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 […]

Review finds Live Music Office has important future but needs government support

15 | 11 | 2018

The work of the Live Music Office has scored big wins for the live music scene in Australia and remains important to the music industry according to an independent survey undertaken five years on from the establishment of the Office. In August, APRA AMCOS conducted the survey with Voice Project, providing over two hundred stakeholders […]

Special Entertainment Precincts proposed for Sunshine Coast

5 | 11 | 2018

In an important development for the music and entertainment industry in Queensland, public consultation is currently underway with Sunshine Coast Council proposing amendments to the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 and planning scheme policies relating to Special Entertainment Precincts. Special Entertainment Precincts Proposed Amendment The purpose and general effect of the Proposed Sunshine Coast Planning […]

Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Live Music Toolkit

5 | 11 | 2018

In 2018 the Municipal Association of Victoria have released their Live Music Toolkit. MAV CEO Kerry Thompson said “ Through consultation with councils, the MAV identified that councils found the vast information available on this topic overwhelming. We believe the Live Music Toolkit for Local Government is a practical resource that will increase council’s ability to strategically leverage […]