Australia’s much-appreciated proponents of exporting Aussie music to the world, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, were able to celebrate the last-minute securing of vital federal funding last year by launching a fact-finding mission into South America that sought to form valuable partnerships in the region, and learn what they could in an effort to help Australian artists to push into foreign markets.

As one of Australia’s most prominent organisations concerned with the export of Australian music, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA were supported by The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) as they brought together a delegation of local industry figures to embark on the trip across the increasingly-important markets of Chile, Argentina and Brazil.

Carefully chosen to represent a cross-section of the music business, the full dream-team included Andrew Stone (Chugg Entertainment), Ashley Gay (Xelon Entertainment), Clara Iaccarino (Perth International Arts Festival), Jaime Gough (Native Tongue Music Publishing), Maggie Collins (BIGSOUND), Matthew Rogers (We Are Unified), Monique Rothstein (Positive Feedback), Scot Morris (APRA AMCOS), Stuart Rogers (Sydney Festival) and Warren Costello (Liberation Music).

For SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, the aims were clear.