ARIA have revealed the program for the ninth annual ARIA Week, which is set to kick off next Friday, 19th November with a range of digital events, panels and performances to champion Australian music as well as spark important conversation for the industry’s future.
Events planned include panels on Cultural Change, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Working with First Nations Artists, along with a workshop for emerging artists and those aspiring to work in the industry behind the scenes. Panelists and workshop facilitators will include the likes of Sian Van Der Muelen (aka Miss Blanks), Leah Flanagan, Emma Donovan, Holly Rankin (aka Jack River) and Nooky.
The digital events will wrap up on Tuesday, 23rd November with Nova’s Red Room ‘Arias at Home’ edition, which will feature exclusive virtual performances from ARIAs nominees Tones and I, Vance Joy and Baker Boy. All ARIA Week digital events will be broadcast live on YouTube – you can RSVP here.
“Perhaps more than ever, it has been important for ARIA to find a way to bring the industry together in a meaningful way this awards period. Australian music is at a turning point and as such we wanted to curate events that acknowledge the work that has been done, while also guiding the conversation for the future,” commented ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd in a statement.
“We’re excited to say we have collaborated with some of the most exciting and innovative artists, leaders, industry professionals and third party experts ready to talk about what they do best. Of course, ARIA Week is also about celebrating the incredible work and dedication of everyone involved in Australian music through another difficult year, which I’m sure is something we can all look forward to.”
This year’s ARIA Awards themselves are set to take place on Wednesday, 24th November as an “innovative digital show” streamed live on YouTube. Nominees were announced last month, with Amy Shark, Genesis Owusu, Budjerah, Midnight Oil, The Avalanches and The Kid LAROI among those vying for a pyramid.