“The music business is a tough nut to crack, and the way ahead for young players is not always clear. You have to have talent and work really hard to create a successful musical career. To navigate your way to planet rockstar, you’ll need all the help you can get. So it’s important to actively seek out advice, information and support from your own networks, as well as from organisations like The Push and those listed in this guide.”
Peter Chellew, General Manager, The Push
Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Ltd
6-12 Atchison Street
St Leonards NSW 2065
T: (02) 9935 7700
F: (02) 9935 7709
AMCOS manages the reproduction rights of its members.
APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd)
3-5 Sanders Place HEAD OFFICE:
Richmond VIC 3121 Locked Bag 3665
T: (03) 9426 5200 St Leonards NSW 2065
F: (03) 9426 5211
T: (02) 9935 7900
F: (02) 9935 7999
APRA manages the performing rights of its members. It licenses users of copyright music for public performance, broadcast and cable transmission. The income collected from these licences is distributed as royalties to composers and publishers. APRA also administers mechanical and synchronisation rights by arrangement with AMCOS.
APRA and AMCOS are separately constituted companies with their own Board of Directors. However, while APRA and AMCOS remain independent companies, following an agreement reached in July ’97, APRA manages the affairs of AMCOS and the organisation’s staff and offices are amalgamated.
AMRAP is a government funded project promoting all genres of Australian music through community broadcasting. Based at the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, the project’s activities include CD distribution to community broadcasters around the country.
ARIA is the trade association representing major and independent record producers, manufacturers and distributors. It acts as an advocate for the Australian music industry, enforces anti-piracy copyright measures and the censorship code, compiles industry information and research and provides a blanket non-exclusive licensing function for copyright users. ARIA also compiles the weekly ARIAnet music charts and produces the annual ARIA Music Awards.
AIR represents the interests of Australian owned independent labels of all music genres and is supported by the Australia Council, the Commonwealth Government’s arts funding and advisory body.
ALCA is the national community legal centre for the arts. The Centre provides specialised legal and business advice and referral services, professional development resources and advocacy for artists and art organisations. Initial telephone advice is free and available to callers outside Sydney on the Centre’s toll-free line. Subscription to the Arts Law Centre of Australia gives further access to advice and information on law and the arts.
THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL is the Federal Government’s arts funding and advisory body which serves the community by enriching the cultural life of Australia. The Council’s Grants Handbook outlines various grant programs across various sectors of the arts, including music.
THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC FOUNDATION INC is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion and expansion of music and music development in Australia. Its activities include: Australian Music Week, Australian Live Music Awards and Australia Day ‘Local & Live’ to name a few.
Drug and Alcohol Free Entertainment Program
Office For Youth Department of Victorian Communities
GPO Box 4367
Melbourne VIC 3001
T: (03) 9637 3173
F: (03) 9637 2770
FREEZA is a key element of the Victorian Government’s Drug Strategy which provides safe and secure drug-free events as well as music and entertainment industry skill development opportunities for young people in their local communities.
In partnership with local government, community agencies, event managers and security firms, young people participate in Freeza committees to plan, develop and manage a minimum of eight live bands or dance party events per year in more than 60 locations across Victoria. Freeza also funds The Push.
THE PUSH is a community organisation that works with young people through statewide youth committees. The Push specialises in alcohol-free and all-age entertainment and is committed to helping young performers.
ARTS VICTORIA is responsible for the implementation of the State Government’s arts policy. The policy seeks to develop a vibrant and dynamic arts industry and position Victoria as the cultural capital of Australia. They provide a range of programs that are designed to assist in the development and presentation of cultural projects, programs and services that will benefit the Victorian arts industry and the community. These include funding programs, forums, research and publications.
Arts Victoria is also responsible for overseeing the state-owned cultural agencies – The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Film Victoria, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Museum Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, Public Record Office Victoria, State Library of Victoria and the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.
THE MUSIC MANAGERS’ FORUM was formed in ’91 in recognition of the needs of music managers and self-managed artists. It provides a means of sharing and learning from the experiences of other managers. The MMF ultimately seeks to improve the manager’s capacity to support the careers of the artists they represent. They present monthly forums (which are open to members and the public), which discuss touring, copyright, marketing, negotiating skills, music law, recording and publishing contracts, taxation and business planning etc. and feature local and international guest speakers.