Live music taskforce

Live music taskforce

Live music matters

Major international artists could be attracted to perform intimate and exclusive pop-up gigs in Sydney as part of our plans to breathe new life into the local live music scene. The City's draft live music and performance action plan was adopted by Council at its April meeting. The plan outlines a range of actions that could boost live music in Sydney, which include:

  • Developing a pre-lodgement process for performance approvals in non-traditional spaces covering cultural advice, building, planning and health requirements, following the lead of the City of Edinburgh – home to the world-renowned Edingburgh Fringe Festival.
  • Providing affordable space in City-owned properties for start-ups including instrument makers, costume designers and independent record sellers that support local live music and performance.
  • Lobbying the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and concert promoters to make it easier for touring artists to play more 'secret' shows and to collaborate with local musicians in small venues without breaching contract or visa arrangements.
  • Supporting a 'gig buddies' pilot Australian program that pairs people living with a disability with local music enthusiasts to make it easier for them to attend live music performances.
  • Ensuring parking controls around venues take into account the needs of patrons as well as local residents and businesses.
  • Developing a collaborative marketing strategy with the live music and performance sector to help grow and diversify audiences.
  • Lobbying the NSW Government to create a development fund to support live music and performance projects to be funded with gaming revenue.
  • Contributing $20,000 towards the Live and Local campaign, to be run by APRA/AMCOS to encourage local venues to introduce live music programming into their business.
  • Developing strategies to proactively support and promote buskers to new audiences.

The plan was developed by the City’s Live Music and Performance Taskforce. During public consultation, 95% of submissions from local residents, businesses and industry groups supported live music and performance. Work on some of the taskforce's recommendations has already started, including making Council-owned properties available for rehearsals, hosting more gigs in local venues and trialling 'musician loading zones' outside venues.

Last updated: Thursday, 17 April 2014