Australian music has a lot to be proud of, and The Australian Music Vault, a new free exhibition, plans to shout our industry’s achievements from the rooftops – or any other lofty spot they can clamber up to.

Opening to the public at Arts Centre Melbourne on Tuesday December 19, it has been put together in collaboration with the music industry and will include a free exhibition, education programs and a digital program, showcasing items from iconic people, events and places in Australian music.

The Victorian Government has invested $8.3 million in the Vault’s creation as part of its commitment to strengthening the state’s music industry and culture.

The Australian Music Vault will feature items from artists including Kylie Minogue, Archie Roach, Molly Meldrum, AC/DC, Men at Work, Split Enz, Midnight Oil, The Seekers, Tina Arena, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny O’Keefe, Margaret RoadKnight, Skyhooks, Daddy Cool, Divinyls, Paul Kelly, Jessica Mauboy, Dami Im, Cold Chisel, Missy Higgins, Silverchair, Bliss n Eso, John Farnham, Yothu Yindi, The Saints, Nick Cave, Radio Birdman, Spiderbait, Urthboy, The Go-Betweens, Ngaiire, Ecca Vandal and Courtney Barnett.

That’s a pretty impresive line-up right there.

Also featured in the exhibition will be displays highlighting music’s power to unite people across socio-economic, political, gender and geographical boundaries. One of the first ‘musical tribes’ to be explored will be punk/new wave, timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of punk. This area will explore key moments in Aussie music between 1977- 1985, focusing on performers, venues and DIY recording, distribution and publishing.

Here’s one of those glorious key moments…