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Global Beat: Australia takes local artists to LA's airwaves

Story Published Wednesday 14 July 2021
Clockwise: Telenova (photo by Clint Peloso), Liz Stringer (photo by Kristoffer Paulsen), Ngaiire (photo by DL Segal)

'Global Beat: Australia' is a new weekly radio segment showcasing Aussie music on LA's KCRW radio.

All music is sourced via Amrap, the free way to service your music to community radio.

Artists featured so far include Liz Stringer, Ngaiire, Telenova, Miiesha, Jack Ladder and Joelistics.

Thanks to 'Global Beat: Australia', an outstanding selection of new music played on community radio in Australia is getting heard on Southern California's legendary KCRW.

Based in Los Angeles, public radio station KCRW is one of the most popular and influential tastemakers when it comes to music in US media. With assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the CBAA has partnered with the LA-based Australian Music Alliance and KCRW to produce the weekly show.

Aired on KCRW’s flagship program Morning Becomes Eclectic, Global Beat: Australia features CBAA Amrap Manager Andrew Khedoori showcasing Australian music that represents a contemporary vision of a modern, diverse Australia to a US audience with KCRW host Raul Campos.

“This is a great cross-cultural collaboration, arriving at a time of continually surging interest in Australian music from the US and when Australian artists can and should look to expand their pathways to recognition.

"The US radio market is so diverse that an artist can get some traction there. Global Beat: Australia marks the start of a stronger exchange between US public radio and community radio in Australia and highlights the great work community radio does here to expose and promote new and emerging Australian artists no matter what kind of music they make,” said Andrew Khedoori.

Melbourne trio Telenova met at SongHubs in 2019 and released new music together earlier this year, with their single 'Bones' selected for the program.

“What a beautifully curated line-up of Australian artists - as a proud Asian Australian, it makes me so happy to see such widespread international support for the diversity of our artists,” said Telenova's Angeline Armstrong.

Global Beat: Australia began on April 29 with a total of 32 episodes taking the series towards the end of 2021. Some of the artists chosen for this series have gone on to receive further airplay at KCRW.

All music played on Global Beat: Australia is sourced from Amrap (Australian Music Radio Airplay Project), so get your release on there (it's free!) for the chance to be discovered and land a spot on the series!

Have a read of Andrew's tips and advice on servicing your music via Amrap.

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