Campaign launched to tackle lack of Australian music on local commercial radio

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Campaign launched to tackle lack of Australian music on local commercial radio

The FM/AM group look to start conversations about local content on Australian radio, free to air TV and streaming services after a report put before parliament last year found that according to Commercial Radio’s Code of Conduct stations were required to play 25% Australian content but they were only playing 8-10%, and mostly during off-peak times.


The report on local content quotas on Australian commercial radio written by Chrissie Vincent featured 16 key recommendations and was submitted to parliament during the Inquiry into the Australian Music Industry. This April, Parliament decided to work on three of the most important recommendations, including a recomendation regarding the local content issue.


Vincent has now started the Feature More Australian Music group to create momentum behind current public conversations around content quotas and to pish for change in the application and monitoring of Australian music content quotas for commercial radio and streaming platforms.


Made up of a collection of Australian music stars including Michael Chugg, Jane Gazzo, Kram from Spiderbait, Pete Murray, George Sheppard, Angie Hart, Scott Owen from The Living End and more, FM/AM are urging everyone to sign a petition in order to raise support for changes to the CRA code of Conduct when they are next reviewed in March 2020.



Pete Murray said, “Due to the support of commercial radio over the decades, the acts that have had consistent commercial airplay have been the ones that have had long, consistent careers, myself included. The acts that don’t cross over from Triple J to commercial – where are they now? We need the support of Triple J right through to commercial radio – that’s the only way for the future of Australian artists.”


Head to the petition page here or find more information at the FM/AM Facebook page.