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Arts Centre Melbourne to be home to Australia’s music hall of fame

Arts Centre Melbourne to be home to Australia’s music hall of fame
September 23, 2017

Arts Centre Melbourne will be home to Australia’s music hall of fame with the announcement of the Australian Music Vault, a new exhibition space dedicated to sharing the story of Australian contemporary music.

Created in collaboration with the music industry, the ground-breaking new facility will include a free exhibition, exploring the history and future of Australian music, along with education programs and a fully integrated digital program. It will include items from the iconic people, events and places that define Australian music.

Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley yesterday (22nd September) announced the creation of the Australian Music Vault and its founding patrons - pivotal music industry figures Kylie Minogue, Archie Roach, Michael Gudinski and Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum.

The development of the Music Vault and its program will be supported by an advisory body with members from across the industry including singer/songwriter Jenny Morris, OAM, Chair of APRA, ARIA CEO Dan Rosen and Patrick Donovan, Chair, Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN).

The Australian music industry has been calling for a music hall of fame for more than 15 years. It has now been made possible through Victorian Government’s $22.2 million Music Works program, the largest and most comprehensive investment by an Australian Government in contemporary 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.

Arts Centre Melbourne venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl also has a significant place in Australian music history. Among countless gigs, in 1967 it hosted a homecoming concert for The Seekers attended by over 200,000 people - the biggest music concert ever held in Australia.

The music collection is part of Arts Centre Melbourne 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.

All exhibitions are accessible to the public for free, attracting over 700,000 visitors per year and a number of Arts Centre Melbourne’s exhibitions have been toured interstate and overseas. Past exhibitions include Kylie: The Exhibition (2005), Nick Cave: The Exhibition (2007), Creative Australia and the Ballets Russes (2009), AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels (2009), Reg Livermore: Take A Bow (2011) and The Extraordinary Shapes of Geoffrey Rush (2013).

Arts Centre Melbourne’s current exhibition Kylie on Stage has welcomed more than 150,000 visitors in just two months. The Centre’s Gallery 1 space will undergo a significant redevelopment in 2017 to create the Australian Music Vault, due to open in November.

Commenting on the initiative, Minister Foley stated “the Australian Music Vault will be a place for music lovers, tourists and artists. It will celebrate the history of Australian music and be a place for the music legends of tomorrow.”

Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Claire Spencer added “music is in our blood at Arts Centre Melbourne and we are thrilled to be partnering with the Victorian Government and the music industry to realise this exciting project.

“Music is a quintessential part of the Melbourne experience and we can’t wait to unlock the stories of Australian music by giving life to the Australian Music Vault.”

Founding Patron Gudinski concluded “Australian music has created and underpinned some of the great moments in our nation’s history. From the political to the celebratory, the power and influence of music on our culture is undeniable.

“Creating a permanent home to honour our rich and diverse music landscape has been a passion of mine for many years and I’m so proud that the Australian Music Vault will be housed in Australia’s undisputed music capital, Melbourne.”

For more information go to www.australianmusicvault.com.au

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