The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-06-22T06:06:04Z 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 A full press release and photos can be downloaded from here: 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, 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: 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 Castlemaine State Festival: Focus on the Phillipines 2017-02-16T22:25:00Z castlemaine-state-festival-focus-on-the-phillipines From a carefully curated program of films from the world’s oldest film industry, to a specially created sculpture from one of the Philippines most exciting young artists, to a diverse compilation of videos and moving image works from across the Philippine archipelago, this year’s program uncovers the real history and promising future of an exciting nation. The 2017 program shines a bright light on the Philippines featuring a program of film, visual and socio-political artworks. Exploring Australia’s connection with the country, with more than 100,000 Filipino Australian living in Victoria alone, these works delve deep into the cultural layers of the country. Crossroads - a thoughtfully curated program of award-winning and highly acclaimed Filipino films, assembled specifically for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, will provide unique insight into Philippine cinema and the country’s eventful and intriguing past. With the Filipino film industry widely considered to be the oldest in Asia, the films selected for Crossroads reveal the complex relationships between Filipino film and Philippine society, and how potent social forces and film have the capacity to influence one another with eight film screenings at the Theatre Royal from the 18-25 March. Curated especially for the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, periSCOPE is a compilation of videos and moving image works from across the Philippine archipelago. The collection has been compiled by 98B COLLABoratory, a multidisciplinary artist-run initiative that seeks to establish a convergence between artists, designers, curators, writers, activists, educators and the general public. The works selected by multiple curators from across the Philippines, with the resulting compendium showcasing diverse glimpses and peripheries as seen through many lenses, offer rare insight into regional contemporary Filipino art production and demonstrate a striking range of themes, geographies and cultural issues. One of the Philippines’ most exciting young artists (with past works including a special commission for Lady Gaga), Leeroy New will create a temporary sculptural installation called La Puerta Del Laberinto (The Door to the Labyrinth) combining visual arts, fashion, film and theatre for the exterior of the Castlemaine Art Museum. Leeroy New is one of the Philippines’ most intriguing young artists. In 2008 Leeroy won the prestigious Ateneo Art Award and was invited to take up a six week residency in 2009 at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo. In 2017, he returns with this ambitious new project which responds to the unique characteristics and context of place and will be made with recycled materials collected from the local area. Festival Director, Martin Paten says: “The Philippines could be seen as an unusual choice of country to feature, but it's a fitting choice I feel to follow-on from our Cuban program last festival. Like Cuba, the Philippines has been heavily influenced by American and Spanish colonial culture, and has suffered significant political division and controversy. But most importantly, Australia has extremely strong connections with the Philippines. There are more than 400,000 Filipino / Australians, of whom almost a quarter live in Victoria, and yet we know so little about the country.” “The Philippines is not a favoured holiday destination for many Australians - but it could be. And we can only be enriched by knowing more about the cultural layers of this diverse nation - with a population of over 100 million and more than 7000 islands producing a wide range of artistic riches. I feel so excited by this year’s international relationship with artists and their works from The Philippines.” The 2017 Castlemaine State Festival runs from the 17-26 March. Visit: Work Club wants to help bring side projects to life, launching after hours memberships 2016-12-19T22:10:00Z work-club-wants-to-help-bring-side-projects-to-life-launching-after-hours-memberships 20 December 2016 - Melbourne. Work Club Melbourne today launches its ‘side project’ membership, catering for anyone who wants to bring their side project to life. The membership provides access to Work Club on weekends and after 5.00pm on weekdays. Including all the benefits of Work Club after hours, the space is the ideal environment to grow a startup or develop a new career. Work Club member, ex Managing Director of Artesian Venture Partners and now founder and CEO of a new startup Xchange, Caitlin Iles, said “When I was working full-time and trying to develop Xchange I spent hours sitting in café or hotel lobbies feeding off the energy of its patrons. I was looking for a space like Work Club that I could access before and after work and on weekends where I could focus and incubate my ideas. I only wish I had found Work Club earlier in my journey of being a founder, I am sure I would have been months ahead of where I am now.” “My new business Xchange is currently in its infancy - we are preparing to launch in 2017. Without a doubt the quality of the interiors, the team and caliber of my colleagues at Work Club in Melbourne and Sydney have brought a level of credibility to my business that has given us a head start. In many ways it feels like an unfair advantage.” Founder of Work Club, Soren Trampedach, who has also designed workplaces for Google and Microsoft, said, “Being a Work Club member gives you so much more than just access to the highest quality workspace. Members also have access to our entertainment and hospitality lounges, concierge services, and member relationships so those starting their side project journey can meet people who are further along and can provide advice and inspiration to help with new ideas and information.” “We know that there are many people currently working in a corporate job that are either starting their own business on the side, or planning to become an independent consultant. This creates a need for energizing and inspiring environments where these corporate escapees can safely begin their transition to life outside of traditional employment. This side project membership provides a soft landing.” Ten side project memberships are available at Work Club Melbourne. Work Club Sydney plan to introduce this membership category in early 2017. More information: 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 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 Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 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’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 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 Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, / 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: If you wish to apply for a free media pass to the show, you can apply for one here: ARIA announces the Fine Arts, Artisan, and Best Comedy Release Nominees for 2016 2016-10-02T20:13:09Z aria-announces-the-fine-arts-artisan-and-best-comedy-release-nominees-for-2016-1 ARIA announces the Fine Arts, Artisan, and Best Comedy Release Nominees for 2016 Flume and The Avalanches albums nominated across all three Artisan Award categories Commemorative artwork by 2016 ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee, Nick Seymour from Crowded House, unveiled Download Commemorative Poster  The first ARIA Awards for 2016 will proudly be presented at the ARIA Nominations Event on Wednesday, October 5 at the Telstra Customer Insight Centre, Sydney. At last year's event the #ARIAs hashtag trended at #1 on Twitter nationally, and continued to trend the following day reaching almost three million people. ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO Australia & New Zealand, and President, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, Denis Handlin AM, said:  “Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees in the Fine Arts, Artisan and Best Comedy Awards. To be nominated for an ARIA is a wonderful achievement and is a credit to their talent, dedication and passion to their craft.” The ARIA Nominations Event honours our impressive 2016 ARIA Nominees for the Fine Arts and Artisan Award categories: Best Classical Album, Best Jazz Album, Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album, Best World Music Album along with Producer Of The Year, Engineer Of the Year and Best Cover Art. The category of Best Comedy Release will also be presented at this year's Nominations Event. ARIA #1 albums from Flume 'Skin' and The Avalanches 'Wildflower' are nominated across all three Artisan Awards categories, closely followed by Illy, Bernard Fanning and Troye Sivan who are nominated in two Artisan categories. Genre-defying Kate Miller-Heidke has received nominations in both the Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album and Best Comedy Release categories. The ARIA Nominations Event heralds the beginning of the 2016 ARIA celebrations leading up to ARIA Week festivities from November 18, and the 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra on Wednesday, November 23 at The Star, Sydney to be broadcast on Ten. ARIA is thrilled to continue the tradition of unveiling commemorative artwork to celebrate the ARIAs, and we are honoured to announce that 2016 ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee, Nick Seymour from Crowded House, has designed this year's artwork to celebrate the 30th Annual ARIA Awards.  ARIA CEO, Dan Rosen added:  “We are very excited to be launching The 30th ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra celebrations by recognising the incredible nominees for the Fine Arts, Artisan and Comedy Awards.” “We are also thrilled to have Nick Seymour, founding member of 2016 ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Crowded House, design this year’s commemorative artwork. The captivating design features the instantly recognisable Nick Seymour style that has been showcased across each of the Crowded House album covers.” This is the fourth year an Australian artist has created unique artwork to celebrate the ARIAs. The inaugural ARIAs commemorative artwork was revealed in 2013, designed by much-loved Australian artist and ARIA Hall Of Fame recipient, Reg Mombassa. In 2014, Australian icon, Ken Done (AM) perfectly captured the spirit of the Awards with his colourful and bold take. Last year, 2015 Archibald Prize finalist, Koori visual artist, Blak Douglas created a striking and thought-provoking design.  The ARIA Awards and ARIA Week are proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. ARTISAN AWARDS | NOMINATED ARTISTS Producer Of The Year Harley Streten for Flume - Skin (Future Classic) M-Phazes for Illy - Papercuts (ft. Vera Blue) (Warner Music Australia) Tony Buchen for Montaigne - Glorious Heights (Wonderlick Recording Company) Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi for The Avalanches - Wildflower (Modular / EMI) Alex Hope for Troye Sivan - Blue Neighbourhood (EMI) Engineer Of The Year Nick DiDia for Bernard Fanning - Civil Dusk (Dew Process/Universal) Eric J Dubowsky and Harley Streten for Flume - Skin (Future Classic) M-Phazes for Illy - 'Papercuts (ft. Vera Blue) (Warner Music Australia) Tony Espie and Robbie Chater for The Avalanches - Wildflower (Modular / EMI) Alex Hope for Troye Sivan - Blue Neighbourhood (EMI) Best Cover Art Karen Lynch for Bernard Fanning - Civil Dusk (Dew Process/Universal) Kristen Doyle for Delta Goodrem - Wings of the Wild (Sony Music Australia) Jonathan Zawada for Flume - Skin (Future Classic) Jack Vanzet for RÜFÜS - Bloom (Sweat It Out / Sony Music Australia) Robbie Chater for Lost Art for The Avalanches - Wildflower (Modular / EMI) FINE ARTS AWARDS | NOMINATED ARTISTS Best Classical Album Flight Facilities - Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Future Classic) Joe Chindamo & Zoe Black - The New Goldberg Variations (AlFi Records / Planet) Katie Noonan & Brodsky Quartet - With Love And Fury (Kin Music/Universal Music) Nicole Car - The Kiss (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Richard Tognetti | Australian Chamber Orchestra - Mozart's Last Symphonies (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Best Jazz Album Don Burrows & James Morrison - In Good Company (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Emma Pask - Cosita Divina (Independent/Emma Pask Music) Stu Hunter - The Migration (The Habitat Productions) The Idea of North - Ballads (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Vince Jones & Paul Grabowsky - Provenance (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album Josh Pyke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Live at the Sydney Opera House (ABC Music/Universal Music) Kate Miller-Heidke - The Rabbits (Original Live Cast Recording) (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Gallipoli Symphony (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Various Artists - The Divorce (Original Cast Recording) (Universal Music Australia) Various Artists - Velvet : The Original Cast Recording (Social Family Records/Universal Music Australia) Best World Music Album Gawurra - Ratja Yaliyali (CAAMA Music/Rocket) Joseph Tawadros - World Music (Independent / Planet) Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Sierra Kilo Alpha (FOUR FOUR/Universal Music) Paul Grabowsky | Monash Art Ensemble | David Ngukurr Boy Wilfred | David Yipininy Wilfred - Nyilipidgi (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Seaman Dan - An Old Man Of The Sea (Hot Records) BEST COMEDY RELEASE | NOMINATED ARTISTS Kate Miller-Heidke - I'm Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas (feat. The Beards) (Cooking Vinyl Australia) Luke Heggie - You're Not Special/Anythink is Possible (Century Entertainment) Matt & Alex - Play It Out (ABC Music/Universal Music) Roy & HG - This Sporting Life (ABC Music/Universal Music) #ARIAs 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 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:     MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Laura Heslop, Yvonne Kong or Amanda Fry E:; or P: +61 407 078 407 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:  Sydney, 8th July 2016 at The Concourse Tickets available through Ticketek:      MEDIA CONTACT Laura Heslop or Amanda Fry E: or P: +61 2 8599 1098 or 0418 262 282 Multi-arts Women’s Day event first for Gold Coast 2016-02-25T21:38:59Z multi-arts-women-s-day-event-first-for-gold-coast A LARGE group of inspiring south-east Queensland artists and musicians will come together to celebrate the inaugural ‘Advanced Women = Advanced Society’ International Women’s Day (IWD) event in Isle of Capri on March 13. The free event from 11am to 4pm will combine a Womanhood art exhibition by 14 visual artists, gypsy dancing, live music, speakers, market and food stalls and a ‘She Says…’ calendar in the first event of its kind on the Gold Coast. Sponsored by the Queensland Government, as part of the inaugural Queensland Women’s Week from March 7 to 13, it is the start of what is planned to be an annual event. It is the brain-child of Nasrin Vaziri, co-ordinator of the multi-arts group GC MAGIC, which has delivered 10 major projects on the Gold Coast since it started in 2000. Among them was the book, CD and video project Lullabies in 2012, which was translated into 24 languages; Undulating – a book about migrant seniors on the Gold Coast, in 2008 and the Children of War book in 2013, about people who had survived war in their childhood. The ‘She Says…’ calendar will feature 12 successful local women including visual artist Sara Irannejad, fashion designer Kimya Mianji, First Nations artist Glennys Briggs, author Diane Demetre, wildlife fashion designer Ro London, violinist Rojan Ashtari, sociologist and community worker Nasrin Vaziri, photojournalist/ Animal Action events founder Aldwyn Altuney, community worker Momo Hirano, empowering women’s coach Michelle Patterson, Two’s Company founder Tracey Korman  and jewellery designer Maria Byrne. The artists in the Womanhood exhibition include Sue Pearson, Tarlan Ghasemi, Helen Holms, Linda Murray, Hengameh Shamlou, Louisa Liussi and Atousa Salehi. Live performances will be happening throughout the event, including Middle Eastern and Spanish inspired dance and music, flamenco, country music and Bollywood dance and story telling. Mrs Vaziri said IWD was a time when people globally celebrated the strength of women and borders were broken down among nations. “It is a day when we all come together to celebrate women – their strength, courage, power and leadership,” Mrs Vaziri said. “What we have on the Gold Coast is a sample of who we are and how strong we are as women and what we have contributed to society, families, business and the community.” IWD is celebrated globally on March 8 however events and activities will be held across Queensland for a whole week to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. The theme for Queensland Women’s Week is: “Good for her. Great for us. When women achieve, Queensland succeeds.” It celebrates women’s achievements and acknowledges that supporting and enabling women to take advantage of opportunities to succeed is good for everyone in Queensland. The ‘Advanced Women = Advanced Society’ IWD event will be held at One Arts, corner of Via Roma and Verona Avenue, Isle of Capri on March 13 from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free. For more details, call Nasrin on 0434 932 537 or visit The Martian and SPECTRE arrive on Blu-ray & DVD 2016-01-05T23:00:00Z the-martian-and-spectre-arrive-on-blu-ray-dvd-digital-hd Two of 2015's worldwide box-office hits are due to release on 3D Blu-ray™ (The Martian), Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD (The Martian) this quarter:THE MARTIAN, arriving on Digital HD Wednesday 20 January and 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray & DVD Wednesday 10 February.SPECTRE, 007’s Latest Mission Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March See details below and press material attached. Kindest, NicolaSPECTRE007’s Latest Mission Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March  Sydney, AUSTRALIA (January 5, 2016) –The 24th James Bond adventure SPECTRE, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, will be available to own on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March,  it was announced today by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.    Taking in more than $850 million (USD) worldwide, SPECTRE dominated the worldwide box-office making it one of the most successful Bond movies ever, shattering records in nearly every market it was released, led by a historic performance in the UK.  The latest installment from one of the longest-running film franchises in history gives fans never-before shared insight into the complexities that made James Bond the man he is today.   In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.   Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.   As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.   Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. The film is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.  The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.   With the Blu-ray, go behind-the-scenes of Bond’s latest mission with in-depth special features. 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Having identified key opportunities in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia and Indonesia, the Australian company has hired a local team of music and digital industry experts, who have already signed a strategic deal with the biggest independent Indonesian label, Musica Studios. Funded partly by the investment of $5.1 million from Australian venture capital firm, Exto Partners, the new Tuned Global office in Senayan, Jakarta is now the Asian headquarters for the highly disruptive digital music firm. It plans to grow its Jakarta team by recruiting more local specialists in business development, marketing, promotions and label relations roles in 2016. Gary Mackenzie, Director of Music Partnerships Asia, has been chose to lead Tuned Global initiatives in Indonesia because of his 10 years of experience in digital marketing and music industry in Asia. Having already led the partnership agreements with Musica, Gary believes it is important for Tuned Global to have talented local people on the ground in Indonesia in order to build relationships with the key labels and grow its local business. Tuned Global is currently in discussions with major telecoms companies, leading ad agencies, music companies and key brands, which will help the company to achieve its ambitious growth targets. “We’re excited to have established our Asian headquarters in the highly enigmatic city of Jakarta. We completely understand that business relationships are built over time in Southeast Asia and being located here and investing in the local Indonesian market was a logical step for Tuned Global. Our Asian hub will be instrumental in achieving our goal of becoming a global digital music company,” said Con Raso, Managing Director, Tuned Global. Newly signed partner, Musica Studios has an impressive line-up of the most popular and famous local Indonesian artists, including Noah, Nidji, Geisha and d’Masiv. The vast majority of music played on Indonesia radio and television is by its own local artists, so Tuned Global believed it was important to work with a label that represented the local Indonesian music scene. “Tuned Global develops pioneering music solutions that provide extraordinary opportunities, not only for music labels like Musica, but also to our local Indonesian artists and most importantly it allows us to stream our extensive music catalogue to the Indonesian music fans, which promotes our artists while monetising our content. As the leading independent label in Indonesia, we are very excited to be working with such an innovator in digital music, which will enable us to protect our rich local culture and generate more revenue,” said Gumilang Ramadhan, Managing Director, Musica Studios. “Tuned Global intends to get more involved in the promotion of the local Indonesian music content as the relationship develops with Musica and its artists, because we are passionate about the music industry and want to help in the fight against widespread piracy here by offering new music business models that will make music fans, music labels AND artists happy,” said Gary Mackenzie, Director of Music Partnerships Asia, Tuned Global. About Tuned GlobalTuned Global 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. Clients include McDonalds, Coca Cola, Samsung, JB Hi-Fi, Virgin Mobile and L’Oreal. For more information please see: About Musica Studios Musica Studios is one of the leading independent music labels in Indonesia. Based in Jakarta, the company was previously known as Metropolitan Studios in the 1960s and then Music Studios in the 1970s. Musica Studios was founded by Yamin Widjaja, the owner of an electronics store. For more information, please see: Tuned Global Hires Samsung's Content Manager 2015-11-25T02:24:14Z tuned-global-recruits-top-international-talent-to-drive-its-ambitious-growth-and-global-expansion Tuned Global, an Australian white label digital music provider has announced today that it has appointed three executives with extensive experience for leading brands in both the music industry and digital marketing sector, to help drive its transformation to a global player. The new talent has been sought to drive the firm to achieve its ambitious growth targets in existing markets in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and U.S.A. Tuned Global’s successful recruitment drive has attracted some highly respected talent from Australia, France and the Philippines for key roles in client management, business development and marketing, all based at its Sydney offices. Tuned Global develops highly disruptive music apps that provide extraordinary value to brands and consumers alike.  The company uses the #PowerOfMusic to deliver engaging content delivering immediacy and personality to consumers, while providing valuable data analytics and business insights to brands.  The firm successfully secured a $5.1 million investment from Australian venture capital firm, Exto Partners in July. To boost its client management capabilities, Spiro Arkoudis has joined the company as a Senior Account Manager from former client, Samsung Electronics Australia. As the Applications Partner and Content Manager, he was responsible for Samsung's Milk Music Services and worked previously with Tuned Global to launch Samsung's Music Hub. Spiro has also contributed to the success of numerous music and technology start-ups that became acquisition targets for major corporations. He was the ANZ Country Manager for Musiwave, a leading mobile entertainment content provider that Microsoft acquired. Prior to that, he worked for an iconic independent Australian label, Festival Mushroom Records, which Warner Music acquired. This extensive music industry experience has allowed Spiro to garner a thorough understanding of various businesses, licensing and revenue models required to ensure customers’ needs, strategies and expectations are delivered. Virginie Chelles has been appointed as Head of Marketing. She came to Tuned Global from a top ten digital agency in France, called Tequilarapido, where she was Head of the Social Media and Digital Marketing department.  She created that department from scratch and under her leadership; the team generated a one million Euro portfolio in its first year working with prestigious brands including Kia Motors, Orange and Jim Beam. Prior to that role, she was Head of the Consulting and Sales Division in the same agency, where she led campaigns for Total, L’Oreal and BNP Paribas. With her deep understanding of the digital landscape, Virginie is an expert in using creative and strategic digital solutions to achieve business goals and build brand awareness. Katrina Lopez has joined Tuned Global’s marketing team with a strong technology and professional services background, having worked for industry leaders such as Google, Microsoft, Trend Micro and KPMG in their Manila offices. Coming from a company culture of innovation, she is adept at combining data analytics and innovative thinking to drive high-performance marketing campaigns. “We’ve really strengthened our leadership team at Tuned Global with these three key appointments, and we’re confident that they will enable us to build deeper relationships, focusing specifically on enhancing our offerings to position both our advertising partners and customers for success. Our growing team is focusing on forming new brand partnerships, developing innovative and creative brand solutions and the optimum licensing models, in order to deliver exceptional outcomes,” said Con Raso, Managing Director, Tuned Global. Tuned Global has worked with major blue-chip brands to deliver digital music solutions, including McDonalds, Coca Cola, Samsung, Virgin Mobile, JB Hi-Fi and L’Oreal. ENDS About Tuned Global Tuned Global 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, JB Hi-Fi and L’Oreal have already trusted them. For more information please see: