The Greens welcomed today's announcement of a Commonwealth investment of $2.4 million over four years to maintain the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project.
Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said supporters of local music and community broadcasting had campaigned for many months for the reinstatement of the funding.
"When the Australian Greens started our AMRAP campaign last year the community reaction was overwhelming. Our petition to communications minister Stephen Conroy and arts minister Simon Crean, for example, drew almost twice the amount of signatures we'd anticipated. AMRAP means a lot to local music and local radio - and we're pleased to see the funding back where it belongs."
In addition to the petition, Senator Ludlam had raised AMRAP in the media, in Parliament, and at Senate Estimates (http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/keep-new-australian-music-our-airwaves).
"We took a stand to defend AMRAP after the Government quietly announced plans to axe its $600,000 budget. AMRAP plays a vital part in supporting Australia's local music industry by distributing new Australian music to 1500 broadcasters and 300 community radio stations. In 2011 AMRAP provided a great service for one thousand unsigned artists and 100 record labels - we are glad to see it back in black."