13 December 2016
Arts Centre Melbourne will be home to Australia's music hall of fame with the announcement of the Australian Music Vault, a new exhibition space dedicated to sharing the story of Australian contemporary music.
Created in collaboration with the music industry, the ground-breaking new facility will include a free exhibition, exploring the history and future of Australian music, along with education programs and a fully integrated digital program. It will include items from the iconic people, events and places that define Australian music.
Founding patrons for the Australian Music Vault include pivotal music industry figures, Kylie Minogue, Archie Roach, Michael Gudinski and Ian 'Molly' Meldrum.
The development of the Music Vault and its program will be supported by an advisory body with members from across the industry including singer/songwriter and Chair of APRA Jenny Morris, ARIA CEO Dan Rosen and Chair of the Australian Music Industry Network , Patrick Donovan.
The Australian music industry has been calling for a music hall of fame for more than 15 years. It has now been made possible through Victorian Government's $22.2m Music Works program, the largest and most comprehensive investment by an Australian Government in contemporary music.
Arts Centre Melbourne is a fitting home for the Australian Music Vault. In addition to being the busiest performing arts centre in the country, it is also home to an extensive Australian music collection and best-practice curatorial, collection management and programming experience.
It has a strong track record of creating exhibitions dedicated to Australian music legends, including the likes of AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue, many of which have toured internationally.
Arts Centre Melbourne venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl also has a significant place in Australian music history. Among countless gigs, in 1967 it hosted a homecoming concert for The Seekers attended by over 200,000 people - the biggest music concert ever held in Australia.
Arts Centre Melbourne's current exhibition Kylie on Stage has welcomed more than 150,000 visitors in just two months. The Centre's Gallery 1 space will undergo a significant redevelopment in 2017 to create the Australian Music Vault, due to open in November.