The Music Trust’s Music in Australia Knowledge Base is a rich source of information about the situation of music in Australia. It covers the entire music sector including the creation and practice of the artform, the music industry, music education, music in the community, and more. It includes facts and figures and reveals issues of contention.

All content is prepared by authoritative writers, contributing their work freely. Many of the writers are music practitioners, writing from their inside experience of music practice and presentation. Also among the writers are academics and managers. 

Readers are invited to comment, contribute or suggest new content. See TO CONTRIBUTE on the menu bar for more information.


The Music in Australia Knowledge Base was established by Dr Richard Letts AM and cultural economist Hans Hoegh-Guldberg under the auspices of the Music Council of Australia in 2006. It moved to the Music Trust in 2013 with Letts and Hoegh-Guldberg. Hans was the Editor until unfortunately he passed away in 2016.


In 2020, the Knowledge Base is shifting to a new platform to enable easier navigation and simpler, more efficient management. The entire site is being reorganised and that new scheme can be inspected under TO NAVIGATE on the menu bar.