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    The following information has been provided through Dom Barbuto, Secretary of the Melbourne Chapter of the Debonairs.

    A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION WITH ENZA PANTANO-PEERS
    This Special Event is in aid of Enza's ongoing fight with cancer.

    ENZA PANTANO PEERS
    It’s not every day that you come across a lady who is loved by all who know her and who has earned the respect of all her peers in the music industry…

    The very talented Enza Pantano Peers, has enjoyed success as a singer since the early age of 13. She has worked nationally & internationally, sharing the stage with greats such as Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Barry Manilow, Roger Daltry, Errol Brown, Thelma Houston, The Commodores, Tina Arena….the list goes on and on….

    Behind the scenes, Enza has worked as a backing vocalist on every major television variety show across Australia as well as touring and performing her live shows.

    At this stage of her life, Enza is working on her biggest performance to date!
    Our dear friend ENZA, has been fighting with the silent killer……."CANCER".
    For the last 4 years Enza has had major Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy
    and now continues to FIGHT her next battle with BLOOD CANCER.

    When Enza’s name is mentioned amongst our talented music industry, all who have been fortunate to have worked with her share the same sentiments. Her professionalism and beautiful nature is what they hold dear. It comes as no surprise that all these people that have been involved in Enza’s career, have jumped at the chance to come together to pay tribute to this amazing lady.

    Singer-Songwriter/ Musician & friend John St. Peeters has decided to put together this Special evening to assist Enza with her ongoing fight against cancer.

    In all my years in this industry, I have never come across a person who has so much respect,
    not only as a singer, but also as a human being, as Enza Pantano Peers.

    When I decided to organise this event, everyone I called upon to take part in this Special evening for Enza, came back in one voice – ‘count me in! Anything for this beautiful lady’,
    including some of the Artists appearing have cancelled prior bookings to be there for Enza
    ”.
    ....John St.Peeters

    FRIDAY 30th MAY • 7.30pm
    L'UNICA ON PARKVILLE
    475 Brunswick Rd. West Brunswick
    With Special Guests:
    Daryl Somers, Lisa Edwards, John Swan, Lindsay Field, Wendy Stapleton
    Jimmy Cupples, Mike Brady, Angela Librandi, Mae Parker
    Paul Norton, Michael Yule, Annette Roche, Mae Parker, Teresa Vee
    and some extra surprises

    THINGS CANCER CAN'T KILL WHEN IT COMES TO ENZA!
    It can't kill love
    It can't kill hope
    It can't kill confidence
    It can't kill courage
    It can't kill friendship
    It can't kill memories

    That's Right!
    "Cancer Can't Kill Memories"

    Let’s make this night an unforgettable event.

    BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW!
    Bookings: 03) 9331 5599
    Email: maorgan@bigpond.net.au
    A great night for a great cause....See you there!

    'An Audience with Billie Holiday'
    5th – 25th May
    Tuesday to Sunday
    Chapel off Chapel
    12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran.

    Art Events Australia presents the world premiere of An Evening with Billie Holiday, a compelling and moving musical stage play, written by award-winning playwright Neil Cole and starring acclaimed Melbourne-based cabaret performer, Mama Alto as Billie Holiday, accompanied by multi-award winning composer, pianist and musical director (and fellow Debonair), Warren Wills at Chapel Off Chapel from the 5th to the 25th May.

    The legendary jazz singer, Billie Holiday was one of the greatest singers of all time, and had a seminal influence on jazz and pop music. Her tumultuous background as a black woman brought up in abject poverty in early 20th century, underwrote her unique singing ability.

    'An Evening With Billie Holiday' is a tribute to the woman they called “Lady Day”; told in the first person by Mama Alto as the great artist, the story focuses on her development as a singer, her tragic back story that shaped her personality, talent and success, and the songs that saw her achieve unprecedented popularity.

    The mesmerizing Mama Alto is known in Melbourne as the “grand dame” of cabaret, performing regularly at The Butterfly Club and a must-see at Melbourne Cabaret Festival & Melbourne Fringe Festival. Mama’s recent show, “Counter Tenor Diva” recently thrilled audiences and critics alike at the Perth and Adelaide Fringe festivals, garnering four star reviews:

    "Mama Alto... hypnotically beautiful as a silent screen star, elegant and mysterious.. 4 STARS" (Adelaide Advertiser)

    "The entire experience was intriguing; her performance is at the same time strong and fragile, her voice a beautiful instrument that challenges perceptions of gender and identity. 4 STARS" (RIP IT UP Magazine, Adelaide)

    "From an ethereal whisper to a full-bodied bellow, each crescendo feels organic." (the music.com.au)

    "Mama Alto possesses that rare commodity, a genuinely unusual voice, which was used to strong effect in interpretations which were at times evocative of jazz greats " (stagewhispers.com.au)
    www.mamaalto.com

    Multi-Award winning composer, musical director and pianist, Warren Wills Musical director and pianist Warren Wills has graced many West End productions as both performer and MD. Australian-born Warren brings the complexity and subtleties required to accompany Mama Alto’s role of the great Billie Holiday.

    Warren is no stranger to performing Billie Holiday’s music, having performed in Nina Kristofferson’s Billie Holiday Story at The Electric Theatre, Guildford the British Theatre Guide described his performance as “… integral to this show and his superb playing brings to life this story of elation and heartbreak …”.

    www.warrenwillsmusic.com

    An Evening with Billie Holiday
    May 5th – 25th
    Tuesday to Sunday
    Chapel off Chapel
    12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran.
    Tickets available from www.chapeloffchapel.com.au or Boxoffice : 03 9290 7000

    Will be a great show...See you there


    Deborrah 'Moogy' Morgan and Max Tinkle
    Fellow Debonairs Deborrah 'Moogy' Morgan and Max Tinkle are back at Claypots
    213 Barkly Street St Kilda.
    Tuesday Nights 9pm to 11-00pm.
    An evening of French chanson with Max's Sax, Flute and Harmonicas.
    We'd love to see you there.


    Caravan Music Club
    Oakleigh RSL
    95-97 Drummond St. Oakleigh
    For info about more shows coming up and to make a booking, please visit:
    www.caravanmusic.com.au

    Friday 2nd May 8pm:
    EUROGLIDERS - "LIVE & INTIMATE" + Richie Langford - Featuring GRACE KNIGHT on vocals and BERNIE LYNCH on guitar, vocals & keys, and a hot backing band. Eurogliders took the charts by storm in the 1980s, and they are re-living it all over again right here at the Caravan Club in May 2014. Great songs, great harmonies and great playing make this show an experience not to be missed. RESERVED SEATS STILL AVAILABLE.

    Saturday 3rd May 8pm:
    BABY ET LULU - We are so pleased to have this gorgeous duo with their elegant ensemble back at the Caravan Music Club. Alt Media Group says "Lara Goodridge and Abby Dobson combine their amazing talents in an explosion of French chic. The Jazzy, French chanson will have you feeling like you’re sitting in a Parisian café, even if you’ve never been to France! ...” RESERVED SEATS STILL AVAILABLE.

    Sunday 4th May 3pm:
    JON STEVENS + John McNamara - ARIA chart-topping successful front man of legendary Australian bands Noiseworks and INXS, Jon Stevens will showcase his musical journey throughout his 20 year music career. GA TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE.


    Flying Saucer Club

    Friday 2nd May 8pm: JON STEVENS + John McNamara - ARIA chart-topping front man of legendary Australian bands Noiseworks and INXS, Jon Stevens will be showcasing his musical journey at the Saucer, highlighting songs from a stellar 20 year career. Supporting Jon will be local bluesman John McNamara who greatly impressed on his recent spot with Russell Morris. TICKETS SELLING FAST so BOOK TODAY!

    Saturday 3rd May 8pm: EUROGLIDERS “Live and Intimate” - The Eurogliders took the charts by storm in the 1980s, and they are re-living it all over again right here at the Flying Saucer Club. They will be performing their iconic hits in an up close and personal show featuring Special guest Richie Langford. It will be a night of great songs and gorgeous harmonies. Definitely an experience not to be missed. RESERVED SEATS STILL AVAILABLE

    Sunday 4th May 3pm: OLD MAN LUEDECKE (CAN) + Sarah Carroll - With skillful precision and a storyteller’s heart, Old Man Luedecke’s narrative-driven folk songs are playful, coy, and soul warming.... tenderly pushing the boundaries of his storytelling with his unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks. A show worth its weight in gold and one to be put on your event calendar!

    COMING UP
    Friday 9th May 8pm: DARYL BRAITHWAITE + Gena Rose Bruce

    Saturday 10th May 8pm: GRAND WAZOO – KINGS OF SOUL

    Sunday 11th May 3pm: THE CAIRO CLUB ORCHESTRA with Nichaud Fitzgibbon – A Special MOTHERS DAY SHOW!

    Friday 16th May 8pm: “RESPECT!” – THE SOUL OF ARETHA FRANKLIN

    Saturday 17th May 8pm: CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS + Tim Neilson

    Sunday 18th May 3pm: TEX PERKINS & CHARLIE OWEN + ADALITA

    Friday 23rd May 8pm: BOB "BONGO" STARKIE presents "MILLION DOLLAR RIFF"

    NEW SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Saturday 7th June 8pm:
    RONNIE CHARLES & THE RETRO BANDITS - will be making their way back to the saucer for a night of power-house vocals and razor-sharp musical flair as they pay tribute to bands from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Get in early for this one as tickets won’t last for this show!

    Friday 17th October, 8pm:
    NORMIE ROWE & THE PLAYBOYS - Australia’s biggest pop star of the sixties will be heading back to the Saucer in October....this time playing 2 sets with his legendary backing band The Playboys. Famous for songs such as 'It Aint Necessarily So', ‘Shakin All Over’, ‘Que Sera Sera’ & ‘Ooh La La', Normie will once again wow the audience with his suave rock and pop style. A show not to be missed!

    For info about more shows coming up and to make a booking, please visit www.flyingsaucerclub.com.au


    THE DUKES OF DESPAIR
    Performing at
    Penny Black,
    Sydney Road, Brunswick.
    Sunday 4th May
    5pm till 7pm.
    Free Entry.
    www.dukesofdespair.com.au


    Coming at the WAY OUT WEST - Roots Music club
    Williamstown RSL
    128 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

    2:00PM SUN 4th MAY
    JC & THE PO’BOYS

    2:00PM SUN 18th MAY
    THREE KINGS

    2:00PM SUN 13th JULY
    THE CYRIL B BUNTER BAND
    for more info go to: www.wowrootsmusic.com


    FROM ADAM HOWARD
    Dear friends and colleagues
    I am reaching out to to all of you to help me with a fundraiser for two great Australian stunt people who have recently been hit by extremely hard times.
    Lance Anderson lost his leg this past Christmas and has a young family.
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0027050/?ref_=fn_al_nm_3
    Nigel Harbach is battling cancer.
    He had to sell his home recently as is bringing up a new baby.
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0361876/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

    The Stuntmens Charity Ball fundraiser will be held on June 28th, 2014 at the Jupiter Casino on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. The hope is that this will become an annual event in support of the stunt community in Australia.
    I know that our international film community will stand up and support those in need, no matter where in the world they are. So will you please donate something for the auction to help raise money to support Lance and Nigel?

    Film and TV Props, miniatures, crew gear, crew signed scripts, crew signed posters, autographed books, clapper boards, DVD's, toys, clothing anything you can think of. These donations will be so greatly appreciated by our stunt brothers and sisters in Australia and I thank you in advance for your generosity and support with this event.
    Please contact me directly for more information via email at adamhowardvfx@gmail.com or phone at 415-971-8877
    I look forward to hearing from you
    Cheers
    Adam
    ADAM HOWARD
    Visual Effects Supervisor
    www.adamhowardvfx.com


    FROM DARRYL ROBERTS
    Hi everyone,

    Just letting you know that the awaited release of Best of Hey Gringo is now available.

    This Best Of album is a collection of all the favourite Live songs I play with various line-ups of Hey Gringo. The two early Hey Gringo albums I WAS THERE & FUNKY CAR are no longer available on CD and only available via download through CD Baby and Hey Gringo’s website.

    18 Tracks of Hey Gringo Live Favourites:
    Now available at Hey Gringo's newlook
    website:- http://www.heygringo.net/store.html

    On line, at GIGS www.heygringo.net/heygringo/Live
    and soon at selected outlets:
    Since the first two Hey Gringo albums are now only available via electronic downloads.
    The Best Of DarylRoberts & Hey Gringo brings you an album of all your favourite Hey Gringo songs on one album.

    Favourites like the Boogie Blues of Go Your Own Way with smokey harp and Ross Hannaford's guitar, The quirky catchy Only Thing I Need, The swampy Soul with Roberts on acordion and mandolin, the ever popular FuNkY CaR, the cheeky pumpin' blues of Tell Me Something with Broderick Smith's unmistakable harp, Zappa-ish Gimme Back My Brain, always the encore and sing along Can't Say No with Kevin Borich guesting on guitar, the catchy Ticket to Go with it's soul brass line, End Of The Road acid blues and wah wah overload from Hannaford, Lil Fi taking Won't Let You Down to a soul groove place, The instrumental Booker T style Moonslap with Osibisa/Santana exploration, the all time original performers tongue in cheek anthem Play Something We Know to the pumping funk of Get The Funk Out. This album captures the spirit of Hey Gringo.

    The album contains guest appearances by the likes of:
    Kevin Borich on I Can’t Say No & Think About It,
    Broderick Smith on Tell Me Something,
    Ross Hannaford’s guitar on Face Myself, End of The Road & Go Your Own Way,
    Nicky Bomba (Bomba, Melb Scar Orchestra, John Butler Trio) on drums and percussion on Go Your Own Way, Only Thing I Need, Soul, Moonslap, End of The Road, Won’t Let You Down & Face Myself, Funky Car.
    Lil Fi backing vocals on Won’t Let You Down (featured on Neighbours TV worldwide),
    Mike Rudd from Spectrum on guitar on No Doubt About It & Think About It
    Bill Putt (the late of Spectrum) slide on Moonslap
    Marcus Alexander, vocals & conga on Get The Funk Out.

    The return from the sales will be going toward an all new original album full of some mighty new songs.

    Keep up to date with all things Gringo at www.heygringo.net
    All albums available at gigs and Special prices or via the website to your door via secure PayPal.

    Look forward to seeing you at a gig soon, say hi on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hey-Gringo/42112402070?ref=hl

    Cheers
    Chief Gringo


    FROM BRIAN CADD
    Dear All,
    I tried to get the story online but couldn’t find it. It was in the Sunday Sun Herald. Entitled: The truth about memory.

    Apparently the one where you walk into a room and then can’t remember why you went there…is not Alzheimer's…but simply age-related. Apparently it can be stress-related and if it is…it is simply too much cortisol (the hormone released during “fight or flight” stress moments). Too much cortisol over long periods however, can damage the hippocampus, the part of the brain mostly associated with memory storage. So chill out!

    However it is also true that, as we age, the brain shrinks…and that we don’t replace neurones at the same rate as when we are younger. And eventually dementia etc can result. But losing your keys…is an anxiety issue, not a cognitive one!

    Between 70 and 80 you can experience mild cognitive impairment but that is rarely lifestyle-disabling. The healthily ageing brain doesn’t lose memory…it just takes longer to retrieve. Age-related memory problems are the result of reduced efficiency in communication between brain cells, whereas memory problems in dementia are a result of cell death! And, when you forget why you came into a room…it is often your brain being sidetracked by a more interesting or immediate thought. It self-edits.

    The best news is that, like your heart or your body, you can repair the brain. By exercise, good diet and and stress management. The best exercise seems to be education!
    In other words…use it or lose it!!

    Hope this is of comfort.
    Caddo


    FROM JOHN GRANT

    Hi Dom,
    A little snippet to perhaps include in your next mail-out of gigs and interesting tit-bits.
    A friend of mine established this site to act as a sort-of History of Greville St, inviting personal contributions.

    I can't help noticing the state of some of the old buildings every month coming to the Debonair lunches, so it's nice to see that many music-industry people have already contributed to this site.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Greville-Street/246407948742339

    All the best!
    John Grant


    FROM KEVIN BORICH
    Hi Dom,
    Could you give a mention in your news etc about my New Album TOTEM being available
    in the shop at www.kevinborich1.com - I'd be much appreciated !!
    Cheers Kev

    ...It's a great album Kev!


    FROM ANDREW WATT

    As you may be aware I recently published a book on the Australian Music Business called, Welcome To The Jungle - Navigating the Music Business in Australia. It's been a real labour of love - I interviewed over 90 important people from the music industry and the book brings together all this material and plenty of other information about the business in a 680 page book. I'm really proud of it, and it's received a great reaction from industry people from those high up the food chain through to newcomers and industry aspirants. It's got some great coverage on radio, press, website, social media and community tv.

    As a personal friend or an industry colleague there are a couple of ways you can assist me in getting the word out about the book and supporting its publication.

    1. The book is for sale at www.musicbusinesseducation.com.au They normally sell for $55 (plus postage), but I've created a discount coupon for friends to use that takes $20 off. When you get to the check-out page simply type FRIEND in the Coupon Code box and $20 will be deducted from the price. I'd be honoured if you considered supporting me in this way.

    2. I'd love to get your feedback about the book once you have seen it. I'm planning a second edition and I'd love to know who else I should interview, what new areas to cover and to correct any mistakes I may have made!

    3. I'm running Workshops in late June and early July based around the book in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. If you would like to atend a workshop, a free book is included in the cost of the day. Again you can use the same discount coupon FRIEND to deduct $20 from the cost of the workshop. If you know of someone else who would be able to benefit from the workshop feel free to let them in on this offer.

    4. Finally the book is available for purchase by libraries. I've been told the best way to get libraries to buy books is to have someone request the book. So if you are in your local library anytime soon request "Welcome To The Jungle - Navigating the Music Business in Australia", by Andrew Watt. If you tell them it is available via "James Bennett Distribution" that will make it easier for them to order.
    I appreciate you reading this
    Thanks again
    Andrew Watt


    AUSTRALIAN WORLD MUSIC EXPO (AWME)
    2014 Artist Showcase
    ...Applications are CLOSING SOON

    ONE WEEKS REMAINING
    INTERESTED ARTISTS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT THROUGH THE AWME WEBSITE OR SONICBIDS BY FRIDAY 2 MAY

    Celebrating the 7th edition in 2014, AWME is regarded as Australia's premier music industry conference and showcase event for roots music.

    AWME gave us the best outcomes we have had for our Australian artists at a conference in Australia, no doubt about it. - Michael Chugg, Chugg Entertainment AWME pioneers new networks and creates opportunities for musicians world wide by engaging with industry representatives from around the globe for four days of music, workshops, seminars and showcase concerts.

    Artists that have showcased at AWME since 2008 have secured substantial results including: export, touring and festival opportunities such as Glastonbury (UK), Fuji Rock (Japan), Winnipeg Folk Festival (Canada), Calgary Folk Music Festival (Canada), Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (USA), various WOMADs, GlobalFEST (USA), Sakifo Festival (Reunion Islands), Sziget Festival (Hungary), Ulsan World Music Festival (South Korea), Colours of Ostrava Festival (Czech Republic), Big Chill (UK), Sfinks Mixed (Belgium), numerous Australian festivals including Bluesfest, WOMADelaide, Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, Boomerang, Adelaide Festival of the Arts and many many more; as well as countless deals with publishers, booking agents and record labels locally and abroad, increased media presence and much more.

    Previous showcase performances have included Archie Roach, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force (Nigeria), The Bamboos, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria), Katchafire (NZ), The Congos (Jamaica), Dan Sultan, Groundation (USA), Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia), Barefoot Divas, Boubacar Traoré (Mali), The Abyssinians (Jamaica), Stone Love (Jamaica), Mad Professor (UK), Coloured Stone, Frank Yamma, Blue King Brown, Bart Willoughby, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Mercan Dede (Turkey), The Bombay Royale, Kutcha Edwards, Electric Wire Hustle (NZ), David Bridie, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Ngaiire, King Kapisi (NZ), Stephen Pigram, Hollie Smith (NZ), Christine Salem (Réunion Island), Dubmarine, The Raah Project, Graveyard Train, Busby Marou, The Orbweavers, Jeff Lang, Narasirato (Solomon Islands), East Journey, Lindigo (Réunion Island), Warren H. Williams, Electric Empire, George Telek (PNG), Mama Kin, Airileke, Mista Savona, OKA, The Medics, Saskwatch, Stiff Gins, Tijuana Cartel, Yirrmal, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Tjupurru, Maya Kamaty (Reunion Island), Diafrix, Kylie Auldist, The Last Kinection, Moab Stringband (PNG), The Cactus Channel, Yung Warriors, Moana and the Tribe (NZ), Kora (NZ), Brothablack, LJ Hill, The Chooky Dancers + many more.

    Over 500 high-profile Australian and international music representatives from some of the world’s leading festivals, record labels, booking agencies and arts organisations will once again make their way to Melbourne from 13-16 November for AWME’s 7th edition.
    APPLY THROUGH SONICBIDS OR AWME WEBSITE!
    www.awme.com.au


    FROM PATRICK DONOVAN
    The Victorian music sector has come along in leaps and bounds over the last four years. The SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) rally and the signing of the Live Music Accord 2010 marked the beginning of a new era of engagement by the Victorian Government with the music industry. Significant outcomes have been achieved through the Live Music Roundtable including:
    The reversal of liquor licensing policy that linked live music to high risk and recognition of live music in liquor legislation.

    A Live Music Best Practice Guide to assist venues; the return of all ages gigs; Government commitment to strengthen the agent of change principle in planning law to protect venues and a forthcoming review of the State Environment Protection Policy N-2 that will also help to protect venues.

    Music Victoria has been crucial to achieving these outcomes.

    As Fatboy Slim would say, “We’ve come a long, long way together.”

    But we cannot get complacent. So far we have simply fixed what was broken by implementing long overdue initiatives to bring Victoria closer to the support received by the music sector in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. It is now time build on these achievements with a more proactive approach to continue to develop and nourish the Victorian music community to the benefit of all Victorians.

    Music Victoria has kicked off its fourth membership drive. As part of that, our most recent paper makes 19 recommendations to the Victorian Government outlining the position and priorities of the Victorian music sector over the next four years. Music Victoria urges the government to take a holistic approach to deliver positive outcomes for the music sector which in turn will deliver broad economic and social benefits. The recommendations fall across not just the arts portfolio but a multitude of interconnected portfolios including Regional and Rural Development, Tourism and Major Events, Innovation Services and Small Business, and Employment and Trade.

    We want to ensure the next Gotye, Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett or Hiatus Kaiyote don’t fall through the cracks and to have the support to make their mark on the international stage. We also want to:

    • Increase artist and audience participation
    • Capitalise on music’s power as a unifying force to bring communities together and tell our stories
    • Deliver an economic and social dividend for Victoria

    Last year during our membership drive, Music Victoria released the Victorian Live Music Census, which revealed that live music in Melbourne contributed more than $1billion to the economy. This year we followed up with the second part of the census to cover regional Victoria. The paper found that regional live music contributes $276.2 million to the state economy.

    The report, compiled over the last six months by Music Victoria in collaboration with NMIT, RMIT, Box Hill Institute, Victoria University and JMC Academy, and set to be launched in Ballarat on 4th April, found that the 3.8 million patrons attended small venues and festival gigs in regional areas. 37% of venues reported an increase in patronage in the last 12 months, 17% reported a decrease and 46% estimated their patronage level as the same.

    These impressive figures finally prove that the regional live music industry makes a significant contribution to job creation and the regional economy, and therefore should be able to access the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, rather than mere arts grants.
    In the survey, regional venue operators were asked to comment on matters affecting their provision of live music performances, and make recommendations to improve their viability. Victorian artists, agents and promoters were also consulted.

    Report recommendations include:
    • The implementation on a Regional Live Music Plan with a dedicated regional live music office. Its primary purpose would be to act as a one-stop-shop to build relationships and liaise between musicians, venues and industry, including promoters and booking agents.
    • Encourage councils to develop their own tailored music action plan, based on Wollongong’s Live Music Action Plan.
    • Reduce red tape and liquor licensing fees to make it easier to host original live music.
    • Host live music workshops to promote the Live Music Best Practice Guide.
    • Encourage independent mediation between venues and residents in the case of an amenity dispute.
    • Investigate opportunities for improved transport at night and maintain existing services.
    • Encourage the sector to pro-actively contribute to a comprehensive gig guide and encourage venues to routinely log their events.
    • Encourage the music sector to meet regularly at a live music venue to investigate issues facing the live music scene.
    • Investigate opportunities for improved transport at night and maintain existing services.

    Regional Victoria has a remarkable musical history, but the tyranny of distance, a lack of resources and the affordability of interstate air travel have conspired against it in recent years. Music Victoria looks forward to working with the regional music sector, state and local government, Regional Arts Victoria, the Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres and the National Live Music Office to work on strategies and build support networks to restore it to its former glories.

    Victoria needs a strong independent peak body to facilitate these opportunities supported by a four year resourcing commitment to help deliver the proposed initiatives.

    But with our state funding not guaranteed past June 30 next year, and an impending state election approaching, we need the communities support more than ever to make sure the contemporary music industry gets a fair deal.

    Lapsed members will be receiving their renewal notices this week – we thank you for your support over this last year and we urge you to re-join. If you run a venue, you will be receiving a letter in the mail outlining what we have achieved on your behalf over the last 24 months, and what you can do in return: sign up! If you are in a band, you will see flyers in green rooms and rehearsal rooms outlining the even bigger discounts you will receive by simply signing up for $66. And if you are a non-financial subscriber and you love your music, now’s the time to become a financial member.

    Victoria is one of the music capitals of the world – let’s support it now to ensure it stays that way.

    For full details on membership and benefits, check musicvictoria.com.au


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      11 March 2017, 02:27 PM
    • Listen To Older Voices: Phil Manning - Part 2
      by Rob Greaves
      Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times.

      Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.
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      4 March 2017, 04:13 PM
    • Ruminations from My Verandah #47: There are non-so blind as those that loudly proclaim that they can see!
      by Rob Greaves
      There are non-so blind as those that loudly proclaim that they can see.

      Hi, I'm Rob Greaves.

      This is the forty-seventh posting in this on-going, if not somewhat ad-hoc column, called "Ruminations From My Verandah" and it's the first for 2017.

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      1 March 2017, 05:51 PM
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