SOUNDS AUSTRALIA receives Federal Government funding

Friday, 18 Nov 2016

APRA AMCOS was thrilled to learn that SOUNDS AUSTRALIA will receive funding from the Federal Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts to continue its vital work helping Australian artists access international markets.

The funding matches contributions from both the Australia Council for the Arts and APRA AMCOS; with further funding support from PPCA, AMPAL, Arts Queensland, Arts SA, Arts NSW and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria - a truly innovative industry and government investment in Australia's music export future. 

The four year funding will allow SOUNDS AUSTRALIA to implement its globally-recognised programs and events, and build on what it has already achieved.

Millie Millgate, Executive Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA said:

"Today’s news that the Department of Communications and the Arts is supporting SOUNDS AUSTRALIA for the next four years is exactly the result we've been hoping for. It’s testament to the value of the national export platform and subsequent success Australian artists are enjoying around the world." 

Since its inception in 2009, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA has participated at 50 different international events in 53 cities across 20 countries.

The initiative creates game-changing business opportunities for artists and their representatives in various territories and has played an integral role in the global success of countless Australian artists.

Dean Ormston, Head of Member Services, APRA AMCOS said: "The Federal Government's commitment to funding SOUNDS AUSTRALIA for the next four years is fantastic news, and will be welcomed by thousands of current and future exporting artists and music businesses. The support from the local and international music industries has been overwhelming - a testament to the work of the SOUNDS AUSTRALIA team, Millie Millgate, Glenn Dickie and Esti Zilber!"

In a prime example of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA’s commitment to developing Australian music overseas, the initiative will collaborate with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade next month to lead a delegation of music industry professionals to South America.

"Building relationships is key to Australia’s success in these emerging markets over the coming years. This trade mission presents a meaningful reconnaissance opportunity that sets a strong foundation for reciprocal business and cultural outcomes,” said Millie.

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