(6.30pm, Wednesday 29th May 2013, Customs House)
Hello, everyone, welcome to our Live Music seminar. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our City.
I'd like to thank you all for coming here this evening, and to thank especially our guests:
- Leyne Elbourne from Cadence Promotions
- Chris Zajko from Music NSW
- Felix Akurangi from APRA
- Stephen Gauld from the Association of Australian Acoustical Consultants
- Jack Martin of Newtown Social Club and
- John Wardle, who chairs the City's Live Music Task Force
Tonight's seminar is one in the series of key sessions we have developed for small business, to help business owners establish themselves and to flourish in a competitive market.
Tonight's focus is on live music which is an important part of our Creative City cultural policy which Rachel Healy has drafted. We now have a Live Music Task Force, chaired as I mentioned by John Wardle, and Rachel will shortly be telling you more about that.
Other staff from the City will then talk to you about process and compliance, and you'll also hear from industry experts with advice on how to set up a venue, how to book a band, and a great deal of other down-to-earth practical advice.
We have been on a determined campaign to ensure Sydney gets the diverse, vibrant and safe night-time culture it deserves as a global city.
We've been working on many fronts - through our laneways program to activate forgotten spaces, through our late-night food trucks and small bars initiatives, and now through our Live Music Task Force.
We talk with residents, workers and visitors and we know that people want greater choices in where they meet to drink and socialise and the sort of entertainment that is available to them.
We've heard the message that live venues are in big demand in the City and if we can help you create those venues, will be enriching the City's creative life and giving a greater range of experience for people of all ages.
So thank you once again for coming here this evening, and I'd now like to hand over to Jo Kelly.