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APRA AMCOS welcomes the Albanese Labor Government

Media Published Monday 23 May 2022

APRA AMCOS welcomes the election of an Albanese Labor Government

APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Dean Ormston has welcomed the election of an Albanese Labor Government and looks forward to pursuing a partnership approach to develop the next chapter of success for the Australian music industry.

"We congratulate the incoming Albanese Labor Government and we look forward to working with them on a whole-of-government approach to support the development and growth of Australian music both at home and around the world," Dean Ormston said.

"The Australian music industry released a three-point plan prior to the election where it articulated a vision for the sector. The three priorities centre around direct investment in the creation of great new Australian music, skills development and global exports, incentivising the use of local content on streaming and broadcast platforms, insurance to provide certainty for local audiences, and support to build industry sustainability including through First Nations-led programs.

"We were pleased to see Labor arts spokesperson Tony Burke last week announce an arts and creative industries policy that would tackle some of the major issues facing our industry and commit to developing a cultural plan for the nation based on the 2013 Creative Australia policy.

"The cultural, social and economic benefits of investing in Australia's contemporary music industry are substantive and far-reaching.

"Australian music is one of our nation's great success stories and one of our great cultural exports. It is the local music industry that project's Australia's vibrant, diverse and ancient First Nations cultures to the world.

"Whether it is at a concert, stadium, festival, pub or nightclub, in film, digital games, broadcast or streamed, it is the local music industry that provides a soundtrack to the nation, bringing communities together and lifting the spirit of audiences in every suburb, city or town.

"The opportunity for the Albanese Labor Government is to foster the development of music with a smart whole-of-government approach across the portfolios of cultural diplomacy, trade, tourism, small business, education, health and arts to take full advantage of the industry's impact.

"An investment approach developed in partnership with the music industry will see dividends in cultural development, employment opportunities and will enhance the social fabric of the nation.

"It will also pay dividends for industries that rely heavily on music, whether it be hospitality, the visitor and night-time economy, tourism and regional development.

"We thank the Morrison Government and outgoing Arts Minister Paul Fletcher for the support they showed our industry during COVID-19 which has been one of the greatest challenges to face the tens of thousands of artists, sole-traders, workers and small businesses that are part of the music industry ecology."