Contributions are being invited. Meanwhile, interested persons may wish to consult websites like the following:

  • The Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) “was formed in 1992 to represent and promote all aspects of the Australian country music industry. As the national, peak industry body it has developed a wide range of activities, including organisation, promotion and staging of the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, CMAA Australian College of Country Music, CMAA College Graduation Concert, CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards, CMAA Golden Guitar Winners’ Concerts, and an ongoing programme of industry research, professional development and promotion.” The website lists and describes a large number of festivals taking place through the year, mainly in NSW and Queensland and to a lesser extent in South Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory. It also features a large number of links1 relevant to country music.
  • The Australian Country Music Foundation (ACMF) was “formed to collect, preserve and display Australia’s country music heritage.” It is based in Tamworth, NSW, the home of a major annual country music festival. It is also building Australia’s Country Music Hall of Fame as part of its efforts to establish a permanent country music archive and resource centre in Tamworth.
  • The government’s culture and recreation portal presents a history of country music in Australia.2

Author

Hans Hoegh-Guldberg. Last updated 18 April 2007.


References

  1. http://www.country.com.au/index.cfm?page_id=1031↩︎
  2. http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/music/country/index.htm↩︎

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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