Live Performance Australia, the peak body for Australia's live entertainment and the performing arts industry, has launched a virtual Hall of Fame to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame are 100 people considered to be the pioneers of the country's live scene. They included actors, writers, directors, designers, singers and instrumentalists, comedians and dancers, circus performers and puppeteers, theatre architects and entrepreneurs.

The LPA set up an "expert committee" to advise it on nominees.

Among the entrepreneurs selected for the new Hall of Fame are Kenn Brodziack, who toured the Beatles in 1964 at a low fee after snaring them pre-fame in 1962; James Cassius Williamson, who inspired the JC Williamson special achievement category at the LPA's annual Helpmann Awards; and U.S. born Lee Gordon, whose tours of 1950s acts such as Bill Haley and the Comets and Buddy Holly introduced rock 'n' roll to Australia long before it hit the U.K.

Singers inducted include multi-platinum acts John Farnham and Slim Dusty.

Association president Andrew Kay said in a statement, "The LPA Hall of Fame has been created to celebrate and commemorate our 90th anniversary and to provide a valuable resource for the Australian and international community with an interest in the live performance industry."

The Australian live scene has a box office value of A$834.3 million ($726.6 million) with an audience of 13.7 million, according to the LPA's annual Ticket Attendance and Revenue Survey, released last month covering the year 2005.

The survey has ten categories -- including contemporary music, classical, theatre, musical theatre, ballet & dance, opera -- and collects its data via the major ticketing companies and the Australia Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) companies. It currently does not include the activity of self-ticketing venues and festivals, boutique ticketing agencies and regional performing arts venues.