With a thriving live music scene dating back to Australia’s first free settlers, it’s hard to separate Tasmania’s cultural identity from its live music roots. Tassie boasts the highest number of Australians working in the creative sector per capita and, perhaps unsurprisingly, recently produced the artist behind the 2012 Australian Tourism marketing campaign Dewayne Everettsmith. Tassie’s live music scene boasts a world- class live metal scene out of which Australia’s largest metal export band Psychroptic was born, along with a slew of younger artists like JJJ unearthed high winner Asta and dirty blues thrash bards Guthrie. All have cut their teeth playing the regional Tasmanian touring circuits; the importance of which is two-fold for Tassie artists given the national touring expense associated with our remote geography. Iconic institution MONA and her sister festival MONA FOMA have become key high-end platforms for touring Tasmanian musicians, both of which contribute significantly to the greater Tasmanian economy. Metropolitan and regional Tasmanian venues are the life-blood of Tassie’s music industry; sustaining them is key to our industries expansion and growth.