PODCAST: Episode 6 - Leanne de Souza has managed Thelma Plum, Kate Miller Heidke and more, is head of Artist Managers Association, and is the founder of a very cool festival. But that's not all.

Leanne offers many fascinating insights given her history and experience as a manager for artists such as Thelma Plum, Kate Miller Heidke and more. She isn't managing artists anymore, but is the Executive Director of Association of Artist Managers in Australia, the founder of the Rock and Roll Writers Festival, a board member for the Queensland Performing Arts Trust, and a student in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. Her biggest passion is definitely making indigenous artists central to our music scene. No matter if you are an artist or a manager, you are bound to learn something from the wonderful Leanne de Souza. 

Alex Lahey a hit among the Australian women nominated in the 2017 AIR Awards celebrating independent artists. Read the full list of women nominees here

The 2017 AIR Awards are fast approaching!  This year's award nominees have been announced and include 17 Australian women - plus members of two orchestras, of whom we are still counting. See the full list here.

Starley is back with a new single (after a few US TV appearances, like Jimmy Kimmel, GMA, Today, what not). Oh and her debut single Call On Me has clocked over 423,000,000 streams

Starley has been taking the world by storm. We have been following her career since we launched last year. Starley literally wrote "one more song" before threatening to give up on the music industry. Well now that song has clocked up 423,578,352 streams on Spotify for her hit single Call On Me. And she has been working hard, performing, touring, and making her mark in the US and Europe. Starley has performed on Jimmy Kimmel, Good Morning America and the Today show. She has also been busy writing and recording. Her new single Touch Me was released last week. We caught up with Starley Hope about her magical roller-coaster ride. 

Did you miss the Vivid Ideas all women music industry panel discussion? Full video here!

On Saturday 10 June in Sydney, Music Love and Vivid Ideas hosted a very special morning event called Pathway to Platform. An all women panel of experts from all areas of the Australian music industry spoke to a very engaged audience who came out on a cold, rainy morning to hear wisdom from women who excel in technology, policy, performance, business, production, marketing and more. Industry magazine The Industry Observer were clever and kind enough to film the entire morning for those who couldn't come! So prepare a place for yourself with a notebook, and some back to back beverages, enjoy, be informed and inspired. 

For the first time in 60 years, the costumes, accessories, artwork, and memorabilia from the vaults of Opera Australia will be opened to the public.

As we have come to know here at Music Love, Opera is definitely not just a singing style. Not only does a tremendous amount of preparation go into learning a new language and a very long and detailed script for a performance, there is a monumental amount of work spent on very elaborate costumes adorned by the talented men and women who are the stage.Now, a rare opportunity has arisen because Opera Australia is finally making it possible for all of us to fully appreciate these costumes. For the first time in 60 years the costumes, accessories, artwork and memorabilia from the vaults of Opera Australia will be opened to the public.

Women in electronic music take the stage at Vivid Sydney this weekend. Don't miss it

Women in electronic music is a movement that has been gaining traction in Australia for a little while now and that is brilliant. This Saturday night as part of Vivid Sydney, and (after a very successful masterclass featuring wonderful speakers like Antonia Gauci), there will be a fantastic show where women in electronic music will display their skills and it is going to be incredible.

Sam Buckingham releases brand new album The Water. And it is just lovely.

We profiled singer/songwriter Sam Buckingham back in February when she released her single The Water. Well, her full length album is finally here, and it's just beautiful! Sam performs a duet with Timothy James Bowen, (whose music you must listen to. He is the brother of US TV show Nashville star Clare Bowen, and an absolute pleasure to watch live and also to listen to in your loungeroom - check him out!), and how she wrote a very special track called Jolene which is in response to the very famous Dolly Parton song. Sam is about to head out on tour, and caught us up on how she is feeling about the new release. 

GALLERY: Music Love x Vivid Ideas, Pathway to Platform 2017

What pulls people out of bed on the first day of a Winter’s long weekend to be in the rainy City of Sydney at 9am? An all women in music panel, that’s what. On the weekend, an eager crowd gathered to hear from a group of Australian music industry experts talk about their individual pathways to have sustainable careers in music in Australia. We heard from women who work in education, policy, business, technology, performance, and production in all genres and spaces. We were also treated to two wonderful acoustic performances Iluka and Sophie Koh, both fresh off very early morning flights!

Thank you to all the artists, teachers, students and more – including many men! - who came out to be at our very first Music Love event. Enjoy the gallery!

Updated: Interview with Vivid Ideas performer ILUKA: The moment I cease to travel is when I have lost my sense of curiosity and wonder for the world

Today, we wanted to re-run our interview with retro singer/songwriter Iluka who will be flying in between her support slot for Killing Heidi just to sing for us at Vivid Ideas! We look forward to hosting you at our first event Pathway to Platform. In the meantime, enjoy this interview from February this year. 

Nikki Thorburn's voice was made to tell stories. The Sydney-based artist - strike that, Sydney-based-"ish" more on that later - is better known under her musical moniker ILUKA whose voice consistently compels you to listen. Now, she has released two new singles from her upcoming EP Blue My Soul which is due out 17 February, and they are bangers. If these two songs, Blue My Soul and Blue Jean Baby, are anything to go by, the rest of the album will continue to cement her place as an Australian artist we should all be proud of. ILUKA took the time to chat with Music Love all about her new album and tour, being a spiritual person and how she will never cease to travel the world.

PODCAST: Episode 5. Four women talk about forging a music career in Australia. Jazz artist Frances Madden, composer Ella Macens, indie-folk artist Hannah Robinson and electro pop artist Ruby May

On a cold night, a couple of days out from the beginning of Winter, Julie gathered four impressive music makers. All Australian, all women, and all under 25. One jazz singer, one composer, and two indie/pop artists, to talk all things music. What is like to independently build up your music business as an artist? Social media, marketing, artistry, down time, up-skilling, finding new people to present your music to, community radio, commercial radio, day jobs, wedding gigs, and more. Meet Hannah Robinson, Ruby May, Frances Madden and Ella Macens and learn all about the day to day lives of independent artists.

ARIA announces their new Music Teacher of the Year Award. What a wonderful moment for teachers who invest countless hours into students all over Australia.

What a great day for music teachers in Australia. ARIA have just announced a brand new award called Music Teacher of the Year.

Four ARIA nominees will be selected and partnered with an "Aussie music legend" such as Jay Laga’aia, Jessica Mauboy, Jimmy Barnes, Katie Noonan and Missy Higgins, who will visit a school or private music studio, and help tell Australia about the incredible job they do.

And for the first time ever, one teacher will receive an ARIA Award as part of the 2017 ARIA Award celebrations. How cool.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Pedestrian TV, Buro 24/7, Collective Hub and Vice say Pathway To Platform is a key event at Vivid Ideas this year. Hear from women working in the Australian music industry

At Music Love, we endeavour to place a big bright spotlight on women from all over the music industry in Australia. Actually, over the past six months since our launch on 2 November, we have profiled just over 100 women in music. And it would seem, that our audience and those beyond, cannot get enough. So we decided it was time to hold an event where we can all come together in the same room and hear from women who have incredible careers and stories. It is with this in mind, that we are working with Vivid Sydney 2017 to have an event at Vivid Ideas! on June 10, from 9-11am at the gorgeous Museum of Sydney in the Rocks, Music Love will present a panel discussion called The Pathway to the Platform

Kristal West releases a brand new song on Mabo Day, for her grandfather Eddie Mabo: "I felt a strong desire to find my ‘real’ voice, rooted in family, history and culture."

We first Kristal West in 2014 when she sang a rendition of Justin Bieber's As Long As You Love Me with her singing partner Zac Fielding as part of their duo ZK. Their voices and soul compelled will.i.am to turn his chair and coach ZK through to the finals. One of the stand out performance of the season was a heartfelt outpouring to Aboriginal people everywhere, where the magical duo sang John Lennon's Imagine against a stunning backdrop of traditional indigenous dancers and musicians.Three years later, Kristal has decided to embark upon a recording of a group of songs to celebrate the life of her grandfather Eddie Mabo in the 25th anniversary of the High Court native ruling. Kristal is a Murray Murray Island woman and refers to her grandfather as Ata. As such, the EP set for release later this year is called Remembering Ata.

Updated: Interview with the wonderfully diverse KLP: DJ, producer, lover of harmonies, radio host and panellist for our Vivid Ideas event in Sydney

Her star is rising, but Kristy Lee Peters is no overnight success. 

As the countdown to Music Love's Vivid Ideas event Pathway to Platform continues, we have been interviewing the panellists to give everyone a head start on just how much gold there will be on Saturday 10 June in Sydney. (By the way, did you know The Sydney Morning HeraldCollective HubBroadsheet SydneyVice and Pedestrian TV have all highlighted our event as one to be at?). So far we have profiled Vicki GordonJacqui Louez Schoorl, Dr Rita Crews OAMShefali Pryor, and our performers, Iluka, and Sophie Koh. Today, we wanted to re-run our interview with producer, artist, host of triple j's House Party and now head of her own record label KLP. She has just dropped a brand new song Changes and it's going great guns. Check it out. KLP is also on tour. You can get your tickets here! We look forward to hosting you at Vivid Ideas. In the meantime, enjoy a taster of the advice and stories of Kristy Lee Peters. 

Meet Vivid Ideas panellist Dr Rita Crews OAM. President of the Music Teachers Association, NSW and Deputy Chair of the AMEB, and read all about her life in music education

Dr Rita Crews is the President of the Music Teachers’ Association (MTA) of NSW, editor of The Studio journal and Deputy Chair of the Australian Music Examinations Board  (AMEB) NSW where she represents private music teachers. She has over 30 years teaching experience at private and tertiary levels, has been an AMEB examiner since 1988, and is currently Chief Examiner for written subjects in NSW and for online examinations for the Federal AMEB. Rita has published many articles and reviews, and some of her piano works are included in the AMEB syllabus. She is currently writing the history of the AMEB for the 2018 Centenary. Rita was named International Woman of the Year for services to music education by the Cambridge Biographical Centre in 1992-93, and in 2002 created a Fellow of the Australian Society of Musicology and Composition for her contribution to Australian music and composers. The 2008 inaugural edition of Who’s Who in NSW contained her biography as does the 2017 edition of Who's Who of Australian Women. In 2014 Rita was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia and in 2015, the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of New England. Here, she reflects on a life in music education, with some fascinating insights. Like the fact that the Music Teachers' Association has been negotiating with the Government for 88 years to properly recognise and register studio music teachers. We look forward to hosting you at Vivid and for our audience to hear from such an esteemed Australian woman. (Remember to subscribe and receive 25% off the ticket price!)

The SSO's Associate Principal Oboist Shefali Pryor says: "Aim to be the broadest musician that you can be." Just a taste of the advice you'll get at our Vivid Ideas event

Shefali is the Assistant Principal Oboist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Shefali grew up in Sydney where she graduated with first class honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During her studies she participated in numerous programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra and was a member of the Sydney Sinfonia. Upon graduating she joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Second Oboe.

In 2004 and 2005 Shefali studied with Stefan Schilli at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Not long after her return to Australia she was appointed Associate Principal Oboe. In 2006 she won the Other Instrumental category of the Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards. She has performed as soloist with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, including performances with violinist Nigel Kennedy in 2006.

Shefali has also performed as guest principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia, and as a casual musician with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Sydney Omega Ensemble and has performed with the Australia Ensemble, Sydney Soloists, and Southern Cross Soloists as well as with the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium, where she teaches oboe. She is also the Artistic Director of the SSO's Vanguard program for young philanthropists.

Shefali will no doubt offer invaluable advice to everyone when she comes to present as a panellist for Music Love and Vivid Ideas. In the meantime, she took some time to offer Music Love a taster of her wisdom.

UPDATE: The wonderful Jacqui Louez Schoorl has been added as a panellist to our Vivid Ideas event! She is nothing short of a powerhouse. Our interview here!

Where does one start with Jacqui Louez Schrool? Firstly, she is without a doubt the loveliest and kindest person one could ever hope to meet. Ask anyone, and they will verify this claim. On to the professional stuff. Jacqui is the CEO and co-founder of Jaxsta, which is a huge music database. Jacqui is also the founder of a wonderful networking group in Sydney for women who work in the music industry - Women in Music Sydney. Before Jaxsta and Women in Music, Sydney,  Jacqui was kicking goals all over the film and music industry. Jacqui’s career spans two decades, encompassing roles in project development, physical production, post production, film distribution and marketing, for the likes of Channel 9, George Lucas and Baz Luhrmann. Jacqui took some time out of her very busy work and travel schedule to answer some preliminary questions about her life and work in music and film. 

Jack River is the founder of a brand new show Electric Lady, featuring Australian artists alongside Australian astrophysicists, actresses and aeronautical engineers. And they are all women.

Jack River is a songwriter/producer/artist from NSW's mid north coast who came onto the scene last year with her debut EP Highway Songs No. 2. Audiences have instantly fallen in love with her music, and Jack River in undoubtedly one to listen to, especially if retro rock/folk/electro pop with a voice that can sound like Gwen Stefani or maybe even Courtney Love is your thing. If her music wasn't impressive enough, Jack River has dreamt up a brand new show called Electric Lady featuring an all-female line-up headlined by Bec Sandridge, Ali Barter, Gretta Ray, Alex Lahey, Jack River herself, and supported by girl groups Body Type and Rackett.  She has also decided if this is the moment for Australian women, and indeed women around the world, she wanted her fellow musicians to share the spotlight with extraordinary women doing very cool things. In the lead up to the event, Holly has curated a list of Australian women of note, including astrophysicist Dr Katherine Mack, surfer Tyler Wright, actress Isabel Lucas and aeronautical engineer Belinda Pavlovic. Holly took some time to tell Music Love all about Electric Lady, her long list of favourite Australian women in music, and how supportive the Australian music industry can be.

Sia is coming back to Australia to play two shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Her first tour since 2011. Amy Shark is supporting

Well, if this isn't the biggest news of 2017. Sia, Australia's most prominent pop export is coming back to Australia to perform in two stadium shows in Melbourne and Sydney as part of her Nostalgic for the Present Tour. Sia is undoubtedly one of the biggest pop stars in the world working with everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Beyoncé. Sia was the most-streamed female artist on Spotify last year, and in August last year, she became the first woman over 40 to top the US charts with her hit Cheap Thrills. But perhaps the most exciting part of this news is the fact that indie-pop sensation Amy Shark has been announced as a support act alongside global superstars  Charli XCX,  and MØ.