Despite exporting top musical acts, such as Tame Impala, Troye Sivan and Birds of Tokyo, no major label has an office in WA.
This week, long-serving EMI media manager Dixie Battersby was told she would no longer be kept on a retainer by the Australian arm of the famed British label.
Five years ago, Battersby was one of a reported 20 staff made redundant in the restructuring that followed Universal’s takeover of EMI, but still worked for the label promoting artists, including Sivan, Paul Kelly and Neil Finn.
After starting in the phone sales department of EMI’s Perth office in 1983, the popular 61-year-old music lover worked her way into the promotions role.
In her 35 years with the company, Battersby worked with everyone from Norah Jones to the Sex Pistols, meeting Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and the Beach Boys along the way.
The EMI decision follows the resignation of Alexandra “Apple” Bagios as WA promotions manager for Warner Music Australia. Warner are yet to announce a replacement for Bagios and are handling publicity out of Sydney.
The other majors, Sony and Universal have not had offices in WA for several years.
Earlier this year, Billboard magazine reported that independent labels now account for nearly 40 per cent of the global recorded music market.