Contemporary Music Roundtable drives unified industry action

Maeve Marsden
| August 8, 2016

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.

For media comment contact Chris Bowen: 0409 326403, [email protected]




  1. John Nightingale

    The NCMP is ambitious. No sense in not being ambitious. There are many points at which it looks to governments for public policy initiatives. Were all these to be advocated strongly at the same time I wonder whether the relevant ministers could cope even with conceptualising what the industry is looking for.
    Can I assume that Music Australia and the Contemporary Music Alliance is now working on PRIORITIES? The Alliance should know better than anyone what the most important strategies are. The Alliance will have to develop a ‘meta-strategy’ for achieving goals in some order of strategic significance. Some of the areas could, or should, be attacked simultaneously but others would have to wait on prior challenges being met.
    I think your members would be grateful for such a grand strategy to be published in the fullness of time so they can direct their own efforts in directions to best take advantage of the Alliance’s work.

    But, well done for producing the NCMP as a basis for advocacy.

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