Music Industry Organisations

Australia boasts many fine music organisations that represent musicians and commercial industry interests all over the country. Our list of music organisations represents the major sectors. There are also many fine community music organisations – many can be found at the Music in Communities Network. These music organisations enable thousands of people to make music.

Music Australia
Music Australia is our peak advocacy body and provides information, resources, advocacy and projects to advance all aspects of musical life in Australia. The AMA is represented on the Music Australia Council.

Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) – AMCOS – Australian Music Copyright Owners’ Association
The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) collects and distributes licence fees for the public performance and communication of its 44,000+ members’ musical works. The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) collects and distributes mechanical royalties for the reproduction of its members’ musical works.

Live Music Office

The Live Music Office works to increase opportunities for live music in Australia by identifying and advocating for better policy, regulation and strategy. The association has over recent years been in partnership with the LMO in the presentation of Make Music Day Australia

Australian Music Publishers Association (AMPAL)
The Australasian Music Publishers Association (AMPAL) works on behalf of its members to promote a better understanding of the value of music, both culturally and economically investing in songwriters across all genres of music.

Australian Music Industry Network
A network support the state based music organisations and sponsoring the Save Live Australian Music (SLAM), and develops events that support the contemporary music industry in Australia.

Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA)
Representing the interests of the retailers of recorded music.

Australian Songwriters Association
National, non-profit, member organisation dedicated to the support of songwriters and their art.

AIR – Association of Independent Record Labels Inc (Australia)
AIR is a non profit, non government association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of Australia’s independent recording sector. AIR represents Australian owned record labels and independent artists based in Australia.

AMUSE – Association of Music Educators (Vic)

Open to all music educators and those interested in music education, AMUSE is affiliated with the Council of Professional Teaching Associations and supported by the Victorian Department of Education. aMuse organises professional development programs for primary, secondary and instrumental music teachers, organises student performance activities including master classes and festivals, and can provide independent advice on curriculum matters

Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA)
ARIA acts as an advocate for the recording industry, both domestically and internationally. ARIA Also stages the highly prestigious annual ARIA Music Awards.

The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation representing the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and major copyright collecting societies.

The Australian Council is the principal arts funding and advisory body. Many artists and programs have benefitted from the Council’s funding – for grants guide click here

CMAA – Country Music Association of Australia
Country Music Australia (CMAA) recognises and promotes excellence in Australian Country Music. Formed in 1992 Country Music Australia represents all aspects of the Australian country music industry.

PPCA-Phonographic Performance Company of Australia
PPCA is a non-profit organisation that provides licences to Australian businesses to play recorded music in public. The net fees are distributed to record labels & registered Australian artists who create the recordings.

Jazz Australia
This site is designed to act as a national jazz resource, bringing together jazz organisations, institutions, musicians and enthusiasts from across the country.

Folk Alliance Australia
Folk Alliance Australia aims to encourage the understanding of folklore as the cultural bond that holds individuals, groups and communities together and provides their cultural identity.

Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB)
The AMEB exists to provide a graded system of examinations in music, speech and drama, by offering high quality syllabuses, educative services to our teachers, examiners and candidates, and quality publications to the highest editorial standard.

Musica Viva
Musica Viva Australia presents more than 2,500 ensemble music concerts each year across Australia and around the world to a wide range of audiences.

Opera Australia
Opera Australia presents around 250 performances each year, making it the third busiest opera company in the world. Visit this site for news, concert and ticketing information.

Fellowship of Australian Composers
The Fellowship of Australian Composers is the representative voice of serious composers throughout Australia. The Fellowship supports composers in such practical ways as copyright, commissioning fees, contracts, quotas of Australian music on the radio, lobbying and promotion of members works.

Folk Australia
Folk Australia provides information about performers, folk clubs, festivals, folk venues, organisations, instruments, dance and more.

Aussie Bands Music Page
This is a portal to other Australian music websites of various genres, including jazz, blues, pop, rock and classical.

Australian Music Online (AMO)
The AMO is a web-based initiative that aims to develop the marketing and promotion of new Australian contemporary music, across a diverse range of genres, both nationally and internationally.