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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 […]

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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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CREATIVE VICTORIA :GOOD MUSIC NEIGHBOURS GRANTS

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 […]

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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 […]

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NATIONAL LIVE MUSIC AWARDS OPEN 2017 APPLICATIONS & ANNOUNCE NEW BOARD MEMBER

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, […]

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The Live Music Office is looking for a Program Manager

22 | 3 | 2017

The Live Music Office is looking for a Program Manager to assist local government in Western Sydney and regional NSW in order to deliver Live and Local micro festivals supported by the NSW Government. This newly created role will: Provide a high level of support to councils presenting Live and Local events Work collaboratively with […]

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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 […]

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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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LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 FILM COMPETITION

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 […]

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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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CITY OF SYDNEY AND MUSICNSW PARTNER TO FUND ALL AGES SHOWS IN INNER SYDNEY

16 | 11 | 2016

ALL AGES ACCESS (AAA) GRANTS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION! MusicNSW and the City of Sydney are thrilled to present a new grants program for all ages events in inner Sydney. Designed to encourage venues, booking agents, musicians and artist managers to present more all ages shows, the All Ages Access Grants (AAA Grants) will provide […]

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Face the Music : Domestic & Regional Focus Speed Meetings

15 | 11 | 2016

  The Live Music Office in partnership with Face the Music are coordinating this years “Domestic Music Business” & “Regional Music Business” speed meetings at this years Face The Music Conference in Melbourne 17th – 18th Nov 2016. To learn more about Face The Music click here If you are attending the conference and would […]

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WESTERN SYDNEY LIVE AND LOCAL INITIATIVE : Artist Call Out

1 | 11 | 2016

We are thrilled to announce that the Live Music Office will coordinate a series of multi-venue live music events in Western Sydney using its Live and Local model. These events are great news for Western Sydney musicians, venues and local audiences, and are set to take place over the next two years and will be […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 ihearmusic.com […]

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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. https://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/urban-sounds In 2015, MusicACT […]

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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 […]

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Live Music Office Partners with City of Parramatta

20 | 8 | 2016

The Live Music Office has partnered with the City of Parramatta to work on of an overall strategy to 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. “Parramatta is a city that is evolving […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

1 | 8 | 2016

Thursday 4 August 2016 https://www.facebook.com/events/277104545981732/ 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 […]

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Live Music Office creates mapping tool to support artists and industry

1 | 8 | 2016

In a first for Australia, the Live Music Office has harnessed the power of digital technology to create a national Live Music Map. We have built an online map to help bring the live music sector closer together. Essentially a tool for artists and the broader live music industry, the map highlights everything needed to tour […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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iHearMusic and the Live Music Office presents Collaborate at Lazybones Lounge Marrickville

23 | 6 | 2016

On the first Thursday in every month starting in July, Collaborate!! nights at Lazybones Lounge Marrickville feature 2 artists from the iHearMusic community as well as an industry QandA session. Each artist plays a one hour set and then for the finale the 2 artists collaborate by bringing their unique talents together. One plus one […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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SOUNDS OF THE PILBARA II: Songs in Language

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Live Music Venues and the Building Code of Australia Issues Paper

24 | 6 | 2015

Building regulations have traditionally used a ‘classification’ system to separate distinct building types into classes.The current BCA has a 16 class system which goes back to at least the 1970’s, is essentially unchanged from this period and is therefore at least 40 years old. Things were very different in the 1970’s, where theatres used flammable […]

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Creative Spaces and the Built Environment Forum

17 | 6 | 2015

On 12 June The City of Sydney, University of Sydney and the Live Music Office co-presented the Creative Spaces and the Built Environment Forum at The University of Sydney as Action 2.3.3 from the City of Sydney Live Music and Performance Action Plan. Event Preamble Australia’s cities have shifted from centres of manufacturing and industry […]

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Liquor freeze lifted for Melbourne’s small live music venues

8 | 6 | 2015

In a week where Melbourne was named one of the world’s leading music cities, the Victorian Government confirmed it will ease trading restrictions on small venues and announced funding for venue support. From 1 July, a seven year late-night restriction on small live music venues and boutique bars will be lifted as part of the […]

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Connecting the Mornington Peninsula’s live music scene

3 | 6 | 2015

On Wednesday 3 June 2015.The Mornington Peninsula Music Network Inc in conjunction with Mornington Peninsula Shire & Music Victoria presented the MUSIC SUMMIT at Merchant Lane (formerly The Social) @ 58 Main Street Mornington. Hosted by MC Brian Nankervis from RocKwiz, the event comprised live music, as well as a panel discussion and Q & […]

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Entertainment Industry Codes and Regulation – QLD and NSW

25 | 5 | 2015

Queensland You are considered a private employment agent (PEA) if, in the course of carrying on business and for gain, you offer to do any of the following: find casual, part-time, temporary, permanent or contract work for a person find a casual, part-time, temporary, permanent or contract worker for a person negotiate the terms of […]

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Live Music Office Support For Regional Queensland

11 | 5 | 2015

In April / May 2015 the Live Music Office returned to regional Queensland for music workshops and forums in Mackay and Townsville as well as forums and local government engagement on the Gold Coast. From 20-24 April  the Live Music Office accompanied QMusic and APRA AMCOS to Mackay and Townsville to support QMusic with its […]

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New Live Music Opportunities In Sydney

11 | 2 | 2015

We’ve been working closely with the City of Sydney Council and APRA AMCOS to make some great new initiatives happen to support live music in Sydney. Gig Buddies launch featuring Bloods and Seek the Silence GIG BUDDIES launches this Friday, 13 February at the UNSW Roundhouse. GIG BUDDIES provides support to people with learning disabilities […]

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New frequency ranges for wireless microphones

17 | 12 | 2014

In May 3013 The Australian Communications and Media Authority announced changes to frequency ranges used for wireless microphones. From January 1 2015, a range of wireless systems will no longer be supported. Systems affected will be wireless audio products such as wireless microphones, wireless in-ear systems and / or wireless intercom systems known as “700MHz” […]

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Victorian Building Amendment (Live Music) Regulations 2014

30 | 10 | 2014

On 29 October 2014 the Building Amendment (Live Music) Regulations 2014 were introduced to amend the Building Regulations 2006 in relation to the classification of small live music venues under the Building Code of Australia in the state of Victoria. The intent of this amendment is to exempt primary purpose live music venues that are at […]

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Kings Cross IGNITE: Heat the Street

29 | 10 | 2014

The Australian music industry will get behind live music venues in Kings Cross with an incredible afternoon of free live music for IGNITE: Heat the Street on Sunday 23 November. Award-winning and chart-topping songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Louis Schoorl will curate 40 acts across 10 venues for four hours between 2pm and 6pm. IGNITE […]

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Voluntary Planning Agreements – The Greenland Centre Creative Hub

21 | 10 | 2014

A voluntary planning agreement (VPA) in NSW is an agreement entered into by a planning authority (such as the Department of Planning and Environment) and a developer. Under the agreement a developer agrees to provide or fund community infrastructure as a contribution in return for development approval. This could be in the form of: public […]

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City of Ballarat Live Music Strategy Advisory Committee

14 | 10 | 2014

On 24 September the City of Ballarat tabled their Live Music Strategy Advisory Committee Terms of Reference. The objectives of the Committee is to assist Council in the development of a draft live music strategy through the provision of a broad range of industry based expert advice. The Strategy will act as a key tool […]

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Music Canada Live

14 | 10 | 2014

Music Canada Live, a new national association that will represent members of the live music community, has announced that Erin Benjamin will become its first Executive Director. Ms. Benjamin, formerly the Executive Director of both the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (now known as Folk Music Ontario), has spent the […]

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Sydenham Station Traditional & Creative Industries Hub

9 | 10 | 2014

In September 2014, Marrickville Council tabled their  vision for the industrial lands adjacent to Sydenham Station. Two parallel and ongoing pieces of work are focused on these industrial lands – in support of the live music industry, Marrickville and Leichhardt Councils’ work with the City of Sydney’s Live Music Taskforce and Council’s involvement in the […]

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Live Music Research

18 | 9 | 2014

In partnership with the University of Tasmania, the Live Music Office’s new research program will develop a localised research framework to capture an accurate snapshot of live music activity throughout Australia. The program is currently running a consumer survey to investigate the extent to which live music makes a social and economic contribution to Australia. Lead […]

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Live Music Marrickville

16 | 9 | 2014

On Tuesday 2 September 2014 Marrickville Council tabled the LIVE MUSIC MARRICKVILLE plan, an initiative of the joint Marrickville and Leichhardt Council Live Music Reference Group. Read the Council papers here. Aligned with the City of Sydney and Leichhardt Council live music plans, the LIVE MUSIC MARRICKVILLE policy platform aims to optimise both planning and regulatory functions […]

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Entertainment Consent and The South Australian Liquor Act

4 | 9 | 2014

South Australia is the only state in Australia where the Liquor Licensing Commissioner regulates genres of music as well as what types of musical instruments are allowed in licensed premises through a duplicate licensing process. In order for licensed premises in South Australia to be able to host live music, they must submit an Entertainment […]

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Co-Regulation Partnerships – The Victorian Live Music Forum

4 | 9 | 2014

Venues exist within a co-regulatory environment across liquor, planning and environmental protection laws. The usual practice is for these provisions to be developed without consideration of how they will interact with the other regulations. The Live Music Forum established by the Victorian State Government brings all these parties together with the live music sector to […]