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.

Production of New Australian Music

The figures for the AMPCOM 2019 report are as follows:

  This Year % Last Year %
Aust tracks released        
Ambient 30 0.2 118 0.8
Childrens 255 1.3 255 1.6
Classical 765 4.0 844 5.4
Comedy / Spoken word 64 0.3 34 0.2
Country / Folk 1484 7.7 1001 6.3
Easy / MOR / Nostalgia 123 0.6 85 0.5
Jazz 138 0.7 160 1.0
Rock, Pop, Dance 16238 84.2 13053 82.7
Soul / R&B 181 1.0 125 0.8
Traditional   0.0 116 0.7
Total 19278 100.0 15791 100.0
         
Aus release schedule        
Australian v Overseas 20.8%   17.1%  
Tracks released 19278   15791  
         
Total tracks released 92547   92346  

 

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 54.9% of the total releases & 35.7% 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)