The next Contemporary Music Roundtable (CMR) will be held 5 – 6 June, 2019 at Erskineville Town Hall in Sydney. Hosted by non-for-profit organisation Music Australia, the CMR is uniquely positioned at NSW’s number one music industry conference and the national go to policy and development event. Now in its fourth year, the CMR will continue its track record of success, covering many facets of the music industry, focusing primarily on industry development and action plans.
The program was developed in partnership with all national music industry peak bodies, specialist agencies, and key commercial companies, and has a core objective to cooperatively drive growth of Australian contemporary music. All facets of music are covered including creators, jobs, skills, investment, economic contribution, cultural impact, public engagement and government investment.
For the 2019 CMR, we have slimmed down the agenda and guest list, in the hope of achieving actionable outcomes on a few key issues. These issues are:
- Economic study: Uniting stakeholders behind a new study that will value the economic and cultural contribution of the Australia music industry, and will be updated on an annual basis, similar to the annual Measuring Music study put together by UK Music. This would be a great advocacy tool for the industry;
- Equality and equity: We wish to examine practical actions to advance equity and equality in the Australian music industry, such as publication of an annual set of metrics which chart the gender gap in the music industry. We will also examine work which has been done by LPA and APRA AMCOS with regards to sexual harassment and bullying. Other issues such as mentoring programs for women will be discussed. Equality will also be explored through the perspective of other groups;
- Presenting a united front in political lobbying: We wish to host a session which continues the great work recently led by APRA AMCOS and ARIA in attempting to present a unified music industry voice to the government on reforms and priorities, which otherwise can be perceived by politicians as a cacophony of voices. This session will look at lobbying priorities for the newly elected Federal government;
- Industry/research/teaching connection: This will focus on PWC’s industry skills forecast as part of their VET music training package review. This informs what is taught in the VET sector. We will also examine issues around ensuring tight alignment between the higher education sector and industry on teaching, skills development and research. Other practical outcomes might be Music Australia mapping the research that is going on in the sector and engaging with the Australian Bureau of Statistics on definitions and data collection.
The Roundtable was born in 2015 when 50 industry representatives gathered to jointly advance strategic priorities. This led to a National Contemporary Music Plan launched in 2016, providing a shared industry wide blueprint, underpinned by statistical data and resources. The 2016 Roundtable in Sydney tripled in size, with over 150 delegates working strategically and collaboratively with all national peak bodies and agencies, towards an ambitious agenda for industry growth. The 2017 event was a three day music industry policy and development conference held in August at Customs House, attracting over 220 delegates. Music Australia hosts the Roundtable, acting as an independent, industry wide catalyst. It is a City of Sydney funded event.