The Australian Music Vault is a celebration of the Australian contemporary music story – past, present and future. It’s a place to explore your love of music, revisit some of the big music moments of your life and discover exciting new stories from today’s Australian music scene.
Building on the success of its first year, the Australian Music Vault has continued to amplify the stories of Australian contemporary music. View our Annual Report here: Australian Music Vault Annual Report 2018-19
Australia is home to the world’s oldest continuous living culture. The land on which the Australian Music Vault sits, within Arts Centre Melbourne, has long been a place of cultural gathering and storytelling by First Nations peoples. In more recent times, Australian music has continued to draw inspiration from this rich heritage while also reflecting our increasingly diverse populations.
The Australian Music Vault brings the story to life with a free, permanent exhibition in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct. Created by Arts Centre Melbourne in collaboration with the Australian music industry, the exhibition features iconic objects from Arts Centre Melbourne’s Australian Performing Arts Collection alongside items contributed by some of Australia’s most loved and respected artists. With regularly changing content supported by interactive and immersive digital experiences, this dynamic exhibition offers visitors a glimpse into the world of the artists, producers, managers, record labels, promoters, roadies and technicians who have helped put Australian music on the map and allowed it to become the soundtrack to our lives.
More than just an exhibition, the Australian Music Vault offers the chance to participate in music making through an active Learning program featuring specially commissioned online resources, onsite workshops and exclusive choir arrangements of great Australian songs for school and community singing groups. An exciting calendar of curated performances, programs and events also allows visitors to deepen their appreciation of the music scene throughout the year.
The Australian Music Vault is an initiative of the Victorian Government's Music Works strategy, supporting the Victorian music industry. We thank members of the Australian Music Vault Advisory Group and other key members of the music community who continue to generously share their stories and expertise to help open up Australian contemporary music to visitors and fans.
Particular thanks goes to our inaugural patrons Archie Roach AM, Michael Gudinski AM, Ian “Molly” Meldrum AM, Kylie Minogue AO OBE, and Tina Arena AM whose ongoing support helps to ensure that the Australian Music Vault continues to inspire a new generation of music makers.
Unlocking the Australian Music Vault is made possible by:
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR DESIGN COLLABORATORS