Live Music Industry

Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (15:08): My question is to the Minister for Industry and Skills.

The Hon. A. Koutsantonis interjecting:

The SPEAKER: The member for West Torrens can leave for the rest of question time.

The honourable member for West Torrens having withdrawn from the chamber:

Mr PEDERICK: Can the minister update the house on how the state government is supporting live music talent across the state?

The Hon. D.G. PISONI (Unley—Minister for Innovation and Skills) (15:08): I am very pleased that—

Members interjecting:

The SPEAKER: Order!

The Hon. D.G. PISONI: —the member for Hammond has asked me that question. I know he likes both kinds of music: country and western. The Marshall Liberal government is supporting South Australia's live music industry and nurturing musical talent across South Australia. I will use this opportunity to thank minister Fifield for the $30 million that he announced on Saturday for the live music industry throughout South Australia. There is $2.7 million for South Australia for the development of Indigenous music in South Australia, a great initiative for South Australia. I know the Premier is thrilled to bits with that announcement, with his passion for Indigenous South Australians.

We are growing new opportunities. We want to see more live music being played in more venues and in more regions in South Australia. The state government wants to foster live music outside Adelaide. I first launched RAMP—and RAMP is not a punk revival band; it is, in actual fact, an anagram for Regional Accelerator Music Program—in Port Pirie. Last week, I was in Kadina with the member for Narungga and we launched the program there. On Friday, I was down in Mount Gambier. The launches were followed by round tables.

I had the benefit of catching up with James Morrison at his music academy, and he attended the round table on Friday. He was very complimentary of the engagement of the government with the industry in actually being able to understand what the industry requires. He said, after the commitment to regional music in South Australia by this government, that it is now up to the music industry in regional South Australia to work together to help make this happen. The round table was very excited about the outcomes of that day.

RAMP is a state government initiative, run out of the Music Development Office, providing practical and financial support for regional musicians, event organisers and venues.

Members interjecting:

The SPEAKER: Order!

The Hon. D.G. PISONI: The new program will be driven by a partnership of regional stakeholders, including local councils and schools, Regional Development Australia, music practitioners and not-for-profit arts and music organisations. The music industry is a significant contributor to South Australia's economy, delivering around $375 million and generating jobs for 6,300 South Australians. After food and wine, live music is the biggest tourism drawcard for our regions. The potential growth for both music talent and tourism in our regions is significant. RAMP is one of the several Marshall government initiatives available to assist South Australians keen to pursue a career in music.

With extra funding committed to the live music fund and various contemporary music grants, Adelaide has a strong culture of live music and we want to see this level of activity expand throughout regional South Australia because we want to see regional South Australia grow and thrive. As the Minister for Primary Industries would say, #RegionsMatter.