ALMBC launches music industry COVID-19 gig dashboard
The Australian Live Music Business Council is helping its members negotiate COVID-19 restrictions for businesses with a new online tool.
The National Gig Ready Dashboard is available to the ALMBC’s 488 Aussie members, comprising small to medium-sized businesses around the country.
With restrictions around how to operate in the era of coronavirus seemingly in a constant state of flux, members will now be able to access up-to-date information to ensure COVID-safe compliance in any state or territory,
From current restrictions and physical distancing requirements through to the service of alcohol and even whether patrons can dance, this new tool is ready to help businesses at any stage of reopening.
There are plenty of helpful links at hand too, ready to take members to relevant state government resources.
“As the country opens back up to live music, creating tour routes and planning shows that will be COVID compliant and having advice that is up to date for every corner of the country will be essential to ensure we can take advantage of opportunities for artists, businesses and audiences,” ALMBC interim chair Stephen Wade said.
The dashboard is currently available to any small to medium-sized business in the industry, with the annual feel to join the ALMBC currently waived until January, 2021.
“Getting Australian music culture back on track is essential and we’re pleased that the ALMBC is already having real and meaningful impacts for our members,” Wade added.
The ALMBC aims to act on behalf of the ‘backstage’ voices in the music industry. Members include agents, venues and small promoters through to ticketing companies, poster companies, media, publicists, food vendors, security, music technicians, crew and many more.
Pixie Weyand, owner of Brisbane venue The Zoo and ALMBC working group member, said the past few months have been confusing for many venues.
“As a music venue, the last few months have been not just stressful, but really confusing and that’s just in one state,” she said.
“It’s really important for venues that are struggling to stay afloat that the rules are clear and easy to navigate and it’s been great that we can come together as a sector not just for support, but for information sharing.”
“Artists and bookers can now create national plans with the eight sets of rules they are working under all in one place.”
The ALMBC directly represents 28,000 employees at 488 businesses, having only just formed in July, 2020. The ALM