Commercial Radio Music Code

For many years the Australian Music Performance Committee (AMPCOM) was a voluntary association comprised of representatives of Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), the Australian Music Publishers’ Association Ltd, the Musicians’ Union of Australia and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

AMPCOM’s objectives were:

Each year AMPCOM published annual reports (The AMPCOM Report) outlining the compliance by the commercial radio industry with the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice that relate to the playing of Australian music on radio. Those reports are still available below.

In March 2017 the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) registered an updated Code which effectively discontinued the AMPCOM.

Section 5 of the revised Code sets out provisions which require commercial radio stations to play a certain proportion of Australian music. The Code can be viewed here.

ARIA will still make available the compliance reports (ie ‘content returns’) prepared by CRA annually, together with the information on the production of new Australian music. As they become available, those reports will be accessible from this page.

Commercial Radio Australia summary of code compliance 2020/21.

Production of New Australian Music as estimated by ARIA, year ending June 2021:

The figures for the 2021 report are as follows:

  This Year % Last Year %
Aust tracks released        
Ambient 306 1.4 30 0.2
Childrens 351 1.6 255 1.3
Classical 1104 5.1 765 4
Comedy / Spoken word 21 0.1 64 0.3
Country / Folk 1329 6.1 1484 7.7
Easy / MOR / Nostalgia 161 0.7 123 0.6
Jazz 133 0.6 138 0.7
Rock, Pop, Dance 18081 83.2 16238 84.2
Soul / R&B 220 1.1 181 1
Traditional 30 0.1   0
Total 21736 100 19278 100
         
Aus release schedule        
Australian v Overseas 18.00%   20.80%  
Tracks released 21736   19278  
         
Total tracks released 121033   92547  

 

Actual track (physical & digital) numbers have again been used this year instead of assuming a set number of tracks per single, album etc. We do not receive the track details in all cases so it’s possible to have a release but no tracks.

Genre classifications are determined by the record companies in their catalogue updates. There was a significant number of items with no genre allocations as we did not receive any. They amounted to 33.9% of the total releases & 21.7% of the total tracks. Those numbers are very close to last year’s ratios. They were added to the “rock,pop,dance” genre as in previous years.

Find previous AMPCOM reports here (external link)