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 […]

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 […]

“Off Broadway” – The Parramatta Road Cultural, Entertainment, Performance and Live Music Precinct

26 | 8 | 2014

In an important development for the Sydney live music and performance scene, on Tuesday 26 August Leichhardt Council unanimously endorsed the recommendations of the Parramatta Rd Live Music Reference Group without amendment. Introduced to Council by Mayor and Reference Group member Darcy Byrne, background to Council was also given by Leichhardt Council Director Environment and […]

Operation Of The Noise Restrictions From The QLD Office Of Liquor And Gaming Regulation

20 | 8 | 2014

The operation of the noise restrictions[1] from the QLD Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation was the fundamental issue for musicians and venues outside the Fortitude Valley Special Entertainment Precinct in Brisbane and in greater Queensland in forums and contact with the Live Music Office in 2014. Musicians and venues identified a number of problematic […]

Live Music Office Launches Website With Consumer Survey

19 | 8 | 2014

The Live Music Office today launches their new website at along with a new research initiative to better understand the social and economic contribution that live music makes to Australia. Live Music Office Policy Director John Wardle said, “This is an important time for Australian music policy. Cities such as Sydney, Wollongong, Adelaide and Melbourne […]

Live Music Plans and Taskforces

18 | 8 | 2014

Across Australia, the live music sector and local and state governments in select locations have been investigating and preparing strategic plans to better support live music and performance. In 2014 the Cities of Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne and Adelaide have all tabled live music plans and strategies,  South Australia and the ACT have undertaken state-wide reviews […]

Damian Cunningham Joins The Live Music Office

15 | 8 | 2014

In August 2014 Damian Cunningham joins the National Live Music Office as director of Audience and Sector Development. With over ten years experience in the Australian live music industry, Damian has worked in booking and logistic roles for festivals including the Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass, Peats Ridge, Surry Hills Festival and the […]

Melbourne Music Strategy

13 | 8 | 2014

City Of Melbourne Music Strategy 2014/2016  On Wednesday On Wednesday 13 August 2014 the City of Melbourne launched their live music Strategy 2014/2016 at live music venue The Toff in Town There are a number of resources associated with this plan, including A dedicated web page A review of the regulatory framework related to live […]