Scene News: Australian Music Vault Announces APRA AMCOS Partnership

Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Music Vault are proud to announce a partnership with APRA AMCOS, the Australian Performing Rights Association, ahead of opening to the public on Tuesday December 19 2017. This partnership is based on the shared vision that reflects and supports practicing and aspiring composers and performers.

Created in collaboration with the music industry and dedicated to sharing the story of Australian contemporary music and exploring its future, the Australian Music Vault will include a free exhibition, education programs and a fully integrated digital program.

APRA AMCOS Chair of the Board, Jenny Morris has been part of the Australian Music Vault Advisory Committee since its inception and has been a valuable contributor during the development of the Australian Music Vault. Morris says, “It all starts with the song. At the heart of Australian music are the stories of our songs and our songwriters. We’re thrilled to partner with the Australian Music Vault to celebrate the extraordinary history and memories, and the future of Australian songs.”

APRA AMCOS is a key business partner to Australasian music creators with 95,000 members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. APRA AMCOS licenses organisations to play, perform, copy or record members’ music, and they then distribute the royalties to their members. As a world-leading organisation invested in the future of music, APRA AMCOS enables music creators and customers to maximise the value music brings to business and life. This is achieved through a simple and effective licensing framework, and providing holistic industry support – from education, to live music, export, creators’ rights advocacy and recognition through our high profile awards and events program.

As part of this partnership, the Australian Music Vault is excited to be showcasing the Ted Albert Award winner each year, recognising outstanding service to Australian music. In addition to this, APRA AMCOS will be working with the Australian Music Vault Arts Learning team to develop ideas and programs that foster and support the next generation of songwriters. The first program that APRA AMCOS is supporting is the AMV Academy where they are providing two songwriting mentors, writer/producer Anna Laverty (Meg Mac, Paul Dempsey, Courtney Barnett and others) and writer/performer/triple j presenter, KLP as the mentors. Taking place from January 22-25 2018 , the AMV Academy invites young people aged 14-18 years of age to attend a week of skill-building and fun workshops that include songwriting, beat-making, VJing, DJing, band photography and merchandise production. Participants will also have the chance to
use The Channel’s on site recording studio to record their own music.

Dean Ormston, CEO of APRA AMCOS says, “With the Australian Music Vault comes recognition of the value of the Australian contemporary music industry. The Australian Music Vault not only revisits the moments and talent that have defined Australian music culture, but paves the way for the next generation of music creators. As a major partner of the Australian Music Vault we are proud to be investing in the future of Australian music.”

Arts Centre Melbourne is a fitting home for the Australian Music Vault. In addition to being the busiest performing arts centre in the country, it is also home to an extensive Australian music collection and best-practice curatorial, collection management and programming experience. The music collection is part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Australian Performing Arts Collection, the nation’s leading specialist collection documenting Australia’s circus, dance, music, opera and theatre heritage. Established in 1975 and now formally recognised as a State collection, it consists of over 600,000 items including costumes, designs, programs, photographs, posters, personal memorabilia and archival material.

Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer said of the partnership, “The Australian Music Vault is all about celebrating the music-makers and their legions of fans over generations. It is so important to us that we share the storie sof Australian music authentically and respectfully and having APRA AMCOS on board as a major partner supports us in achieving this.”

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