The Live and Local Strategic Initiative was born from a NSW Government commitment to invest in the development of arts and culture across regional NSW. The Live Music Office works with councils across western Sydney and Regional NSW to provide jobs for musicians and opportunities for audiences to create vibrant communities.
Wander down to your local shopping precinct, walk down one of the streets, what shops do you see? A bakery, a butcher, a shop selling bikes? These businesses and more are set to come alive as free family entertainment in the form of live music invigorates streets, parks and businesses throughout the towns of western Sydney and regional NSW.
An initiative from the NSW Government, Live and Local will support micro music festivals and the following regional towns will share $150,000 to play host during 2017/18: Orange, Newcastle, Tenterfield, Tweed Shire, Wagga Wagga, Kempsey, Armidale and Mudgee.
“This is a great initiative where councils can offer local artists a platform to be heard. From school bands to rock bands, locals will be entertained by locals for free”
Don Harwin, Minister for the Arts
Regional NSW communities aren’t the only ones benefiting from the initiative. Following the success of Live and Local events in Parramatta, Camden and Wollondilly in its inaugural year, a further five western Sydney councils will share $100,000 to host events in its second year: Liverpool, Cumberland, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Campbelltown.
However, first-year funding events aren’t over yet! Blacktown City Council will be holding its event, the Beats and Bites Festival, across six locations every Wednesday in October. For more information visit www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au. Fairfield City Council is also yet to hold its event, keep an eye out for more information on their website www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au.
“To see such a fantastic mix of councils across NSW now preparing to activate their streetscapes and businesses with diverse artists and celebrate the music made in their towns is genuinely exciting”
John Wardle, Live Music Office Director
The funding is administered by Live Music Office on behalf of Create NSW and is used to cover the cost of fees for musicians, curators and technicians involved in the events.