VALE – MICHAEL GUDINSKI
The great man of Australian music – Michael Gudinski – has passed away suddenly at his home in Melbourne. He was 68 years old. Michael Solomon Gudinski was a true legend and icon of the Australian music industry and I am in shock, like everyone who knew him. He founded Mushroom Records and built upon that with smaller labels and the Mushroom Music publishing and Frontier Touring Company. I was in his company many times enjoying gigs over about twenty years and sharing many great experiences. He took the keenest interest in young singers and musicians. We will all miss him. Sincere condolences to his wife Sue, son Matt, daughter Kate and grandchildren. Also to the wider Mushroom family as Michael showed great loyalty to his staff.
Here is the statement from Mushroom on 2 March 2021.
***UPDATE AS AT 16 MARCH 2021***
A State Memorial celebrating the incredible life and achievements of Michael Solomon Gudinski AM will be held at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday 24 March.
The State Memorial will include tributes, speeches, and performances commemorating Michael’s life, his considerable contribution to both the Australian and international music industry, his charitable works and his enormous passion for Melbourne and the state of Victoria.
Doors will open at 5.30pm with the State Memorial proceedings commencing at 7.07pm. The State Memorial will be held in line with COVIDSafe requirements and will be fully seated.
Those wishing to attend are invited to register their interest at vic.gov.au/michael-gudinski from Tuesday 16 March 5pm AEDT, with registrations closing Thursday 18 March 5pm AEDT. Successful registrations will be contacted by email prior to Saturday 20 March 2pm AEDT.
In lieu of flowers the Gudinski family ask people to consider making a donation in Michael’s name to Support Act – a charity that Michael passionately advocated for providing crisis and wellbeing relief to music industry workers.
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