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The Live and Local Live Music Development Project

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Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is excited to announce the Live and Local program, to be delivered across the local government area in partnership with the Live Music Office.

Live and Local is a comprehensive capacity-building program which responds directly to the need to increase participation in Australia’s local live music scene, and provides a platform for delivering live music activity that is innovative, flexible and sustainable. 

A Live and Local program consists of:

  • A series of micro-festival music events
  • A dedicated professional development campaign
  • An industry forum event to support development for a live music action plan informed by the experience, engagement and information gained through the program

The program stimulates employment opportunities for musicians, particularly young and emerging, in local communities to sustain their music practice and perform locally, while supporting economic and cultural activity and developing cultural destinations for music lovers. 

A key part of the program is the establishment of a Live and Local Working Group. The group is facilitated by Council and is made up of various sectors of the local community who will work together on a regular basis to support the growth of the live music scene. One of the first tasks of the Working Group is to engage a Curator to assist in programming and logistics. This is a paid position facilitated by Council and will be some local who is well connected with the local music scene already. 

Live and Local Curator Expression of Interest

Council is seeking expressions of interest from music industry professionals local to Port Macquarie-Hastings for the role of Curator in the Live and Local Program, delivered in partnership with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS.

Live and Local is a comprehensive capacity building program which seeks to strengthen the ecology of local grassroots live music communities. The program consists of a series of micro-festival events, professional development workshops and a local industry forum.

Council has partnered with the Live Music Office to foster a consistent approach to best practice sustainable live music presentation, supported by better regulation and policy implementation that assists with growth through all levels of the venue-based live music industry and provides clear career pathways for new and emerging musicians and industry professionals. 

Council is looking for a local curator who is well connected to the local live music scene to:

  • Lead the engagement and programming of local musician and businesses to participate in micro-festival events, professional development workshops and a local industry forum
  • Assist in community mapping as part of strategic planning for the growth of the local live music community.

EOI now open, closes Sunday 13 June at 11.59pm

Curator Expression of Interest Form

 Live and Local Music Manual6MB pdf(PDF, 6MB)

This page was last updated on: 26 May 2021