Successful Contemporary Music Roundtable Kicks Goals for Popular Music

Image Credit: Daryl Charles
Paul Saintilan
| July 2, 2019

Music Australia presented its fourth Contemporary Music Roundtable conference at Erskineville Town Hall on 5 – 6 June. Supported by our Government Partner City of Sydney, the event brought peak music and Government bodies together to strengthen Australia’s contemporary music industry.

Around 50 delegates participated over the two days, including representatives from: ARIA; APRA AMCOS; Australian Music Association; Association of Artist Managers; Australian Music Industry Network; Australian Festival Association; Create NSW; The Live Music Office; Live Performance Australia; Music ACT; Music NSW; Music SA; PPCA; PWC; QMusic; Sounds Australia; Support Act; The Push Inc; triple J; Victorian Music Development Office; Reconciliaton Australia, West Australian Music and the Australian Women in Music Awards. Music Australia was particularly grateful to the 11 delegates who traveled interstate for the event.

Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore opened the Roundtable and outlined steps Council is taking to ensure the viability of the live music in the city.

Key outcomes of the meeting were as follows:

  • Greater industry support for triple J/Hack’s annual survey By The Numbers, compiled by journalist Ange McCormack, which analyses gender gap metrics in the Australian music industry. Music Australia will facilitate this support which will include data collection and administrative assistance;
  • Music Australia will facilitate a mapping exercise which surveys best practice gender equity initiatives in the music industry, including parental support;
  • Music Australia will seek to build a coalition of support around a study which measures the economic and cultural contribution of the Australian music industry. This study would be similar to UK Music’s Measuring Music, and would be led by Assoc Prof Shane Homan of Monash University;
  • Music Australia will assist in selecting and promoting research and other resources which can be used to support industry advocacy.

Through these initiatives Music Australia seeks to harness industry partnerships to strengthen Australia’s dynamic contemporary music scene as a key national cultural and economic contributor.

To help share more widely what was discussed at our Roundtable, presentation slides and audio recordings are now available for download here.

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