Music and cultural policy must have whole-of-government approach

Friday, 06 Dec 2019

“A whole-of-government approach to the music industry is the only way that we will fully reflect its cultural, economic and social capacity and turn Australia from a music nation to a music powerhouse,” said APRA AMCOS CEO Dean Ormston.

“It is vital our sector set an ambition and policy agenda with all government departments including education, foreign affairs, tourism and trade, small business, regional development, health, industry and innovation. 

“The arts portfolio, although critical to developing good policy, is just one department that is relevant to the future of Australia’s music industry.”

Before the 2019 election the Morrison Government announced $30.9 million investment in Australian music to support more live music venues and provide critical investment for First Nations music, mentorship programs and exports. In particular the package recognised that live music in our cities, regional centres and towns provides them with a competitive advantage, driving jobs, tourism and supporting the night-time economy.

In July APRA AMCOS in partnership with the Australia Council and Newcastle and Monash Universities released the Born Global report into the value of the Australian music industry as an international export.

“The loss of ‘arts’ from the department title is disappointing, however, we look forward to working with the arts unit in the new department on the roll-out of the music industry package and to furthering support for our sector across the whole of government,” Mr Ormston said. 

“Governments around the world and some state governments domestically are already realising the broad impact of cultural industries with developing skills, and as an economic and cultural driver.

“Our current conversations with the Australian Government, particularly with the Department Foreign Affairs and Trade around the future of service exports and the role of the cultural industries is deeply encouraging.

“A whole of government approach is the only real way for Australian music to really reach its potential. We will continue to prosecute the enormous opportunity of music as a driver of employment, exports, local economic rejuvenation, tourism, hospitality, entertainment, youth development and health across regional, remote and metropolitan Australia, and around the globe.”


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