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Live music program

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Live music program

Live music and the development of small bars and ancillary businesses are a vital part of the cultural fabric and identity of Sydney's inner west. Live music also encourages other amenity and economic benefits in the area and generates opportunities for the local community to connect and celebrate. Council has made a commitment to support existing and new live music venues across its local government areas to ensure the future growth of live music venues and creative industries in the area. 

In 2015, specific initiatives were introduced to support live music in the Marrickville area.

A number of opportunities for local venues offering live music are listed below.

Live Music Reference Group

Council is seeking live music operators to join its Live Music Reference Group. The group would be asked to contribute their knowledge of local live music to our programming and assist us in identifying music acts (eg. bands or musicians) for paid performance opportunities in Council's annual program of events. 

Please register your interest with Naomi Bower on naomi.bower@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or 9335 2249.

Live music venue loading zones

A number of venues have indicated that the loading and unloading of instruments and music-related equipment into their venues is an issue, with musicians often having to cart large amounts of often heavy equipment significant distances.

We would like to assist you in solving this problem and you can help us achieve that by taking the following steps:

  • Investigate possible parking sites around your venue – ensuring that the site you identify is already a legal parking one.
  • When you have found a site you believe might be suitable, provide us with a map of the site and surrounding area.
  • Once this material has been received from all interested venues it will be collated and sent to Council's Traffic Committee for consideration.

Please send information to Naomi Bower on naomi.bower@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or 9335 2249.

Planning support

Thinking of opening a creative venue? If you'd like to get a better understanding of what types of venues are permissible in an area, or you'd like to find out whether you need development consent before operating a venue, Council can provide some informal, free advice to get you started.

Email asher.richardson@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9392 5315.