Michael Gudinski, the man dubbed the ‘father of the Australian music industry’, has died at age 68 – but his legacy lives on in this country’s supportive ecosystem for musical talent.
According to a statement from the Mushroom Group, Gudinski “died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne”.
Gudinski is survived by his wife, Sue, and their children Matt and Kate and two grandchildren.
“The family respectfully ask for privacy in this incredibly difficult time and thank everyone for their support,” the statement said.
One of the last projects Gudinski was working on was to bring US streaming series Landmarks Live to Australia, showcasing major local and international artists at iconic Aussie locations.
Landmarks Live founder/CEO Daniel Catullo said: “Michael was one of the good guys. A true trailblazer and music guy who was insanely passionate. The artist always came first with Michael. He cared about the creatives and it showed. He respected me and my work and always had my back for 20 years. He was one of the first major players to get behind me early in my career.
“Just 10 days ago I was on a Zoom with him planning on bringing Landmarks Live to Australia this fall.
“Today is a very sad day. Michael will be missed and the music industry will not be the same without him.”