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Sounds Australia Announces Trade Mission to South America

Australia’s export music market development initiative SOUNDS AUSTRALIA is collaborating with the Federal Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to lead a delegation of music industry professionals to South America next month.

The Australian Music Industry South American Trade Mission will see top operators from multiple sectors of the industry, including managers, labels, publishers, promoters, PR, media and peak trade body representatives, participate in a range of events at music conferences across Chile, Argentina and Brazil. They will join targeted workshops, showcases and networking meetings to gain an overview and introduction to these important new music markets.

The all-star team includes Andrew Stone (Chugg Music), Ashley Gay (Xelon Entertainment), Clara Iaccarino (Perth International Arts Festival), Jaime Gough (Native Tongue Music Publishing), Maggie Collins (BIGSOUND), Matthew Rogers (We Are Unified), Monique Rothstein (Positive Feedback), Scot Morris (APRA AMCOS), Stuart Rogers (Sydney Festival) and Warren Costello (Liberation Music).

To establish and strengthen long-term, two-way business connections in South America, the team has multiple aims that include identifying and securing local partnerships and navigating and negotiating new markets especially with respect to:

  • Managing tour logistics
  • Production and presentation values
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Media, community and audience engagement

Millie Millgate, Executive Producer SOUNDS AUSTRALIA says: "Building relationships is key to Australia’s success in these emerging markets over the coming years. The trade mission presents a meaningful reconnaissance opportunity that sets a strong foundation for reciprocal business and cultural outcomes.

"It's another example of how SOUNDS AUSTRALIA creates game-changing business opportunities for artists and their representatives in various territories, and plays an integral role in helping break Australian artists overseas."  

Since its inception in 2009, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA has participated at 50 different international events, taking place in 53 cities, across 20 countries.

The Australian Music Industry South American Trade Mission is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.



News from the Australian Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) 


COALAR Australia – Latin America Young Entrepreneur Award

The Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) recently launched the Australia-Latin America Young Entrepreneur Award.  Applications opened on Thursday 1 December 2016 and close on Monday 23 January 2017 at 12 noon AEDT. A prize will be given to a young Latin American entrepreneur and an Australian entrepreneur with good ideas about how to strengthen relations between Latin America and Australia, and positively influence the lives of those living in both regions. The prize includes AUD 5,000 in cash to contribute towards realising the business idea, and airfares to the awards ceremony in Australia.

Further details are available here


News from Australian Government Ministers


Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Julie Bishop MP



Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment 

The Hon Steven Ciobo MP


Minister for International Development and The Pacific

Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells



Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

The Hon Keith Pitt MP 



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