Chief Exec Dean Ormston shares statement on appointment of new Arts Minister Hon Paul Fletcher MP

Dean Ormston, Chief Executive, APRA AMCOS

Friday, 31 May 2019

APRA AMCOS welcomes the appointment of Hon Paul Fletcher MP as the new Minister for the Arts in the re-elected Morrison Government

Minister Fletcher is no stranger to the work of APRA AMCOS, or the music industry, having been both the Parliamentary Secretary for Communications and Chief of Staff to Minister for Communications Richard Alston in the Howard Government. This gives Minister Fletcher an incredible understanding of the work of our 100,000 songwriter and publisher members and the importance of a robust copyright framework for creators.

The Minister will also have a key responsibility implementing the Coalition’s Australian Music Industry Package which makes important inroads for the sustainability of live music, Australian music exports, women in music and Indigenous musicians and tackles key issues that emerged in the House Standing Committee music inquiry chaired by Luke Howarth MP.

Importantly, the music policy recognises the importance of live music to the development and presentation of our nation’s rich vein of musical talent. We already know that live music in our cities, regional centres and towns also provides them with a competitive advantage, driving jobs, tourism and supporting the night-time economy.

A 2017 Goldman Sachs report estimated the global recorded music market would hit US$41billion by 2030. Add publishing revenue and live music and it is likely for music to become a $100 billion industry within a decade. With significant government and industry partnership, Australia has the capacity to earn up to 5% of that market. 

APRA AMCOS has long argued that with the depth of talent across the country, and the increasing international appetite for Australian music, Australia has the potential to go from a music nation to a music powerhouse.

This is not only achievable in the next term of parliament, but represents an enormous opportunity for our industry to work even closer with the Morrison Government including the re-appointed Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham and Education Minister Dan Tehan. Music education and Australian music content requirements for radio and digital platforms remain key challenges for the industry.

Former Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield has been appointed as the next Australian Ambassador to the United Nations. We would like to thank Senator Fifield for his service to the portfolio over the last four years that included continued support for Sounds Australia, a consultative and measured approach to copyright reform and the development of the Coalition’s music package.

APRA AMCOS’ original statement on the Coalition’s Australian Music Industry Package can be found here.

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