Live and local music development project


We are excited to be part of the Live and Local program, being delivered across the our 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

Our Live Music Census has closed but 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.

Get in touch by emailing

Live and Local Working Group

This group has been appointed and made up of various sectors of the local community. Facilitated by Council, the group work together on a regular basis to support the growth of the live music scene.

Live and Local Curator

Lisa Willows has now joined the Working Group to design and plan the remainder of the program with guidance from the Live Music Office and support by Cultural and Economic Development staff.

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, and has commenced work on producing uniquely local micro-festivals as well as assisting the coordination of professional development and industry forum.

Get in touch with the Live and Local Curator by emailing

Next steps

Census information has now been collated by the Live and Local Program Curator who will contact all Musicians and Business/Venues who have expressed an interest so they are updated about further opportunities to participate. 

The Micro Festival program will run kick off on 1 January 2022 and pop up in locations across the region over the first three weekends of January. More information about artists and locations will be available in early December. 

To ensure everyone can participate in the Professional Development program, this will commence in late January and throughout February 2022. A mix of online and F2F meets ups are planned and more details will follow in December. 

External resources for local musicians

Support Act

We understand that during the past two years, times have been tough on the live music industry. If you find yourself struggling, please reach out to for support.

Currently on offer via Support Act are COVID-19 Crisis Relief grants, training in Mental Health First Aid and Ethical Bystanders, and more!

Create NSW - Regional Music

Funding and support is available for artists organising tours through regional NSW, supporting them to grow their audience, and providing regional communities with high calibre and diverse cultural experiences.  Round 2 opening on 14 March 2022.