Live and Local Strategic Initiative


“I thought it was an incredible initiative and wonderful to see the City of Parramatta concerning itself with arts and culture. It made me proud….& it seemed extremely well curated and organised!”

The Live and Local Strategic Initiative provides funding to local councils for the promotion of more live music at a grassroots level.

The Live Music Office is thrilled to be working with councils in Western Sydney and Regional NSW to provide jobs for musicians and opportunities for audiences to create vibrant communities.

Through funding provided by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW State Government, the Western Sydney and Regional NSW Live and Local Strategic Initiative has provided 10 councils in Western Sydney and 8 councils in Regional NSW the opportunity to develop bespoke local music events in their Local Government Area over the course of 2017/2018.

Working with the Live Music Office, Western Sydney and Regional NSW councils nominated local government staff, or worked in partnership with an advisory committee consisting of council members, local industry and community members to facilitate family-friendly, local music events for local musicians using the Live and Local micro-festival event model.

Local Councils across NSW were invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Live Music Office outlining their proposal for a micro-festival event or series or events featuring local artists and businesses, as well as any associated audience engagement and music industry development strategies to support musicians in their region.


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