Legendary promoter Michael Gudinski AM has had his legacy and contribution to the Australian music industry immortalised in bronze statue outside Rod Laver Arena.
Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula, the Gudinski family, Aussie music legend Jimmy Barnes and Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust Chair, Patrick Flannigan, unveiled the statue at Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) – the home of many concerts organised by Michael – where it will welcome visitors outside Rod Laver Arena.
Michael was a giant in the Australian music industry, launching Mushroom Records 50 years ago. In the years that followed he built the careers of numerous aspiring young Australian musicians, including Jimmy Barnes and Kylie Minogue, until his death in 2021.
The Mushroom Group is now the largest independent music and entertainment company in Australia and is led by Michael’s son, Matt Gudinski.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said the statue’s location at M&OP was a fitting tribute to Michael’s achievements.
“Melbourne would not be Melbourne if it wasn’t for Michael Gudinski – he transformed us into a global music and entertainment powerhouse,” he said.
“There can be no better place to immortalise his contribution than in the heart of our greatest entertainment and sports precinct.”
The statue was commissioned by the Gudinski family and created by renowned Fitzroy-based sculptors, Meridian Sculpture.