Live Music Strategies – National

Live Music Reviews, Plans and Taskforces

Across Australia, the live music sector and local and state governments have been investigating and preparing strategic plans to better support live music and performance.

In 2014, local government areas in Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne and Adelaide all tabled live music plans and strategies. South Australia and the ACT have undertaken state-wide reviews of live music issues in recent years. And other areas such as the City of Greater Geelong are preparing city plans which have important aspects to create a more nurturing environment for venues and artists.

The Live Music Taskforces from the City of Sydney and Wollongong, as well as the City of Melbourne, are effective processes for developing cultural policy. These forums bring together musicians, venues, cultural, planning and compliance staff from local government, as well as other important players in the live music ecosystem, to identify common issues and work together to align the roles that each plays in building creative communities. Action plans delivered to council and endorsed then become city policy as relationships are built across the sector. And shorter term initiatives are commenced whilst longer term actions such as law reform gather evidence and momentum.

Live Music Strategies and Taskforce Plans 22.09.14 tables the actions and recommendations from these intiatives, and include links to useful documents such as terms of reference, action plans, research, and background papers.