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CEO Report September 2015

24 Sep 2015

Dear members + subscribers,

We’ve just returned from BIGSOUND in Brisbane. By day, we hit up the conference, and by night, we split our love across the entire spectrum of amazing live talent. There is a truckload of talent pouring out of Australia right now and we were proud to see so many artists from our own state represented. Some of our highlights were Pearls, Harts, Crepes, friendships, Dorsal Fins, Fraser A. Gorman and Mojo Juju.
 
One of the biggest themes of the conference however, was adressing the barriers women face in the music industry. A strong presence of the #noton campaign and topical panels encouraged delegates to face issues and address questions that may not previously have been spoken of so transparently.
 
Back in April we conducted a survey with more than 300 women to learn about the role gender plays in employment and career development experiences. Thank you to our many members and subscribers for sharing this information. Today we release our Women in the Victorian Contemporary Music Industry report and details of our Women’s Music Industry Advisory Panel, which includes key female representatives to tackle some of these important issues.
 
The cracking line-up for our Awards has now been released.

Marlon Williams, Courtney Barnett and Harts will all play short sets and the EG Allstars will be joined by the hottest vocalists of the year in one massive awards show at 170 Russell on 11 November 2015. Our artwork tells the story below. Be quick, tickets are limited.
 
It’s been a big week in federal politics, with a new Prime Minister in Malcolm Turnbull and Arts Minister in Victorian, Mitch Fifield. This is potentially good news to Australian artists who were frozen out of the $104million funding that was transferred from the Australia Council to Senator Brandis’ National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NEPA). Lobby group, Free the Arts, had called on the new Arts Minister to restore the funding stripped from the Australia Council and to deliver any new programs and initiatives through the independent, arm’s length peer review panels. 

As chair of the Australian Music Industry Network, I am working with other peak bodies and Music Australia to develop a National Music Industry Strategy to present to government and the opposition later this year.
 
The phone ran hot at our office after we expressed our disappointment around the lack of local acts at this year’s AFL Grand Final. We believe a national event in a world leading music city such as Melbourne should include at least one upcoming or established Australian artist. I am meeting with the AFL next month discuss ways that they can hopefully address this next year.
 
That’s all for now, see you at a local gig soon.

Cheers, Paddy

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