About the Australian Music Centre
The Australian Music Centre (AMC) is the national service organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of both the artform of music and the creators and performers of contemporary classical, improvised jazz, experimental music and sound art in Australia.
The AMC's aims are to increase the profile and sustainability of the sector and to facilitate the performance, awareness and appreciation of Australian music for diverse audiences across Australia and internationally.
The AMC fulfils its aims by directly representing Australian composers and sound artists; managing development programs for young and emerging composers and sound artists; presenting annual and biennial awards; providing communications services such as news, reviews, analysis and critical discussion; publishing books and sheet music; producing secondary and tertiary education kits; and through its library collection that now includes over 30,000 items by 530 artists, including notated composition, electroacoustic music, algorithmic composition, improvised music (including contemporary jazz), experimental music, electronic music, sound art, sound installation, film composition plus sound found in multimedia and online forms.
The AMC is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) — a worldwide network of forty organisations in thirty six countries promoting new music — and it works with the Association on issues of common concern.
The AMC is also the Australian Section to the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). The ISCM presents the annual ISCM World Music Days Festival which features new music from around the world, including ISCM's members representing more than 50 countries.
The AMC has always had a strong focus on the documentation of Australian music. For 35 years it has been the nation's key source of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian composers, performers, works, events and critical discourse on the broader landscape of Australian music.
Five years ago the AMC had a vision to dramatically increase its impact and relevance by creating a new, fully integrated, online model through which to provide access to its services and its ever-growing collection of works and information. An ambitious plan was undertaken to digitise the entire collection, to embrace cutting-edge technologies in database management and to customise the latest innovations in library cataloguing systems to deliver a new service which provides deeper, more meaningful connections to the world of Australian music. The result, which you see realised here today (and which is expected to be completed in 2012), offers new opportunities to the artform, its composers and sound artists, and the diverse audiences with which they connect.
The AMC is grateful for the generous assistance it has received from the Australia Council for the Arts; the Australian Research Council, the University of Western Sydney, and Edith Cowan University; ABC Classic FM; the Australasian Performing Right Association; and the National Library of Australia, who have all been partners in the success of this major undertaking.
The AMC would also like to acknowledge the funding and support it has received from the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Australasian Performing Right Association, and partners The Song Company, Perpetual Trustees and ABC Classic FM in the delivery of its various other projects.
The Centre is particularly grateful for the generous core support it continues to receive from the Australia Council for the Arts and the NSW Ministry for the Arts (for NSW activities).