Jul 03, 2015

CALL FOR CROSS-PORTFOLIO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPROACH TO FUNDING CONTEMPORARY POPULAR MUSIC


The Australian Music Industry Network, APRA AMCOS, Music Australia, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) and the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) have joined forces to issue an open letter to the Federal Government in a call for heightened support for contemporary music and its artists, looking to ensure the future success of the contemporary popular music industry.

Some key points made in the letter:

  • Contemporary popular music is an economically productive art form that also makes a significant contribution to Australia’s cultural identity.
  • the contemporary music industry in Australia is worth an estimated $7-8 billion to the national economy every year.
  • Live music sells more tickets than all the sporting events combined.
  • Contemporary popular music practitioners operate within an increasingly uncertain and constrained industrial context.
  • Our musicians, and the industry infrastructure that supports them, all need help, with most individual artists currently earn less than $10,000 per year from their work.
  • Almost the entire industry is built on independent or small to medium organisations.
  • What often goes unnoticed is that the music industry is also critical to the success of a number of other industries beyond those in the arts sector.
  • The Australian music industry is committed to working closely with the Federal Government to deliver high-quality art to a broad Australian audience and increase the nation’s economic productivity.

You can check out the full letter here.