QMusic's Annual General Meeting took place on April 16 at X CARGO in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.
The committee presented the results for 2018 with QMusic President Michael Crutcher noting that "QMusic will look back on its 24th year as another success, building on the excellent work that has been done across the last decade".
Crutcher acknowledged that the success of last year was not without its challenges, with QMusic continuing to work behind the scenes on the ID scanning legislation that have impacted the health of the state’s live music venues. He thanked venue owners for their assistance in raising the importance of this issue for the industry.
A few highlights of 2018 included:
- A record year of revenue for QMusic, increasing more than 12 per cent on the previous mark established in 2017
- The largest BIGSOUND in the event’s history
- The further development of our Industry Connect program to reach audiences across Queensland
- The first Queensland Music Awards to be held at the Royal International Convention Centre
- The success of the Women in Music program, which brings together mentors and artists from across the state.
"QMusic was established to develop Queensland’s contemporary music industry. We are privileged to be able to work with people from all facets of the industry. I thank them for their passion, their determination and their creativity. We look forward to continuing to help tell their stories to the widest audiences possible and to working with them again in 2019"Michael Crutcher
QMusic Treasurer, Ben Hancock delivered the financial report, stating that yet another record breaking turnover in 2018 "reflects the continuing increased recognition for QMusic’s contribution to the industry from government and sponsors and an acknowledgement of the value of their investment", outlining a number of record-breaking achievements.
"QMusic’s success in 2018 positions us well for continued growth in 2019 and with our team again operating with its full complement, we are excited to see what will be delivered thanks to their efforts and the support of our members, sponsors and government that well recognise the importance of contemporary music for the Queensland and broader community," he said.
Michael Crutcher thanked QMusic volunteers for their invaluable contribution to the organisation's events. He commended the QMusic team and the work of outgoing CEO Joel Edmondson, saying "His four years at QMusic were among the most productive and expansive in the organisation’s history, building on a foundation that had been laid. Joel remains a friend of QMusic and we look forward to seeing him at our events."