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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.

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 $22.2m 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 later this year.

“Vic­to­ria is the cre­ative state and Mel­bourne, one of the great mu­sic cities of the world. The in­dus­try has been call­ing for a hall of fame for many years and we are proud to be work­ing with the in­dus­try to make it a re­al­ity.” Min­is­ter for Cre­ative In­dus­tries Martin Fo­ley said. “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.”

Claire Spencer, CEO, Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne 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.”

Michael Gudin­ski, Found­ing Pa­tron, Aus­tralian Mu­sic Vault said, “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.”

Kylie Minogue, Found­ing Pa­tron, Aus­tralian Mu­sic Vault added, “I’m hon­oured, along with Molly Mel­drum, Michael Gudin­ski and Archie Roach to be in­vited to be one of the in­au­gu­ral pa­trons of this won­der­ful ini­tia­tive and I’m thrilled it is in my home­town of Mel­bourne.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne visit arts­cen­tremel­bourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183. Be­come a fan of Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne on face­book or fol­low @arts­cen­tremelb on Twit­ter / In­sta­gram.

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