Mushroom Group founder Michael Gudinski has died, aged 68

Mushroom Group founder Michael Gudinski has died, aged 68

The Australian music powerhouse reportedly passed in his sleep last night.

Australian music stalwart and Mushroom Group founder Michael Gudinski has died at the age of 68.

According to an official statement, the Australian music mogul passed peacefully in his sleep last night at his home in Melbourne.

Launching Mushroom Group, now Australia’s largest independent entertainment group, at the age of 20 in 1972, Gudinski went on to become a key figure in Australia’s music industry across his incredible career.

From releasing some of Australia’s most iconic albums under one of his Mushroom Group labels to touring the biggest names in global music under his touring company, Frontier Touring, his contribution to the Australian music industry has been monumental.

Gudinski played a huge role in helping the local music industry and its workers stay afloat amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, conceptualising and developing programs such as Music From The Home FrontThe Sound and The State of Music – each of which served as platforms for Australian artists to perform and make money during an incredibly difficult year.

As reported by The Music Network, Gudinski was expected to announce another project in collaboration with the Victorian government designed to bolster the Australian music industry in the coming weeks.

News of his passing has been met with an outpouring of grief from those who knew, worked with and respected Gudinski.

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