Live and Local Tweed is music to ears of artists

Tweed Shire Council

The opportunity to enjoy live music has been severely limited by current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions however a new project on the Tweed promises to be music to the ears of artists and fans.

Council is launching Live and Local Tweed which aims to support the growth of the local live music scene and help it thrive when COVID restrictions ease by providing more performance spaces, professional development and clear, supportive rules for local performers.

If you want to get involved, Council is calling for expressions of interest in joining a Community Working Group to provide input and help shape the project.

The project has been drawn up in response to needs identified by the music industry and includes 3 key elements:

  • A series of professional development workshops
  • A free micro-festival / small scale music gigs in local venues
  • An industry forum event to support consideration for the music sector across relevant Council plans, policies and strategies.

Council’s Cultural Planner Dave Burgener said the live music sector had been one of the hardest hit industries over the past year and the Live and Local Tweed program aimed to stimulate employment opportunities for musicians.

“The program will help create more paid work for musicians in the Tweed when we come out of restrictions, particularly for young and emerging artists,” he said.

“Council is partnering with the Live Music Office to develop a consistent approach to best practice live music presentation, better regulation and policy that builds growth through all levels of the sector.

“It also provides opportunities to collaborate with peak bodies such as Music NSW and APRA AMCOS, who will both contribute to aspects of the project.

“This approach to presenting live music reflects best practice in the industry and will provide clear career pathways for new and emerging musicians and industry professionals and help the venue-based sector to grow by implementing better local regulation and policy.”

To nominate for the Community Working Group visit the Live and Local Tweed page at Your Say Tweed. Applications close by 11:59 pm on Monday 4 October 2021.

Additional information about the dates, times, and content of the program will be announced in the coming months.

Live and Local Tweed is presented by Tweed Shire Council in partnership with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS.

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