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New national role to support live music industry



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New national role to support live music industry

21 January 2013 sc003/2013

Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced the appointment of live music advocate and policy consultant Dr Ianto Ware as National Live Music Coordinator for SOUNDS AUSTRALIA.

"Dr Ware's appointment as National Live Music Coordinator will further support contemporary Australian musicians and songwriters to go from the local to the international stage," Mr Crean said.

"The creation of this new position is part of the Australian Government's $3 million commitment to boost industry innovation, music export and address skills development in the live music sector.

"The National Live Music Coordinator role is part of a suite of measures announced in the 2011-12 Budget aimed at supporting the local venue-based live music industry and develop Australia's music export potential."

Dr Ware has many years experience working with artists, venues, government, local councils and industry associations as CEO of Renew Adelaide and founding director of Format Adelaide.

"Live music has been a hugely positive influence in my life. I'm absolutely thrilled to take on a job that will allow me to give back to the Australian local music scene," Dr Ware said.

Through previous roles in the not-for-profit sector, Dr Ware has extensive experience supporting artists, venues, industry associations—as well as state and local governments, as they tackle the regulatory issues faced by venues and work to enhance the cultural and economic benefits of live music.

The Ernst and Young study commissioned in 2011 by APRA|AMCOS and funded by the Australia Council and other industry partners found the venue-based live music industry added $1.2 billion to the economy, serviced almost 42 million patrons and created nearly 15,000 full-time jobs Australia-wide.

"The music industry has long advocated for national support for the live music industry. A healthy venue-based live music industry is good for songwriters, musicians, venues and audiences," Brett Cottle, APRA|AMCOS CEO said.

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA is a joint initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts and APRA|AMCOS, supported by the Federal Government together with state government agencies and peak industry associations.

Australia Council Acting CEO Libby Christie said "Sounds Australia has been very successful in connecting Australian musicians with international markets. This new position allows it to focus on the domestic music landscape—local artists, venues and industry—to support a robust Australian live music scene. We're excited to see this industry partnership expand."

Media Contacts

 Media contact for Minister Crean's office: +61 2 6277 7380.