Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the federal government will establish a National Office for Live Music with high-profile musicians appointed as ambassadors for each state.
Kevin Mitchell aka Bob Evans will represent Victoria, Hoodoo Gurus frontman Dave Faulkner and Stavros Yiannoukas from Bluejuice will jointly look after New South Wales, Katie Noonan has been appointed for Queensland, Matt Lambert aka Suffa from Hilltop Hoods for South Australia, Kav Temperley of Eskimo Joe for Western Australia and singer-songwriter Dewayne Everett- Smith for Tasmania.
Prime Minister Rudd has announced $560,000 of funding over three years for the National Office for Live Music, which will design a strategy for the support of the live music industry in Australia.
The National Office for Live Music will compliment Sounds Australia. Sounds Australia is Australia’s marketing development initiative assisting Australian artists with music industry events both in Australia and around the world, such as SXSW in Austin, Texas.