In a coordinated submission to the recent review of the South Australia liquor licensing framework, the Live Music Office, Musitec and MusicSA have called for the creation of a live music venue BYO liquor licence, in a package that would also give clear direction to councils on low risk entertainment to be exempt from any planning approval.

The government have requested bold, brave and innovative ideas! This proposal recognises that many creative practitioners across music, theatre and the visual arts don’t actually want to find themselves running small bars or nightclubs. They want to devote their energies to putting on the best live music or theatre they can without the burdensome responsibilities of running fully licensed premises.

Developed from the input of Sydney Fringe Festival Director, Kerri Glasscock, the proposed licence would allow for

  • Patrons provide their own alcohol for consumption ancillary to live entertainment, theatre / comedy / visual art / dance
  • 120 capacity
  • On duty RSA trained staff

Also raised in the review are the possibility of South Australia introducing risk based licensing schedules and further lockouts, having only just completed extensive consultation on the Late Night Trading Code of Practice.

The Government is expected to respond to the review in the middle of the year.

Further submissions have also been made for an associated planning regulation.

Live Music Office Policy Director John Wardle said

“Changes to the National Construction Code for South Australia that come into effect from May 1 are leading the way nationally in cutting red tape for live music and performance venues. These new building rules will allow hospitality industry and small venues to host live entertainment without the extensive compliance required of theatres and assembly buildings, however there is still a question around planning responses to low risk entertainment. The music sector are calling for a further definition in Schedule 3 of the Development Regulations, to provide clarity on entertainment that is exempt or complying development, and where no planning approval would be required”.

The importance of this issue was tabled in detail in the September 2015 report Low Risk Arts and Cultural Venues

“If the South Australian Development Regulations can table a clear direction on low risk entertainment that is exempt from requiring any planning approval at all, we would have a coordinated package across liquor licensing/planning controls/construction code that would provide more affordable and accessible entry level venue options for creative entrepreneurs, that would support in house concerts in music schools and record stores, pop-up events, and activate disused building stock for live performances”.