AIR – The Australian Independent Record Labels Association – has announced the return of its annual AIR Awards as well as plans for a new music industry conference to be held in Adelaide in July.
The AIR Awards were absent from the calendar in 2016, but thanks to funding from the South Australian government’s Live Music Event Fund, the night will return for it’s 11th year, taking place at Adelaide’s Queen Theatre on Thursday July 27.
For the first time, the event will also have a live music component, with shows being held on the night in six different venues throughout the city. This will present opportunities for local and touring acts to showcase their material in front of music industry professionals, similar to the already established conferences such as Brisbane’s Bigsound and Melbourne’s Face the Music.
For the first time The AIR Industry Conference will coincide with the awards, and has secured funding for the next three years. Taking place over two days, the conference will feature panels and workshops with input from successful independent labels, musicians and businesses.
The AIR Awards will take place on Thursday July 27 and the AIR Industry Conference on July 27-28. For more information head to air.org.au.