On the back of recent good news regarding the regulation of the live music industry in South Australia, the not-for-profit company Music SA is proud to launch the most comprehensive and useful resource for music venues ever produced in South Australia. The Best Practice Guide for Live Music Venues outlines practical tips to assist live music venues run safe, legal and viable gigs in an easy to read format available to download (pdfs):
South Australia has a long and rich tradition of live music. From new bands playing at local venues to international acts performing at sold-out concerts, festivals and events, live music makes an important contribution to the economic, social and cultural fabric in a state with life and spirit.
The South Australian Government recognises the many benefits of our thriving live music scene. It plays a crucial role in developing music careers and nurturing talent; creates a rich social environment for SA to discover new acts or see their favourite bands; and provides considerable economic benefits for all South Australians, with over 4000 local jobs in the industry and a $263 million contribution to the economy (The Economic and Cultural Value of Live Music in Australia 2014 University of Tasmania).
To support the growth of live music in South Australia, the South Australian Government established the Music Industry Council, as well as the Live Music Regulation Roundtable, which brings together music industry representatives and government representatives to discuss and address various issues affecting the live music industry. To this end, the Music Industry Council has developed the following Best Practice Guide for Live Music Venues in South Australia to assist managers of live music venues to run a safe and successful business. Music SA has played a key role in preparing the document and is committed to supporting SA’s live venues through a variety of measures, particularly hotels which host 80% of gigs performed in Adelaide and outer suburbs (Live Music Census May 2015 Music SA).
This guide is supported in more detail by a companion document entitled The Regulatory Framework for Live Music Venues in South Australia. Well worth a read, it provides comprehensive information on items touched on in the Best Practice Guide.
These two documents were produced as a collaborative project between stakeholders in the live music industry and the South Australian Government. In particular, the Music Industry Council, the Music Development Office and the Live Music Office. Music SA would also like to would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their input: Adelaide City Council, the Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch), the Environmental Protection Authority, the Local Government Association, the Grace Emily Hotel, the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, APRA AMCOS, SAPOL, Consumer and Business Services (Liquor Licensing), Attorney General’s Department, Department of Premier and Cabinet, 5/4 Entertainment, SA Metropolitan Fire Service, Department of State Development, Damian Cunningham, Ryan Winter, Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria), Joe Hay and the staff of Music SA.