Graft, persistence and a long haul has paid off for Damien Platt and his act Approachable Members Of Your Local Community, which has signed an international record deal with AntiFragile, the NYC-based indie label.

A cooler-than-school four-piece from Melbourne, AMOYLC joins the AntiFragile roster for the world excluding Australia/New Zealand, where we still work independently distributing with Inertia, TIO can confirm.

It all might have worked out different were it not for some good fortune. Platt, founder of Palms Management, a Melbourne-based business which also guides the career of Tulliah and others, was rewarded for his efforts with the Music Passports grant from the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) and Creative Victoria.

Music Passport is an initiative that unlocks a fact finding and research mission to North America, tailored for emerging Victorian managers.

As a result of the grant, Platt embarked on a five-week trip to North America through June and made some handy connections in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto.

“Through the funding support of the grant I was able to meet with Tom and his team in NYC connect the dots and sign a deal,” he explains.

Prior to launching Palms Management in 2017, Platt served as product and marketing manager with Vicious Recordings and, before that, was a board member with The Push Inc.