NSW Government Live Music Initiative a critical first step for economic and cultural revival

Monday, 15 Jun 2020

APRA AMCOS applauds the NSW Government’s Great Southern Nights announcement today. This investment in 1000 live music gigs in hundreds of venues across NSW will be critical for our industry’s post-COVID19 recovery.  

“Great Southern Nights will be the ideal post-COVID celebration of the extraordinary songwriting and music talent this state has to offer,” said Dean Ormston, CEO APRA AMCOS.

“NSW has just one Opera House, but we have hundreds of live music venues across the state. This investment from the NSW Government recognises that live music is the beating heart of Australia’s music industry and will provide critical support for the artists and venues that have badly suffered during the COVID-19 crisis. 

“Live music in cities, regional centres and towns provides them with a competitive advantage with every dollar spent on live music providing three dollars’ worth of benefits for the wider community.”

National research conducted by the University of Tasmania in 2015 found the venue-based live music industry in Australia contributed $15.7 billion of value to the Australian community, providing vital commercial, individual and civic benefits.

“NSW’s music sector fell off a cliff on 13 March when the Federal and State Governments made the right decision to shut the state down. The impact on live music was immediate and the flow on affects to the hospitality and tourism sectors has been devastating,” Dean Ormston said.

“This investment for a month-long, statewide festival of live music will be a vital first step in reviving live music and helping foster safe and vibrant night-time economies.  Great Southern Nights has the potential to be a catalyst venues, town and centres to utilise the huge cultural, economic and social benefits of staging live music.

“Between now and November, it will be vital the NSW Government also provides a clear pathway for venues and events with live music to open. This will be critical to ensure the industry remains viable and the livelihoods of thousands of artists and music workers is assured.

“APRA AMCOS looks forward to continuing its work with the NSW Government and our music industry partners in embedding music with a whole of government approach that benefits the night-time economy, regional development, export, tourism and education.”

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