Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity
AMRAP funding extended
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced that the government will provide an additional $250,000 to ensure the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP) continues for a further six months.
"The additional funding will ensure that Australian musicians and community broadcasters can continue to access AMRAP's services, pending consideration of the project's long term funding in the 2013-14 Budget," Senator Conroy said. AMRAP is a program that:
- provides regular and targeted distribution of new Australian music to community radio stations;
- produces and distributes radio content that promotes Australian music;
- provides online resources for artists; and
- undertakes other activities that support Australian music.
"AMRAP has successfully increased the amount of Australian music receiving airplay by working closely with Australian musicians and community broadcasters."
This funding builds upon the $2.4m over the four years provided by the Australian Government and has allowed AMRAP to offer a full suite of services to support both Australian musicians and community radio.
In 2012-13, the government is providing over $14.8 million in support to the community broadcasting sector. In addition, the government will continue to provide community broadcasters with access to spectrum free of charge.
Date: 21 December 2012
Contact: Adam Sims 0408 258 457