Australian music now has a permanent home with the Australian Music Vault opening in Melbourne.
The Australian Music Vault is housed at Arts Centre Melbourne where for the next three years treasures such as Angus Young’s first AC/DC school uniform and Rob Hirst’s bomber jacket, Johnny O’Keefe’s suit and Molly’s hat are now on display.
The four founding patrons of the Australian Music Vault are Mushroom founder Michael Gudinski, media icon Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, pop star Kylie Minogue and singer songwriter Archie Roach. Archie performed at the official media launch in Melbourne.
“It is a great honour to be one of the founding patrons of the Australian Music Vault,” Kylie Minogue said in a statement. “It couldn’t have been a more fitting home than Arts Centre Melbourne. I have no doubt it will inspire all musicians and music lovers and will be a place of discovery, reminiscing, and pride in our country’s rich musical scene and heritage.”
The initial displays at the Australian Music Vault include items from Chrissy Amphlett, Paul Kelly, Billy Thorpe and Rowland S Howard.
“Melbourne is now the rightful host of what is a tremendous celebration of Australian Music Culture,” Martin Foley, Victoria’s Minister for Creative Arts said. “From the artists and songs of yesterday through to today’s music heroes – the Australian Music Vault belongs to the industry and to music lovers of all kinds”.
The Australian Music Vault celebrates music from all over Australia. The Vault was funded by the Victorian Government and is free to visit.