Last week’s announcement of South Australia’s “Music Thinker In Residence” was the biggest industry news to come out of Adelaide in some time. The recent appointment of Martin Elbourne – chief Glastonbury booker, Great Escape founder and a man of industry calibre far beyond anyone presently residing in South Australia – drew national coverage, and deservedly so. It signifies the highpoint of a process just seven months old: To fast-track the redirection of the state’s music industry before the same issues that are presently affecting the rest of our country bury it alive. It’s a proactive move from their government and welcome acknowledgement of the cultural value of live music in South Australia.
I hope so 🙂