News June 14, 2020

NSW govt unveil live music boost, ARIA Awards to proceed as planned

NSW govt unveil live music boost, ARIA Awards to proceed as planned
Tones And I at the 2019 ARIA Awards. Photo by Tim Nathan.

A new music event will bring 1,000 COVID-safe gigs to Sydney and regional NSW in November, giving local artists a welcome boost and venues a lifeline.

Great Southern Nights is an initiative delivered in partnership with ARIA, to support the recovery of the live music, entertainment and hospitality industries.

Tourism Minister said the gigs would be a welcome antidote to the challenges presented by COVID-19, bushfires and the prolonged drought.

“This celebration of outstanding Australian artists and incredible live music venues across NSW gives us all something to look forward to, from event-goers to industry,” Ayres said.

“We’ll be able to get out and see Sydney and regional NSW come to life with some of Australia’s top acts … alongside emerging artists in unexpected places.”

Ayres also said venues from across NSW, from the bush to the city, can nominate to host gig.

Great Southern Nights will culminate with the ARIA Awards in Sydney, as planned in November.

More than 20 musicians and bands are already on the bill, including Jimmy Barnes, Tones And I, Birds of Tokyo, Thelma Plum, The Presets, Amy Shark and The Teskey Brothers.

“With the NSW Government’s 24-hour economy strategy set to reinvigorate Sydney’s nightlife, Great Southern Nights will be a big step forward for our state’s live music and hospitality community that has been hit hard in recent times,” Ayres said.

Established and emerging local Australian artists will present 1,000 gigs, curated by ARIA and an industry advisory committee across a multitude of venues around NSW.

“We’re proud to create this opportunity for Australian musicians, and help bring back the live music scene right across NSW,” said ARIA chief executive officer, .

“Live music events bring visitors, culture and excitement to communities.

“This initiative will provide an invaluable boost for the artists, crew, venues and music community that make gigs happen.”

Industry research by Music NSW indicates that live music generates approximately $3.6 billion and 23,000 jobs for the NSW economy.

All music events will be programmed in line with current health advice regarding physical distancing and venue capacity of public gatherings.

Venues and artists are invited to submit an expression of interest to be involved in Great Southern Nights. Registrations are open here

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