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 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 over 600 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 organisations promoting new music. 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.
The AMC has always had a strong focus on the documentation of Australian music. For 40 years it has been the nation’s key source of information, resources and products relating to Australian composers, performers, works, events and critical discourse on the broader landscape of Australian music. In the past five years, the AMC has dramatically increased its impact and relevance through its fully integrated online model, providing access to its services and its ever-growing collection. An ambitious plan has been 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 and 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 generous core support it continues to receive from the Australia Council for the Arts, as well as the funding and support from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), the Federal Department of Education, and project partners including The Song Company, Perpetual Trustees and ABC Classic FM.