ARIA Announces Calendar of Key Dates


10 July 2007 - "ARIA is proud to present these events which culminate with the 2007 ARIA Awards.  These are presented to celebrate the excellence in recorded music performances across a diversity of music styles by new and established Australian artists.  We look forward to joining with the public and the media to enjoy the music of all the nominees, awardees and inductees, as well as the performances to be featured on the shows" said Denis Handlin AM, ARIA Chairman.



The dedicated ARIA HALL OF FAME event returns for its 3rd year and will take place at Melbourne’s opulent Plaza Ballroom inside the Regent Theatre. Inductees announced so far are Hoodoo Gurus, Marcia Hines and Frank Ifield with further inductees, inductors, special musical tributes and host to be announced in coming weeks. Fans of these Australian music icons will not want to miss the very special broadcast on Vh1 (available on subscription television Foxtel and Austar) at 7.30pm on SUNDAY, JULY 22.



Over 1,000 members of the Australian music industry will begin casting their votes on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, setting the wheels in motion for what is set to be a bumper year for Australian music. With releases by major artists in the eligibility period including Missy Higgins, Silverchair, Powderfinger, Evermore, Grinspoon, Augie March, Shannon Noll, John Butler Trio, Josh Pyke, Lee Kernaghan, The Wiggles and fresh releases from Xavier Rudd, Eran James, Sarah Blasko, Sneaky Sound System, The Beautiful Girls, Blue King Brown, Paul Kelly, Little Birdy, Kisschasy, Jeff Lang, Dan Kelly, Ash Grunwald, Anthony Callea, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Drones, Casanovas, Lisa Miller, Wolf & Cub, Thirsty Merc and Eskimo Joe the 21st ARIA Awards is setting up to be a clash of the titans.

The ARIA Awards are peer-voted, meaning members of the music industry (rather than the general public, ARIA or the ARIA Board) decide who win ARIA Awards. Twenty-six of the 28 Awards are voted by a 1,200 member voting panel. This panel has evolved over the last 21 years to include judges from all sectors of the music industry - retail, radio and TV, journalists and critics, television presenters, concert promoters, agents, ARIA member record companies and past ARIA winners.


Voting will close on FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, and the final five nominees across 28 ARIA Award categories will be announced at a special industry function in Sydney on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19. In keeping with tradition, the ARIA Awards Nominations’ Event will also feature the presentation of this year’s ARIA Artisan Awards for Producer of the Year, Engineer of the Year, Best Cover Art and Best Video.





Now in its fourth year as a stand alone event as part of the ARIA Awards program, the ARIA FINE ARTS Awards will be held on MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, in the magnificent Verbrugghen Hall at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music.  On the night, and broadcast on ABC Classic FM, the winners in the categories of Best Classical Album, Best Jazz Album, Best World Music Album and Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Recording will be announced along with the ABC Classic FM Listeners’ Choice Award for Best Classical Album. 




And all roads lead to the grand finale in the ARIA calendar of events for 2007 when the ARIA Awards will unveil the remaining 20 category winners. The 21st ARIA Awards, proudly brought to you by Motorola, recognises excellence and innovation in all genres of Australian music. The ARIA Awards will be held on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, at Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park and will be telecast by broadcast partner Network Ten from 8.30pm that night.


"TEN is proud to be the broadcast partner once again of such an important event for the Australian music industry.  In its 21st year, the ARIA Awards celebrate, support and show appreciation for Australian music and TEN couldn't be happier to show its support by bringing the Australian public closer to their most celebrated artists.  TEN have a continued commitment to Australian music not only through broadcasting the annual ARIA Awards, but through other programming such as Australian Idol and Video Hits", Chief Programming Officer TEN, David Mott said.


Last year, the voting community used their votes to represent a broad cross-section of Australian artists including Bernard Fanning, Wolfmother, Eskimo Joe, and Hilltop Hoods. As a result the 2006 ARIA Awards were dominated not by any one artist but by a rich diversity of performers, many receiving recognition for the first time including Clare Bowditch, The Veronicas, Bob Evans, Youth Group, TV Rock featuring Seany B and The Audreys.

Ed St John: Chairman, ARIA Awards Committee said “2006/07 has represented an incredible period of success and profile for domestic music in this country.  Australians are buying more local music now than at any other time in the history of our industry. This year's ARIA Awards will reflect the depth and maturity of the Australian scene right now - another bumper crop of great acts and great albums."


“The ARIA Awards will be the perfect end to an incredible year for us and Australian music. It’s been an amazing ride which has seen the Motorola ARIA Charts double its reach whilst the Artist of the Month program has highlighted international and local talents such as Thirsty Merc, Bloc Party, Rihanna, Kasabian and Mika. We were proud to host this year’s biggest album launch for March’s Artist Of The Month - Silverchair. We are passionate about music and our involvement with ARIA is a perfect complement to our strong support for the industry” said Andrew Volard, Managing Director, Motorola Mobile Devices, South Pacific.


Tickets to this calendar event proved to be a hot ticket in 2006 with the ARIA Awards general public seats completely sold out. Tickets for the 21ST ARIA Awards will go on sale to the general public (all ages) on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, and are also expected to sell quickly and to capacity. This year’s ARIA Awards will feature a total of 9 live performances from a selection of Australia’s finest recording artists.  The coveted performance slots along with special guest presenters will be announced after the ARIA Awards Nominations Event on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19.





Monday, June 18, 2007 – Hall of Fame tickets on sale to ARIA Members/Industry

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 – ARIA Awards website goes live –

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - Hall of Fame event – Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne

Sunday, August 6, 2006 to Friday, August 3, 2007 inclusive - Eligibility period for releases

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 to Friday August 24, 2007 inclusive (10 days) - Voting period

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - ARIA Nominees announced and ARIA Artisan Awards, Sydney Theatre

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 – ARIA Awards tickets on sale to General Public from 12 noon

Monday, October 15, 2007 - ARIA Fine Arts Awards, Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music

Sunday, October 28, 2007 – 21st ARIA Awards, Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park



Proudly brought to you by Motorola

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Acer Arena, Sydney Olympic Park


Broadcast exclusively on Network Ten from 8.30pm




Go on sale at 12 noon, Wednesday, September 19, from Ticketek – or Phone 132 489

Main Concourse 'Premium' – *$60.00

Club Level 'A reserve' - *$55.00

Upper Concourse 'B Reserve' – *$35.00

All prices including booking fees, but transaction fees apply.


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