CBAA welcomes music inquiry’s proposal for additional community radio funding
A legislative council’s committee inquiry into the NSW music and arts economy has recommended that additional funding be granted for the community radio sector.
Among 60 recommendations, the committee acknowledged that community radio plays a significant role in supporting new and emerging Australian talent.
It also outlined that how community radio stations can foster links between artists and communities, but that additional funding would make this process easier.
The CEO of Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Jon Bisset welcomed the news.
“Over 100 community broadcasting stations across the state deliver vital services to support grassroots NSW and Australian music, from training and mentoring initiatives to innovative partnerships, live broadcasts, as well as of course, consistently strong airplay,” he said.
“Latest figures indicate that 37% of music played on community radio stations each week is Australian, cementing the key role community broadcasters play in fostering and supporting diverse music scenes.
“The CBAA is also excited by the recommendation for $35 million in funding across four years, as well as amendments to liquor licenses, the appointment of a Minister for Music, and funding for organisations like MusicNSW.
“The report is recognition of the massive potential of the contemporary music sector in NSW.”
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