City to establish music taskforce

Live music is a central part of our city's culture and I want to make sure there is always a place for it.

Despite the success of small bars legislation and the abolition of the Place of Public Entertainment (POPE) licences, live performance still struggles against the lure of gaming rooms or big screen TVs.

This week in council, I proposed a live music taskforce for Sydney.

The taskforce will look at how to help venue operators negotiate approvals and manage impacts of noise on surrounding areas, cut red tape and enable under-used and unconventional spaces to be used for live performance and rehearsal.

It will also look at supporting entrepreneurs, performers, musicians and theatre groups with the logistics of staging live events.

We need to identify the issues holding live music back and look for practical solutions. We need to hear from venue operators, promoters, artists, people who go to shows and residents.

Balancing the cultural diversity and economic benefit live performance brings to Sydney with residents' needs is extremely important, and the taskforce will look at approaches elsewhere, such as Brisbane's Fortitude Valley and Western Australia, to see what we can learn.

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