Music Australia’s second Contemporary Music Roundtable, held at Sydney’s Customs House on 3 and 4 August, has been hailed a big success. This forum again set the agenda for Australia’s national music voice as government and industry drive joint strategy.
The sold out conference, which tripled in size over 2015, saw over 150 delegates debate and deliberate on all facets of the Australian music industry. Specialist panels and forums were held in live music, music education, gender diversity and music metrics; with presentations by luminaries including Katie Noonan and Michael Chugg and many leading industry identities.
Music Australia CEO Chris Bowen said the conference has successfully delivered a range of outcomes. “We were very focused on our objective to provide a platform to foster industry growth. This conference was unashamedly about policy and industry development, and I was delighted at the calibre of contributions and commitment to action by all delegates” he said.
This has seen unanimous support by attendees to formation of an Australian Contemporary Music Alliance. Commitments were also made to developing unified music data sets for measuring whole-of-industry progress, strengthening gender equality, and enhancing the calibre and alignment of contemporary music education.
The conference also saw the launch of the Music Australia led National Contemporary Music Plan. “This Plan was an outcome from a commitment by delegates at our first Roundtable. A year on it is most fitting to celebrate its launch, and commend implementation to all governments and our colleagues” Mr Bowen commented.
The proposed Australian Contemporary Music Alliance would be an informal representative body covering the whole industry. Its’ purpose would be to champion and foster contemporary music development. Music Australia has offered to provide secretariat services and has proposed core membership comprise national music industry peak bodies and specialist agencies. The first meeting to discuss the Alliance will be in Melbourne in November.
Delegates enjoyed a range of professional networking opportunities including a Civic Reception at Sydney Town Hall hosted by Major Sponsor City of Sydney.
“We are very grateful to all our industry colleagues for making this event a success and to our Major Sponsor City of Sydney and event partner APRA AMCOS for underwriting this event. This kept ticket prices affordable and ensured the conference was accessible to all” Mr Bowen said.
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