Live Music Strategies – National
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.
There are various methods that have been used depending on whether its a state or local government initiative for industry development for example, or if the purpose is to coordinate agencies for better regulation and state strategic planning.
Convening a local industry advisory group will assist in connecting with the music sector for successful event planning or development of a live music industry support strategy.
An advisory group can be as simple as calling a meeting of local venues and artists.
This could be a larger open access forum or more targeted to representatives across specific areas of the sector who can provide constructive support, as well as for consultation identifying specific issues for cultural strategy and regulatory policy enhancement.
These should comprise core members that collectively, represent the interests of;
- Music Industry Businesses
- Local Government
- Community Radio
- Education and training
The advisory group can identify issues to target, provide guidance around grants and events, as well as assist in the preparation of cultural plans and actions for council.
To better understand just how the local music scene is going, doing a simple live music census is a great way to get to know where the gigs and events are happening. This process has recently been done at the local level in the City of Adelaide, City of Gold Coast, City of Melbourne and the City of Wollongong for example.
A simple census would involve choosing a month in the short term to map out performing artists, venues and events by monitoring gig guides, social media, venue websites, and generally do the rounds through the month to develop a spreadsheet that shows all the gigs, venues and artists in the local government area.
A live music census is simple to do, can provide a great deal from a relatively uncomplicated process, and is a very valuable and worthwhile undertaking. The Live Music Office can provide a template and support if this mapping exercise is of interest.
To make changes to funding programs, local planning controls, and council policy, a more formal advisory group/taskforce with terms of reference to provide actions for the consideration of council may needed.
The objective of the Live Music Taskforce is to consider current issues affecting the provision of live music in XYZ and then use these findings to inform the development of a Live Music Action Plan that identifies short, medium and long-term remedial actions XYZ might take.
The Action Plan and its recommendations will be considered by the City of XYZ for adoption and implementation
It will do this by:
- a) Highlighting current policies or controls within the remit of the City XYZ that, in its opinion, require review or amendment
- b) Identifying legislative changes or regulatory reform that could be explored with state government to support live music in City of XYZ
- c) Advising the City on existing government programs and initiatives (both domestic and international) that have a demonstrable track record in successfully supporting live music
- d) Suggesting cost-effective new projects that would positively impact the live music and performance sector in the City of XYZ
- e) Develop dedicated live music event initiatives
The following list identifies many of the other live music strategies happening across Australia in alphabetical order:
New South Wales