ALMBC welcomes the new National Cultural Policy and Music Australia
The Australian Live Music Business Council (ALMBC) welcomes the launch today of the National Cultural Policy and the launch of a new body Music Australia.
The National Cultural Policy, titled Revive is anticipated to deliver on the countless hours of advocacy the ALMBC has undertaken, since inception, on behalf of the many hundreds of members, representing every sector in the Australian Live Music industry.
The ALMBC has been working very hard, across all levels of government, to ensure that our leaders are aware of the multi-faceted crisis in the Australian Music Industry. With issues ranging from rising insurance costs, worker shortages, concentration of competition, workplace safety, lack of targeted Federal Government support – all on top of the well-documented impacts of COVID.
It is clear that the music industry in Australia has been one of the hardest hit industries in Australia – musicians have really been struggling, but also every part of the industry – venues, festivals, production companies, agents – you name a sector and they have really been hit hard.
Although we need to wait till the May budget to see the full offer, it is clear that this Federal Government is listening and responding. We welcome the return of $200 million to the Australia Council For The Arts (now rebranded as Creative Australia), especially following the controversies of the RISE Funding program.
We welcome the creation of Music Australia, within Creative Australia, to support and invest in the development of Australian contemporary music as well as important new approaches to ensure worker safety, build First Nations leadership and even cracking down on fake First Nations visual art.
Finally, we are very relieved to see the long-awaited introduction of local content requirements for streaming platforms – the benefits of this will move across all Australian creative sectors, including music creation, synching and more.
Many thanks for all the work that all of Board have undertaken and for all of you who have struggled through such difficult times. We are with you – please stay in touch.
Australian Live Music Business Council
Read the new policy here