Michael Daley and Labor have announced today that rather than attack the music sector, they will support it.
Under the NSW Liberals and Nationals, venues are closing across NSW, funding for the industry has been stagnant at $4 million a year compared to $27 million per year in Victoria, and the Government has declared war on music festivals.
Mr Daley said “NSW has lost hundreds of venues and thousands of jobs since the NSW Liberals and Nationals were elected in 2011. Now due to the actions of the NSW Liberals and Nationals, we are losing music festivals as well.
“Labor will put an end to the war on music,” Mr Daley said.
Michael Daley and Shadow Minister for Music and the Night Time Economy John Graham today announced Labor’s plan for the music sector which includes:
- An increase in total funding for contemporary music from under $4 million over the last four years of Liberal and National Government to $35 million.
- Establishing a “Music Community” designation to recognise communities that have a strong music sector and value music. Labor will develop formal guidelines and a threshold to achieve the Music Community designation, and then work with local councils to support and promote these communities.
- Direct support for artists to record and tour, including internationally through a new $1.3 million “Music Passport” program; and regionally and nationally through a new $5.1 million “band aid” program
- Invest $4 million in supporting music festivals across NSW, including $700,000 to the Sydney fringe festival. Labor will also streamline the licensing process for music festivals and allow organisers with an established record to obtain multi-year approvals for festivals.
- Rebuilding the suburban and regional touring circuit in NSW, with $1.3 million to support an “On the Road Again” program to take music industry promoters and booking agents on tour to regional venues and provide a substantial funding boost to the ‘Live and Local’ program.
- Creating a home for the music sector in Sydney. It will include performance and rehearsal spaces, recording and writing studios, youth programming and community radio, with a contribution of up to $10 million.
Michael Daley and Labor will also launch a new youth music organisation, which will work with Music NSW.
Labor’s plan to stop the Liberal Party’s war on live music comes on the heels of measures already announced to save live music in NSW including implementing the Parliamentary Music Inquiry’s 60 recommendations, and implementing measures to improve conditions for music venues.
NSW Shadow Minister for Music and the Night Time Economy John Graham said “Labor wants to keep venues open, and keep musicians in work. We want festivals moving to NSW, not fleeing the jurisdiction.”
“The measures that we announce today will help the NSW music scene reach its potential.”