There is a large range of professional associations, rights collection bodies and development agencies in this sector.You can access information on these organisations in our music industry section.
Folk music, often handed down in oral form, has existed in Australia since our colonial days, and many local communities have folk clubs and folk festivals. Over the years Australian folk traditions have been enriched by multiple human cultures, including Celtic, Gaelic, Greek, Macedonian, Klezmer, Pacific Island, African, and Asian cultures.
Bush and country are variants of country music, drawing on rural themes and traditions, telling stories through music of life, love and longing.
Key events on the national calendar: Rock and popular music have an almost limitless number of genres and sub categories.
Some of the better known types are: alternative, country, electronic, folk, funk, grunge, indie, hip hop, pop, progressive rock, punk, R&B, rock, ska, and soul.
Each can have many sub categories (heavy metal music alone has over a dozen variants), and hybrid forms abound.
These multiple genres and types provide a niche for every taste and type of music lover.
Australia produces great music in all of these categories, and we are particularly known for our indie (independent) and alternative scenes, historically a function of being a small country distant from major markets.
Australia continues to have an active live music scene despite impacts such as gentrification on many venues, regular tours of national and international acts, and multiple music festivals.
Songs may be sung in original languages, and the music can be stylistically distinct.
World music generally describes non-western music drawing on cultural traditions which can combine with Western popular and other forms.
Traditional forms include Serbian Sevdah; Portuguese Morna; Spanish Flamenco; American Bluegrass, Cajun and Zydeco; Latin American Salsa and Tango; Jewish Klezmer, and West Indian reggae.