Music Australia will share our songs with the world

The creation of Music Australia will drive commercial exports and strengthen Australia’s live music sector.

Embracing the commercial potential of the live music industry, Music Australia is the latest body to be established by the Albanese Government as part of its National Cultural Policy, Revive.

Music Australia is backed by more than $69 million in funding over four years, and will be led by the Music Australia Council, whose members were appointed today (23 August 2023) by Minister for the Arts Tony Burke.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts