PBS is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Gudinski. It is almost impossible to sum up the huge impact Michael had on the music industry locally, nationally and internationally.

Michael was a larger than life character, who championed local talent and built his successful Mushroom empire into one of the most influential independent industry groups in the world.

Over the many years of his industry involvement, Michael had always shown affection towards PBS. In 2003 Michael spoke about his appreciation for the work the station does in supporting new acts. “PBS is, and has been, the starting point for Australian artists, they recognise that they need you and know that your hand is there for them - If I’ve heard it from one, I’ve heard it from 100.”

PBS General Manager, Adrian Basso, recently showed Michael the building site for PBS’ new station at Collingwood Yards. Adrian paid tribute to Michael and his contribution to supporting Melbourne music. “Everyone who has ever fallen in love with Melbourne for its music and musicians owes a debt to Michael Gudinski, the giant mountain ash of our music ecology. The diverse and passionate PBS music community says thank you.”

In 2019, Michael appeared on Helen Jennings OAM’s show Roots of Rhythm to discuss the PBS 40th anniversary celebrations, and the launch of our 40 Years of PBS book, which Michael had supported.

"The sudden passing of the much loved music legend leaves a huge hole in the heart of the Australian music industry. Michael's staunch passion for music & his unwavering support of Australian musicians speaks to his place in the hearts of musicians as a highly respected loyal friend. His business achievements including the highly successful Mushroom Group, his support & advocacy of the Australian music industry is his legacy. I was honoured to have Michael as a guest on Roots of Rhythm , in December 2019, as part of our 4oth year celebrations. My thoughts are with Michael's family, the Mushroom family & friends. To say thank you for the music just doesn't seem enough."

Helen Jennings OAM from Roots of Rhythm


“Words are not enough right now.

I first started working with Michael in 1987, when he signed my little band to Mushroom.

I then began working for him in the art department at Mushroom in 1990.

The Australian Music ‘Industry’ wouldn’t have begun or existed without Michael championing the local scene back then.

Love you Michael, PB”

Pierre Baroni from Soulgroove'66


Our thoughts are with Michael’s family, friends and colleagues.