18 December 2017
Australian music has a new home with the opening of the Australian Music Vault – a contemporary music hall of fame that celebrates the people, events and stories that have created the soundtrack to our lives.
Housed in the transformed gallery beneath the Arts Centre Melbourne Spire, the Australian Music Vault is a free, year-round exhibition that includes the ARIA Hall of Fame, an immersive music experience and an evolving display of items drawn from Arts Centre Melbourne’s vast performing arts collection.
Costumes, photos, posters and instruments trace the influence of Australian musicians over time, from Johnny O’Keefe to Judith Durham, AC/DC to Divinyls, Missy Higgins and Ngaiire.
The journey is enhanced by music and interactive digital displays that invite visitors to learn more about our stars, songs and stories of yesterday and today.
The Vault kicks off with a focus on Australian punk and new wave, timed to coincide with punk’s 40th anniversary this year; a spotlight on 2017 ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Daryl Braithwaite; costumes from the likes of Tina Arena, Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton-John and much more.
In addition to exhibitions, the Vault will host a range of performances, education programs and industry events.
The Australian Music Vault is the centerpiece of the Victorian Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative. It was developed in collaboration with the music industry and now belongs to music fans.
The Australian Music Vault is open daily from Tuesday, 19 December. Entry is free.