triple j fronts the NSW Parliamentary inquiry | radioinfo

triple j fronts the NSW Parliamentary inquiry

Sunday 16 September, 2018
Dave Ruby Howe

triple j have made their submission to the NSW Paliamentary inquiry into the music and arts economy.

The inquiry, which began in November last year, has taken submissions from over 400 organisations and individuals, including the CBAA, CRA, APRA AMCOS and ARIA, and is looking to find out how to better support a diverse and vibrant music and arts culture across NSW

Dave Ruby Howe and Lachlan Macara have told the committee that there is more potential for exposure for emerging artists through expanding online services, and that triple j continues to unearth new talent.
The committee has also heard that there are limited opportunities for new and emerging artists to ply and perfect their trade in live venues throughout NSW, and that there are a number of contributing factors including lock out laws.
When asked about the state of grass roots music in NSW, Dave Ruby Howe told the inquiry that "…out of the 87,000 artists who’ve signed up to ", 27,216 are from NSW. Of the 148,855 tracks that those artists have uploaded in the last ten years plus…46,000 come from NSW artists.”
Lachlan Macara, who has just returned to Australia after spending time at the BBC, told the inquiry “…it’s a shame to me, as content manager of triple j, that there is such a gulf between the amazing community we have of young Australians that support and love Australian music…to what we are seeing with commercial radio and moves there to step away from an obligation to play Australian music.”
He told the inquiry that triple j sets a self-imposed target of 40% Australian content and that the station continues to “smash it”.

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