101 ways to make sure the beat goes on

The City of Sydney is making it easier to stage live music in the city with a how-to seminar for small bar operators, restaurant owners and anyone else interested in putting on a show.

The free Live Music 101 will give prospective venue operators practical information on how to organise and promote live performances, as well as which approvals are needed and how to avoid noise complaints.

Hear about development applications and the rules on noise and neighbours, as well as insights from industry bodies such as MusicNSW and the Australasian Performing Right Association.

The team behind the Newtown Social Club will talk about their recent restoration of Sydney’s landmark live music venue the Sandringham Hotel.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said music was still the number one cultural activity for Sydneysiders.

“We need more venues for artists to perform in, and more places where audiences can see them play,” the Lord Mayor said.

“But regulations around live music can be complex and we need to balance the rights of residents and other businesses.

“This seminar gives small bar operators, venue owners and other businesses practical help to put on live music and attract a crowd without running into problems.”

The seminar follows the launch of the City’s Live Music Task Force, which will report later this year on options for planning, noise abatement and licensing rules to encourage live music.

Live music and the issues facing the industry will also be the topic for discussion at a City Conversation to be held in Sydney Town Hall on 26 June.

Topics to be covered at the Live Music 101 seminar include:

  • City of Sydney requirements, including      development applications
  • What it takes to book and promote a show
  • An update on the City’s Live Music Task Force
  • Case study – Newtown Social Club.

Guitar-and-singing duo Stationmasters will kick-start the event with a live performance.

The seminar is one of a series that the City runs during the year to encourage small businesses and diversity in the city, especially after dark. Seminars this year include how-to guides on small bars, pop up events and food trucks.

Live Music 101

Date:    Wednesday, 29 May

Time:  6:30pm – 8:30pm

Venue: Customs House, Barnet Long Room

31 Alfred Street

Circular Quay

Attendance is free but bookings are essential. For more information and to book your place click here.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Rohan Sullivan, phone 02 9246 7298 or 0414 617 086, or email rsullivan@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson 0427 044 768 or mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au