Advocacy

Q Music is the peak body for the Queensland Music Industry. An important part of that role is advocacy - speaking out and lobbying government and private sector organisations to protect, promote and advance the collective interests of Queensland Music Industry stakeholders. Q Music is well experienced and placed to argue in favour of the causes, ideas and policies of partners in order to secure ongoing services and support for music development programs in any region across the state. In addition to that, Q Music has played a pivotal role in national and state issues that directly impact on the development and ongoing sustainability of the music industry. To date, Q Music has taken a key advocacy role on:

  • Moves to protect Queensland’s live music scene by advocating to all levels of government the need for venues to be allowed to continue operating effectively despite the encroaching influence of residential development in key areas like Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Q Music has advanced a better legislative environment for the live music sector and noise abatement issues for venues.
  • Increases in funding support for the contemporary music sector at a Federal, State and Local Government level;
  • Pursuing a better deal for music through the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the United States of America;
  • Negotiating with the Australian Taxation Office for the improvement of taxation thresholds for claimable income for music industry activity;
  • Participation in the Australian Music Industry Network;
  • Contributing to the development of a National Contemporary Music Industry Policy.