Australian artists and supporters of live music are demanding Canberra comes up with a 10-year plan to prevent their industry from "haemorrhaging" due to policies such as New South Wales and Queensland's controversial lock-out laws.
Parliament has announced it will conduct an inquiry into everything from digital streaming to the importance of music festivals.
The scope of the inquiry is extremely broad, with both sides of the political system set to examine all factors "contributing to the growth and sustainability of the Australian music industry".
The chair of the parliamentary committee – Queensland Liberal National MP Luke Howarth – told Fairfax Media it was time for the music industry to be heard in Canberra, given the film and television industries have had their own time in the spotlight.
"Musicians are small business people and we want to help them grow their businesses," he said.
"The terms of reference are quite broad to allow for all people to contribute. We want to hear from orchestras, opera singers, rappers, bands, DJs, music venue managers. Anyone who works in the industry is encouraged to make a submission."
Howarth said his colleagues will look at potentially cutting back on "red tape" as well as amending existing legislation to make it easier for the music sector to thrive.
"The goal is to work out how we can ensure our talented Australians get the chance to make their mark domestically and internationally."
Helen Marcou, from Save Live Australian Music, said the first piece of legislation on her bonfire wish-list was lockout laws. She said more than 100 music venues around Sydney specifically have been forced to close their doors since 2014.
"Lockout laws don't work," she said. "It's a fact. A great example is how Melbourne is thriving because all the different tiers of government are supporting live music strategically.
"Crime is up in Sydney and crime has been shifted to places like around the casino. This is haemorrhaging NSW's live music scene and breaks the chain for the national touring circuit. Having regulation that crushes our live music scene is detrimental to the songs and stories of Australia."
Marcou also said while she welcomed the music industry inquiry, it was disappointing Australia has no national arts strategy.
"We need a 10-year plan for the arts in this country," she said. "It can't just go from electoral cycle to electoral cycle. Without a long-term vision, we won't be like other countries like Sweden that exports just as much music as the United States.
"The music industry isn't a stand-alone beast. It relies on the other arts industries as well."
Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski has spent more than four decades at the coalface of the Australian music industry and said it was "about time" its contributions were recognised at a federal level.
He identified ticket scalpers, music streaming and greater support for local areas as key issues that needed to be addressed.
"It's very important for our artists to have more support internationally," he said. "It's very frustrating that a lot of acts, over many years, have had to go overseas before any local success.
"It's great to have this inquiry, but what comes out of it [and] what the results are, that's what I'm eager to hear."
Martin Boulton is editor of EG at The Age and Shortlist at the Sydney Morning Herald.