THE City of Ballarat Live Music Advisory Committee was formed at the start of the year and since that time it has been doing the background work.
Cr Belinda Coates, Chair of the City of Ballarat Live Music Advisory Committee said there are representatives from different venues, musicians and people from the education sector. “THE Ballarat Live Music Advisory Committee is commissioning a draft Live Music Strategic Plan for Council, outlining the policies and procedures Council can embrace in promoting our local live music industry,” Cr Coates said. “This effort reflects similar measures taken by equivalent regional centres such as the City of Wollongong and City of Mornington to encourage a viable live music economy. “Ballarat is uniquely positioned as the prime cultural hub for the Central Highlands / Goldfields / Western Victorian region for live music education, production and performance.” Cr Coates added that the live music strategy was part of enhancing what is already on offer in Ballarat, as far as live music goes. “We would like to build on that and make is sustainable in the long term because we know that it’s great for different reasons including economic benefit,” she said. “We have a good mix of free events as well as through local venues and we want to look at how we can continue that but also build on it.”
Music Victoria’s Regional Victoria Live Music Census 2014, commissioned from NMIT / Box Hill Institute / RMIT / Victoria University, reported that: 3.8 million patrons attended regional live music venues & festivals; $276.2M was contributed to regional Victorian economies by patron spending at live music venues & festivals; 1,000 FT and 300 EFT staff jobs are created across regional Victoria through live music performances; approximately 22,500 EFT jobs are created for musicians.