The Federal Election naturally dominated the agenda over the past month, with the sector now digesting the implications of Labor’s defeat. Labor stepped up their music commitment one week prior to election day with the launch of Renewing Creative Australia Art and Cultural Policy. This ambitious program included the bolstering of institutions such as the ABC, SBS and the Australia Council. Attention now turns to the Coalition’s new four year $30.9 million Australian Music Industry Package summarised in our last Music Australia E-News.
Much of the detail for the Coalition’s package remains to be finalised. The Coalition win surprised even the Coalition, and time will be needed before there is a real understanding of the timeline and implementation plan. A key component of the package is the Live Music Australia initiative, comprising $22.5 million over four years. This aims to assist thousands of Australian small businesses with grants of up to $10,000 each for artist costs and to invest in equipment or infrastructure to establish or upgrade live music venues and schedule more performances. We look forward to understanding how this program, and others such as the ‘Women in Music Mentor program’ will work after stakeholder consultation has taken place over the coming months.