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Read about the new Australian advisory group for AmericanaFest





The Americana Music Association (AMA) has announced the formation of the Australia Americana Advisory Group in keeping with the not-for-profit group’s commitment to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world.

The group is comprised of Brian Taranto (Love Police), Marty Jones (Rhythms Magazine), Jeremy Dylan (Seven Shells Media), Dan Biddle (TCO Artists) and Dobe Newton (Bushwhackers, CMAA President).  Nashville-based Australian producer and newly-elected AMA Board President Mark Moffatt will chair the group.

This diverse cross section of professionals involved the roots/Americana industry will focus on creating awareness of the genre in Australia, foster opportunities for Australian artists in the US and create connections for US artists in Australia.

AMA executive director Jed Hilly says, “We are fully aware of the incredible depth of talent in Australia and of the contribution artists like Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly and many others have made to our genre. We look forward to strengthening these ties through the newly formed advisory group and the opportunities this relationship will provide on both sides of the Pacific.”

Here’s a piece on the Australian presence at the 2013 Americana Music Festival and Conference.



About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. Registration rates are currently $315 for members and $415 for non members. Click HERE to purchase your registration now before rates go up on April 30. For more information, please visit

About the Americana Music Festival & Conference
The 15th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 17-21, 2014. The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering four days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery recharging showcases each night. The Americana Honors & Awards show is the featured performance of the festivities, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium. In 2013, it was broadcast live on AXS TV and featured on PBS in an edited one hour version called ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013.


Read about the new Australian advisory group for AmericanaFest




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