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Recently, the City endorsed the Music Action Plan 2021. This plan provides a blueprint for the City that will positively impact the live music sector on the Gold Coast by providing access to resources, promotion of Gold Coast music nationally and internationally and stronger partnerships across all tiers of government, peak bodies, and private enterprise.

View the Music Action Plan 2021

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City of Gold Coast has a long history of nurturing contemporary music talent through the delivery of the A-Venue Youth Music Initiative 2004-2013, the Soundcheck Contemporary Music program in 2014 and continued project funding support through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Local emerging bands and musicians have performed at major events since 2004, including the Big Day Out, Schoolies Festival, Parklife, Surfers Paradise Festival, Bleach* Festival, Gold Coast Suns, Quicksilver and Roxy Pro surfing championships, A La Carte in the Park and Gold Coast National Youth Week.

Participants have benefitted from mentorships, recording and production workshops and industry specific professional development opportunities in partnership with Q Music including attendance and showcasing at Bigsound.

The City continues to support the music scene as a facilitator, connector and enabler by building local capacity and providing fundamental recognition of the music sector’s valuable social and economic contribution to the arts and cultural crusade on the Gold Coast.

Live Music Taskforce

Report and recommendations

The Live Music Taskforce was formed in November 2016 to address key regulatory issues affecting the live music sector on the Gold Coast.

The work of the taskforce supports broader efforts to support the development of the live music scene in the city and builds on previous research undertaken to recognise and support the sector.

Recommendations included in this report informed the Music Action Plan 2021.

Download or view the report

Industry links

Q Music

Q Music is Queensland's peak body for the contemporary Music Industry. Q Music develops, services, and represents all sectors of the Queensland contemporary music industry on national and international levels.

Australasian Performing Rights Association / Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited

APRA AMCOS has 87,000+ members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. APRA AMCOS license organisations to play, perform, copy, record or make available their members’ music, and distribute the royalties to their members.

Australian Independent Record Labels Association

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) is a non-profit, non-government association dedicated to the growth and development of Australian independent artists, record labels and distributors across Australia and the world.

Education links

TAFE Gold Coast

Offering Music and sound production courses at their Gold Coast creative industries campus in Coomera. For more information visit the TAFE Gold Coast website.

Griffith University Gold Coast Campus

Griffith’s University’s Bachelor of Creative Industries will empower you with the skills and knowledge to transform communities through innovative creative practices whilst developing an entrepreneurship mindset of independence, flexibility and adaptability to ensure you succeed in the ever changing creative industries. Majors on offer include Commercial Music and Sound Design. For more information visit the Griffith University website.

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