The Hon. J. R. JOHNSON: My question without notice is to the Acting Leader of the Government. What is the Government doing to assist the growth of the music industry in New South Wales?
The Hon. R. D. DYER: I know that the Hon. J. R. Johnson has a particular interest in Irish music. Cultural industries in this country are big business, with new jobs growing at almost three times the national average. The music recording industry alone generates more than $600 million a year. The New South Wales Government has announced a package of $180,000 towards the development of young talent and the contemporary music industry in New South Wales. A new music promotion body, musicNSW, has been established this month and the head of the organisation has been announced. musicNSW demonstrates the Government’s commitment to the continued growth of contemporary music.
MusicNSW will help train and promote emerging musicians and band managers, co-ordinate services within the industry and provide advice to government. Bands such as silverchair, Grinspoon and The Whitlams are enjoying great success. However, the music of many other young talented musicians goes no further than the four walls of their garage, for want of good advice and promotion. Musicnsw has already established close links with industry leaders, and a series of forums for new musicians have been organised throughout Sydney and regional New South Wales. The musicNSW web site will be a vital tool to ensure that people remain closely involved with the association and are in touch with industry developments and events.
Eleven of Australia’s key industry representatives have accepted positions on the inaugural board, including Michael Chugg, the General Manager of Frontier Touring Company Pty Ltd; Jane Cruikshank, from Arts Training New South Wales; Marcella McAdam, from the Australian Record Industry Association; and Richard Kingsmill, from Triple J Radio. The funding package will deliver the musicnsw web site to keep emerging artists in touch with each other and industry developments. A series of workshops at Casula Powerhouse in Sydney’s west -
The Hon. M. J. Gallacher: Where?
The Hon. R. D. DYER: Casula Powerhouse.
The Hon. Dr B. P. V. Pezzutti: I have been there.
The Hon. R. D. DYER: It is just south of Liverpool.
I sometimes think that the Hon. Dr B. P. V. Pezzutti might need a map and a cut lunch to find anywhere in western Sydney.
The Hon. Dr B. P. V. Pezzutti: I’ll bet you have never been there. Have you ever been there? I have.
The Hon. R. D. DYER: If the Hon. Dr B. P. V. Pezzutti ever ends up at the Casula Powerhouse - he can stay there as long he likes - he will learn about sound production and how the music industry works.
The Hon. B. H. Vaughan: The Hon. Dr B. P. V. Pezzutti knows everything about sound production.
The Hon. R. D. DYER: He produces a lot of sound - whether it is melodious is another matter. Finally, the Government is providing $30,000 for youth music projects, including the funding of a musician in residence at the University of Western Sydney, a youth music fiesta at Mount Druitt - perhaps the Hon. Dr B. P. V. Pezzutti might like to participate in that - and a battle of the bands in Liverpool. The New South Wales Government is actively supporting growth in the dynamic New South Wales music industry.