Scene News: Melbourne musos to stage a busk protest at proposed Radio National music show cuts

On Saturday 3 December at midday Melbourne musicians and Radio National listeners will gather outside ABC Studios Southbank to protest against the planned axing of four music-based programs – The Daily Planet, The Inside Sleeve, The Live Set and The Rhythm Divine.

Musos confirmed for the busk protest are: Deborah Conway, Willy Zygier, Nick Barker, Rebecca Barnard,Shane O’Mara, The Dusty Millers, Charles Jenkins, Gallie and more high profile names will be announced.

Melbourne musician Gallie, coordinator of the Melbourne protest said, “As a direct result of my music being played on ‘The Inside Sleeve’ with Paul Gough I sold hundreds of copies of my 2015 debut album ‘The Occoquan River’ nationwide – which in turn resulted in being able to tour for four weeks in August 2016, up and down the east coast. “

“Yes it’s true Double J and JJJ are fantastic music stations but they are aimed at a younger audience, Radio National music programs reach an older audience. Most of my audience and that of many of my contemporaries are over the age of thirty get most of their music from Radio National.

“Without independent art and music we lose our identity, and shows like ‘The Inside Sleeve’, ‘The Daily Planet’, ‘The Live Set’ and ‘Rhythm Divine’ are our lifeline to the Australian people, not only in the major cities, but more probably more importantly, to listeners in regional Australia.

“We need these shows for our careers, our community, our families and Australian Culture, because these shows play and support independent adult contemporary music.

“All the artists and listeners involved in the protest are asking Radio National management to please reconsider their decision to axe these programs, our livelihood as musicians depends on these shows,” Gallie said.

Music lovers, musicians, people in the industry are all encouraged to join the protest. Musicians are invited to contact Gallie on 0424 715 000 or email gallielist@hotmail.com for details.

Radio National listeners are urged to turn up and show support for the protest and sing along and can register interest via the Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/624586621064851/

All participants are also invited to sign the petition http://www.change.org/p/Micheal-mason-hands-off-radio-national-music

More information about the protests, the open letter to the ABC, media released and the full list of supporters is at https://www.savernmusic.com/

Busk Protest Details

Midday, Saturday 3 December, ABC studios, 120 Southbank Boulevard Melbourne.

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