Live Music Matters

In early 2013 the City of Sydney assembled a taskforce of eleven experts from across the music and performance sector.

The taskforce was asked to develop a series of recommendations for the City to act on to support Sydney's live music and performance sector.

The Live Music Matters action plan is the taskforce’s plan for the future of live music and performance in Sydney. The feedback period for the action plan closed on January 17, 2014

Thanks to everyone who contributed their ideas and made a submission.

City staff have now drafted a report which was considered and endorsed by Council on Monday 7 April, 2014


  • Sydney Youth Music Team

    Following Council's recent decision to endorse the Live Music Action Plan, we are now looking for young live-music organisers between the ages of 12-24 to join our Sydney Youth Music Team.

    The Sydney Youth Music Team is a volunteer group passionate about creating and delivering all-ages gigs. The team will provide opportunities for young people to perform and enjoy the music, as well as organise and deliver events for their peers. Team members also have access to free workshops and seminars hosted by Music NSW throughout the year.

    If you are interested in joining the team, please contact City Youth....Read more

    by Community Engagement 01 May 2014, 11:10 AM
  • Council adopts Live Music Action Plan


    The City's draft Live Music and Performance Action Plan was adopted by Council at its April meeting.

    During public consultation, 95% of submissions from local residents, businesses and industry groups supported live music and performance. The plan outlines a range of actions that have the potential to boost live music in Sydney, which include:

    • Developing a pre-lodgement process for performance approvals in non-traditional spaces covering cultural advice, building, planning and health requirements, following the lead of the City of Edinburgh – home to the world-renowned Edingburgh Fringe Festival.
    • Providing affordable space in City-owned properties for start-ups including....Read more
    by Community Engagement 11 Apr 2014, 02:42 PM number of comments, image icon 0 comments
  • Council to Consider Live Music Action Plan


    This week the City's Cultural Committee voted unanimously to support the Live Music and Performance Action Plan and Council will consider the plan at its next meeting on Monday 7 April.

    The Plan benefited greatly from the community's extensive engagement with the draft actions during the consultation period. It includes nearly 60 recommendations on how we can revive live music and performance in Sydney. 

    The actions recommended in the plan range from encouraging pop-up shows in local venues to the minimising administrative barriers so developing performers from showcasing their talents more readily. 

    The City is already working towards opening up our....Read more

    by Community Engagement 04 Apr 2014, 02:47 PM
  • Live Music Matters: Have Your Say


    What do you think will help secure Sydney's live music and performance culture into the future?

    The taskforce's recommendations include: opening up new rehearsal and performance spaces; identifying and protecting areas in Sydney where performance thrives already; facilitating mediation between live music venues and their neighbours; providing financial assistance to new venues; and advocating for improved building standards and soundproofing.

    Post your comments below on these recommendations or others in the report. You can download the Fact Sheet and the full report in detail. You can also make a submission here

    by Community Engagement 21 Nov 2013, 11:23 AM number of comments, image icon 3 comments