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Folk music neglected by arts grants, says record producer

Image: Australian Folklore Unit

Australia’s arts grants should provide more support for community music rather than investing in large companies, a leading music historian has told a federal inquiry.

Warren Fahey, the founder of Larrikin Records in Sydney, said the majority of state and federal arts grants also appeared “to preference ‘youth’ and ‘emerging’ over accomplished professional artists, especially seasoned artists”.

In his submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the Australian music industry, Fahey said most musicians and songwriters struggled to earn a living wage.

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