Music industry reacts to Labor victory in federal election


Anthony Albanese on Saturday night after winning the 2022 Federal Election

The music industry was quick to hail Labor’s return to power after Saturday’s federal election and the party’s promise to deliver Australia’s first cultural policy in more than a decade.

“Australia needs a vibrant arts and entertainment industry, not only to support other industries and help our economic recovery, but also to drive social interaction and well-being in our communities – to a time when it has never been more needed,” Live Performance Australia said.

Annabelle Herd, CEO of the Australian Recording Industry Association and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia, called on the new regime to forge closer links with the music industry, recognize the true social and economic value of music and to give it the same level of support that film, television and sports get.

“We don’t ask for any handouts,” Herd said.

“We call on the new government to work with industry to create a stronger future for music, our artists and all creative industries.”

She reminded Anthony Albanese of the 3-point plan announced by 16 associations this month.

The plan included direct investment in creating new Australian music, developing skills and global exports, incentivizing the use of local content on streaming and broadcast platforms, ensuring that certainty is provided to local audiences and programs to build industry sustainability through strong intellectual property and national mentorship programs.

In many ways, Labor Party policies are aligned with the long-term vision of the export sector overtaking domestic consumption, the live sector achieving its expected boom and post-pandemic equality of life for musicians and workers with a living wage.

But the trick is to look at what’s on the table and figure out what’s filed under “conversation and consultation” and what’s filed under “action today.”

Labor Party politics were outlined last Monday (May 16) at the Espy in Melbourne by then Arts Minister Tony Burke.

After the past nine years of a “reign of neglect and sabotage” of the arts, Burke promised a renewed prominence of the arts.

“Anyone who understands the industry knows that the arts are not just about entertainment, recreation and hobbies,” he said. “At best it affects our education policy, our health policy, our trade, our global relations, our approach to industrial relations and is an engine of economic growth.”

Here are some of the Labor Party promises:

+ A national insurance scheme for live events.

+ Commissioning the ABC to “undertake a feasibility study into expanding Double J into radio as the logical next step in helping major Australian artists reach more ears”.

+ Promoting Australian content on streaming platforms: “We will work with all stakeholders to determine how Australian content can be boosted for both Australian music and screen content on streaming platforms.”

+ Work on a national solution to protect consumers and industry from ticket smuggling, rather than piecemeal state-by-state legislation.

+ Putting First Nations art and culture “at the center of our approach” to the sector: “There can be no cultural policy without a particular emphasis on First Nations art and culture.

+ Restore the “arts” under a named government department, to indicate its top priority: “Revive cooperation between federal, state and local government to ensure we have a national approach to the arts and Culture. »

To achieve this, Labor would obtain the support of the Greens.

His music manifesto includes a national insurance plan for live events, a minimum live performance fee of $250 for taxpayer-funded events, additional funding for COVID-19 recovery and a new performance fund. billion-dollar live stream to boost the entertainment industry.

Its Artists Wage program will see 10,000 “established or emerging artists and arts workers” paid $772.60 a week for a year.

A number of music and arts supporting independent candidates also took power.

Dr Sophie Scamps, who snatched Mackellar (NSW) from the Liberals, will promote First Nations culture and arts education, a national arts and culture strategy, protect public broadcasters and increase employment through a national arts and creative industries strategy.

Allegra Spender who won Wentworth (Sydney) ran on a platform to support the creative industries, increase Australian Council, ABC and SBS funding and rebuild arts education.

Jo Dyer was stranded at Boothby (SA) but announced she would be working closely with winning Labor challenger Louise Miller-Frost.

An arts worker for 20 years, Dyer is pushing for a national cultural policy, a universal basic income scheme for artists, more money for the Australian Council to allow multi-year funding for 200 small and medium-sized businesses from 95 current, more arts education and a 20% content quota for local streaming services.


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