Morrison government puts Australian music front and centre

Friday, 29 Mar 2019

  • $22.5m in live music grants for small businesses
  • $2.1m for a Women in Music Mentor program
  • $2.7m for Indigenous Contemporary Music
  • $2m to the Australia Council to increase performance opportunities
  • $1.7m to extend the reach of music education in school classrooms
  • $1.6m to expand SOUNDS AUSTRALIA to capitalise on emerging markets in Asia

APRA AMCOS applauds the announcement today of the Morrison Government’s $30.9 million investment in Australian music that will unlock musical talent across the nation through the support of live music venues and critical investment for indigenous music, mentorship programs and exports.
“The Morrison Government has recognised that Australia is a music nation. Of all the art forms Australians engage with, music is by far the most popular,” said Dean Ormston, Chief Executive of APRA AMCOS.
“From the west coast and the Kimberley to Alice Springs and the eastern seaboard this package will be a boon for the pipeline of talent coming from across the nation and now exporting to the world.
“This package from the Morrison Government also tackles the key issues faced by our industry that have emerged in the House Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts’ inquiry into factors contributing to the growth and sustainability of the Australian music industry.
“Importantly, this announcement recognises the importance of live music to the development and presentation of musical talent. Live music in our cities, regional centres and towns provides them with a competitive advantage, driving jobs, tourism and supporting the night-time economy.”
A 2017 Goldman Sachs report estimated the global recorded music market would hit US$41billion by 2030. Add publishing revenue and live music and it is likely for music to become a $100 billion industry within a decade. With significant government and industry partnership, Australia has the capacity to earn up to 5% of that market.
“APRA AMCOS has long argued that with the depth of talent across the country, and the increasing international appetite for Australian music, Australia has the potential to go from a music nation to a music powerhouse.
“The funding for SOUNDS AUSTRALIA recognises the enormous potential of Australian music exports and music is used by leading nations to project their image to the world.
“Whether it’s Nashville, London, Tokyo or São Paulo, there are now more Australian musicians and songwriters than home-grown sport stars who are globally recognised household names - Sia, Courtney Barnett, Vance Joy, Flume, 5SOS, Ruel, Amy Shark to name just a few.
“We also applaud the important investment in a national development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and bands for touring, recording and planning effective touring circuits. This will go a long way to improve pathways to the professional development for these music practitioners.
“The support for women in music is also a critical funding initiative. While the music industry in Australia is healthy and vibrant, women continue to be underrepresented in key roles in this sector and make up only a small proportion of those making money from their musical endeavours.
“We applaud this diverse and multi-layered approach to support one of Australia’s great flagship industries. The potential of our local industry will be provided with a significant boost from this announcement.”

Click here to read the announcement in full.

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