The ‘Music Industry Development Inc’ was founded in 1996 by a group of passionate advocates for local music. Initially formed to rally for a venue to replace the recently closed Darwin Music Development Centre (AKA the The Old Workers Club) it soon broadened to become ‘MusicNT’ – a support base for musicians from across the Territory.
To start the celebrations MusicNT is having a 20th Birthday Gig on Friday July 8
8 artists from across the NT have been selected to perform at the Darwin Railway Club on Friday, July 8. The lineup includes NT Song of the Year finalists, old-school NT reggae legends, fresh young talent, hip hop masters and the world’ most isolated metal band!
For $20 you can see Serina Pech (Katherine), Colin Lillie (Alice Springs), Dan the Underdog (Darwin), GAIA (Darwin), Tapestry (Darwin), Barra: West Wind (Arnhem Land), Wildwater (various locations) and Southeast Desert Metal (Santa Teresa).
Then on Saturday July 9 we’re hosting a HUGE Music Industry Connect
From 11:00am-2:00pm on Saturday July 9, the MusicNT Office will be converted into a music industry extravaganza. Music industry from across the country will be in town for the NT Song Awards and available to chat with musicians and music industry workers. There will be workshops on music distrubution, getting music to radio and resources available to help you organise tours. Plus there’s a mother flipping sausage sizzle! And it’s free!
Music industry reps include: Dom Alessio from triple J, Sarah Hamilton from Ditto Music, Graham Asho Ashton from Footstomp Music, Damien Cunningham from Live Music Office, Chris Johnson from Amrap Airit, Sose Fuamoli from The AU Review, Marcus Thaine from Spotify and Phaedra Watts from Nannup Festival!
We will also officially launch the 2016 Hot Shots Music Photography Gallery at the Industry Connect. Featuring 93 photos from across the Territory, the Hot Shots Gallery celebrates the NT music scene through the lens of the punter.
And finally – Saturday July 9 is the NT Song of the Year Awards!
The NT Song of the Year Awards are a celebration of NT songwriting and provide a platform for NT songwriters to showcase their incredible talents to a national audience. The awards, held annually under the stars at the magical Museum and Art Gallery of the NT Amphitheatre, are a unique and special celebration of the vast and diverse range of songwriting styles emerging from all corners of the Territory music scene. This year’s awards feature performances from current finalists Melanie Gray, Destrait, Apakatjah and last year’s People’s Choice winner At The Dakota.