AAM Live Event Freight Grant offers support to Artist Managers & Touring Artists


24 Sep 2021



Written By Staff Writer



In a substantial effort to help live music professionals impacted by the ongoing pandemic, Australian touring freight company Live Event Logistics partnered with the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) to offer the AAM Live Event Freight Grant.

After many written submissions from AAM members, the $1500 grant has been awarded to Murray Curnow, Director of hat management agency, to assist with freight services associated with Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ international tour.

Director of Live Event Logistics, Chris Woods said the partnership with AAM and freight grant was established to help the Australian events industry recover from hardship.

“Our business is committed to live events, and we are committed to playing an active and meaningful role in a live event industry that is sustainable and equipped to deliver live events across the country and around the world,” Woods told us.

“Being able to offer the freight grant as well as a discount on freight services for AAM members as part of the AAM Member Benefit offering was some practical support we were happy to be able to offer.”

As part of the grant, Live Event Logistics also offered an additional $2000 worth of credit to Artist Manager’s Lauren Mikkor, Louise Sawileskij, Mark Neal and Sian Walden. The funding is intended to better prepare the recipients to navigate the logistics of touring across Australia and internationally in the current COVID climate.

“The live music industry is a massive ecosystem of people working together to create live events all of whom have been impacted beyond belief over the last 18 months,” Woods said.

“If tours can be scheduled and be [financially viable], then the flow on for the wider eco-system can only be positive. It made sense to extend the grant opportunity to [artist managers].”

Murray Curnow from hat management agency said that the grant and freight logistics support will be pivotal to the international tour plans of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.

“After a tough 18 months, this support is greeted with a huge welcome. Our international plans for Psychedelic Porn Crumpets took a nosedive quite early on and the effect has been felt,” Curnow said.

“This funding from Live Event Logistics will go some way to getting us back on our feet and helping with the new landscape and challenges we all face on a financial level.”

The AAM represents and supports Australia’s leading music managers and their artists. The industry body represents over 1,000 Australian artists and songwriters including Paul Kelly, Tash Sultana, Midnight Oil and Tame Impala.

Chris Woods said that it was AAM’s support of the community that encouraged their partnership.

“We have huge respect for the work that the Association of Artist Managers do to support managers, and the foundation that provides for successful artists which drives a successful music economy.”

Photo: Tristan McKenzie


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