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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Australian musicians to support international acts

Media release
22 December 2009

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today released a discussion paper on the Foreign Music Act Certification Scheme outlining a proposed approach which could implement the Bringing Aussie musicians centre stage election commitment.

The proposal for a new scheme that, if implemented, would ensure Australian musicians get to share the spotlight with international acts touring the country.

“I encourage musicians, promoters, tour organisers and interested community members to comment on the discussion paper,” Mr Garrett said.

“Bringing Aussie musicians centre stage is one of the Government’s key election commitments for this industry. We are committed to ensuring that Australian music acts have opportunities to leverage exposure, gain valuable performing experience, and make new industry connections when international acts tour our country”.

“The discussion paper outlines how a proposed certification scheme would be developed as a potential way of implementing this commitment. It includes an amendment to the Migration Regulations 1994 which will require incoming musicians to engage at least one local band or musician as a support act. This will be a requirement of their Temporary Entertainment Visa, and, if implemented, could for the first time provide certainty to Australian musicians.”

The proposed scheme suggests that local support act requirements will not apply to:

“It could apply to large scale concerts by international acts, opening doors for Australian musicians to recording, airplay and advertising opportunities as well as helping to create a sustainable contemporary Australian music industry,” Mr Garrett said.

The closing date for submissions is 12 February 2010. The discussion paper is available from 

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