Arts Minister Simon Crean has announced the appointment of live music advocate and policy consultant Dr Ianto Ware as National Live Music Coordinator for SOUNDS AUSTRALIA.
“Dr Ware’s appointment as National Live Music Coordinator will further support contemporary Australian musicians and songwriters to go from the local to the international stage,” Mr Crean said.
“The creation of this new position is part of the Australian Government’s $3 million commitment to boost industry innovation, music export and address skills development in the live music sector.
“The National Live Music Coordinator role is part of a suite of measures announced in the 2011/12 Budget aimed at supporting the local venue-based live music industry and develop Australia’s music export potential.”
Dr Ware has many years experience working with artists, venues, government, local councils and industry associations as CEO of Renew Adelaide and founding director of Format Adelaide.
“Live music has been a hugely positive influence in my life. I’m absolutely thrilled to take on a job that will allow me to give back to the Australian local music scene,” Dr Ware said.