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Melbourne is getting Australia’s first music hall of fame. Jealous, Sydney?

An Australian music hall of fame will finally be funded after years of inconclusive battles.

Described by Mushroom Records founder Michael Gudinski as a “15-year plus struggle,” the Victorian Government has agreed to put funding into creating the Australian Music Vault, according to Herald Sun.

Photo by The Australian
Photo by The Australian

Serving as more than a hall of fame, the Australian Music Vault will also nest a permanent exhibition exploring the history of Australian music with original novelties and interactive experiences.

Alongside Gudinski, artists Kylie Minogue and Molly Meldrum will become official patrons of the venue, accommodated by the Arts Centre Melbourne.

“It would have been shattering for Molly and me and Kylie if it happened anywhere else in Australia like Sydney,” Gudinski told News Corp.

The Vault will exhibit personal items from Australian music icons, including Minogue.

“The Australian Music Vault is a wonderful way to celebrate all that is great about Australian music. (…) I’m sure it will not only be a trip down memory lane but also a way to introduce the rich history of music in this country to a whole new generation,” Minogue said.

However, the Arts Centre Melbourne hopes that the Vault will be more than an exhibition. Backed by $10 million from the Victorian Government, it will include “innovative digital participatory experiences” and “an ongoing calendar of performances, programs and events presented at Arts Centre Melbourne and via outreach to communities across Victoria,” ACM said in a statement.

Australia’s first music hall of fame will open in late 2017 and will be free to the public.