Artists across every level of the Australian music industry and every bloody genre out there have united in a fark-off huge show of support for local community radio.
Everyone from Courtney Barnett and Josh Pyke to DZ Deathrays, Reece Mastin and The Smith Street Band have thrown their weight behind a campaign led by The Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap), which is currently blaring a message so loud that even the ageing white male pollies who make up the majority of Parliament House should be able to hear it.
The movement was of course triggered by the recent Federal budget, which – as well as axing millions of dollars worth of funding to critical arts bodies including Sounds Australia, Live Performance Australia and countless others – also gutted $1.4 million per annum from Digital Community Radio.
According to Amrap, this move will be catastrophic for local artists, the local music industry and local communities in general, so they’re urging artists across Australia to snap selfies with the #KeepCommunityRadio message in a bid to encourage fans to sign a petition and put pressure the government to restore full funding.
“A picture speaks a thousand words so we’re encouraging musicians to put a face to the issue while telling the government to keep community radio,” said Amrap Manager Chris Johnson.
“The future of radio is digital but without this government support community radio may not have a future,” he continued, adding: “Cutting back government support to digital community radio will reduce Australian music on the airwaves.”
“Politicians of all stripes need to get with the program and understand that they need community radio just as much as the 5 million Australians who listen every week.”
And the movement is clearly gaining traction, with the Labor Party just announcing a promise to restore community radio’s funding in full, if elected.
However, without a commitment from the Coalition – and current government – the future of the platform still remains on the edge of a knife.
Check out all the Aussie artists who’ve pledged their support for community radio so far below, and then show your support by signing the petition here.
— courtney barnett (@courtneymelba) June 2, 2016
— MASTIN (@reecemastin) June 1, 2016
#KeepCommunityRadio support from stations like @3rrrfm @pbsfm @fbiradio @rtrfm @2ser_ @4zzzradio the list goes onnnn makes being an independent musician easier. They make it feel like someone is listening. Taking funding away from community radio will destroy the best avenue that independent musicians have for getting their music heard and that would be an absolute disaster for the Australian music scene. Sign this petition www.keepcommunityradio.org.au to show the government how important this is to us 🤑
Community radio is such an important part of Aussie music. We all grew up in the suburbs and it was one of our first outlets for discovering an alternative to "commercial" music. These stations help foster young bands, link up like-minded artists and do so many other important things for musos and music lovers! Tell our government we want to #keepcommunityradio! Please sign the petition at www.keepcommunityradio.org.au ✌🏼️ …and speaking of… @4zzzradio fans in Brissy, keep an ear out for something fun happening soon 😁
@theartmusic want the government to #keepcommunityradio – you can help by signing the petition at www.keepcommunityradio.org.au allot of shit is happening to our music and art culture In The last few years. Venues shutting down, lockout laws, business and the economy is suffering and your government is lying to you in so many ways, this is just yet another fuck you to our culture! We don't think the government cut is about saving money. This Federal Budget they gave a 25% multi-million dollar discount to commercial radio licence fees, while cutting back support to community radio. That's not great for Australian airplay. If you're a fan of music, or in a band, or work on the industry. Please sign the petition And help get this out there by making you're own selfie with #keepcommunityradio written down and sharing. Or at the very least share someone else's so that our voice is present And more people sign. How crap will our country be without @4zzzradio @3rrrfm @fbiradio and the hundreds of other community radio stations. Ok Rant over and Thank you in advance. X
— Remi. (@remikolawole) June 2, 2016
— Fraser A. Gorman (@fraseragorman) June 2, 2016