Launch of a popular music industry development initiative in Mount Gambier

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The town of Mount Gambier will focus on live music over the coming months with the launch of ‘Live and Local’ – a local music industry development initiative.

The first of its kind for regional South Australia, ‘Live and Local’ is a proven model that aims to support the growth of live music on-site by providing unique performance opportunities and professional development activity for local communities. live music.

The Town of Mount Gambier will partner with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS to implement the program which has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australian Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Further support for the project was made possible by the Innovation and Skills Department through the Music Development Office.

Mount Gambier Town Manager, City Growth, Tim Coote, said the program is an opportunity to grow the local music industry by bringing together local musicians, businesses and the community.

Coote said that “Mount Gambier has an exciting opportunity to continue to grow as a city of live music and we understand the importance of fostering strong relationships between local musicians, venues and audiences to strengthen our local industry. . “

The Mount Gambier Live and Local program will consist of a series of micro-festival music events complemented by dedicated skills and professional development workshops, a local industry roundtable and support for the development of a plan. action for live music informed by experience, engagement and information gained. through the program.

Coote added “Due to COVID-19, local venues and artists have had a tough run over the past few years, so we are thrilled with the opportunity to safely re-energize our live music scene and explore how we can continue to build live music in our region in the future.

Driven by the perspectives of Live and Local, Monica Hart, recently appointed as Head of the City of Mount Gambier Live Music Project, said the project will create paid performance opportunities for local musicians in a range of activated spaces. during micro-festivals.

Hart said, “We are launching a call for expressions of interest from local musicians who would be interested in participating in the professional development and performance opportunities that the project will create.

“Micro-festivals are particularly suited to soloists, duos or small trios who can easily activate unique local businesses in and around the CBD as part of these events. “

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our live music champions to come together to inject more dynamism into our CBD and help define the ingredients needed to continue building a thriving live music scene for Mount Gambier. “

South Australian Minister of Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni, welcomed the opportunity to support the initiative with a contribution of $ 19,000 for the management and delivery of the project in Mount Gambier.

“Live music is an essential part of the cultural fabric of our communities, and we are delighted to help the town of Mount Gambier seize the opportunities that the Live and Local initiative will present to strengthen the building of a local music sector. dynamic and sustainable. Added Minister Pisoni.

Local musicians are invited to express their interest in participating in the program by registering on www.haveyoursaymountgambier.com.au/liveandlocal

Image: Live and local task force members (back – left to right) Isaac Bruggeman, Jason Flint, Natasha Little, Marie Holmes, Taylor Fry and Trish Bruggeman with the Town of Mount Live Music Project Manager Gambier Monica Hart (front) onsite at Body Fit Training – one of the micro-festival’s upcoming music event venues.

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