Author(s): City of Sydney Live Music and Live Performance Taskforce
Publisher: City of Sydney
In October 2012, the City of Sydney Council unanimously endorsed a series of actions in support of the live music and performance sector, including a request that the City of Sydney Chief Executive Officer establish a Live Music and Live Performance Taskforce (‘the Taskforce’) to advise the City of Sydney on actions needed to bolster Sydney’s live music and live performance culture. The City of Sydney has asked the Taskforce to consider actions the City could take within its own areas of influence, as well as advocacy that could be undertaken by the City to reform state and federal government legislation and processes. The Live Music and Live Performance Action Plan contains a wealth of recommendations as to how to improve the live music ecology within the city, including adopting the Agent of Change principle; forming a designated live music and performance areas a la Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley; education and induction programmes for council staff about cultural policies and support for live music; mediation processes for residents, businesses and venues; and the commissioning of data on the sector, similar to the state of Victoria’s live music census (also see Martin Cloonan’s article for a comparative analysis of popular music policy in Scotland and Australia).