The Governor Hindmarsh, a family-owned hotel in Adelaide, has become the first APRA Licensee of the Year. The pub received the prize at the APRA Music Awards, held on Monday 3 April.
‘Live music is the soul of our hotel as it brings diverse audiences through our doors six nights a week, all through the year,’ said Jo Tonkins, one member of the three generations of the family involved in owning and operating The Gov. ‘Whether it’s a local band getting a start, internationally recognised superstars or cult heroes, there’s a place for every sound and every audience.’
After buying the hotel, which is 150 years old, in the 1990s, the Tonkins doubled the size of the band room and have since hosted 200 acts. ‘Over the last 23 years we have established many great relationships with musicians, agents, promoters and the media, and we are grateful for their ongoing support,’ said Jo. ‘And the people who come to The Gov – be it once a year or every week – they are at the heart of what we do. This is award is an acknowledgement not just of our hard work, but also of their commitment to a live music culture here in Adelaide.’
According to APRA, the Licensee of the Year category acknowledges ‘good music citizenship’. The criteria demanded that the venue act ‘as an advocate for the benefits or importance of music to business and culture’. This could include hosting and promoting gigs, prioritising local musicians over international ones, using music innovative lyrics and generating royalties.
In addition, the venue had to have reported music use and made prompt payments to APRA AMCOS over the previous three years. Plus, any venue that had shown public support for changes to copyright policy that would act to the detriment of songwriters and publishers was discounted.