Council hopes to breathe life into the city’s music venues
Lord Mayor Clover Moore is moving forward with plans to boost local live music performances in venues around the city.
Recommendations made by the city’s Live Music and Performance Taskforce have included streamlining red tape to make it simpler for small venues to provide live music; to hosting more gigs at local venues and town halls; to trialling ‘musician loading zones’ outside music venues.
“Reviving Sydney’s live music scene is a challenge that will require long-term investment from all levels of government, but the City is committed to taking immediate action wherever we can,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We’ve already received positive feedback from the community on our taskforce’s action plan, with people telling us it has the potential to breathe new life into the sector and transform the cultural life of our city.
The taskforce will come back to the council with final recommendations early next year.
Following unanimous support from Council, City staff will fast-track work on:
Making City of Sydney-owned properties including the Ron Williams Centre in Redfern, Harry Jensen Activity Centre in Millers Point and Green Square Community Hall available to school-aged musicians for after-school and weekend rehearsals at no cost;
Investigating improvements needed, including possible provision of pianos, to make several of the City’s local town halls more suitable for hosting small-scale live music events and performances;
Increasing the capacity of the City of Sydney to understand and respond to the needs of live music and performance;
Piloting a live music performance series for young people, coordinated by the City’s youth services team, which teaches skills in planning, promoting, delivering and evaluating live music events;
Establishing a free, independent and confidential mediation service and formal mediation policy for resolving complaints about live music in the City;
Developing a permit system to allow musicians, performers and technical staff to load and unload equipment in existing loading zones outside music and performance venues without getting a ticket;
Inviting the National Live Music Office to develop a data collection program to monitor the health of Sydney’s live music sector, including audience and participation data;
Exploring ways the City can provide financial support for staging all-ages live music and performance events in established music venues.
Taskforce chair and co-director of the National Live Music Office, John Wardle, said he was delighted with the City’s plan to fast-track some of the Taskforce’s recommendations.
“It’s incredibly exciting to see a city that is really serious about its commitment to supporting live music and performance,” Wardle said.