State Government

  1. Conor Oberst Pens Open Letter To Arizona Promoter Charlie Levy

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bright Eyes' mainman Conor Oberst has been an outspoken advocate for Zack de la Rocha's Sound Strike effort, joining fellow musicians and artists in a campaign to compel the state of Arizona to repeal its controversial immigration law. R ...

  2. Protests At Venue Curfews Down Under

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Hundreds gathered in central Brisbane today (March 11) to protest proposed new laws that would enforce a tough state-wide curfew on nightclubs and live music venues. Under controversial new measures aimed at tackling alcohol-related violence, the ...

  3. Australian State Govt To Modify Licensing Rules

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The state government of Victoria has pledged to soften the much-derided liquor licensing regulations that have put the pinch on Melbourne's live venues. After weeks of public protests and industry wrangling, the government has signed a " ...

  4. Australian Music Body Secures State Funding

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST For Melbourne's live music fans, the Tote Hotel remains dead. But its passing has not been in vain. The state government today committed $250,000 Australian ($223,000) in funding for the newly-created music lobby body Music Victoria. The gove ...

  5. Melbourne's Tote Closed After 27 Years

    January 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last drinks have been served at Melbourne's Tote Hotel, a familiar gathering place for the city's gig-goers over the past 27 years. The venue, which has played host to gigs by the likes of White Stripes, Jet, Mudhoney and Silverchair, cl ...

  6. Queensland's Music Export Strategy Paying Off

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Queensland government's strategy of funding local music acts abroad is continuing to pay off, according to a statement from the state's minister of trade John Mickel and minister for the arts Rod Welford. The state government has foc ...

  7. Melbourne's Palace Club Razed

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Arson squad detectives are investigating a fire yesterday (July 11) which caused A$1 million ($860,000) worth of damage to Melbourne live-music venue the Palace. Detective senior sergeant Phil Hubbard said police suspect that at least three people ...

  8. New York Guitar Festival Heads To Oz

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The biennial New York Guitar Festival is heading Down Under. With its co-founder David Spelman acting as artistic advisor and international program consultant, the Australian version from Nov. 23 to Dec. 2 is branded the Adelaide International Gui ...