2016 Resources

Articles and reports commissioned and prepared by Music Australia in preparation for the 2016 Roundtable:

2016  Plenary Recommendations
A plenary session for all delegates was held on the final afternoon of the 2016 conference. It contained recommendations and one specific proposal.

Australian Music Industry Trends and Forecast – The Expert View
We gathered the chief executives of Australia’s three major music industry bodies at our Roundtable conference, to share data and insights on sales, royalties, trends, and forecasts. Positive industry forecasts based on solid growth in music royalties and sales were tempered by less optimism for a live sector still in flux. The panel was chaired by Music Victoria’s Patrick Donovan.

Making Music a Potent Political Force Roundtable panel session August 2016 – Transcript
A popular session at our recent Roundtable conference was the panel discussion Making Music a Potent Political Force. Our experts shared their insights on political campaigning, and advice on how to make music politically potent.

Music Australia Chair Michael Smellie proposes five point plan to boost Australian music
Music Australia Chair Michael Smellie called for a transformative strategic agenda for the Australian music industry at this year’s Contemporary Music Roundtable. He proposed five steps for improving music’s national situation and recognition.



Media Release –  Contemporary Music Roundtable drives unified industry action
Music Australia circulated this media release following the 2016 Contemporary Music Roundtable.


Statistical Snapshot – Australian Contemporary Music Industry
Music Australia has produced a second statistical snapshot of the Contemporary Australian Music Industry.  Its shows that contemporary music is a billion dollar Australian industry – a major contributor to our economy and culture.  This data has been gathered as part of a project working with industry partners to produce a National Plan for Contemporary Music.


Australia’s new generation of global stars – Lars Brandle studies the form guide
In our coverage from earlier this year, Brandle analysed the impact of Australian talent overseas, including Courtney Barnett, Hiatus Kaiyote, Tame Impala, 5 Seconds of Summer, Troye Sivan, Sia, Flume, Iggy Azalea, Alison Wonderland and more. He concludes that Australian artists, more diverse than ever, are brimming with global potential.


National Contemporary Music Plan
Produced in partnership with a broad alliance of all national music industry peak bodies and specialist agencies, Music Australia’s National Contemporary Music Plan. provides a national blueprint for strategic industry growth.

Election Statement – Contemporary Music Industry Key Priorities
Music Australia’s policy statement in advance of the 2016 federal election.

Post election our work for music starts today
Music Australia CEO Chris Bowen’s post election editorial on politics and the Australian music industry.

Lockout Laws Review Submission
Music Australia has prepared this Lockout Laws Review as the basis for our submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the need for a nationally-consistent approach to alcohol-fuelled violence, and the Callinan Independent Review of liquor law reforms in NSW. We make the case that it is questionable whether the laws will achieve their aim, and that they will have substantial adverse impacts on the contemporary music industry, night time economies, and tourism. We are grateful to ClarkeKann Lawyers for generously donating their services and expertise to contribute to this Review. Read overview of journal article here.



APRA AMCOS chief shares digital insights and some optimism
At the 2015 Contemporary Music Roundtable, APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle shared interesting insights about the current state of digital music sales and possible future trends.


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