Victorian music to be celebrated at all new 'The Age Music Victoria Awards'

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The Age and Music Victoria join forces this year in a new partnership to celebrate the state’s musical riches in an all-Victorian awards evening, and to induct singer, songwriter, producer, author and soul queen Renée Geyer into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame.

Previously known as The Age EG Awards, the new The Age Music Victoria Awards, with supporting partner SAE Institute and presented by 3RRR 102.7FM, will be held on Wednesday 20th November 2013 at Billboard during Melbourne Music Week. As well as Renée Geyer’s 45 minute greatest hits set with special guests, this year’s awards night is set to be a star-studded Soul Revue with the EG Allstars joined by the biggest names in Victorian soul!

Ms Geyer will prove once and for all that it’s no longer a man’s man’s world as she takes her place as the first solo female artist to be inducted, alongside previous Hall of Famers Weddings Parties Anything, Hoodoo Gurus, Died Pretty, Painters and Dockers, Kim Salmon, and TISM. Renée will be inducted by the Arts Minister, the Hon. Heidi Victoria.

Renée Geyer says: “As a Melbourne girl, getting inducted into the Hall of Fame by Music Victoria and the best newspaper in Australia means a lot to me. And as a patron of Support Act Limited, it’s great that the awards will continue to donate some profits to the musician’s charity. I can’t wait to play with my band, featuring some of the best musicians in Australia and a couple of special guests,” she said.

Michael Gudinski will also be inducted by Molly Meldrum into The Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame (non-musician) to recognise Mushroom’s 40th anniversary and to acknowledge his enormous contribution to the Victorian music industry.

The Age Music Victoria Awards will present publicly voted awards in 11 categories (including new awards for Best Regional Act and Best Regional Venue) across all genres which are voted via The Age online. This year, the awards are boosted by 11 new specialist genre categories, ranging from avant-garde/experimental to blues, country, electronic, hip hop and heavy. Expert judging panels will choose the nominees and winners, and awards will be handed out prior to the main awards night. The best of the genre music winners will also be considered for the main public award nominations.

The Age Music Victoria Awards night on 20th November is open to the public and tickets are on sale now for $50+bf.

The Age shortlist editor, Martin Boulton, said the new partnership between The Age and Music Victoria will ensure the awards maintain the charm of The Age EG Awards, which ran for seven years at the Prince Bandroom in St Kilda, and then last year at Billboard. It averages 80,000 public votes, making it the most popular public-voted music awards in the country, and has so far raised more than $70,000 for Australian music industry charity Support Act Limited. $5 from every ticket sold will go to Support Act.

“This exciting new partnership between The Age and Music Victoria builds on the great foundation of the EG Awards and will shine a big, bright spotlight on Victoria’s best musical talents now and well into the future,” said Martin Boulton. “The difference in the voting is that it will just focus on Victorian music instead of national music, and the Age voters tended to vote for the local bands anyway.”

“Having started The Age EG Awards when I worked at The Age seven years ago, it’s a pleasure to be involved in them again,” added Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan.

“One of our core goals is to ’Celebrate and Promote Victorian Music’ and there’s no better way to do that than in a credible, fun awards ceremony. We started the event as a party to celebrate The EG’s 21st anniversary, and the night will maintain the party vibe with a focus on great live performances, the presentation of the public voted awards and a few speeches. It’s great that after Renée played the first awards, she returns to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and take her rightful place as the Queen of Soul.”

More information on the awards and teh 

THE 2013 AGE MUSIC VICTORIA AWARDS

Presented by SAE and 3RRR 102.7FM

Wednesday 20th November 2013

Billboard The Venue, Melbourne

8.00pm

Tickets are on sale now for $50+bf through Oztix: oztix.com.au, ph: 1300 762 545 and Oztix retail outlets.

($5 from every ticket sold donated to Support Act Limited)

 Voting for The Age Music Victoria Awards opens Friday 11th October online at theage.com.au/agemusicvictoriaawards

Colin McAlpine