and in the present.  “We are also very pleased to continue our partnership with the NSW Government, which is supporting the 30th ARIAs celebrations as well as the exciting schedule of events for ARIA Week 2016.” ARIA Chief Executive Officer, Dan Rosen, said:  “The 30th ARIA Awards provides an opportunity for ARIA and the music industry to celebrate its incredible history, amazing artists and moments that have captured the nation’s imagination. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Telstra to offer Australian music fans a truly unique and memorable experience as we celebrate 30 years of the ARIA Awards.  “2016 has delivered an extraordinary year in Australian music - not only have Australian artists achieved success locally, but they are making their mark globally. We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments, along with memorable moments from yesteryear on the ARIA Stage with stellar live performances, unforgettable collaborations and special guest appearances.”  Australian artists including Flume, Sia, Troye Sivan, The Avalanches and Keith Urban have featured strongly on charts around the world. Locally there have been a phenomenal 19 #1 Australian albums since September 2015. 5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ Boy & Bear – ‘Limit Of Love’ Delta Goodrem – ‘Wings Of The Wild’ Flume – ‘Skin’ Hillsong Worship – ‘Open Heaven/River Wild’ Hilltop Hoods – ‘Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars – Restrung’ Human Nature – ‘Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol. II’ Jimmy Barnes – ‘Soul Searchin’ Keith Urban – ‘Ripcord’ Matt Corby – ‘Telluric’ Parkway Drive – ‘Ire’ Rüfüs – ‘Bloom’ Sia – ‘This Is Acting’ The Avalanches – ‘Wildflower’ The Cat Empire – ‘Rising With The Sun’ The Temper Trap – ‘Thick As Thieves’ triple j – ‘Like A Version – Volume 11’ Troye Sivan – ‘Wild’ mini-album Violent Soho – ‘Waco’ During this period, two Australian singles - Flume feat. Kai – ‘Never Be Like You’ and The Veronicas – ‘In My Blood’ (2 weeks) - have claimed the #1 spot on the ARIA Singles Chart.  It was also the first time since August 2004 that Australian female artists have simultaneously been at the top of both the ARIA Singles (The Veronicas – ‘In My Blood’) and Albums Charts (Delta Goodrem – ‘Wings Of The Wild’).  ARIA and the NSW Government, through Destination NSW, are also pleased to announce the return of ARIA Week for its fifth consecutive year in 2016.  NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said, “Sydney is the proud home of the ARIA Awards and in keeping with this year’s 30th celebrations, ARIA Week will host 30 unique performances across NSW. The program will feature a broad and eclectic range of showcases, curated performances, and conferences, including the popular ARIA Masterclass. ARIA Week brings the music industry together and offers the community unprecedented access to Australian music in the lead-up to the ARIA Awards.” The full ARIA Week schedule will be released in the coming months. As well as watching the broadcast on Network Ten, music fans can join in the festivities watching their favourite artists arrive at The Star, Sydney on Wednesday, November 23. Greg Hawkins, Managing Director for The Star said:  "The Star is delighted to be celebrating this milestone of 30 years of musical brilliance with the Australian music industry. The Star Event Centre will be home to the ARIA Awards for the fourth year running, offering the very best in technical and audio visual facilities along with The Star’s range of world class facilities, accommodation, restaurants and after party venues.” Over the coming months ARIA will be making a number of exciting announcements as part of the 30 year Anniversary celebrations. #ARIAs Stay tuned to www.ariaawards.com.au for all the 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra www.facebook.com/ARIA.Official www.twitter.com/ARIA_Official www.instagram.com/aria_official www.youtube.com/TheARIAOfficial For further information, please contact Kylie Martin at Martini Media  kylie@martini-media.com.au | 0418 314 088    Nada Kita Helps Brands to Engage With Customers Through Music 2016-07-20T01:46:30Z nada-kita-helps-brands-to-engage-with-customers-through-musi Tuned Global, a mobile engagement company that helps brands engage their customers through music, has launched Nada Kita, the first completely free music app to fight against piracy in Indonesia in partnership with the six biggest local independent music labels. Supported by partner brands and advertisers, Nada Kita provides Indonesian people with free unlimited access to the local music they love, whilst giving brands a great opportunity to engage in new and innovative ways with their consumers. Labels can use the app to monetise their music content based on a shared revenue model. The first strategic partnership for Nada Kita is SPC Mobile, which has pre-installed the music app on their new devices. Nada Kita is easy to use with a wide variety of stations that are put together by Indonesian music experts, to save people time in creating their own playlists. It becomes more personalised the more they listen, so it is extremely relevant and engaging. Crucially, it is the solution to music streamers’ biggest concerns - data consumption and cost. Nada Kita is free as it is supported by brands and has been highly optimised not to waste users’ data – watching five music clips on YouTube consumes the same amount of data (~60MB*) as listening to 83 music tracks on Nada Kita. Tuned Global and the record labels have responded to the worries of Indonesian people about music streaming and costly data, to design a music app that is highly attractive to everyone,” said Con Raso, Managing Director, Tuned Global. Brands that collaborate with Nada Kita are able to engage their customers through something they love - music. Nada Kita’s low-risk model allows brands to integrate this fun music experience within their core business strategy for free. In return, brands that partner including SPC Mobile will benefit from this mobile engagement channel to acquire and retain customers and to send them relevant communications, while using Tuned Global’s business intelligence to grow their revenue. Partner labels including Musica Studios or Nagaswara, will also allow brands to be associated with exclusive music events and new releases via the app. Advertisers can sponsor stations and use highly targeted audio ads on the platform, through Triton’s mobile advertising technology. “We have been using music for many years to build our brand awareness and to create emotional connections with our customers. Nada Kita takes that to the next level. While associating our brand with an innovative free music app, we’ll also benefit from an always-on channel to communicate with our clients and the data we gather will help us to segment our client base so we can stay relevant,” said Raymond Tedjokusumo, General Manager, SPC Mobile. Music labels benefit from a shared revenue business model with Nada Kita, as it is Tuned Global’s philosophy to pay labels and artists fairly. Nada Kita is also a new channel to monetise their music content and to connect artists with their fans using the innovative engagement features within the app, while enriching their offering to brands and upselling sponsorship and artist opportunities. As the app is free, it helps to fight against piracy and to sustain the local music industry. “Nada Kita provides extraordinary opportunities for labels and artists, and has allowed us to stream our extensive music catalogue to Indonesian music fans, helping artists connect with fans in a more personal way, while monetising our content whilst enabling us to partner with brands,” said Gumilang Ramadhan, Managing Director, Musica Studios. The Nada Kita pre-release app is available now on all new SPC Mobile smartphones and on Google Play as well as the Apple App Store. New features, content and a few cool exclusive deals for brands and specific venues will be added in the next few weeks. “We are very excited to launch Nada Kita in Indonesia. We want to partner with brands and labels to increase engagement in order to drive additional revenue for the music industry and to create more relevance for music fans, while sharing the risks. We’re already talking to a number of telcos, banks and retailers in Indonesia about this unique proposition,” said Con Raso, Managing Director, Tuned Global. *Based on an average cache of 30% (maximum is 50%) and an average video and track duration of 3mn. The current Indonesian average/Per User take-up on Smartphones being 197MB per day according to eMarketer.com. ENDS About Tuned Global Tuned Global is a mobile engagement company that helps brands engage their customers through something that everyone loves - music. The company offer a unique, low-risk music business model that leverages partnerships with brands and music labels to create a high value, monetised channel. Their turnkey and branded music streaming apps, supercharge the music experience with unique user engagement features and deep business intelligence to allow brands and labels grow their business. McDonald's, Coca Cola, Samsung and L’Oréal have already trusted them. For more information, please see: tunedglobal.com or for images to go with this story please see: http://bit.ly/TunedGlobal_Indonesia_Images  Sami Yusuf, Britain’s biggest singer in the Middle East, announces first New Zealand concert 2016-05-19T01:30:28Z sami-yusuf-britain-s-biggest-singer-in-the-middle-east-announces-first-new-zealand-concert This July, experience Sami Yusuf’s unique voice firsthand when the UK’s biggest star in the Middle East takes the stage in Auckland.   Immerse yourself in the world of “Spiritique” as the founder of the genre, Sami Yusuf, graces Auckland’s Town Hall with peace and harmony on Sunday 10 July 2016. With tickets starting from only NZ$65, this is the best opportunity for New Zealand fans to personally experience Yusuf’s inspiring music.   The Guardian recognised Yusuf as Britain’s biggest star in the Middle East who has sold 34 million albums to date and is distinguished worldwide for the celebrated concerts of harmony he performs. His Auckland show will be no different.   In the current global atmosphere of conflict and turmoil, Yusuf's message of peace and harmony is timely and much needed.   Appointed by the United Nations as both the World’s Global Ambassador Against Hunger and the promoter of World peace and harmony, Yusuf is by no means your typical British celebrity. The brilliant singer is also well renowned for his astounding talent as a composer, producer and instrumentalist. The transcendent message of traditional music speaks for the core of Yusuf’s passions. He strongly believes that the world’s traditions are expressions of the same ultimate truth. Music for him is an expression of divine love and the love of all the great traditions. Speaking of his very first Australian and New Zealand tour, the London based singer cannot conceal his excitement. “I do know that both Australia and New Zealand are unbelievably beautiful, and the people are accepting, kind and hospitable. Also, the aboriginal culture has always been an object of fascination for me. I’m keen and eager to learn more about the two countries,” said Sami Yusuf.   One of Yusuf’s largest live concerts was in Istanbul where he performed to over 250,000 people and also composed and arranged music for the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Havthan”.   Auckland fans will see Yusuf perform at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall on July 10 at 8pm. Ticket prices start from only NZ$65.     SAMI YUSUF is appearing at:-  Auckland, Sunday 10th July 2016 at the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall Tickets available through Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/1ThvWco     MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Laura Heslop, Yvonne Kong or Amanda Fry E: laura@holysmokeagency.com; yvonne@holysmoke.com or amanda@holysmokeagency.com P: +61 407 078 407 AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES 2016-05-18T23:21:03Z australia-s-leading-authors-gather-to-condemn-government-s-plan-to-create-a-culture-of-book-thieves Who: Richard Flanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Andy Griffiths, Tom Keneally to lead Alist roll call of Australian and international authors When: Thursday 19 May at 6.45pm – 6.55pm Where: Art Gallery NSW, just before the 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards begin What: Photo opp with limited vox pops available on request. Don’t close the book on Australian stories. The Australian government is about to make significant changes to copyright, threatening the future of our Australian story. But at what cost to writers, culture and jobs? Guest ABIA presenter and Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan will deliver a speech in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property draft report around 10pm during the gala ceremony. ‘Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.’ - Thomas Keneally For more information, please contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | emma@houseofrusher.com Biggest British singer in Middle-East, Sami Yusuf visits Australia this July 2016-03-09T23:00:00Z biggest-british-singer-in-middle-east-sami-yusuf-visits-australia-this-july-1 Sami Yusuf, the biggest British export of the UK in the past decade, is set to spread his wings further for his very first tour of Australia this July. Yusuf is the biggest British star in the Middle-East, according to The Guardian, and has sold 34 million albums to date.  "I am very excited to perform in Australia. As a Londoner, I immediately feel at home when placed in a climate of tolerance, diversity and respect — which for me sums up what Australia stands for. I can’t wait to perform for you all this July.”  Sami Yusuf   In the current global atmosphere of conflict and turmoil, Yusuf's message of peace and harmony is timely and much needed.   The founder of the “Spiritique’ genre is set to grace the stages of Sydney and Melbourne. With the United Nations appointing him as the World’s Global Ambassador Against Hunger, he is not your typical British celebrity. But brilliant artist he is. Many have come to know him as a singer, but Sami Yusuf is also widely recognised for his astounding talent as a composer, producer and instrumentalist.   With the transcendent message of traditional music, Sami strongly believes that the world’s traditions are expressions of the same ultimate truth. Music for him is an expression of divine love and the love of all the great traditions.   The sale of so many albums has allowed his positive influence and, through his lyrics, his desire for peace and harmony to reach all corners of the world. These pure beliefs shine through in his singing, composition and the performance of vocals where he prefers using traditional instruments to more modern ones.   Through his dedicated involvement in humanitarian efforts such as the World Food Program, Yusuf well and truly succeeded in devoting his fame to help feed the world’s most needy.   As Ambassador for World Interfaith Harmony Week, Yusuf composed the world’s first interfaith anthem, The Gift of Love, and hopes to help people from different traditions recognise that the common values they hold, far outweigh the differences they have and thereby provide a strong dose of peace and harmony to their communities.   One of the largest live concerts was in Istanbul where Yusuf performed to over 250,000 people and also composed and arranged music for the film ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Havthan’.   SAMI YUSUF is appearing at:-  Melbourne, 6th July 2016 at the Sir Robert Blackwood Hall Tickets available through Monash:http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mapa/buy-tickets/  Sydney, 8th July 2016 at The Concourse Tickets available through Ticketek: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=SAMIYUSU16      MEDIA CONTACT Laura Heslop or Amanda Fry E: laura@holysmokeagency.com or amanda@holysmokeagency.com P: +61 2 8599 1098 or 0418 262 282 Tuned Global Integrates Triton Digital's Audio Ad Technology into its White Label Mobile Music Apps 2016-03-01T00:43:47Z tuned-global-integrates-triton-digital-s-audio-ad-technology-into-its-white-label-mobile-music-apps Tuned Global, an Australian white label digital music provider, has today announced a partnership with Triton Digital®, a leading technology provider for the audio industry. Through this partnership, Tuned Global will integrate Triton’s audio advertising technology to provide premium targeted audio ads in its white label digital music apps for its customer base in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and USA. Tuned Global sought a leader in digital audio ad technology with extensive experience in mobile that would offer users relevant ads that are less intrusive and delivered in an intelligent way.  According to Con Raso, Managing Director at Tuned Global, the company was looking to maintain its position as a mobile-first company that delivers a great user experience, while providing optimum ad performance and consumer insights, which in return offers a high ROI for its clients. “We want to get closer to what the consumer wants, so rather than offering broad advertising we will be offering premium targeted ads using Triton’s sophisticated technology. Our solution offers higher user engagement by grabbing the consumer’s attention with relevant content using contextual data, rather than overwhelming them with invasive audio advertising,” said Con Raso. Triton’s platform offers up to 50 demographical and geographical targeting criteria to find the best audience for each campaign and then delivers contextual ad content that is useful and relevant to specific consumers. It will enable Tuned Global to optimise the performance of its campaigns, filtering by audience preferences, interests and devices, as well as footprint and location. The combination of this accurate location data, integrated with geo-fencing and demographic context from consumers’ mobile devices will enable Tuned Global to identify the interests, activities, shopping patterns and mobile behaviour of its target audiences at any given time and place, so that it can anticipate the right content to share at the most convenient and relevant time within its mobile music apps. Tuned Global plans to sell the ad inventory of its clients directly to brands, which will be both audio and video ads as well as sponsored stations. The firm will also use Triton’s programmatic audio advertising platform, which is a market place where advertisers can push their ad campaigns and Tuned Global’s clients can integrate this ad content using rules they have set up to ensure the content is relevant. “A highly engaged audience means more ad impressions to serve, and a highly segmented audience is an opportunity to drive higher ROI with premium targeted advertising for the brands we work with,” commented Con Raso. The audio advertising market is highly fragmented and buyers and sellers suffer from a lack of standardisation and limited options for connecting audiences and advertisers with relevant and contextual content.  “We are pleased to provide Tuned Global with the technology necessary to provide a best-in-class ad solution and an unbeatable listening experience across their mobile music apps,” said Benjamin Masse, SVP/GM of Advertising at Triton Digital.  “We are thrilled to include their audio inventory in our exchange, helping advertisers to connect with their target audiences in meaningful and significant ways.” Currently a dominant player in the USA and North American markets, Triton Digital is using this opportunity to break into both the Australian and South East Asian markets, where Tuned Global is established as a leading B2B provider of white label digital music solutions. Triton is particularly interested in Tuned Global’s recent move into the Indonesian market, with its Asian headquarters having recently been opened in Jakarta. “We only want to offer our users, customers and our advertising partners what’s best in market. Integrating Triton’s most optimum audio ad technology into our music apps guarantees that we deliver mobile solution that gives the most desirable results for all concerned parties,” concluded Con Raso. ENDS About Tuned Global Tuned Global (http://www.tunedglobal.com) is the leading business to business provider of white label digital music streaming and downloading solutions in Asia Pacific. The Australia and South East Asia headquartered company enables brands to harness the #PowerOfMusic as a potent marketing tool in their digital strategy to acquire, retain and engage customers, and collect valuable data to better know them. McDonalds, Coca Cola, Samsung, Virgin Mobile and L’Oreal have already trusted them. To download high resolution photos of Con Raso or a music related image, see: http://bit.ly/TunedGlobalMediaImages About Triton Digital Triton Digital’s® (http://tritondigital.com) technology has connected audio supply to advertising demand since 2006, providing the technical backbone for the digital audio marketplace. The company’s innovative technology enables both live and on-demand publishers to build audience and revenue globally. As a pioneer in the space, Triton Digital has made that audience available programmatically for the first time, maximising audience buying efficiency for advertisers across the world. Media Enquiries Tuned Global Louise Roberts or Victoria McClelland-Fletcher Sphere PR Call: +61(0)405 579633 or +61 (0)409 223 719 Email: tunedglobal@spherepr.com.au Triton Digital Kristin Charron Triton Digital Call: +1 (866) 448-4037 Kristin.charron@tritondigital.com