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Open the vault!

14 Dec 2017

Open the vault! Image

A groundbreaking Australian music experience arrives in Southbank on December 19 with the oepning of the Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Created in collaboration with the music industry and funded by the Victorian Government, the new free exhibition space is dedicated to sharing the story of Australian contemporary music while also exploring its future.

The exciting music experience will include a free exhibition, education programs and a fully integrated digital program and will showcase items from the iconic people, events and places that define Australian music.

Founding patrons include Kylie Minogue, Archie Roach, Ian “Molly” Meldrum and Michael Gudinski.

The Australian Music Vault will feature items from artists that include:

Kylie Minogue, Archie Roach, Molly Meldrum, AC/DC, Men at Work, Split Enz, Midnight Oil, The Seekers, Tina Arena, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny O’Keefe, Margaret RoadKnight, Skyhooks, Daddy Cool, Divinyls, Paul Kelly, Jessica Mauboy, Dami Im, Cold Chisel, Missy Higgins, Silverchair, Bliss n Eso, John Farnham, Yothu Yindi, The Saints, Nick Cave, Radio Birdman, Spiderbait, Urthboy, The Go-Betweeners, Ngaiire, Ecca Vandal and Courtney Barnett.

The Australian Music Vault will not be approached chronologically or by genre and will feature rotating content to profile the contributions of as many performers as possible.

Themes will be broad in scope with interlinking content encouraging visitors to create and discover unexpected connections across time periods and styles.

The music collection is part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Australian Performing Arts Collection, the nation’s leading specialist selection documenting Australia’s circus, dance, music, opera and theatre heritage.

Established in 1975 and now formally recognised as a state collection, it consists of more than 600,000 items including costumes, designs, programs, photographs, posters, personal memorabilia and archival material.

With the State Government investing $8.3 million to help bring the vault to life, the Minister for Creative Industries and Member for Albert Park, Martin Foley, said it was part of an ongoing commitment to strengthen Victoria’s music industry.

“Australia has a proud contemporary music history and a proud live music culture, especially here in Victoria. This is an important part of who we are and it’s something to celebrate,” he said.

“Whether it’s Paul Kelly or Kylie Minogue, The Seekers or Rowland S Howard, musicians are our storytellers and provide the narrative and soundtrack to our lives and collective experience.”

Founding patron and Australian music legend Kylie Minogue said she was honoured to be part of the initiative.

“I’m honoured, along with Molly Meldrum, Michael Gudinski and Archie Roach to be invited to be one of the inaugural patrons of this wonderful initiative and I’m thrilled it is in my hometown of Melbourne,” she said.

“The Australian Music Vault is a wonderful way to celebrate all that is great about Australian music and I’m sure it will not only be a trip down memory lane but also a way to introduce the rich history of music in this country to a whole new generation.”

Artscentremelbourne.com.au

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