Q history: AUSTRALIAN MUSIC VAULT
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.”
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