Vote Music Joint Statement - MusicNSW

The NSW Music Industry congratulates Chris Minns and NSW Labor on winning Saturday’s NSW state election and welcomes their commitment to the largest-ever investment in contemporary music 

Vote Music, a campaign backed by over 30 music industry organisations and leaders, last month launched a comprehensive plan for music development and asked for a $100m commitment from all parties and candidates. 

The Vote Music plan was supported in full by NSW Labor and backed up with a $103m commitment ahead of the election.

This landmark investment will be almost three times the largest ever pledge to music on a state level, and the largest investment ever in contemporary music in Australia.

The Vote Music coalition looks forward to working closely with Premier-elect Chris Minns, The Hon. John Graham, and the newly elected NSW Labor Government on making the Vote Music plan a reality.

NSW is the natural home for the Australian contemporary music industry, injecting $3.6 billion in economic, social and cultural value to the state. We are grateful for NSW Labor’s recognition that investment in music is good for the economy and people, and look forward to getting started on reestablishing our state as Australia’s natural home of contemporary music.

We would like to thank and acknowledge the NSW Liberals and Nationals for their work supporting our industry. In particular, thank you to former Ministers Stuart Ayres, Victor Dominello, Don Harwin, and Ben Franklin for their passion and vital support during the pandemic.

We’d also like to thank the many Vote Music supporters who came out to speak about the value of music and campaign for support. Artists, venues, festivals, promoters, ticketing companies, industry organisations, music media, and small bars backed the campaign, making it an impressive and powerful display of industry unity and coordination.  

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