Australian Music Vault’s latest offering, Banding Together, highlights the impact COVID-19 has had on the local music community so far through a series of video stories.

Local artists Jimmy Barnes, N'fa Jones, Emily Ulman (Isol-Aid) and music industry figures such as Michael Gudinski AM, Dan Rosen, Chrissie Vincent and more share “real, heartfelt and authentic” stories in the new series.

“Both Marcus [Knightco-producer] and I were humbled and extremely grateful for the trust shown by all the people from our music community we interviewed,” Banding Together co-producer Carl Gardiner said.

“They allowed us into their lives and lounge rooms during very challenging times. Their stories provide Banding Together the opportunity to show an insightful and very human side of our music community during these extraordinary times.”

Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer AM added: “This has been the most gut-wrenching period for our sector so it was really important for us to bring awareness and advocacy in a way that could also assist organisations such as Support Act and the Arts Wellbeing Collective.  

“These organisations are already making really strong in-roads to looking after the wellbeing of the sector. We acknowledge the emotional impact this time has had on the local music community but with these stories, people will be able to see first-hand how humanising this experience has been. We know these are fighting times but we will get through this.”

An episode will be released every Tuesday for the next three weeks, kicking off today.

Check out episode one below and head to the Australian Music Vault website for more details.

Jimmy Barnes

N'fa Jones

Emily Ulman