National partnership delivers Australia ’s music online, in time

National partnership delivers Australia ’s music online, in time
10 March 2005

Senator the Hon Rod Kemp, Minister for the Arts and Sport, will launch MusicAustralia on Monday March 14 at 6.15pm at the National Library of Australia. The launch will be a vibrant celebration of Australia ’s music, live and online, headlined by Robyn Archer AO, singer, writer and artistic director.

MusicAustralia is a new online service that showcases Australia ’s musical culture – from Sculthorpe to Silverchair, from Dame Nellie Melba to Midnight Oil, and from Indigenous to the traditional music of local communities.

It has been developed by the National Library of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and cultural organisations around the nation. It also contains online music arising from projects funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Research Council.

National Library Director-General, Jan Fullerton, said, “MusicAustralia is a magnificent integration of technology and extraordinary collections – held here at the National Library, at the National Film and Sound Archive and other cultural institutions such as the Australian Music Centre and the State Libraries.

“MusicAustralia can deliver an enormous variety of information, making it the most important web site to remember and recommend when you need to find out anything about Australian music,” she said.

More than just a website, MusicAustralia is recognised internationally for the way it integrates music formats and styles, contemporary music with historic music, and online music with music currently available only in physical form.

In this first release of MusicAustralia people can access more than 140,000 Australian music resources, including 10,000 items of online music. These include printed music, sound recordings, multimedia and audio-visual materials, artist websites, pictures, manuscripts and books, as well as information on thousands of composers, performers, researchers and music organisations and services.

National Film and Sound Archive Director, Paolo Cherchi Usai, said: “Music is everywhere in our society and is documented in so many ways. The National Film and Sound Archive is pleased to have worked with the National Library and key partners to bring our sound recording collections alive so that people everywhere can share and access Australia ’s music across all its forms and styles.”

Many more organisations anticipate becoming future participants in what is essentially a cooperative initiative between organisations and individuals across sectors and across the nation.

MusicAustralia is available at www.musicaustralia.org

Media contact:

Yvonne Kennedy
Director Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 02 6262 1353 or 0411 753 891
Email: ykennedy@nla.gov.au

James Halligan
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Telephone: 02 6262 1160
Email: jhalligan@nla.gov.au