Amplified – Tasmania’s contemporary music industry festival is now live. Featuring 98 performances across 9 of our premier live venues and 11 workshop and learning opportunities, this festival is about presenting the best of Tasmanian music to local audiences and providing connections to help our musicians reach out to the nation and the world.
This year, Amplified will be held from 18-21 August in venues all around Hobart City. Its management has also changed hands, with Contemporary Music Services Tasmania (CMST), Tasmania’s peak body for contemporary music stepping up to deliver this program formerly run by Arts@Work for Arts Tasmania.
Dario Phillips, President of CMST said: “It’s a natural evolution for CMST to step up to deliver Amplified 2011 and it’s something we’re very excited about. The shape of the festival has changed under our direction and is going back to its roots. Focusing on great gigs and specialist learning opportunities. Amplified in 2011 is a celebration of the great music coming from Tasmania.”
In previous iterations, Amplified has been a strong connector between industry businesses and Tasmanian artists, evidenced by bands such as The Scientists of Modern Music securing a record and publishing contract, Enola Fall picking up an agent and manager and New Saxons undertaking song development with a major record label.
Tim Green of New Saxons said: “Amplified introduced me to key players in the Australian music industry and until you actually meet these people, it’s almost impossible to make meaningful connections with them. Amplified gives us a chance to personally connect with these industry operators.”
Amplified 2011 again provides the opportunity for local artists to mix with the greater industry, with representatives from EMI, BIGSOUND, Gaga Publishing, Triple J, Tiny Monster and Sounds Australia attending and presenting specialist workshops.
Contemporary Music Services Tasmania (CMST) exists to fulfil the needs of the Tasmanian Contemporary Music Industry by providing services, forums and facilities to support its development. It promotes diversity, recognises excellence and encourages the growth of artists and industry personnel within Tasmania towards state-wide, national and international recognition.
Amplified 2011 is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.