Clare Bowditch, proud APRA Member since 1998, is an ARIA-Award-winning career musician, broadcaster, Board Director and life-long advocate for Australian songwriters.
Her first gig aged 16 in a Fitzroy pub has blossomed into a 20-year career, seven albums, and an eighth scheduled for 2022.
Clare joined her first board (Music Victoria) in 2010, same year ‘Rolling Stone’ named her “Woman of the Year” (Contribution to Culture).
In 2020 she was appointed by Inaugural Chair Michael Gudinski as non-executive Director on the board of Always Live LTD, an annual festival celebrating Victorian contemporary live music.
Clare’s record of using her voice to advocate for the rights, opportunities and dignity of fellow songwriters began in 2006 when, pregnant with twins and somewhat breathless, she used her ARIA “Best Artist” acceptance speech to argue against the recent cancellation of a music-funding program with the quip ‘Don’t make me get bumper stickers, Bracksie!’. Her subsequent meeting with then Victorian Premier Steve Bracks, resulted in the reinstatement of over $2m in music funding.
More recently, Clare used her invitation to address the ‘National Press Club’ in Canberra to request deeper Governmental support of ‘The Music Industry’ in the age of Covid-19 (“Music, Meaning, and Money”).
For twenty years I’ve made my living, raised my kids, and held together a family business and a marriage, as a proud Australian songwriter.
It hurts me deeply how rare this story is. It should not be this way. Songwriting is a dignified profession, and songwriters deserve more rights, respect, protection, and income.
In these disrupted times, with stunning technological changes and opportunities ahead, I would like to use that hurt as fuel to continue advocating for the current and future rights of Australian songwriters.
#truthbomb: perhaps the reason I’ve had a long career is less to do with my “fabbo” songs, and more to do with my acceptance early on that although talk of “rights and royalties” can seem boring and intimidating, it is also essential, useful, protective.
I’d love to put everything I’ve learnt to use.
In short, I would be deeply honoured, and actually quite excited, to attempt to serve my fellow APRA Members as a Writer Director on the APRA Board, where I could bring your thoughts, concerns and hopes into a room where they absolutely deserve to be heard, loud and clear.
Contact Clare at [email protected]