ARC approves three-year study to assess community music radio impact

Amy Leiper, 7th April 2022
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The Australian Research Council (ARC) has approved a three-year study by Monash University to map and assess the impact of community music radio. The research project, ‘Community Music Radio: Building the Music-Media Ecosystem’, will begin later this year in collaboration with the CBAA, Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) and APRA AMCOS.

This project aims to investigate the economic and sociocultural impact of community music radio. It will assess the detailed relationships between community music radio stations and the Australian music industry. The project is significant in developing a detailed picture of how community radio supports vibrant music industries, allowing the formulation of better-informed policy and industry decision-making.

Andrew Khedoori, CBAA’s Amrap Manager, said, “We want to better understand the relationships between community music radio stations and vibrant Australian music scenes across the country, and the music industry broadly. We know community radio plays a fundamental role in the success of our local artists and this will help us to place a value on that role.

“The challenges which face community radio, and the relationship supporting musicians, will be assessed. As not-for-profit media and a creative industry, this includes funding, organisational and technological issues.”

Stay tuned for more updates.

You can read more about the announcement about this research project by the Acting Minister for Education and Youth, The Hon Stuart Robert here.

 

 

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