Creators’ rights, the value of copyright, the importance of local content, Australia’s music micro-businesses and global music export potential were at the forefront in Canberra yesterday.

The music industry descended on the capital city for the second annual Parliamentary Friends of Australian Music (#PFOAM) Rock the House event.

Special guests John Paul Young, Kasey Chambers, Ian Moss, and All Our Exes Live In Texas performed live, and addressed important issues in an attempt to get parliament to understand the effect of emerging digital platforms on music and how copyright issues need to sit at the forefront.

The event, presented by APRA AMCOS, ARIA, PPCA and the Australian Hotels Association, was attended by representatives from APRA AMCOS, ARIA, PPCA, AIR, Music Rights Australia, Live Music Office, AMPAL, state-based peak music bodies, the Australian Copyright Council, Copyright Agency, Screenrights and SOUNDS AUSTRALIA.

The music industry called on the Federal Government to support music creators and performers and invest in the Australian music industry.