Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced a new partnership between Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) that will see the ARIA Hall of Fame incorporated in the Australian Music Vault – a dynamic new space charting the story of Australian music.
“The Australian Music Vault will turn up the volume on our local industry, providing a dedicated space to enjoy, celebrate and promote the successes of our nation’s music talent – past, present and future,” said Minister Foley. “This partnership with ARIA demonstrates and adds to the national significance of the Music Vault and Melbourne’s position as Australia’s music capital.”
The Australian Music Vault is part of the Victorian Government’s $22.2 million Music Works initiative. It will be a new drawcard for music lovers of all ages, bringing together exhibitions, digital and interactive experiences, and public and education programs.
Drawing on the rich pool of stories and items from leading Australian performers and music identities, and Arts Centre Melbourne’s extensive national performing arts collection, the Australian Music Vault will celebrate the people and events that have shaped – and continue to shape – contemporary Australian music.
“ARIA’s support as the peak national body for the music industry demonstrates the significance of this project in celebrating the Australian music story and will provide a highlight of the Australian Music Vault experience,” said Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Claire Spencer.
The partnership with ARIA will see a special section focusing on ARIA Hall of Fame inductees with physical memorabilia and digital content, showcasing the careers and achievements of these Australian music icons. The Australian Music Vault already has the backing of Australian music industry icons, with inaugural patrons Kylie Minogue, Ian “Molly” Meldrum, Archie Roach and Michael Gudinski announced last year.
“ARIA is delighted to be part of the Australian Music Vault,” said ARIA CEO Dan Rosen. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase our rich history of ARIA Hall of Fame inductees and share with the public all that’s great about our Aussie music icons.”
The exhibition space and program is being developed by Arts Centre Melbourne in partnership with the music industry. The Australian Music Vault will be completed later this year. For more information, visit www.australianmusicvault.com.au for details.
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