Tuesday 2 March 2021
Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) is deeply saddened by the passing of Michael Gudinski.
A legend of the Australian music industry, Gudinski was a close colleague and friend of many at Melbourne & Olympic Parks, sharing a long partnership and touring many of the world’s biggest stars on our stages.
Co-founding Mushroom Records in 1972, now nearly half a century later, Gudinski has become one of the most prominent names in Australian and global entertainment, launching the careers of legendary artists such as Jimmy Barnes and Kylie Minogue.
Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust Chair, Patrick Flannigan, expressed the Trusts’ condolences to the Gudinski family, reflecting on Gudinski’s impact on the industry.
“Michael’s influence on the Australian music and entertainment landscape is immeasurable. A true pioneer and innovator, even through the challenges of the last 12 months, Michael continued to champion artists and the live music industry.
“We send our deepest sympathies to Sue, Matt, Kate and family at this incredibly difficult time. As a mark of respect, we will be lighting up Rod Laver Arena and AAMI Park tonight.”
Gudinski’s Mushroom Group and Frontier Touring have brought some of the world’s biggest artists to Melbourne & Olympic Parks, including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran.