A new project has been launched by Warrnambool City Council in conjunction with the Live Music Office to build capacity and strengthen our local live music ecology. This comprehensive program will provide performance opportunities, skill building workshops, audits of our live music scene and support to businesses for a series of micro-festivals of live music in unexpected places. The project will stimulate the opportunities for musicians, particularly young and emerging performers, to sustain their practice in the local community whilst we develop cultural destinations for music lovers whilst driving economic and cultural growth opportunities.
The project will be steered by a local curator and a working group made up of members from our local community who have a stake in live music. This includes musicians, business owners, event organisers, music teachers and music students along with police, health and transport workers. If you have a stake in live music, you have the opportunity to be part of the group. The working group is coordinated by Council and supported in the planning and delivery of the project by the Live Music Office. Music Victoria, The Push and Regional Arts Victoria are also on board to ensure we have access to the best advice, support and professional development opportunities in the program, and to help open up connections and partnerships between our local community and these fantastic support organisations.
There are three exciting outcomes of this project:
- A series of micro-festival music events; where musicians will perform in a huge range of places, many that might not be an expected place to see a bit of live music
- A dedicated professional development campaign; with a range of sessions for musicians, business owners, event facilitators and production personnel
- An industry forum event to support the development of a Live Music Action Plan for Warrnambool, informed by the experiences, outcomes and information gained through the project
The timing of this project will also provide significant support to our live musicians and businesses in the post-covid recovery and stimulation period.
How can I get involved?
We are establishing a working group which will consist of representatives from various sectors of the community to work together on a regular basis to support the growth of live music through the project. Some of the roles the working group will fulfil are:
- Provide support to the project and delivery of the micro-festival events alongside the curator
- Support the marketing and social media presence of the project, and assist promoting local venues, musicians and gigs
- Assist venue owners, managers and bookers in organising regular gigs and performance opportunities
- Liaise with local industry on broader industry developments and opportunities
- Liaise with Council on strategies and opportunities to support local live music
We are looking at anyone involved or who has connection with live music to be on the working group. These include:
- Venue owners/managers
- Event/Festival organisers
- Business owners
- Tech/Production professionals
- Music Teachers/Educators and Music Students
- Health organisations
- Community organisations
To ensure a good range of representation, Council is running an open Expression of Interest for members of the community who wish to be on the working group. EOI’s close Thursday 29th October at 5pm. More information on the program, and the EOI application form can be found here: www.liveandlocalwarrnambool.com.au