The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating a new era for Australian music with the official opening of the Australian Music Vault – a contemporary exhibition and hall of fame.
Minister for the Creative Industries Martin Foley today joined Music Vault patrons at Arts Centre Melbourne for the official opening of the site.
The Music Vault is destined to become a major cultural attraction for music lovers of all ages by showcasing the people, events and stories that create the soundtrack to our lives.
Housed beneath the Arts Centre Melbourne Spire – the Music Vault is a free, year-round exhibition that includes the ARIA Hall of Fame, an immersive music experience and an evolving display of performing arts.
Costumes, photos, posters and instruments trace the influence of Australian musicians over time – from Johnny O’Keefe and Judith Durham, to AC/DC and the Divinyls, through to present day artists like Missy Higgins and Jessica Mauboy.
The journey is enhanced by music and interactive digital displays that invite visitors to learn more about their musical heroes. The Vault will also host a range of performances, education programs and industry events.
The Vault kicks off with a focus on Australian punk and new wave, a spotlight on 2017 ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Daryl Braithwaite and costumes from the likes of Tina Arena, Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton-John.
The Australian Music Vault was developed in close collaboration with the music industry and is the centrepiece of the Labor Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“Melbourne is the rightful host of this tremendous celebration of Australian music culture.”
“From the artists and songs of yesterday through to today’s musical heroes – the Australian Music Vault belongs to the industry and to music-lovers.”
“I encourage everyone to get along to the Australian Music Vault and embrace this fantastic exhibition.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020