Government to axe Sounds Australia funding by year's end

The Federal Government will cut all funding to Sounds Australia by the year's end. 

The decision to discontinue funding was revealed in a Senate Estimates hearing. 
"In Senate Estimates last night it was confirmed that the Turnbull Government is planning to axe the funding for Sounds Australia at the end of this year," said Shadow Minister for the Arts Tony Burke."
"This government seems determined to attack live music from every angle. Support has dropped off for the live music office, the Australia Council funding has been attacked and visa arrangements look set to cause real damage to the touring and festival circuit." 
Sounds Australia is responsible for championing Australia's live music exports and artist development. 
The funding cuts arrive despite a recent petition launched to secure the future of the organisation.
"Since its inception in 2009, Sounds Australia has supported the careers of 620 Australian artists through its work at 48 different international events in 52 cities across 19 countries," said artist manager and industry veteran Laura Wallbridge, who helmed the petition.   

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