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Australian music making its mark in India

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Australian music making its mark in India

06 November 2012 SC205/2012

Music lovers from Australia and India can look forward to the day when a musical collaboration between the two industries tops the charts in both countries, Arts Minister Simon Crean said today.

Mr Crean spoke at the Music Connects India conference in Mumbai of the importance of contemporary music to the growing cultural connection between Australia and India.

"As India's music industry rises to global significance we want Australian voices to be prominent both as recording and touring artists, and for Indian voices to feature equally prominently in our music industry," Mr Crean said.

"We are already seeing cultural fusion between our two countries through initiatives such as Oz Fest: Australia Unlimited which has seen Australian acts Big Scary, Jinja Safari, Karnivool, Sheppard and The Aston Shuffle tour India and showcase the quality of our contemporary musical exports.

"As home to the world's oldest living culture and welcoming to the greatest diversity of cultures, including a large and vibrant Indian community, Australia has an amazingly diverse and talented music community.

"We have a unique cultural story to tell—one that the rest of the world wants to hear."

Mr Crean is in India to announce a number of initiatives for deeper cultural engagement between Australia and India, following the release of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper.

"The people-to-people links forged through events such as Oz Fest and the Aussie BBQ open up new opportunities for cultural engagement and strengthen our business, political and trade relationships in India and the rest of Asia," Mr Crean said.

"A creative society is a more productive society—both economically and socially— which is why the Australian Government is supporting our music industry to strengthen our engagement with the Asia region at an artistic and business level.

"Music is at the vanguard of the growing cultural connection between Australia and Asia and our artists will play an important role in the growth of our creative economy and our success in the Asian Century."

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