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Sydney Lockouts, NSW Music Festival Licensing Reviews Underway

24 | 6 | 2019

With the NSW Parliament returning in May 2019, there are now two current NSW Parliamentary Inquiries underway for the music industry, the first into Sydney’s night time economy and the lockouts, the second into the NSW Festival Regs. This is an opportunity for artists, venues, audiences and the community to provide personal experiences of the […]

Music industry calls on music lovers to save live music in NSW

1 | 3 | 2019

In response to the commencement of music festival licensing in NSW today, Live Performance Australia, in association with the Australian Festival Association, APRA AMCOS, Music NSW and the Live Music Office have released the following joint statement. “Last night at the eleventh hour, the Government finally released the regulations and guidelines for the controversial music […]

Music Industry Responds as Festival Licensing Commences in NSW

1 | 3 | 2019

Serious concerns remain as the NSW Government introduces the new licensing scheme for specified music festivals on 1 March 2019. Under the Liquor Amendment (Music Festivals) Regulation 2019, it is now the role of the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) to determine whether a festival would be more appropriately dealt with under a music […]

NSW PREMIER DELIVERS FESTIVAL LICENSING FIASCO BY SMS

23 | 2 | 2019

In the latest Berejiklian Government’s chaotic pre-election bid to brand festivals as the problem in NSW, they have now selected 14 festivals as supposedly “high-risk”, without assessment guidelines, and only alerted the festival organisers by SMS last night just before announcing the news via a late-night press release. The live music industry said: “Despite numerous […]

Will NSW be Australia’s first music festival-free zone

20 | 2 | 2019

The NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, is creating confusion and uncertainty for any festival or community event organiser as well as millions of audience members across NSW by rejecting sensible consultation over her Government’s rushed and half-written new Music Festival Licence. Representatives from across the industry have implored the NSW Government to extend the date for […]

Make Music Day

6 | 12 | 2018

Make Music Day Australia is set to expand next year with the announcement of a partnership between the Live Music Office and the Australian Music Association to deliver the 2019 program. Make Music Day is a free celebration of music making around the world on 21 June. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de […]

Newcastle Live Music Census Released

19 | 11 | 2018

Today the Newcastle Live Music Taskforce release the findings of the 2018 Live Music Census, which offers a snapshot of live music activity in June 2018 across the City. Undertaken in partnership with venues, artists, music industry representatives and the Live Music Office, the census project mapped live music in Newcastle across June 2018 through […]

NSW Parliament Music Inquiry tables 60 recommendations – including increased support for the Live Music Office

15 | 11 | 2018

The Live Music Office welcomes the findings tabled today from the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Music and Arts Economy in NSW, from what has been a very thorough and rigorous investigation into the issues facing the music sector in NSW from a committee comprising members across the political spectrum. Read the music and arts economy […]