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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.

How to get involved

We would love to hear from all musicians and business/venues who would like to be part of our regions live music scene.

Even if you have not previously hosted live music or played locally yet, we encourage you to express your interest, and find out how the Live and Local program can play ‘match-maker’ between local musicians and business/venues.

Jump onto our Live Music Census to upload your details here by Wednesday 15 September 2021.

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 someone local who is well connected with the local music scene already. 

Live and Local Curator

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The Working Group would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in the role of Program Curator. The Group is very pleased to announce that Lisa Willows has been selected as the Program Curator. Lisa will now join the Working Group to design and plan the remainder of the Program with guidance from the Live Music Office and supported by Cultural and Economic Development staff. Lisa is excited to have been selected ‘The Curator Role allows me to utilise my 30 years' experience working in the music scene to produce a uniquely local micro-festival, from the amazing array of talent we have in the region. The Program aims to increase the participation in the local live music scene and discover ways to deliver live music in the Port Macquarie- Hastings region that is both engaging and sustainable.’ Lisa has vast knowledge and experience in working with musicians, including organising large events such as the Howling Moon Festival the newly created Vibez in the Vines.

Next Steps

Census information will be collated by Live and Local Program Curator Lisa Willows. Contact will then be made with all Musicians and Business/venues who have expressed an interest so they are updated about further opportunities to participate in the micro festivals, the professional development program and the live music industry forum.


This page was last updated on: 26 August 2021