Michael Gudinski’s state memorial to be live-streamed

It will take place at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, March 24

The state memorial for the late Michael Gudinski will be live-streamed today (March 24).

The memorial, which was announced earlier this month, is set to take place at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, March 24. There will be a number of attendees, selected from those who registered their interest via the Victorian government website last week.

The memorial will be live-streamed on YouTube from 7pm AEDT with a start time of 7.07pm. It is expected to conclude by 9.37pm. Find the livestream video below.

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Details on who will be appearing at the memorial have yet to be confirmed, but there will be a series of performances, speeches and other tributes from those who had worked with Gudinski throughout his career. Tributes can still be submitted via an online condolence book here.

Gudinski’s family has asked those who attend to not bring flowers, but instead make a donation to Support Act in his memory.

Today, ARIA announced that it would rename Breakthrough Artist Award in honour of Gudinski, with the inaugural Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist ARIA Award being presented for the first time at this year’s ARIA Awards.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Ed Sheeran had flown into Australia to perform for the state memorial.

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Sheeran paid tribute to Gudinski on social media shortly after his passing, writing “We were, first and foremost, friends.

“He was a father figure and mentor to me, but also we enjoyed the peaks of our touring career together in 2018, breaking the record for most tickets sold in Australia.”

Gudinski passed away earlier this month, aged 68. Tributes poured in from all over the world, from the likes of Paul McCartneyBruce SpringsteenKylie Minogue and more.

Springsteen dedicated his lyric video for ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’ to Gudinski, taken from The Boss’ latest album ‘Letter To You’.

Industry icon Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum also paid tribute to Gudinski, saying “Not only have we lost an icon who was the cornerstone of the Australian music industry, I have lost a best friend, a brother.”

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