New Name, Logo and Website for ARIA

The Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) today launched a new name, logo and website for the organisation.

From Thursday, December 1 2005, the acronym ‘ARIA’ will stand for the “Australian Recording Industry Association”, a change from the previous “Australian Record Industry Association”. The name change was endorsed by the Board and voted by members at last week’s Annual General Meeting. The new name has been adopted to more accurately reflect the activities of the recording industry in Australia, namely, the production, promotion and marketing of recordings irrespective of technology and distribution channels. This is particularly important as digital music moves into the mainstream and consumers are no longer limited to obtaining music by hard copy formats like CDs.

“Changing the name of ARIA is a small but important step for the industry,” comments Stephen Peach, ARIA Chief Executive Officer. “Over the past few years we have witnessed the significant growth of digital music internationally. As these exciting technologies continue to develop and establish in Australia, it’s important that the name of the industry association be truly reflective of the key focus of its members.”

ARIA has also taken this opportunity to implement a new logo for organisation. The revitalised logo portrays a clean, fresh image which complements ARIA’s ongoing work to promote Australian music and advance the interests or the recording industry in Australia.

“Music is all about creativity, imagination and innovation, so it’s important that the ARIA name and logo are reflective of these values,” comments Denis Handlin AM, ARIA Chairman and Chairman and CEO, SONY BMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand.

To coincide with these changes, ARIA has today also launched a new look website. The new website will provide visitors with a greater level of detail regarding the work of ARIA and the issues which confront the industry.

For more information contact:

Christy Hayes
ARIA Communications Manager
02 8569 1144

1 December 2005


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