Advocacy update

Friday, 26 Jun 2020

We continue our work with industry stakeholders on behalf of our members.

In Australia, we’ve been leading a broad national music sector engagement strategy with government. Facilitating conversations with state, federal, and territory governments as well as Opposition counterparts since the crisis began. We are working closely with Live Performance Australia, ARIA, the Australian Music Industry Network, AMPAL and other key industry bodies in providing a forum for information sharing, collaboration, data collection and campaign work. As well as working closely with other arts and culture organisations including screen, theatre, visual arts, literature and museums.

We’re supporting the I Lost My Gig campaign established by the Australian Festivals Association and Australian Music Industry Network. It’s been a vital tool in discussing with government the broad, immediate and deep impact of this crisis on the livelihoods of individuals and business owners.

We delivered the Open Letter to Federal Government on 10 June. Thank you to our members who are among the more than 1,200 signatories from the industry including managers, venues, crew, agents and other organisations in our call out for support to ensure our industry survives the COVID-19 crisis.

On 25 June the Federal Government announced a $250 million relief package in support of the Australian Arts, Entertainment and Creative Industries sector. Importantly the package recognises this industry contributes enormously to Australia’s economic, cultural and social health, and that it’s uniquely affected by social distancing restrictions. This investment will hopefully open a new and revived dialogue with all levels of government to help preserve jobs across our industry and to build a better and more sustainable music ecosystem on the other side of the crisis. Read our full statement on the Government package.

In April, the Australian Government announced an options paper into the future of the screen sector. We have been working closely with our screen industry partners on surveying composer members and developing a policy position as part of the submission process. With the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, we will soon respond to the options paper. We’re acting to ensure Australian stories and compositions remain on our screens, especially with the rise of subscription video-on-demand platforms.

In New Zealand, we combined with several other music organisations to make a request to government on behalf of the music sector, which included asking for:

  • additional funding to NZ On Air and Te Mānghai Pāho to ensure Kiwis can continue to create and market new music; 
  • additional funding to the NZ Music Commission to support domestic touring, assist music venues, and work on sustainable careers; 
  • extending the wage subsidy scheme for affected workers;
  • and working proactively with the live events and music industry to problem-solve and get live music up and running again.
  • The New Zealand government responded to this request with multiple announcements at the end of May, detailing the initial stages of several multi-million dollar creative sector packages which fulfilled many of the music sector requests.
  • APRA AMCOS NZ has also been supporting the work of the MusicHelps charity in fundraising more than $500,000 and distributing it via emergency grants for music workers and support for local venues.

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