News from the National Contemporary Music Roundtable held in Sydney last week: The panel unanimously affirmed a commitment to implement a series of measures to drive business growth and success for the industry.

All of Australia’s music business peak bodies and representatives from key music companies and agencies – including Music SA’s own General Manager – attended the half day forum convened by Music Australia. 50 influential people explored key opportunities for growth and committed to work together to develop detailed national strategies to drive industry growth and success.

A National Contemporary Music Development Plan is to be developed which aims to be comprehensive in scope, covering jobs, skills, investment, economic contribution and cultural impact.

It will include strategies to
– increase public respect for Australian music
– ensure a vibrant national live music scene
– strengthen Australia’s terms of cultural trade in music
– improve remuneration and employment for creators and performers
– optimise a skilled music workforce.

“Music Australia will now convene a series of working groups, and develop a detailed agenda for industry endorsement. This will then drive our advocacy to government and our cooperative development industry-wide,” says Music Australia CEO Chris Bowen.

To follow next steps and progress, tune into the Roundtable section on the Music Australia website.