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Council of the City of Gold Coast is currently developing a Live Music Action 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 Live Music Action Plan is expected to be finalised in 2017.

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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 will be considered for inclusion in the final Gold Coast Music Action Plan 2020 due for presentation to council in October 2017.

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 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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