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Council of the City of Gold Coast is currently developing a Contemporary Music Plan.

The purpose of this plan is to represent the contemporary music community on the Gold Coast by acknowledging, recommending and implementing measures to address key concerns and opportunities in order to build capacity within the live music sector.

The Contemporary Music Plan is expected to be finalised by 2016.

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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 2004-13 and the Soundcheck Contemporary Music program in 2014.

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.

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 Bachelor of Popular Music

The Popular Music program is unique to Queensland Conservatorium, built on the musical innovation and creativity necessary to succeed in a competitive industry. Whether your aspirations lie in performance, music production and recording, entrepreneurial activities or education, Griffith will provide you with the guidance and professional experience you need for a successful career.

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