News March 26, 2018

TMN rates the 30 best submissions ahead of NSW Government’s inquiry into music & arts economy

TMN rates the 30 best submissions ahead of NSW Government’s inquiry into music & arts economy

Musicians, members of state and national music groups, and NSW bureaucrats are speaking throughout the day at the hearing in Parliament at the Inquiry into the Music And Arts Economy. 

Among the list of 25 speakers is:

Grainne Brunsdon – executive director, Create NSW

Tarek Barakat – director strategic policy, Research & Projects, Create NSW 

Paul Newson – deputy secretary, Liquor, Gaming & Racing

Jess Scully – councillor, City of Sydney

Lisa Colley – manager, Cultural Strategy, Strategy & Urban Analytics, City of Sydney

Ben Pechey – manager, Planning Policy, Strategic Planning & Urban Design Unit, City of Sydney

Linda Scott – president, Local Government NSW 

Margaret Kay – strategy manager – Social and Community, Local Government NSW 

Dean Ormston – head of Member Services, APRA AMCOS

Dave Faulkner – artist, Hoodoo Gurus

Brooke McClymont – artist, The McClymonts

Tim Levinson – artist, Urthboy

Emily Collins – managing director, MusicNSW

Julian Knowles – chair, MusicNSW 

Rennie Addabbo – country manager, SONOS

Michael Rose – chair, Committee for Sydney 

John Wardle – director, Live Music Office 

Lucy Joseph – project manager, Western Sydney and  Regional NSW

Dan Rosen – chief executive, ARIA 

Matthew Chesher – director, Legal and Policy, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance 

Greg Khoury – Century Venues


Also on the list are members of the Lansdowne Fifteen – a “broad-based group of signatories” that includes representatives from venues and organisations impacted by changes to Sydney’s nightlife, including the Newtown Precinct Business Association, Keep Sydney Open, Oxford Arts Factory and FBi Radio.

Those speaking on behalf of the group are: 

Michael Rodrigues Managing Director, Time Out Australia

Justine Baker – Chief Operating Officer, Solotel

Kerri Glasscock – Director, Sydney Fringe Festival

Anna Burns – General Manager, Future Classic

“If we are to achieve the stated ambition of the NSW government to be the cultural capital of the region we need to recognise that music, arts and culture are significant contributors to the economy (as well as to the quality of life, to individual well-being, and to social cohesion),” the Lansdowne Fifteen stated in their submission.

“It is the role of government to create an enabling environment that will give key participants in this ecology (citizenry, private and public organisations) appropriate incentives to collaborate and act in productive ways.”

There were over 400 submissions made ahead of today’s hearing, and the full list can be found here.

But TMN has made things a little easier, searching through and selecting the 30 best suggestions submitted.

(1) Make Sydney the cultural capital with incentives as tax concessions, grants, training and employment schemes, and get rid of current fees and complex application and approval processes.

(2) Amend or axe the Sydney lockout laws.

(3) Introduce the agent of change to protect existing venues from new residential developments.

(4) Tap community groups and volunteer organisations to be part of the nighttime experience to provide greater diversity.

(5) Integrate late night transport with input from local communities and traders.

(6) Provide business certainty to the operators who invest millions of dollars in this industry.

(7) Subsidise funding for musicians so they can concentrate on their creativity and avoid 9—5 jobs.

(8) Invest in existing cultural infrastructure and find new creative spaces especially for night time use.

(9) Specialist music and arts teachers at all schools.

(10) Use tax profits from pokies to fund music education especially for musician-in-residence or composer-in-residence appointments in high schools.

(11) Greater use of venues that commercially hire themselves out.

(12) A full year-long festival focussing on a certain region each year, that has worked well in Victoria and Europe.

(13) Create a “small entertainment venue” category of theatre/public hall/performance space that does not have to “fudge” its status as a café or restaurant, nor have to meet fire and safety requirements applicable to large venues, that are disproportionate to hazard and risk in smaller ones.

(14) Enforce the Entertainment Industry Act to protect payment to artists, and ensure that those starting or running venues have stringent character tests and not include former bankrupts.

(15) More venues that are more attuned to those with disabilities and encourage gigs and festivals to introduce “help a buddy” type of initiatives.

(16) Create a special category of parking permit for bona fide loading/unloading by musicians of their equipment.

(17) Use music from NSW in government media productions, public service training materials, promotional materials etc.

(18) Address the regulatory overlap associated with the management of noise.

(19) Streamline the development and liquor approvals process.

(20) Develop music tourism initiatives in regional areas.

(21) Invest in more small- and medium-sized performance, rehearsal and recording spaces and make it easier for pop up events and shows. 

(22) Create initiatives to build up future music audiences. 

(23) Encourage collaborative marketing to promote gigs and events through an online portal/app.

(24) Encourage an annual late night event when all state cultural institutions are open.

(25) Change the language used in communicating with residents and visitors that ‘Sydney is open for business 24/7.

(26) Move the dialogue about late night economy from licensing to experience.

(27) Planning controls should be amended to encourage the conversion of all kinds of premises (other than those zoned residential) into small-scale arts venues, without the need for development applications.

(28) Assign ministerial responsibility for the night-time economy (including live music, entertainment and the performing arts), which needs oversight and coordination across multiple sectors and government agencies.

(29) A public education campaign about the value of live entertainment.

(30) The planning system must mandate that public officers identify whether entertainment areas or precincts are affected by development proposals.

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