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Grant Hansen Has A Chat About On The Road Again Concert


For over 30 years, Grant Hansen has worked as a radio and television broadcaster, musician and band manager. A Taungarung man, he’s recognised as a strong leader and activist in the media and entertainment sector for Aboriginal people.

Community Radio on Tour is an initiative developed by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s (CBAA) Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap), aimed at connecting community radio’s dedicated and diverse audiences with new live music experiences in Melbourne. Grant Hansen with 3KND became involved to promote and provide entertainment to community with iconic artists, musicians, and legends in the music world so all can come and enjoy. My special guest this morning is Grant Hansen to yarn about Thursday’s concert and your chance to win free tickets


Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap) distributes and promotes Australian music to Australian community radio stations, assisting broadcasters to promote Australian music on air and online. In 2021, CBAA partnered with Creative Victoria for the first version of Community Radio On Tour under the banner of their On The Road Again initiative, providing Victorians from regional and outer suburban areas five concerts, live and produced by stations, and featuring a range of local and established acts. This initiative has provided opportunities for audiences and over artists to broaden their reach to diverse and under-represented communities, and has created paid opportunities for over 40 artists, venues, hotels, sound operators, designers and photographers.

Live music thrives in Melbourne. With this next iteration of Community Radio on Tour, the CBAA aims to help re-invigorate the live music economy in a post-COVID environment through the collective power of community radio and its audience. Stations will create new streams of revenue and connect in new ways to their community. CBAA will partner with local event and radio producers, via community radio stations TRIPLE R, PBS, JOY, SYN, 3CR, 3KND, 3ZZZ, and 3MBS, to co-produce eight live music events across Melbourne, each with a variously multicultural, female-identifying, LGBTIQ+ and First Nations focus. Each community radio station will become the host, producing a live music event for their demographic/audience. Each station will utilize its staff and/or volunteers to curate the event using local knowledge of Victorian musicians and performance spaces, creating an event that connects artists with audiences through the central hub of that station. Each show will come under the banner of On The Road Again.

Each station will nominate a Station Coordinator who will be the point of contact for managing the event. This Station Coordinator will be mentored and supported by Nick Brown, who has 5+ years experience in music programming, booking and event producing. In his current role as venue booker at Nighthawks, Nick organises four shows per week, almost exclusively with young and emerging ba nds without representation or management, mentoring bands event coordination and promotion. Nick is also a member of popular Melbourne act Cable Ties, who have deep connections within Melbourne’s music community. He has also been a broadcaster and producer at community radio with 3RRR and 3PBS, making his various experience, knowledge and skills perfect for this role, offering where needed: o Working with local community radio station in identification of and negotiation with local and imported artists o Identification of and negotiation with suitable venues including dates/costs/inclusions. o Identification of and negotiation with suitable local suppliers for backline/equipment/lighting o Identification of and negotiation with suitable local crew including sound engineer, MC, door person. o Development of design assets including posters, social media tiles, backdrop. o Commencement of marketing campaign including on-air promotion at local community radio station.

National and Digital Distribution via the CBAA Recordings of each On The Road Again live event will be featured via specially-produced Community Radio Network programming. Additionally, with the recently launched Community Radio Plus App, Community Radio on Tour will be packaged for streaming on this service, offering further opportunities for audience development and engagement.

Grant was the first Aboriginal person to work on commercial radio in Victoria with the Marngrook Footy Show, alongside Leila Gurruwiwi. Over several decades, he’s been a leading voice for Aboriginal people in the sports industry and has created many opportunities for others to work in the Australian Football League media. In addition, Grant has pursued life through music as a leading Indigenous musician. His band Blackfire was one of Australia’s most successful Indigenous acts of the 1990s. In 1998, it was awarded a NAIDOC award for Artist of the Year and a South Pacific Music Award for the song ‘My Island Paradise’. By creating education and training pathways, Grant continues to improve the lives of Indigenous people through music and sport.


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