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Labor to invest $1 million to support community radio

CBAA Communications, 15th February 2019
NSW Labor has publicly recognised the important role community radio plays in supporting and developing diverse music communities right across the state.

Earlier today NSW Labor announced that if elected at the State election, they will provide $1 million to specifically support community radio. They are the first party to announce their plan and support for the music industry, and we look forward to other parties announcing their music strategies.

"Labor will directly fund community radio for the first time by investing $1 million to help community radio stations showcase NSW musicians."

This funding will help stations with programs including:

  • The broadcast of live performances from local venues and music festivals; and
  • Competitions for emerging artists

Labor would also change the NSW Government's advertising guidelines to ensure a greater share is put on community radio stations, where appropriate, as sponsorship announcements. This would bolster another revenue stream for many community radio stations around the state.

Finally, Labor would invest up to $10 million to create a Music Development Hub in Sydney, which would co-locate the Music Industry Office with music organisations, businesses, rehearsal and performance spaces, community radio, recording studios and youth organisations.

The CBAA will continue its sector leadership efforts to ensure community radio stations in NSW and all across Australia are supported to continue delivering their services to their communities. The CBAA is in touch with Minister Harwin about the Coalition's commitment to community radio and hope to meet with him to discuss further.

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