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Push to export Aussie music across globe

Australia’s music industry should be supported and invested in so local tunes can be exported across the globe, a top performing artist representative has stressed.

Australasian Performing Right Association chair and ARIA winner Jenny Morris says a good song can create jobs.

“A good song also builds Australia’s intellectual property assets, generating big incomes – including export earnings, because a good song travels the world finding new performers and new audiences,” she told the National Press Club on Wednesday.

But she says the local industry isn’t being supported.

Morris pointed to a lack of composition and songwriting education at schools, saying it’s stunting the growth of what could be a major cultural export.

She says the second “pain point” is planning decisions and councils closing down live music venues.

The third is a “cultural straightjacket”.

“While most of our larger trading partners celebrate and support their creative industries with healthy local content quotas and investment, ours have been traded away, and capped in our US free trade agreement,” she said.

“It’s a triple-lock around learning, creation, presentation and performance of music. It is the great tragedy of our sector and the real job killer in our industry.”

Morris says the nation can be a music exporter by:

* All levels of government having policy and investment towards Australia being a net exporter of music

* Songwriting included as part of the national curriculum

* Protecting and promoting cultural infrastructure like live music venues

* Incentivising and ensuring local music production and performance across all media platforms.

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