Arts Minister Simon Crean has announced the appointment of Dr Ianto Ware, a founding director of Format Adelaide and CEO of Renew Adelaide, National Live Music Coordinator of Sounds Australia.
In a statement, the Arts Minister Crean, “Dr Ware’s appointment as National Live Music Coordinator will further support contemporary Australian musicians and songwriters to go from the local to the international stage.”
“The creation of this new position is part of the Australian Government’s $3 million commitment to boost industry innovation, music export and address skills development in the live music sector.
“The National Live Music Coordinator role is part of a suite of measures announced in the 2011/12 Budget aimed at supporting the local venue-based live music industry and develop Australia’s music export potential.”
Sounds Australia is a joint initiative of the Australia Council for the Arts and APRA/AMCOS.
Through the joint efforts of Sounds Australia’s Millie Millgate and Stage Mothers’ Glenn Dickie and Mary Mihelakos, the Aussie BBQ has become a valuable an essential promotional event for Australian artists internationally, especially at SXSW. Australia Council Acting CEO Libby Christie said, “Sounds Australia has been very successful in connecting Australian musicians with international markets. This new position allows it to focus on the domestic music landscape – local artists, venues and industry – to support a robust Australian live music scene. We’re excited to see this industry partnership expand.”
The live music industry in Australia is worth $1.2 billion annually to the Australian economy and generates nearly 15,000 full time jobs.