Musicians’ plea as live music figures hit new low

Original article by Martin Boulton
The Age – Page: Online : 17-Feb-21

Australia’s live music industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with data from APRA-AMCOS showing that the sector is operating at less than four per cent of pre-coronavirus levels. More than 350 artists and music industry workers have written an open letter urging the federal government to either extend the JobKeeper scheme or introduce an industry-specific wage subsidy. They note that the arts and entertainment sector employs almost 200,000 Australians and contributes about $15bn to GDP each year.

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Songwriting becomes boom export industry

Original article by Michael Bailey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 29-Nov-17

Australian songwriters earned $A43.5 million from foreign royalties in 2016-17, according to APRA AMCOS. This compares to just $A21.8 million in 2012-13, with the doubling in royalties collection attributed to the growth of music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Jake Mason from Melbourne band Cookin’ On 3 Burners says the popularity of music streaming has helped to make it more well known internationally, but that new artists still struggle to make a name for themselves in the music industry.

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AC/DC’s Rudd sought hitman, NZ court hears

Original article by Tony Wall, Bernard Zuel, Martin Boulton
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: 2 : 7-Nov-14

Australian musician Phil Rudd has appeared in a New Zealand court on a charge of attempting to procure a murder. Police have alleged that Rudd tried to hire a hitman to kill two men, while he has also been charged with threatening to kill and drug possession. Rudd, who is a member of Australian rock band "AC/DC", has been released on bail. The charges may prevent him from participating in the band’s world tour

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