Business training is regarded as important, especially for popular musicians. We have invited two persons to contribute to this page. Meanwhile, the following websites may be useful:
- Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) is one of ten Industries Skills Councils for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system recognised and funded by the Australian Government. One of its training areas is in cultural and related industries. Three of the five training packages in that area are partly or fully relevant for the music sector (the others are museums and library/information services and visual art, craft and design):
- Film, TV, radio and multimedia
- The State music associations, which focus on promoting contemporary music, also have a significant interest in business and related training of musicians. This is particularly evident from the website of the West Australian Music Industry Association (WAM), whose executive director also heads the national Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN). WAM features a ‘resource room’ web page including Notes for Young Players with sections on playing live, managing, selling, and recording and publishing.
- While there are other relevant websites to explore, this note is not intended to be comprehensive but is written in anticipation of the invited contributions.
- Importantly, however, the training and support of Indigenous musicians should be a special subject. Some relevant sources may be found on the Indigenous Performers page. Another initiative, taken by the State music association MusicNSW, is the Whichway Indigenous music development program, which has a strong training component centred on intensive industry workshops. Two members of staff are associated with the program. WAM employs a full-time Indigenous music officer (the extension to full time was made possible by a three-year grant from Arts WA in 2005).
Hans Hoegh-Guldberg. Last updated 16 April 2007.