ALMBC is a national music industry association led by Australian business owners to benefit the long-term sustainability and value of Australian contemporary music.
The ALMBC is the voice of Australia's vibrant live music industry, working to advance and promote the many employment, economic, social, and cultural benefits that the live music sector creates.
The ALMBC provides focused advocacy for thousands of Australian owned small businesses and sole traders that support Australian music in public performance places, and create tens of thousands of Australian jobs in the creative economy.
Membership is open to concert and festival promoters, event presenters, venues, booking agents, artists, DJ's, technical crew, show crew, show labour, venue staff, ticketing companies, merchandise companies, catering companies, venue workers... indeed anyone whose primary vocation is in the live music sector.
Stephen Wade (Select Music) - Chairperson, Sharlene Harris (ALH) - Deputy Chair, Brian Chaldil (OzTix/Media Rare), Sophie Kirov (Lost Motel/Badlands), Christina Allen (Seamlaas), Nicholas Greco (Untitled), Phaedra Watts (Nannup Music Festival), Emily York (Penny Drop), Ross Macpherson (Macro Music), Jess Mizrahi (Deloitte Access Economics) and Haydn Johnston (Architects of Entertainment).
The ALMBC board acknowledges the valuable contribution our Foundation Members have made in supporting the organisation.
Alex Paioff & Fraser Johnson, Co-Founders, MITP Agency – Digital Marketing Agency / Live Music Venue Owners (WA);
Aeden Buckley, Chris Bausor, Bar POP, Promoters (WA)
Ben Tilman, Yours and Owls Festival NSW
Ben Turnbull, Director, Staple Group - Live Music Venues / Promoter / Touring Co./ Booking Agency (VIC)
Brian ‘Smash’ Chladil & Stuart Field, Co-Founders, Oztix – Ticketing (QLD)
Chris O’Brien, GM of touring at Destroy All Lines Touring and Good Things Festival (VIC)
Craig & Leigh Treweek, Handshake Agency, Handshake Management and Handshake Media (Publishers of TheMusic .com)
Greg Donovan, Big Red Bash Festival (NSW)
Haydn Johnston, Co-Founder, Architects of Entertainment – Production (NSW)
Jason Holmes, H2 Insurance
Nick Greco, Christian Serrao, Mike Christidis, Untitled Group – Festival Promoters/Managers (VIC)
Ross Macpherson, Director/Co-Founder, Macro Music – Promoter/Manager/Live Venues (WA)
Sharlene Harris, Group National Entertainment Manager, ALH – Live Venues (National)
Stephen Wade, CEO Select Music – Booking Agent (NSW)
Steve Grimes, IJS Productions. (QLD)
Stu Watters and Phil Brown, Morph Consulting (QLD)
In addition to the foundation steering committee, the ALMBC board would also like to thank the many people and business owners who devoted time to the foundation of the ALMBC.
Special thanks to:
Craig Lock, Director, 5/4 Entertainment – Live Venues/Promoter/Manager (SA); Paul Sloan, Supersonic Billions Agent and Promoter (WA); Stephen Green, SGC Publicity (QLD); Leanne de Souza; Stacey Piggott and Rhianna Patrick.
Special Mention to David @ Mirage Mahal for going above and beyond to help set up our website and member database.
The Vital Contribution of ALMBC Members
The live music sector is the most critical component of the overall music supply chain. Not only does it provide a creative proving ground for Artists, it sustains the vital platforms and infrastructure required to develop and commercialise an artists IP.
Businesses that operate in the Live Music sector employ thousands of skilled, knowledge workers and technicians, as well as commercial opportunities and jobs for thousands of small businesses that work within the sector - from stage crews through to signage companies and food vans.
ALMBC Members and the Live music sector make a significant contribution to the Australian economy, employing thousands of people.
As overseas artists are unable to perform due to the COVID-19 disease, the local music industry becomes critically important to sustain revenues and employment.
ALMBC Policy Priorities
- The establishment of an Essential Worker Permit system to allow vital interstate tours to continue amid border controls and hot spot declarations.
- Representation of the ALMBC members’ interests at the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and to relevant federal and state government portfolios.
- A relaxation of venue capacity regulations – particularly indoors.
- A Membership renewal drive to grow the footprint and resources of the organisation.
- Increased awareness regarding the ongoing impact of COVID 19 on the commercial viability and mental health of the live music sector.
Acknowledgement of First Nations People and Country
The Australian Live Music Business Council (ALMBC) acknowledge the First Nations people of these unceded territories we live, create and work on. We recognise, respect and celebrate one of the world's oldest continuing holders of song and the cultural distinctions of FIrst Nations people and value their rich and positive contribution to the music industry and more broadly Australian society. We the Australian Live Music Business Council pay our respects to all of the Traditional Owners and keepers of this land and acknowledge all Elders past, present and future.
The ALMBC believes that people are the lifeblood of the music industry. The Australian live music industry is a broad intersection of people, communities and different cultures. The Australian live music industry includes people of every conceivable background and identity - this diverse workforce in Australian society is something that must be celebrated. The ALMBC is committed to ensuring all voices within the sector of small to medium Australian live music enterprises are visible and audible. The ALMBC will be proactive in ensuring the representation of the depth and diversity of the whole of the Australian live music community.