Midnite Cafe, Dubbo

Thursday, 21 Mar 2019

It’s inspiring to see communities growing and preserving their local music and arts scene. A great example of this is the Midnite Café in Dubbo, a not-for-profit project that has been operating for 11 years.

Photo: Connor Sargent 

APRA AMCOS caught up with Peter Volkofsky, founder and organiser of the café to learn how it came to be the important hub it is today.

When you think of live music cities you probably don’t think of Dubbo in western NSW, but according to locals the music community is wide ranging, energetic and honest. The Midnite Café, also called by Peter as the virtual town square for artists, has supported live music since the beginning playing a very important role for local artists, allowing them to showcase their work and develop their craft.

“The most enjoyable thing about hosting live music is the tactile nature of it: the experience of being right there while the artists perform, show their work, experiment and take risks. "

“It’s palpable, real and somehow unmistakable: deeply human—and yes, sometimes the honest feedback can be like sandpaper, good for our soul, good for our future audiences and the quality of our work.” Peter Volkofsky

Peter kicked off the first event in 2007 in Pizza Runners, a shop that the community owned and operated. “It was cramped but we managed to even run a talent contest there and award prizes. The Midnite Café outgrew its roots and became a team of volunteers and friends running it.” After many changes of venues and continued efforts to preserve the space, Midnite Café now exists within the CWA Hall in Dubbo with support from the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre.

Midnite Café has an APRA AMCOS licence to play background music as well as to host feature music performances.

Play music in your business? Speak to APRA AMCOS about your licensing needs licence@apra.com.au 1300 852 388.

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