About Us

The Live Music Office works to increase opportunities for live music in Australia by identifying and advocating for better policy, regulation and strategy.

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Australia has a long and proud history of live music. Not only have we produced major international touring acts, but for many of us attending local shows is a fundamental part of our cultural and social lives. Indeed, a 2011 study in Victoria found more people attended live music annually than AFL games.

Like most forms of creative enterprise, the music sector has had to adapt in the face of digital platforms and changing audiences. Despite its ongoing popularity, complex regulation and varying degrees of strategic planning for the sector continue to be significant challenges for musicians, venues, punters and the industry as a whole.

Back in 2004 industry academics Chris Gibson and Shane Homan noted that, “the splintering of music communities, community resources and spatial ‘responsibilities’ awaits a coordinated policy response.” The Live Music Office was formed to address this concern.

Established by the Federal Government, in partnership with APRA AMCOS, the Live Music Office was set up to review the impact of policy frameworks on the Australian live music sector and provide a central point of best practice reference and support. Our scope includes planning, licensing and regulatory policies, as well as cultural, audience and market development strategies.