Parliamentary Friends of Australian Music

Our Chair Patrick Donovan represented AMIN at the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Music event held in Canberra on the 29th of March 2017. The event was held in a bid to lobby the Federal Government against potential changes to Australia’s Copyright Act, and to stress the importance of the Governments support for the contemporary music industry.

The 300 senators and members of parliament present at the event were treated to performances from Daryl Braithwaite, Diesel, Megan Washington, Ross Wilson Montaigne and Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe) #PFOAM

“It was great to see 300 people from parliament house attend the second PFOAM this week, it was a great chance to chat with ministers and MPs about the music industries national priorities and be part of the discussion where the importance of music was the main focus. It was great to see ministers lead by arts minister Mitch Fifield dancing and singing to the great lineup of Australian acts, we were told that is was a lot more exciting than your average parliamentary of friends industry events”

Pictured: Minister for Arts Mitch Fifield, Patrick Donovan (AMIN Chair, Music Victoria CEO) and Brendan Gallagher (APRA AMCOS)

Why should the governments support contemporary music?  APRA AMCOS  have crunched some numbers to show the importance of contemporary music. 

Australian contemporary music is big business

  • Music Australia has estimated the music sector contributes $4 to $6 billion to the Australian economy
  • Copyright industries generate more value add to the Australian economy than manufacturing and health care; recorded music is one of the most significant contributors
  • Evidence from overseas suggests changes to the Fair Use exception will result in a drop of $1.3 billion in Australia’s GDP
  • More Australians attend live music than sport
  • Australia’s live contemporary music industry generates revenues of $1.5 to $2 billion annually5

Contemporary music generates jobs and growth

  • Expenditure associated with live music making in Australia is estimated to generate in the order of 64,747 jobs, 37,652 of which are full-time
  • Creative industries are strong contributors to employment growth, growing 40 per cent faster than the economy as a whole
  • Australian music and performing arts businesses comprise almost one per cent of all Australian small businesses.

Pictured: Mitch Feild and Meagan Washton.

Pictured: Mitch Fifield and Mark Lizotte (Diesel)