Live Music Strategies – QLD

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 on the Gold Coast to provide evidence based advice on how these gaps can best be addressed. Griffith University undertook a series of music sector forums, focus groups and one on one interviews. Their ‘Accessing Live Music on the Gold Coast’ report has informed the development of the Draft Live Music Action Plan 2017-2020

From this work in November 2016 The City of Gold Coast Live Music Taskforce was formed  to address key regulatory issues affecting the live music sector on the Gold Coast. As part of the process, the Live Music Office has been working closely with Council and the music sector throughout 2017 to support this work, with the Taskforce Report delivered to the Council Economic Development and Major Projects Committee Meeting in June

Download the Live Music Taskforce report and recommendations (PDF 1mb).

Recommendations include but are not limited to:
  • New planning overlays across nine precincts
  • Allowing live music into some light industrial areas
  • Supporting the development of local musicians
  • Cutting red tape for live music venues
  • Extending noise allowances until midnight in some areas
  • Increasing allowable music volumes in prescribed areas

Recommendations included in this report have now been considered for inclusion in the final Gold Coast Music Action Plan 2020 due for presentation to council in October 2017.