Labor has backed the alliance of music industry groups who today launched their campaign to protect live music in NSW with a #votemusic message to voters before the March 23 election.
Music industry social media pages today have changed their profile pictures to post images of static and white noise, in support of the #votemusic campaign.
This campaign is a glimpse of the future of the NSW music scene – static and white noise. To save music in NSW we need to change the government.
To #votemusic, vote Labor.
The campaign is being organised by the Australian Festival Association along with Live Performance Australia, APRA AMCOS, Live Music Office, Music NSW, ARIA and PPCA. Today the NSW Labor page joined in the campaign.
Labor has announced that in government it would scrap the existing festival regulation and immediately consult with the Australian Festivals Association and relevant government agencies about the future of the licensing regime.
Labor has announced $4million support for festivals in NSW, and its support for a streamlined licensing and multi-year approvals for festivals with a good track record.
This is a part of Labor’s $35 million package to support the music sector, which includes $11.5 million of direct funding for artists and the industry, $3 million to keep venues open, $10 million to create a home for music in NSW, and a plan to rebuild the touring circuit across suburban and regional NSW.
The contemporary music and festival sector for NSW, generates $325 million in revenue for the NSW economy with 6 million attendees every year.