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):
  • Entertainment
  • Film, TV, radio and multimedia
  • Music
  • 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.

Hans founded his own consulting firm, Economic Strategies Pty Ltd, in 1984, following 25 years with larger organisations. He specialised from the outset in applied cultural economics — one of his first major projects was The Australian Music Industry for the Music Board of the Australia Council (published in 1987), which also marks his first connection with Richard Letts who was the Director of the Music Board in the mid-1980s. Hans first assisted the Music Council of Australia in 2000 and between 2006 and 2008 proposed and developed the Knowledge Base, returning in an active capacity as its editor in 2011. In November 2013 the Knowledge Base was transferred to The Music Trust, with MCA's full cooperation.

Between 2000 and 2010 Hans also authored or co-authored several major domestic and international climate change projects, using scenario planning techniques to develop alternative long-term futures. He has for several years been exploring the similarities between the economics of cultural and ecological change, and their continued lack of political clout which is to a large extent due to conventional GDP data being unable to measure the true value of our cultural and environmental capital. This was announced as a major scenario-planning project for The Music Trust in March 2014 (articles of particular relevance to the project are marked *, below).

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