More funding for Community Radio’s Australian Music Project

Community broadcasters will produce over 150 profiles and live recordings of
Australian musicians for national radio use, as a result of the latest round
of Amrap funding announced today.

Amrap is a community radio initiative that works with musicians, record
labels, and community broadcasters, to create increased radio airplay
opportunities for contemporary Australian music.

Amrap’s monthly mailout service, which distributes new releases to radio
stations, has already helped over 1,000 local musicians get their work to
radio since it began in 2001.

Amrap also funds broadcasters to produce short
radio programs about Australian music for use on community radio stations
around the country.

The latest Amrap program initiatives are divided into two groups.

Amrap’s Music Correspondent scheme will again fund twelve program makers to
produce five short radio pieces each.

Music Correspondents are selected for
their knowledge and expertise, and the latest group feature specialists in
jazz, electronic, rock, folk, Christian, country, and indigenous music.

As well as this, in a new initiative, a group of community stations have
also been funded to produce a series of live recordings of Australian

All the content will be distributed by Amrap for use on air by stations
around the country, providing a boost for the featured artists. It
will also be available at the Amrap web site (click below).

Amrap Manager Paul Mason has told radioinfo: “These program initiatives will give a diverse range of local artists some
welcome national radio exposure.

“It also provides stations with increased access to some great Australian
music content that’s unique to the community sector.”

“Amongst the Music Correspondents we have broadcasters who are specialists
in a variety of areas, and our live recordings will cover classical, jazz,
world, hip hop, blues and rock. In a couple of instances we’ll also be able
to focus exclusively on what’s going on in regional and rural areas like
Geelong and the Kimberley.”

The work of the last group of Music Correspondents can be heard on line at New content will be available to community stations from
December 2004 with fresh material being produced each month.

The scheme has
been funded through the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

The twelve Music Correspondents are:

Susan Batten (3MBS) ; Carolyn Carr (2CCH) ; Carolyn Harris (3PBS) Gavin Ivey
(Koori Radio) ; Samson James (4AAA) ; Gerard Masters (2RES) ; Anne Marie
Middlemast (3PBS); Lucas Moore (4ZZZ); Andrew Morris (2CBA); Carol Raabus
(Edge Radio); Marnie Round (Radio Adelaide) ; Rob Willis (2LVR)

Stations producing live recording packages are:

2FBi ; 2SER ; 2MBS ; 3CR; 3PBS; 3YYR; 3MBS ; 4MBS ; Radio Adelaide ; 6GME ;