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Advocacy & public policy

We often make submissions to federal and state governments on issues that affect our members, like copyright and the creative economy.

Inquiry into Australia's creative & cultural industries and institutions

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communication and the Arts

In an address to the National Press Club on 5 August 2020, APRA Chair Jenny Morris set out a vision for Australian music. To achieve that vision, the Australian music industry needs four key priorities:

  • A federal, state and local whole-of-government policy and investment commitment to Australia as a net exporter of music
  • A commitment to provide equity of access to music education in schools nationally, including in contemporary songwriting
  • A national and coordinated approach to reduce red-tape together with tax incentives to protect and promote the cultural infrastructure of live music venues
  • A re-commitment to local content to ensure the production and performance of local music content across all media platforms

Read the full submission, Australia - A Music Nation and the Path to Become A Music Industry Powerhouse (PDF, 7MB)

Inquiry into the Australian Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Select Committee on COVID-19

The Australian music sector fell off a cliff on 13 March 2020 when the Australian Government made the sensible decision to shut the nation down. Without the ability for artists to play and venues to open around the country, the industry lost billions of dollars in revenue.

COVID-19 has impacted:

  • Artists
  • Australian music exports
  • Venues
  • Night-time economy and future cities
  • Regulation
  • Music educators
  • Bushfire affected regions

Read the full submission to the Select Committee on COVID-19 (PDF, 958kb)

Inquiry into Pathways and Participation Opportunities for Indigenous Australians in Employment and Business

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office and APRA AMCOS want to help create a more balanced music industry where First Nations people and people of colour are employed within higher levels of power and influence within the Australian music sector. We want First Nations music in Australia to be strong and independent.

We propose that greater investment in music focused programs and support can:

  • Close the gap for First Nations people and support a growth in cultural expression through music and language
  • Enhance education opportunities for First Nations children and young people
  • Foster more career pathways for First Nations music artists, arts workers and arts leaders to support the creation of sustainable First Nations owned and operated music sector organisations
  • Expand the opportunities for First Nations artists to grow international audiences and export markets

Read the full submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs (PDF, 350kb)

Inquiry into Supporting Australia's Exports and Attracting Investment

Joint Standing Committee on Trade & Investment Growth

Over the last decade the Sounds Australia program has worked to fast track the global success of Australian music by assisting with research, policies and activities in developing and established markets. APRA AMCOS has also organised international co-writing programs for our members, called SongHubs, in Australia and in developing key export markets.

APRA AMCOS and Sounds Australia have identified key factors that could enhance Australian music export opportunities, including:

  • Regulatory reforms in key international markets, particularly relating to visas for touring and overseas based members
  • Copyright law development and enforcement
  • Negotiating a provisional First Exporters visa between the USA and Australia
  • The Australian Government implementing a culture of engaging Australian Music First across all international Government activity, events and promotions

Read the submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Trade & Investment Growth (PDF, 939kb)

Inquiry into Factors contributing to the growth and sustainability of the Australian music industry

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communication and the Arts

A powerhouse that can fully realise the cultural, economic and social benefits of an even healthier music industry accessible to all Australians.

Through consultation with our members and the wider industry we identified five key areas for industry and government to prioritise for Australia to reap the social, cultural and economic dividend from transforming from a music nation to a music powerhouse. These priority areas are centred on:

  1. The talent pipeline
  2. The global stage
  3. Local content
  4. Live music
  5. A songwriting future

Read the full submission A Music Nation–Priorities for Australia's Music Industry (PDF, 3MB)

The Economic and Cultural Value of Australian Content on Broadcast, Radio and Streaming Services

Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications

APRA AMCOS recognises the important role that Australian creative content has in shaping Australia's identity and character, and strongly supports the promotion of Australian music across all media. The Australian music industry also makes a significant contribution to the economy.

APRA AMCOS’ strong view is that local content requirements continue to remain highly relevant to the Australian broadcast media landscape; and advocates that the Australian content requirements that currently apply to the various broadcast sectors be neither removed nor decreased.

Audio and audio-visual streaming services are not currently subject to any Australian content requirements. Given the ongoing shift in Australian consumers away from traditional media to subscription streaming services, this is concerning.

Read the full submission, The Economic and Cultural Value of Australian Content on Broadcast, Radio and Streaming Services (PDF, 898kb)

Copyright Modernisation

Department of Communication and the Arts

APRA AMCOS advocates that the rights of copyright owners should be protected against the onslaught of technological developments that make it increasingly simple for their work to be accessed, and their rights taken free of charge.

Technological innovators whose businesses rely on creative content should be required to reach agreement with the owners of that content, just as they do for other product or service costs.

Australian copyright law is as appropriate to the digital environment as it is to the physical environment. Just because technology makes infringement easier is not a compelling reason to reduce the rights of copyright owners.

Read the full submission to the Department of Communication and the Arts (PDF, 2MB)