I get the feeling it's on the up, there's a lot more independent bands - however the scene is nowhere near as big as it is in your part of the world - hopefully soon. It seems to be a hot topic of late. We're really excited to have hooked up with some other Aussie kids bands through your site though.
Please let all the Sprocksters know about The Children's Music Network's 21st annual International Conference on September 16-18, 2011 in Hyannisport, on Cape Cod. This is going to be an amazing weekend of songs, networking and fun! Please pass the word that people can register NOW and get more info at http://cmnonline.org/Conference/2011Conference.htm
Hope to see you and many other kids/family musicians there!!!