North Hobart's iconic music venue wins APRA AMCOS Award

Friday, 13 Apr 2018

Jeremy Heath of The Republic Bar & Café in North Hobart last night received a Good Music Citizen award from musician KLP, on behalf of APRA AMCOS for his commitment to developing the live music sector in Hobart.

“The Republic is only the third venue in the country to receive such an award. Jeremy’s passion for quality live music and his understanding of the importance of opportunities for musicians is truly best practice,” said Catherine Giuliano, Director General Licensing at APRA AMCOS.Live performer at The Republic

 “Jeremy and his father Tony have created a unique live music mecca for global artists with live music every day.”

“We wanted to create a triplej style music scene,” said Jeremy, “This was the music I loved at the time we bought it and I could see there was a void in the market. Most pubs were dabbling in cover bands and not much else. We started when artists needed to make more money by touring more often, and were looking for boutique venues, so we positioned ourselves to be part of that.”

“My favourite performance was when Jimmy Little came to play to a full house, of course. My Mum and my 87 year-old grandmother were in the front row. Nan had seen Jimmy 40 years before. That was a goose-bumps moment that only live music can give,” said Jeremy.

Jeremy received the award at a unique high school student music development event at MONA. This was the first APRA AMCOS private SongMakers showcase, where original songs created by Hobart high school students were performed for guests. The songs are the product of a two day workshop led by music producer JP Fung (Silverchair, Birds of Tokyo, Cold Chisel), writer and triple j presenter KLP and producer Robert Conley who descended on Hobart for the career development camp.

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