Federal election result: what it means for the Australian music industry

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

As you would know, a federal election was held on Saturday 18 May with the Morrison Government re-elected.

In the lead-up to the election, the Australian music industry was in the unique position of having two significant music policies from both the Government with their Australian Music Industry Package and Opposition’s Soundtrack Australia and associated arts policy commitments.

As APRA Chair Jenny Morris said at the APRA Music Awards prior to the election:

To both parties, we thank you for initiating these policies which have made us feel officially respected and valued. With this kind of support the business of music can surely flourish. When our musicians get the chance to run up plenty of music miles, when they can cut their teeth in a performance environment that is exacting and competitive and demanding of their A-Game, where this is the environment in which musicians grow up and then are unleashed on the world stage, the world has always taken notice.

With the re-election of the Coalition, we will be working closely, together with our colleagues across the sector, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the newly appointed Minister for the Arts Paul Fletcher on the implementation of their music policy.

Former Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield has been appointed as the next Australian Ambassador to the United Nations. We would like to thank Senator Fifield for his service to the portfolio over the last four years that included continued support for Sounds Australia and the development of the Coalition’s music package. 

The package makes important inroads for the sustainability of live music and tackles key issues that emerged in the House Standing Committee music inquiry chaired by Luke Howarth MP

  • The Live Music Australia initiative: $22.5 million over four years to assist thousands of Australian small businesses with grants of up to $10,000 each for artist costs and to invest in equipment or infrastructure to establish or upgrade live music venues and schedule more performances.
  • Women in Music Mentor program: $2.1 million to deliver a mentoring program to help women take their music career to the next level, including professional training in contract negotiation, marketing, and finance.
  • Indigenous Contemporary Music program: $2.7 million to establish a national development program for Indigenous musicians and bands for touring, recording and planning effective touring circuits.
  • Contemporary Music Touring program boost: $2 million to the Australia Council to increase performance opportunities for musicians, including in regional venues.
  • Sounds Australia expansion: $1.6 million to expand the program to assist the Australian music industry to capitalise on emerging markets in Asia.

You can see APRA AMCOS’ statement responding to the Coalition’s music policy here.

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