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OpenLIVE an introduction!

23 | 3 | 2018

OpenLIVE provides musicians with a simple, hassle-free and affordable method of capturing high-quality audio recordings of their live gigs, and venues the chance to offer this service to artists and earn new revenue. OpenLIVE’s system is simple. Artists can create a profile online at and schedule an audio recording of their live gig in […]


New Music Plan Cements Melbourne’s Music Future

22 | 3 | 2018

City of Melbourne Councillors this week endorsed the Melbourne Music Plan 2018-2021, strengthening support for local artists to help empower the next generation of iconic Melbourne musicians. Chair of the Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio, Councillor Rohan Leppert, said the third iteration of the Music Plan would cement Melbourne’s status as a leading global music […]


Victorian Program to Improve Safety of Live Music Venues

22 | 3 | 2018

The Andrews Labor Government is partnering with some of Victoria’s best known gig spots to stop sexual harassment and assault in live music venues. Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz joined Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley at the Corner Hotel in Richmond to launch the Sexual Harassment and Assault in Licensed Live […]

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22 | 3 | 2018

  The City of Port Phillip’s free winter celebration of music, Live N Local, returns in 2018 from 25 August to 1 September. The Festival is currently calling on local musicians, bands and venues to participate in the 2018 event. City of Port Phillip Mayor, Cr Bernadene Voss said the Live N Local Festival plays […]

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Your Choice : An Update

21 | 3 | 2018

Your choice = Our experience. Our choice = Your experience. Everyone is Responsible – venues, festivals, events, and you. “Australia’s music industry leaders have made an important choice to speak up about antisocial behaviour, and to come together to strengthen and celebrate our live music culture. Your Choice is about personal responsibility, responsibility to your […]



20 | 3 | 2018

A new social video has been launched as part of Live Performance Australia’s ongoing consumer education campaign about the potential dangers of buying tickets online. ‘Online ticketing scams are a scourge for our industry, and LPA wants to make sure consumers are aware of the risks,’ said LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson. The video is […]



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AMIN (Australian Music Industry Network) would like to announce the appointment of new Chair Joel Edmondson (QMusic), Deputy Chair Emily Collins (Music NSW) and Secretary Lisa Bishop (Music SA). The new appointments follow AMIN’s recent AGM, held in Hobart in late February. Outgoing Chair Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria) and Secretary Mark Smith (Music NT) were […]

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Sound Smart, Hear Smart – Good Music Neighbours 2018

6 | 3 | 2018

Good Music Neighbours is a Creative Victoria initiative providing matched funding to venues across Victoria for sound attenuation. These grants help venues be proactive about sound management and offer up to $25,000 per venue in matched funding. There are two major funding rounds per year, offering funding from $2,500 up to $75,000. Round opens: 29 […]


Help make NSW a better place for Music and the Arts!

23 | 2 | 2018

The NSW Parliament is seeking your thoughts on the Music and Arts Economy – And submissions close on the last day of this month – Wednesday 28 February, so there’s just over a week to go. The link to lodge a submission is here – Having your say now is really needed. This is a […]

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Grants give Sydney’s nightlife a major boost

22 | 2 | 2018

Sydney’s nightlife will get a major boost with the City of Sydney awarding more than $360,000 in funding for live music venues and small businesses to expand their programming and encourage night-time trading. The first round of the City’s new business support grants program will give 18 local businesses, including Oxford Art Factory, Freda’s and […]

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Tips to help with sound in and out of small music venues

8 | 2 | 2018

The Live Music Office along with Jaryd Miles, Acoustic Engineer at engineering consultancy firm Inhabit, has come up with a short article on some of the ways you can deal with sound issues in a live music venue! Acoustics is an all too often over-looked and underappreciated discipline in the design and arrangement of music venues. […]

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Geelong Launches Live Music Action Plan

20 | 12 | 2017

Launched on December 8 at the Workers Club in Geelong, The Central Geelong Live Music Action Plan (LiveMAP) has been developed to help grow networks and align community, commercial and government efforts towards a more active, creative and sustainable live music culture in Geelong. While focused on Central Geelong, the LiveMAP also creates a broader […]


Live Music Office Wins NLMAs Industry Achievement Award

8 | 12 | 2017

At the invitation only gala event at the Grace Darling Hotel in Melbourne on December 7 the Live Music Office was nominated among a list of profile organisations and hard working people in the Australian music industry for the Industry Achievement category for the National Live Music Awards. As you know, our work is very […]

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2017 Adelaide Live Music Census

8 | 12 | 2017

Music SA and the Live Music Office release the findings of the 2017 Adelaide Live Music Census, which offers a snapshot of live music activity in South Australia. SA’s music scene contributed $375 million to the economy in 2015/16, with the industry thriving under the removal of regulatory red tape and increased State Government support. The […]



9 | 11 | 2017

All-female experimental punk-pop band, Rackett has won the inaugural Rockin’ the Puburbs competition. The four-member group, two from Curl Curl and two from Marrickville, was chosen from 300 acts by a panel of expert judges and will now embark on a fully-funded tour of some of the state’s best live music pubs. AHA NSW CEO […]


NT Alcohol Policies and Legislation Review

7 | 11 | 2017

In 2017 the Northern Territory Government undertook a review of their alcohol policies and associated legislation. Through this process, Music NT and the Live Music Office provided music industry submissions to the consultation process that spoke to some of the issues the sector had raised with these organisations as well as through the NT Music […]


Proposal to change the 2019 National Construction Code

26 | 10 | 2017

Prepared by the Live Music Office in partnership with Sydney Fringe Festival and Music NSW, this submission proposes that the New South Wales (NSW) and South Australian (SA) variations to the National Construction Code (NCC) definition of Assembly Building, associated NCC definitions of Class 6, as well as the SA Small Arts Venue variations be […]

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National Live Music Awards reveals 2017 Nominees and Venues

10 | 10 | 2017

At a special event in Sydney, the 2017 National Live Music Awards revealed their nominees across no less than 54 categories, recognising the best musicians, venues, events and industry members from all corners of Australia. Coming off of their biggest Australian tour to date, Gang of Youths lead this year’s nominations, with six across the national and state categories, […]

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Rockin’ the Puburbs – Finalists Announced

10 | 10 | 2017

The Live Music Office is excited to announce the ten finalists of the inaugural Rockin’ the Puburbs  competition. Some great up and coming live music acts from Western Sydney, the Northern Beaches, Sydney’s Inner West, The Hills district and the North Coast have made the final cut for the first-ever Rockin’ the Puburbs competition. Almost 300 […]



26 | 9 | 2017

Streets, parks and businesses in regional towns will come alive as part of a NSW Government initiative to take micro music festivals to the bush for the first time. Orange, Newcastle, Tenterfield, Tweed Shire, Wagga Wagga, Kempsey, Armidale and Mudgee will share $150,000 to host Live and Local events during 2017/2018. From a bike shop […]

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City of Gold Coast Live Music Industry Development and Taskforce Report

26 | 9 | 2017

In recent years a great deal of work has been undertaken by the City of Gold Coast to better support the development of the live music industry in South East Queensland. Back in 2015 the City engaged Griffith University’s Centre for Cultural Research to undertake research and identify gaps in the provision of live music […]


Blacktown Beats and Bites Festival

26 | 9 | 2017

Funded by  CREATE NSW and the Live Music Office as part of the Live and Local Western Sydney Music Strategy, in October 2017 Blacktown launches the Beats and Bites Festival through the Blacktown Arts Centre. ‘Bite’ your way through our diverse cuisines while you listen to a curated music program of some of the region’s best […]


NSW Liquor Licensing Public Interest Test Reviewed

30 | 8 | 2017

In mid 2017 Liquor & Gaming NSW consulted with a wide range of stakeholders to inform an evaluation of the requirement for applicants for certain liquor licences and authorisations to lodge a community impact statement (CIS). A CIS provides information on the potential impact that granting an application may have on the local community, by […]


Western Sydney and Regional NSW Live and Local Program Funding Now Open

3 | 7 | 2017

The Live Music Office is pleased to announce a second round of program funding for the Live and Local Strategic Initiative in Western Sydney, and for the first time expanding the program into Regional NSW. Through Create NSW, the State Government has committed an additional $100,000 to funding a second round of the Live and […]


Music Australia Contemporary Music Roundtable, 1-3 August 2017

3 | 7 | 2017

Music Australia’s national contemporary music industry conference returns for 2017, providing a unique opportunity for contemporary music policy and industry development. We hope to see you there as industry professionals gather, deliberate, and set action agendas for contemporary music growth from 1 Tues – Thurs 3, August 2017 Customs House, Circular Quay Sydney. The conference […]

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Rockin’ The Puburbs : Original live acts invited to win a headline tour of NSW pubs, $15k value

20 | 6 | 2017

Pubs across NSW are on the lookout for the next big thing in live music as part of the first Rockin’ the Puburbs competition. The competition is an initiative of the Australian Hotels Association NSW (AHA NSW), in partnership with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS. Many live acts start out their careers in pubs, and the AHA NSW […]

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Live and Local Program Manager joins the Live Music Office

29 | 5 | 2017

As the Live Music Office prepares to grow our Live and Local Micro Festival Program, we are pleased to advise that Lucy Joseph has joined the Live Music Office team as Live and Local Program Manager, with a background in creative events and administration, as well as being a passionate musician and advocate for live music. The Live Music Office capacity is expanding […]


Camden Live and Local – Sat 17 June 2017

17 | 5 | 2017

SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2017 | 2PM – 6PM Argyle St Camden transforms into a Live and Local Beat Street Experience a diverse showcase of free live music Discover unexpected new places and spaces … Be a part of this unique experience! Check out special offers in Live and Local participating venues Experience a diverse showcase […]

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16 | 5 | 2017

Victorian live music venues once again have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to support sound proofing and sound reduction projects. Good Music Neighbours is delivered as a partnership between the Government, Music Victoria and the National Live Music Office. Grants can support venues to create new live music spaces […]

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The 2017 Jackie Orszaczky Music Lecture and Concert

6 | 4 | 2017

In conjunction with APRA AMCOS and the Live Music Office The Basement, Sydney, Tuesday 30th May “I can’t think of anyone in the entire country who touched so many different musicians in so many different ways” – The Sydney Morning Herald The second Jackie Orszaczky Music Lecture and Concert, in conjunction with APRA AMCOS and […]



4 | 4 | 2017

  Three months ago, the inaugural National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) were held at venues in every State and Territory around Australia – handing out no less than 51 awards to the finest musicians, events, venues and music industry professionals around the country. Along the way the event welcome over 1,000 guests around the country, […]


City of Sydney Live Music and Performance Action Plan Delivers New Initiatives

6 | 3 | 2017

The City of Sydney has just announced three projects to be delivered as part of the next stage of their Live Music and Performance Action Plan. Industry Support Funding – a new funding program for live music and performance venues. This will be a broad program designed to support new and existing venues and in-venue […]


Victoria Delivers Solid Program Of Initiatives For The Live Music Industry

6 | 3 | 2017

Recent weeks have seen a robust list of new initiatives for the live music industry from the Victorian State Government as well as with APRA AMCOS for the Lighthouse Awards and Connect and Create. Music Works – Major Funding Rounds The Music Works Grants program invests in the development and support of Victoria’s contemporary music […]

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Parramatta Live and Local : 25th Feb 2017

21 | 2 | 2017

  In partnership with the Live Music Office with funding from ArtsNSW, City of Parramatta will host four hours of non-stop live music from 3:30pm to 7:30pm featuring 40 emerging artists from Western Sydney across fifteen different venues in the Parramatta CBD.  This will include restaurants, cafes, pubs and unexpected locations like bridal stores and […]

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Victorian Government Commits To Fund Program to Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Live Music Venues

9 | 2 | 2017

  The Live Music Office is pleased to report that funding has been announced by the Victorian Government for a program to stop sexual assault and harassment in licenced venues with a particular focus on live music venues. The program is the result of a taskforce and working group that includes members of LISTEN, SLAM (Save Live Australian Music), Music Victoria, […]

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24 | 1 | 2017

  Building on the outstanding success of last year’s competition the Live Music Office in partnership with the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) is thrilled to announce the return of the LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 second film competition. Which is part of a national initiative to focus on the importance of Australian contemporary live music. Entries will […]


Live Music Venues Gain Exemptions From Sydney Lockouts

14 | 12 | 2016

Following the Callinan review of the Sydney CBD Plan of Management ‘Lockout’ laws, NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced that in line with the review, lockout laws will be relaxed for live entertainment venues in Sydney’s CBD and Kings Cross and takeaway and home delivery alcohol sales will be extended from 10pm to 11pm across […]

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Grants to keep music venues loud and proud

19 | 10 | 2016

Twenty-six Victorian music venues are preparing to turn up the volume – without disturbing their neighbours – thanks to grants totalling $279,897 through the Victorian Government’s new Good Music Neighbours program. Good Music Neighbours is part of the Victorian Government’s  $22.2 million Music Works initiative. The program is delivered by Creative Victoria in partnership with […]


Parramatta to become a vibrant live music destination through new partnership with the Live Music Office

18 | 10 | 2016

Greg Dyer CEO City of Parrmatta   The Live Music Office has established a formal partnership with the City of Parramatta Council to foster the growth of the City’s live music scene. The new partnership will involve the delivery of key projects to establish a thriving local music culture in Parramatta. Launched at an event […]


Five Western Sydney Councils to Host Live and Local Micro-Music Festivals

5 | 10 | 2016

Musicians will play in streets, restaurants, cafes and shops at five Western Sydney locations as part of a $150,000 NSW Government initiative that will bring a series of family-friendly micro music festivals to local communities. Blacktown, Camden, Fairfield, Parramatta and Wollondilly councils will take part inthe Western Sydney Live and Local Strategic Initiative that will […]

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Western Australia regional venues get over $2M for upgrades

23 | 9 | 2016

A great boost to the WA regional venues scene has been announced when 13 regional performing arts venues received a total of $2.09 million funding from the Western Australia Government to upgrade facilities. They are recipients of Round 2 of the Regional Venues Improvement Fund (RVIF), made possible by a $24 million four-year Creative Regions […]


National Live Music Awards 2016 – Board and Venues Announced

20 | 9 | 2016

The Live Music Office are thrilled to announce the appointment of Audience and Sector Development director Damian Cunningham to the board of the National Live Music Awards (NLMAs), along with the first venues set to play host to the event when the awards takes place across every State and Territory in the country on Tuesday […]

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Vivid Music 2017 – Expression of Interest Now Open

16 | 9 | 2016

Vivid Sydney is Australia’s major event in winter and is recognised as the largest event of its kind in the world combining light, music and ideas. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Vivid Music aims to showcase the incredible spectrum that exists within […]


Live Music Office awarded Australia Council grant for 2017

9 | 9 | 2016

We would like to thank the Australia Council for the Arts for their support of the Live Music Office with today’s very welcome announcement of project funding for 2017. Since the Live Music Office was established in 2013, a great deal has been achieved across better regulation, industry support and strategic planning for the sector […]

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Sydney Fringe Festival: IGNITE Stanley Street – Live and Local

5 | 9 | 2016

On Saturday 3 September we teamed up with Sydney Fringe Festival and the APRA AMCOS again to present an afternoon of free live music at Fringe Ignite which uses the Live and Local event model developed by the Live Music Office. . This year, Stanley Street in Darlinghurst played host to an eclectic line-up of […]


Getting Paid! This weeks Collaborate QandA at Lazybones Lounge Marrickville

30 | 8 | 2016

COLLABORATE!! LIVE ORIGINAL MUSIC & ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED Every First Thursday at LazyBones Lounge Marrickville For the last couple of months music lovers, musicians and music industry peeps have been gathering at 6pm on the first Thursday of the month to collaborate in more ways than one. Calvin Welch and Tim Huang from […]

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Entertainment Precincts for Canberra

30 | 8 | 2016

To help Canberra fulfil its potential as a world-class entertainment destination both industry and the community need a sounds and noise framework that includes everyone. Have Your Say here on the future of Canberra’s urban sounds and help strike a balance between the needs of different businesses, residents and entertainment spaces. In 2015, MusicACT […]


Music NSW hosts: Sound Advice Panel 30th Aug

26 | 8 | 2016

                                                                  SOUND ADVICE aims to give artists, managers, and emerging industry professionals a leg up into the industry through providing access to stellar guest speakers. Covering a range of topics, SOUND ADVICE will demystify the music industry, identify career pathways for artists, offer free advice from industry professionals, as well as survival tips […]


Sydney Night-Time Economy Roundtable delivers 25 point action plan to NSW Government

12 | 8 | 2016

The NSW Government has this week tabled a 25 point action plan from the Sydney Night-Time Economy Roundtables held earlier this year that identifies a roadmap to boost Sydney’s status as a global city with a safe and dynamic nightlife that also actively supports art and culture. The action plan was developed through a collaborative […]


South Australia sets benchmark for live music and performance regulation in Australia

8 | 8 | 2016

The word innovation gets used a lot these days, but rarely if ever has it been more applicable in the live music, performance, and creative industries sphere than the Change@SA 90-Day Streamlining Live Music Regulation Project announced by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and Adelaide City Council Lord Mayor Martin Haese. To understand just how […]


AIUS 2016 Seminar Series – The future of entertainment in the late night economy

2 | 8 | 2016

Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 4.30pm – 6.30pm followed by networking drinks Henry Davis York, 44 Martin Place, Sydney Entertainment is an essential part of the culture of communities.  Over the last 20 years, Sydney’s culture has changed with the loss of many venues formerly providing all manner of entertainment.  Its cultural life has suffered as a […]


iHearMusic Presents Collaborate!! Q&A Music Industry Panel: Women in the Music Industry

1 | 8 | 2016

Thursday 4 August 2016 Guided by John Wardle of the Live Music Office, Collaborate!! nights start with a Music Industry Panel Q&A in the cozy and comfy LazyBones first floor lounge. The idea is to start a conversation with you and key live music industry players to help build our local communities LazyBones Lounge, 294 […]


Applications open: Live/Work Space for Artists in Sydney

28 | 7 | 2016

Affordable living and work space In 2013, the City of Sydney opened its first creative live/work residency program when we offered people working in a creative field an opportunity to take up a 12-month affordable apartment lease on William Street. In 2014, 6 talented artists were announced as our very first residents at the William […]

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2016 Adelaide Live Music Census Shows Scene Building

27 | 7 | 2016

In May 2016 Music SA undertook a census of live music of licensed premises in greater Adelaide, to take a snapshot of the state of play. Compiled by Music SA staff, the data was gathered from venue websites and social media pages, and various gig guides online and in printed form. Further information was sourced […]


Get paid for playing live: APRA AMCOS Performance Reports due 7 August

26 | 7 | 2016

  It’s that time of the year again: time to get paid. If you play your own songs live, you’re entitled to share in live performance royalties. But there’s one catch – you have to submit Performance Reports. Performance Reports are the new LPRs (if you’ve been performing for a while and know that term) […]

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Bringing in the Music – Business 101 Seminar

26 | 7 | 2016

Learn how easy it is to transform your business into a thriving live music hub Come along to this free City of Sydney seminar for expert advice on transforming your venue or business into a live music hotspot. Pick up tools and information to make your live music venue a reality with Damian Cunningham from […]

Music Australia, Live Music Office present the National Live Music Forum

25 | 7 | 2016

Australia’s national forum for contemporary music policy and industry development. Wed 3 and Thu 4 August 2016 – Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney Contemporary Music Roundtable doubles in size – join us! A vibrant, sustainable live music sector is vital to a successful music industry.  This forum will bring together industry representatives, venue managers, live […]

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Tasmanian Music Sector Consultation Forums

21 | 7 | 2016

In July Music Tasmania, the Live Music Office, and APRA AMCOS will be hosting a series of consultation forums to discuss the state of play for the music sector in Tasmania. These forums will be presented by: John Wardle – Policy Director, Live Music Office Chris O’Neill – National Manager, Writer Services, APRA AMCOS Laura […]


Want Live Music In Your Venue?

21 | 7 | 2016

Inner Sydney businesses invited to change their tune through Amplify The Live Music Office is calling for businesses in inner Sydney to be part of the second round of Amplify, a pilot program that aims to put more live music in venues. Eight businesses were part of the program’s first round, and have engaged in […]


60 Second I Love Live Music – Winner Announced!

24 | 6 | 2016

The Live Music Office is proud to announce the winner of the inaugural I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 second film competition. “Live from Kingsbury Bowls” by filmmaker Sara Braithwaite took out the top prize with her film featuring the story of live music coming to a community bowls club. The film features a music performance […]

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Good Music Neighbours – Victoria

23 | 6 | 2016

The Live Music Office has partnered with Creative Victoria and Music Victoria to present the Good Music Neighbours program which is open to music venues across Victoria. The program is part of the Victorian Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative to strengthen and support Victoria’s contemporary music sector. Good Music Neighbours will offer matched funding […]


Live Music Office to coordinate Live and Local events in Western Sydney

20 | 5 | 2016

The Live Music Office is thrilled to announce it will coordinate a series of multi-venue live music events in Western Sydney using its Live and Local model. Announced today by NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant, these events are great news for Western Sydney musicians, venues and local audiences, and set […]

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2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition

5 | 5 | 2016

Entries now open for world’s largest charity song contest Songwriters around the world are invited to enter the 2016 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition. With thanks to Alberts and APRA AMCOS, this year’s winning songwriter/s will take home a cash prize of A$50,000 and join the eminent company of past winners Megan Washington (2009), Kimbra […]


Crystal clear live music vision for this Hinterland Café

29 | 4 | 2016

The four young entrepreneurs who bought 5 Church Street, Bellingen (in northern NSW) only 15 months ago had a vision as clear as the river just a stone’s throw away. Their 100 square metre licensed café sits in a tree-lined side street of this bohemian village and set out to be local, seasonal, simple and […]


Sydney CBD sees drop in live performance revenue since introduction of lockout laws

19 | 2 | 2016

There has been a 40% drop in live performance revenue at venues within the Sydney CBD lockout area according to figures released today by APRA AMCOS through the Live Music Office. The data also shows a 19% decrease in attendance figures at nightclubs and dance venues since the lockout precinct was introduced in 2014. APRA […]


Best Practice Guide for Live Music Venues in SA Released

12 | 2 | 2016

Live music venues in South Australia now have their very own bible thanks to Music SA. The Best Practice Guide for Live Music Venues outlines practical tips to help live music venues run safe, legal and viable gigs. Produced with input from the Live Music Office, the Guide comes on the back of recent good […]


Low Risk Directions in Liquor Licensing, Planning and the National Construction Code

8 | 2 | 2016

With groundbreaking state variations to the National Construction Code commencing in May this year as well as the current comprehensive review of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 and the proposed Planning Development and Infrastructure Bill 2015 currently before the Parliament, there have been important developments in advocating for coordinated regulation for low risk entertainment use […]


BYO Live Music Venue Liquor Licence Proposed For South Australia

5 | 2 | 2016

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 […]


I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 Second Film Competition

2 | 2 | 2016

The Live Music Office is proud to be a supporter of the inaugural I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 second film competition. Created to build awareness of the importance of live music to everyday life, the competition calls on filmmakers, musicians and lovers of Australian film and music to submit an entry. The Office has joined […]


Red Tape Slashed for Live Music and Performance in South Australia

21 | 12 | 2015

One of the biggest regulatory barriers to live music in Australia has been removed, with the commencement on Sunday 20 December 2015 of changes to South Australian liquor licensing requirements that remove the capacity for a venue licence to regulate instruments, genres, and numbers of musicians, under a new process. A licensee will no longer […]

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Live Music Office unites Councils with industry through AMPLIFY program!

17 | 12 | 2015

A new pilot program has been created to provide support for new and existing live music spaces and encourage the development of additional performance opportunities in inner Sydney. Inner Sydney businesses keen to lay on live music for their patrons can effortlessly work with musicians thanks to a new free service backed by local councils […]

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Its not you it’s me: falling out of love with live music

13 | 12 | 2015

Its not you it’s me: falling out of love with live music   There may come a time when you stop booking bands each Saturday night or just don’t get around to calling the local songwriter who’s occupied the corner of your restaurant every Friday nights for many years.   Like any relationship, keeping the […]


Live Music Measures Up: An Economic Impact Analysis of Live Music in Ontario

11 | 12 | 2015

Following on from the Live Music Office releasing The Economic and Cultural Value of Live Music in Australia 2014 Music Canada has released the first comprehensive study of the live music industry in Ontario. Live Music Measures Up: An Economic Impact Analysis of Live Music in Ontario provides critical data and information that will help guide […]


South Australian Music Development Office recognised in Parliament

8 | 12 | 2015

On Thursday 3 December 2015 the work of the South Australian Music Development Office was recognised in the South Australian Parliament. The following transcript of the recognition is from the Legislative Council Hansard Visit the Music Development Office Website The Hon. J.M. GAZZOLA ( 15:32 ): The Music Development Office (MDO) was designed to bring […]


Liquor Act reform cuts red tape for SA music venues

19 | 11 | 2015

On Tuesday 17 November the South Australian Parliament unanimously passed changes to South Australian liquor laws to remove the capacity for liquor licenses to require consent for entertainment between 11am and midnight. The entertainment consent was a significant barrier to jobs and opportunities for performers in South Australia, with a process that regulated days, times, […]

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Live Music Programming Coordinator – Pilot Project

10 | 11 | 2015

The Live Music Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Clayton Ries to the role of Live Music Programming Coordinator. Clayton has a strong background in both the live music industry and the hospitality sector and we look forward to him bringing his knowledge and skill set to the pilot project. The Live Music […]


Live Music Office presents the Australian case at the Music Cities Convention in Washington

4 | 11 | 2015

On 25 October, our Policy Director John Wardle delivered the Australian address at the Music Cities Convention in Washington DC. Presented by Shain Shapiro, Martin Elbourne, Michael Bracy, and the Sound Diplomacy team including Sian Evans, the Convention featured a robust representation of international music policy counterparts discussing their work in building music cities. The Live […]


Cool Little Capital – an action plan for Canberra’s live music sector

4 | 11 | 2015

A report released by Music ACT and the Live Music Office tables 25 actions in a connected, forward looking live music strategy to support music sector development in the Canberra Region. Read the Cool Little Capital – ACT Action Plan Canberra has an established and growing live music sector and increasing cultural industries. The current […]

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Live and Local village music festival ignites Erskineville

23 | 10 | 2015

Small cafes, record stores, patisseries and boutique bars joined a historic hotel to host an eclectic village-style music festival in Erskineville to herald the arrival of Spring and launch the 2015 Sydney Fringe Festival. Aligned with the 2015 Sydney Fringe Festival, Fringe Ignite Erskineville implemented the Live and Local model: a multi-venue, collaborative, village-style event model, […]


New report reviews planning barriers for low risk arts venues in NSW

15 | 10 | 2015

A report prepared by town planning consultants Design Collaborative commissioned by the Live Music Office and the City of Sydney, Low Risk Arts and Cultural Venues – A NSW Case Study of Live Performance for National Application, tables a review of town planning controls surrounding the provision of live entertainment. Download the Low Risk Arts […]

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6 | 10 | 2015

SOUNDS OF THE PILBARA II: Songs in Language The Live Music Office would like to congratulate WAM and there initiative Sounds Of series on the release of Songs of the Pilbara II which captures five Indigenous languages, 54 Indigenous voices and 26 original tracks, and we hope you’re ready to listen and be inspired! The […]

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Live Music Programming Coordinator Pilot Project

25 | 9 | 2015

The Live Music Office, Music NSW and APRA AMCOS have partnered to deliver a 12-month pilot project to support the growth of the local live music industry. Local government funding initiatives from City of Sydney, Leichhardt and Marrickville will enable the appointment of a Live Music Programming Coordinator who will provide tailored site-specific guidance to […]

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Ballarat Live Music Strategic Plan – CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

16 | 9 | 2015

The City of Ballarat’s Arts & Culture Unit is seeking expressions of interest from writers to consolidate information & research provided by the Ballarat Live Music Advisory Committee, and draft a Live Music Strategic Plan for presentation to Council. The Contractor will be able to consult with members of the Live Music Advisory Committee and […]


Local artists call for live music pilot project in Nambour

27 | 8 | 2015

Local artists call for live music pilot project in Nambour The local music industry is calling on the state government to support a pilot project in Nambour in a bid to support a growing culture of live music on the Sunshine Coast. The call follows a meeting of 25 music and business industry leaders held […]

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Live Music Dollars Boost The Australian Economy Three Times Over

12 | 8 | 2015

National research conducted by the University of Tasmania and released today by the Live Music Office shows the live music sector contributed $15.7 billion of value to the Australian community in 2014, providing vital commercial, individual and civic benefits. The report, The Economic and Cultural Value of Live Music in Australia 2014, set out to value […]


South Australian Government Brings New Laws for Live Music into Parliament

12 | 8 | 2015

On 30/07/2015 the South Australian Government introduced the Liquor Licensing (Entertainment on Licensed Premises) Amendment Bill 2015 into the South Australian parliament. This change to South Australian liquor laws will mean that licensed premises providing (live) entertainment between the hours of 11am and 12am midnight will no longer be required to have the entertainment type and […]

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Adelaide Live Music Census 2015 released

12 | 8 | 2015

In response to the University of Tasmania’s report released this week identifying the live music industry as a significant contributor to national and state economies, Music SA and the Live Music Office today release the Adelaide Live Music Census, which offers a snapshot of live music activity in May 2015. Download The Adelaide Live Music […]

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Update on the Music Strategy for Melbourne

11 | 8 | 2015

In June 2014, the City of Melbourne adopted the Melbourne Music Strategy 2014-17, a three year plan for how the City will engage with and support the industry to achieve their vision to nurture musicians and venues. Now in August 2015, the City has tabled their year one key achievements and year two plan report […]

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National Contemporary Music Roundtable -Industry Commits to National Business Development Plan

7 | 8 | 2015

The Live Music Office was very pleased to attend and be part of the inaugural meeting of the National Contemporary Music Roundtable held in Sydney on the 6th August. All of Australia’s music business peak bodies and representatives from key music companies and agencies attended the half day forum convened by Music Australia. 50 influential […]


National Indigenous Music Awards

21 | 7 | 2015

This weekend Darwin will play host to the  National Indigenous Music Awards and we can’t wait to see who takes home an award. The NIMAS are recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous music awards and they have been celebrating Australian music for 11 years! Performing at this years NIMAS is an amazing lineup […]

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New venue for Perth – Jack Rabbit Slim’s

16 | 7 | 2015

Perth’s inner city suburb of Northbridge will see the opening of a new and welcomed live music venue this coming weekend Jack Rabbit Slim’s As it’s namesake from the movie Pulp Fiction it promises to be a hub of entertainment with a varying array of food to satisfy all tastes. Open as a multi-purpose venue […]


Want a 12 month paid internship with Music SA?

16 | 7 | 2015

The amazing folks across at Music SA are looking for someone new to join there team. The post is a 12 month PAID Internship the successful candidate will assist Music SA staff with there services and initiatives and take the next step in the music industry career. As a bonus the Intern will undertake a part-time […]


Live Music Office says “Quick get your Live Performance Return submitted to APRA!”

9 | 7 | 2015

So you have played the gigs! Been on the road had shows across the country! Played that fantastic festival! Have fans loving your music everywhere! So it’s time to get your LPR submitted and it has to be completed by 31st July so no time to waste. Yahtzel (Max Armata) is a 21 year old […]

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Live Music Office support for The Association of Artist Managers (AAM): Managers Mentor Program 2015

9 | 7 | 2015

 The Association of Artist Managers (AAM) continues it great work as it announces the successful mentees and mentors that will form part of their 2015 Artist Manager Mentor Program, supported by APRA AMCOS and BIGSOUND. The AAM Mentor Program is focused on developing and supporting sustainable artist management careers for the long-term future of Australian […]


Understanding behaviour in the Australian and New Zealand night-time economies.

3 | 7 | 2015

In 2015 Dr Anne Fox tabled her report for Lion Nathan, Understanding behaviour in the Australian  and New Zealand night-time economies. In response to situations where alcohol causes an aggressive response, her findings include: Listening to live music or stand-up comedy, playing darts, chess, or other bar room games, karaoke, competitions and tournaments, all these can […]

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Darwin live music venue The Chippo: Update

30 | 6 | 2015

POPULAR live music venue The Chippo has been shut down indefinitely, leaving its owners in limbo. Owners Rod and Renee Fitzgerald were working on finishing touches to the establishment’s new Woolner location when the NT Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Fire Safety Command closed it last week. Mr Fitzgerald voiced his concerns at the NT […]

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Hosting Live Music in South Australia

26 | 6 | 2015

Does your venue host live music? Do you want to? Take this survey about hosting live music in South Australia! We want to better understand the experiences, benefits and barriers of hosting live music. The survey is targeting a range of venues including hotels, clubs, bars, performing arts centres and cafes/restaurants and takes only 5-10 minutes […]


Muzeek – Launches New Live Music Booking Platform

26 | 6 | 2015

Sydney start-up Muzeek aims to  be a “Beautiful, streamlined booking technology built specifically for the live music industry”. Muzeek is a software-as-a-service, B2B platform for artists, venues, bookers, agencies, promoters and managers who book events in the live-performance music industry using our unique, patented processes that streamlines, simplifies & optimizes existing booking operations to increase […]


The Chippo Darwin Shut Down By Authorities

26 | 6 | 2015

Established in 2014, The Chippo Darwin is an arts and cultural space in an industrial area of Darwin that opens Fridays and Saturdays. Set up by Rod and Renee Fitzgerald to fill a gap in the social fabric and creative ecosystem in Darwin, the venue has a continuing special liquor licence that are available in […]