MusicIIO is the user-name for Martine Cotton, founder and director of Music Industry Inside Out. Martine founded the much-loved music industry professional development resource after wrapping up her role as Program Manager at QMusic where she managed the state-wide education program, produced the Queensland Music Awards and Little BIGSOUND, and worked on BIGSOUND. She’s been kicking around live music since she was a teen and worn many many different hats over the years, including Splendour in the Grass staffing manager, The Zoo venue manager & booker (1995 - 2000), artist manager, booking agent, festival booker, stage manager, tour promoter, tour manager, professional photographer, event manager, digital marketing manager and consultant, music industry educator, university tutor and mentor. Martine is also currently a Performance Curator at TedX Brisbane. All of these roles have been fuelled by a life-long passion for music, the arts, technology, innovation and the creative community.

Music Industry Inside Out is closing down on Dec 31st

After 9 incredible years, we’re calling it a day.

Hello everyone! Some big news to announce.  Music Industry Inside Out will be closed down on December 31st and we will no longer accept new memberships from November 30th. Now is your chance to dive in and do one last sweep of the content before it all disappears forever!  I’m so proud of the work we achieved with the …

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Martine Cotton - Founder/Director of Music Industry Inside Out

Back in December!

Hello excellent readers, I’ve been studying for a couple of years now, and have now reached my final semester. It’s pretty bloody hectic, so have reluctantly decided to put a little pause on our MIIO activities till the end of semester.  Don’t panic, there is still ridiculous amounts of handy and important content that needs to be …

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Odette’s Savvy Seven

With her sophomore album ‘Herald’ – a collection of 11 soaring songs, Odette has delivered another beautiful, poetic opus to follow up her award-winning debut ‘To a Stranger’. Working once again with famed producer Damian Taylor (Björk, Arcade Fire, The Killers), Odette says Taylor gave her the confidence to experiment further with her sound this time around. “He said I just want you to let go and deep dive into your world and make something from it”, she says. “So I feel like I was a lot bolder with instrumentation and with experimental sounds.”

Jack Biilmann’s Savvy Seven

Check out this week’s Savvy Seven, Jack Biilmann! After the release of his two albums and a string of singles earning him two #1 spots on the Australian iTunes charts, Jack Biilmann returns with ‘Shade’, showcasing the best of his bluesy sound. Listening to his discography, Biilmann’s distinctive tunes play host to rich, soulful vocals and intricate style of guitar playing, further …

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Whistle Dixie Savvy Seven

With the recent release of debut album Blast Off combined with live performances kicking off most recently at the Burning Of The Barrel and Groundwater Country Music Festival, Newcastle trio Whistle Dixie have had a stellar 2019. Establishing themselves as one of Australia’s best up and coming collectives in the Country Music Scene in 2015, they have composed an …

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A Week In The Life Of… Vicki Gordon

With nominations now open for the highly coveted Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) there’s no better time to experience what it’s like to live a week in the shoes of the Awards’ Founder and Executive Director – Vicki Gordon. Vicki is an empowering music professional having had her first breakthrough in 1988 when she founded the …

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A Week In The Life Of… Tim Shiel

Musician, video game soundtrack composer, radio broadcaster and co-founder and director of forward thinking music label Spirit Level – Tim Shiel has serious music industry credentials having been involved in all facets of the biz. Originating as a composer and producer fusing tones of melancholy, ambience and electronica under the monica ‘Faux Pas‘, Shiel released a number …

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3 Solutions To Reduce Plastic Pollution… In The Music Industry

Plastic whether we know it or not, is everywhere. It resides in the $4 takeaway latte’s we buy every morning, the cars that we drive to work throughout the week and the cigarettes that we smoke on weekends to say goodbye to all the stress. Unfortunately for Earth the material takes up to 400 years to degrade …

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Garrett Kato’s Savvy Seven

The West-Canadian who moved to Byron Bay as a 23 year old to pursue his music dream has come a long way since we last interviewed him. Garrett Kato has now completed national and international tours with Bernard Fanning, Jack Johnson and Kasey Chambers as well as supporting fellow Australians Pete Murray and Ziggy Alberts along the …

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