News 8 November 2021

ARIA Reveals Lineup For 2021 ARIA Week Presented By Heaps Normal

Full lineup of performances and panel discussions announced including ARIAs At Home Presented By Menulog.

ARIA Reveals Lineup For 2021 ARIA Week Presented By Heaps Normal

ARIA today revealed the line up for the ninth annual ARIA Week, which returns to Sydney on Friday 19th November.

Established in 2012, ARIA Week presents a program of digital events designed to celebrate Australian music, as well as to draw attention to and create discussion around industry issues coinciding with the 2021 ARIA Awards in partnership with YouTube Music.

In 2021, ARIA Week will be presented by Heaps Normal, helping to support the Aussie music industry and unite music lovers by reconnecting with our beloved music scene in innovative and exciting new ways.

ARIA Week presented by Heaps Normal will once again be an essential part of Ausmusic Month, with support from the NSW Government and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA).

ARIA Week will take on a new format in 2021, presenting key discussions around some of the industry’s biggest themes heading into 2022. Featuring the likes of Miss Blanks, Nooky and Jack River, as well as some of the industry’s most experienced and innovative leaders including Tony Bracy, Mardi Caught, Jaddan Comerford, Sian Van Der Muelen, Ricky Simandjuntak and Amber Horsborough.

The ARIA Week panels will provide a platform for key areas of interest including innovation and entrepreneurship, cultural change, promoting first nations culture through music and a workshop to help nurture emerging artists and aspiring industry professionals.

This year’s ARIA Week serves to foster community and togetherness, sitting alongside other Australian music events like Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, which returns Friday, 19 November backed by some of Aussie music’s biggest names including Jessica Mauboy, Jon Stevens, 5 Seconds of Summer, Amy Shark, Lime Cordiale and Neil Finn.

Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is supported by ARIA and celebrated across triple j, Double J and the ABC as part of Ausmusic Month. Organised by Support Act, the day has arguably never been as important for the industry than it will be in 2021, celebrating Australian music and raising urgently-needed funds for music workers in crisis due to the devastating impacts of COVID-19. Those interested in joining and supporting the campaign can participate by buying a t-shirt from their favourite Aussie act; fundraising in a team with work, school, mates or family; or donating directly to Support Act.

Participants can share their love by posting on their favourite social media platforms using the hashtag #ausmusictshirtday and tagging Support Act, triple j and ARIA.

ARIA and PPCA Chief Executive Officer, Annabelle Herd, said: “Perhaps more than ever, it has been important for ARIA to find a way to bring the industry together in a meaningful way this awards period. Australian music is at a turning point and as such we wanted to curate events that acknowledge the work that has been done, while also guiding the conversation for the future. We’re excited to say we have collaborated with some of the most exciting and innovative artists, leaders, industry professionals and third party experts ready to talk about what they do best.

Of course, ARIA Week is also about celebrating the incredible work and dedication of everyone involved in Australian music through another difficult year.”

Andy Miller, Heaps Normal CEO said: “The last couple of years have reminded all of us what we value most. For Heaps Normal, live music is right up there at the top of that list. We're hyped to be a partner of the ARIAs and honoured to play a small part in getting the Australian music community firing again.”

NSW Minister for Tourism, Industry and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said: “The NSW Government is delighted to support our music industry and artists in engaging in these important ARIA Week discussions. This year’s digital program means audiences across Australia and the world can be part of this conversation. Industry events like this demonstrate the benefit of Government and industry partnering to create opportunities for our artists to get back on stage doing what they love and helping drive the recovery and growth of the NSW visitor economy.”

Fiona Bateman, Head of Brand at Menulog, said: “Partnering with ARIAs at Home makes so much sense for us and we can't wait to celebrate all the spectacular Australian talent within the industry, from living rooms across the country. The ARIAs at Home aligns perfectly with our latest campaign featuring locals, Baker Boy, Kirsten Salty, D’Arcy Spiller and Big Twisty. As a homegrown Aussie delivery brand ourselves, it felt like the perfect time to give props and recognition to Aussie musicians, after a challenging few years for the industry."

The 2021 ARIAs Week presented by Heaps Normal program at a glance: All ARIA Week activations will be hosted live on YouTube at

Friday 19th November - ALL DAY

Friday 19th November @ 11:00 AM AEDT
Sian Van Der Muelen from Point Blank Group (also known as Miss Blanks) has brought together Alethea Beeston (Digi Youth Arts, Blaksound), Uda Widanapathirana (Artist Manager, Sukuya) for the Cultural Change Panel moderated by Jim Malo (Journalist) to discuss representation, equity and inclusion in an effort to ignite change, hope, unification and community-building. 

Monday 22nd November - 11:00 AM AEDT
MusicNT in collaboration with The NIMAs will discuss the future of the music industry, awards and how to support First Nation artists, in a conversation led by Arian Pearson, Leah Flanagan and Fred Leone moderated by Ben Graetz.

Monday 22nd November - 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Mardi Caught (The Annex), Jaddan Comerford (UNIFIED), Joel Connelly (Blackbird) and Holly Rankin (Jack River) come together to discuss what it takes to start your own business in music while providing insight into their own journey in the music industry.

Tuesday 23rd November - 11:00 AM AEDT
Emerging artists and aspiring music executives are invited to join Wendy Ong, Tony Bracy, Ricky Simandjuntak, Amber Horsborough and Nooky as they discuss all things music. Whether you are about to release your first track or want to know how to craft the perfect radio campaign, this is a unique opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s best. Attendees will also have the chance to win a place in Amber Horsborough’s Deep Cuts program as well as the opportunity to be paired up for one on one mentoring sessions with a suited industry executive.

Tuesday 23rd November
Nova’s Red Room ARIAS At Home Edition Presented by Menulog returns to celebrate Australian artists with three exclusive virtual performances. Hosted by Tim Blackwell, Nova’s Red Room ARIAS At Home Edition will see some of the country’s talented ARIA Award nominees, Tones And I, Vance Joy and Baker Boy, each taking to the virtual stage in the lead up to the 2021 ARIA Awards.

View the full details of the lineup of panels for 2021 ARIA Week presented by Heaps Normal.

Find out more about ARIAs At Home Presented By Menulog.