Gotye urges Communications Minister to fund community radio

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Wally de Backer, aka Gotye, has sent a personal letter to the Minister of Communications, Stephen Conroy, urging him to commit to adequate funding for digital community radio services as part of next week’s Federal Budget.

Currently there is a $1.4 million per annum shortfall in funding, which could mean many community stations get switched off.

In his letter, Gotye came across as very humble indeed, despite having sold over 10 million albums worldwide, saying “Australian community radio has been instrumental in my recent international success; without the support and encouragement of community stations when I started self- releasing my music, I would not have been able to develop my career.”