With internationally recognised bands like Lime Cordiale and Winston Surfshirt hailing from the Northern Beaches, it’s a no brainer to inject life into a ‘decimated’ music scene where new talent can emerge and established acts can connect with local audiences.

Thanks to a new program launched by the Northern Beaches Council, we’re going to see a resurgence of live music and a new plan to support the night-time economy in Manly.

 The “Live and Local” initiative, in partnership with the Live Music Office and Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA AMCOS) aims to reignite the local scene by supporting musicians and venues to program more live music.

As part of the 12-month Live and Local program, Council will host a live music forum to discuss ways to boost the local industry and also organise live music events later in the year.

Northern Beaches Council Mayor Sue Heins said it was vital support for an industry that has been struggling.

“We know that the industry is still recovering from venue closures and other impacts of the pandemic. The local music scene needs a revival, and we are committed to playing our part,” Mayor Heins said.

“We are working on a strategy to support the night-time economy in Manly and the wider Northern Beaches, while also partnering with the music industry to support live music programming.”

In its 2023 Year in Review, APRA AMCOS reported the loss of 1,300 live music venues and stages across Australia. They found that the venue-based live music scene had been ‘decimated’ over recent years. In NSW, there was a 32% loss in live music venues since the 2018 financial year.

APRA AMCOS and the Live Music Office offer matched-funded partnership opportunities for local councils to help them build the capacity of the local live music industry.

Through the Live and Local program, Council will connect a network of local musicians, venues and industry and facilitate professional development opportunities for local musicians.

The program is open to musicians, bands, DJs, venues, and other music businesses.

To find out more about the program and how you can join visit: www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/arts-and-culture/live-and-local

Images courtesy of Lime Cordiale, Harbord Hotel, Adam Scarf.

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