Australia’s peak body for the live arts and entertainment industry welcomes the establishment of Music Australia and the opportunity to grow the economic, social and cultural impact of Australian contemporary music.
Live Performance Australia (LPA) joined other industry groups in advocating for the establishment of a dedicated body focused on contemporary music as part of the National Cultural Policy which was released at the beginning of the year.
LPA Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson, welcomed the appointment of Music Australia’s Council members, including Michael Chugg AM who brings unparalleled experience to the Council from decades of concert touring, presenting festivals and promotion of artists.
‘Contemporary music generated around half of revenue and more than one-third of attendance for live performance events prior to the onset of COVID, and it has helped to drive our post-pandemic recovery,’ Ms Richardson said.
‘Music Australia has a vital role to play in putting more Australian contemporary music and performers on local and international stages, including by addressing ongoing challenges such as workforce skills and training and infrastructure.’
‘LPA looks forward to working closely with Music Australia as it develops more opportunities for Australian musicians, their audiences and those working across the contemporary music industry,’ Ms Richardson said.