NSW contemporary music: What needs to be done

Implement a State Government contemporary music strategy


  • Issue: ArtsNSW and the NSW Government currently have no strategic plan for the development of the contemporary music sector.
  • ·     Action: Convene a standing committee of policy representatives from the contemporary music sector to work with ArtsNSW and the State Government to ensure the resources available to contemporary music are best allocated for the development of the sector.


Meet with NSW Arts Minister Souris and the O’Farrell Government


  • Issue: In late 2011 representatives from the contemporary music sector were to meet with NSW Arts Minister George Souris. This meeting was cancelled by the Minister at late notice and his Office has not rescheduled.
  • ·     Action: That SLAM make representation to NSW Arts Minister George Souris to meet with the contemporary music sector, to raise issues affecting the local musicians and investigate a strategic plan for the development of NSW contemporary music.


Local Government and live music


  • Issue: A Live Music and Live Performance Taskforce comprising 11 music experts has just been established to prepare a draft action plan for the City of Sydney Council for consideration in July 2013.
  • The Taskforce aims to remove obstacles faced by live music venues and performers by creating initiatives that help venue owners manage noise control, reduce red tape to allow access into unused areas, and to provide an overall support system for performers, musicians and theatre groups.
  • Action: This action plan should form the basis of a State wide music strategy and enacted in all Councils across NSW.


Review the Gaming Machines Act


  • Issue: The NSW Government spends over $3.50 per resident on programs that provide European classical music and less than 20 cents per resident on programs to support Australian contemporary music.
  • The South Australian Gaming Machines Act 1992 provides a community benefit fund of $20 million including $500,000 each year to contemporary music from pokies revenue. Funding of $500,000 would almost double the current spend on contemporary music programs in NSW.
  • Action: NSW should adopt a similar fund to South Australia to support contemporary music.