PRS Foundation announces new Women Make Music grantees
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Poppy Ajudha, Julia Biel, Lady Sanity and Emma McGrath are among the latest 12 artists to receive support via PRS Foundation’s Women Music Music Fund.
They are joined by Vikki Stone, Anna Chmelewsky, Yama Warashi, The Anchoress, Keto, Isobel Anderson, Lyves and Faith i Branko in receiving grants to support the creation, performance or funding of new music.
The next application deadline is 2 October. Learn more about the fund and how to apply.
Earlier this year, a PRS Foundation report found that the music industry still poses a ‘challenging environment’ for women.
The research, which was launched in parliament to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, was based on interviews with 157 previous Women Make Music Fund recipients.
According to the findings, 78 percent said that they had experienced sexism while working in the music industry, stating that there was a lack of recognition of what woman contribute and achieve within the music industry.
In more positive news, the report found that 79 percent of Women Make Music grantees said the fund significantly helped their confidence by enabling them to grow their professional profile.
Read more about the report.
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Sia To Tour Australia In 2017 With Charli XCX, MØ & Amy Shark
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Sources have confirmed to Music Feeds that homegrown pop phenom Sia will tour Australia later this year, supported by English singer Charli XCX, Danish artist MØ and Aussie muso Amy Shark.
Dates for the tour will be announced this Sunday, 28th May, as per the sneaky teaser video Sia released earlier today.
The teaser came with the caption, “Australia + New Zealand – 28 May,” and included a link to the website nostalgicforthepresent.com.au, which is the name of Sia’s current tour.
The ‘Nostalgic For The Present’ tour, which made its way through the US late last year, has seen Sia’s longtime dancer Maddie Ziegler (and a number of other dancers) tour with her, executing Ryan Heffington’s choreography while Sia sings at the back of the stage.
Sia hasn’t toured Australia since 2011, and since then she’s released two albums — 2014’s 1000 Forms of Fear and 2016’s This Is Acting.
Watch her ‘Nostalgic For The Present’ Australian and New Zealand teaser video below, and stay tuned to Music Feeds for all the tour dates as soon as they’re announced.
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Interview: John Smith
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Folk singer, guitarist and Lianne La Havas musician John Smith is back in 2017 with his fifth, and arguably most accomplished record yet, Headlong.
Produced by Sam Lakeman, Headlong comes dedicated to the memory of folk hero John Renbourn and takes much of its inspiration from the late artist as well as John’s wife and newborn child.
This latest records doffs its cap to the folk greats who he played with during the early days of his career – Renbourn plus John Martyn and Davy Graham – but also pushes the sound further towards new musical horizons.
As the follow up to Great Lakes, John’s 2013 release, the album also follows extensive touring from John. We caught up with him to learn more about this new record and what else the future has up its sleeves…
How did you get into music?
My dad had me listening to good records from an early age. I picked up the piano aged six, then the drums. I discovered the guitar when I was eleven years old and that was that.
Who/what inspired you to start writing your own songs?
It happened quite naturally because I was always listening to music as a kid. I wrote terrible songs all through my teenage years. Starting out as a performer, I was playing a lot of instrumental music … but I soon realised first-hand that songs have a very different way of connecting with people.
Headlong is your new record – what is the album about? How did you find the creative process behind it?
I wrote the bones of the album during long touring stints across the US – and then put it all together when I got home. The album is largely about traveling, reflecting, growing up. Living for the journey. It’s full of love, there’s a lot of romance in this one. I had a great time making the record.
What was the inspiration behind the album?
I’ve gone through a good bit in the last couple of years. Any record I’ve made has been some kind of attempt to make sense of my thoughts and also to show my current state as a guitarist. This record is no different, but in contrast to other albums I’ve made it’s happy, upbeat and very mellow.
Where do you look for musical inspiration?
To the guitar, every time. The guitar gives me five times what I put in. I just love it. But I listen to a lot of records. There’s a real privilege in listening to other people’s work. I take it for granted all the time, and then I hear something that cuts me in half and I remember how great music, and therefore life, really is.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
I played with Danny Thompson in 2015. That was it.
What’s your favourite venue to play?
London Union Chapel. That’s a sacred venue. The reverb in there is utterly sublime. It’s also one of the only places where you’ll hear 1,000 Londoners sit in happy silence! I played Red Rocks in Colorado with David Gray, which was magnificent.
How have you evolved as a songwriter over the years? Do songs come easier the more you write?
It’s a muscle that you have to exercise, yes. I’m getting a lot more committed as I get older and time becomes more precious. Recently my songs have been more personal and somehow more comfortable to inhabit. I haven’t been leaning on myths or mystical ideas. The new songs are about day-to-day life.
Have you got any tips for overcoming writers’ block?
Write, write, write. It’s the only way.
What does the future have in store?
Summer festivals and more touring. I would love to tour solidly for the next couple of years before making another album, but you can’t guarantee anything in my line of work. I plan for the worst and hope for the best.
Have you any tips for new songwriters?
Don’t compare yourself to everyone else. It will drive you mad.
Headlong is released on 30 June. Listen to Far Too Good from the record below.
Photo credit – Phil Fisk
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Vera Blue Announces 2017 National Tour
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Vera Blue has announced that she’s going on a lengthy tour in support of her forthcoming single ‘Mended’.
‘Mended’ just premiered on triple j and it will be out everywhere tomorrow. It’s the second single from her debut album due out later this year following on from ‘Private’.
“It’s become a bit of a beast of a thing but I’m very excited to get it out to the people,” she told triple j about the album that doesn’t have a release date just yet.
It’s likely that you’ll hear some new material on the national tour which kicks off at the end of July in Canberra. That’s just after she takes to the stage at Splendour In The Grass for her first solo set there.
She’s just returned from the US and is excited to play to Aussie audiences again as she says local crowds sing back more.
“When I do a show in Australia they’re really screaming back to me and it’s overwhelming but awesome,” she said.
Check out all the dates below.
Ryan Adams Teases Margaret Court Over Homophobic Comments Ahead Of His Show At Her Arena
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Ryan Adams has taken to Twitter to address the homophobic comments of tennis star Margaret Court ahead of his show in Melbourne at Margaret Court Arena this week.
Earlier today, Margaret Court penned an open letter stating that she would no longer be flying Qantas because of the airlines support for same-sex marriage.
“I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage,” she wrote.
Now, Adams has taken to Twitter to let her know that, “A PAGAN who STRONGLY SUPPORTS #MarriageEquality,” will be playing at her arena tomorrow.
He attached a rainbow flag to the tweet just to really rub it in too.
There are plenty more artists that support same-sex marriage yet to play at the arena too including Little Mix and Placebo.
Well played Adams. In tennis they call that an ace.
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