Nova and smooth to thank essential workers with livestream concert

Staff Writer

Homegrown superstar Amy Shark will join global hitmakers Ed Sheeran, Michael Bublé, Katy Perry and Keith Urban to thank those working in essential services during the pandemic.

The initiative from NOVA Entertainment was announced today, and will run across its Nova and smoothfm networks on June 20, with more local and international acts added daily.

The virtual event is supported by Nova Connects, the network’s social impact arm, that seeks to partner with the community to drive positive social change.

Listeners will be able to nominate and share the story of someone they know who has been working at the forefront of COVID-19, to attend the Thank You Concert with them.

Programming and marketing chief, Paul Jackson, said the undertaking is Nova and smoothfm’s way of allowing listeners to say thank you to special people in their lives.

Two of NOVA Entertainment’s top talent, Kent ‘Smallzy’ Small and Richard Wilkins, will the host the two-hour live stream, with all artists donating their time.

“We are so grateful that the artists involved are so giving of their time, showing their Australian fans how much they mean to them,” Jackson said.

The full line-up will be revealed in Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty drive show and with Simon Diaz on smoothfm from 3pm on June 5, with contesting from June 9.

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1 Jun 2020 - 4:43 pm

Paging Jake Challenor. We see again Australian radio not supporting domestic artists.

“Amy Shark will join global hitmakers Ed Sheeran, Michael Bublé, Katy Perry and Keith Urban”.

That’s one truly homegrown artist out of five performing – Keith doesn’t meet the criteria for truly homegrown.

Again, one local artist amongst some of the same, bland crop of talent that dominates Australian commercial radio play. Although imagine if commercial radio gave even 20% of airtime to Australian passport holders – they’d need to be selling out arena’s first.

1 Jun 2020 - 6:05 pm

@Grindman what do you mean “what if radio gave even 20% of airtime to Aussie artists”? Nova has a 25% oz music quota and Smooth would be 20%. What a silly silly sausage.

Australian Made
2 Jun 2020 - 7:05 am

Grinderman, your argument would hold more weight if you didn’t change the goalposts from one paragraph to the next. What is it, homegrown or a passport holder?

If only there was a law somewhere.. some sort of quota.. that would make radio stations play 25% Australian music.

Morgan Evans
4 Jun 2020 - 6:25 pm

So now that the ENTIRE lineup is almost confirmed, are we still dissatisfied with the lack of Australian artists?


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