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Funding Back on Tracks

Monday 18th March / presented by Rewi Lyall

The Federal Government has confirmed that the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project, otherwise known as Amrap, will be included in the 2013 budget and beyond to support community radio stations to promote new Australian music on air and online.

Currently over 3,000 Australian musicians and 1,500 broadcasters from 300 radio stations rely on Amrap to get new Australian music on air.

When this news trickled through last week we heard a palpable sigh of relief from Amrap HQ in Sydney.

Amrap wasn’t included in the 2012 Federal Budget, but has survived on reserves from the community broadcasting sector and a much-needed six-month funding package announced in December by the Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy.

AMRAP Manager Chris Johnson was on the phone this morning to recap the situation as it was with funding and to discuss the future of AMRAP with this new development…

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