National Cultural Policy needs a Music Australia agency: Greens

A national peak body for contemporary music could help grow the sector at home and abroad.

The need for a national agency dedicated to and supporting Australian contemporary music was emphatically stated in the Federal Parliament this week.

Speaking on the final day of Ausmusic Month, Greens spokesperson for the Arts, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, called for the creation of an agency equivalent to Screen Australia in order to strengthen and support the Australian contemporary music sector both nationally and internationally.

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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