A series of new, free, micro music festivals, funded by the NSW Government via Create NSW, will take place across regional New South Wales throughout 2017 and 2018. $150,000 will go towards live performances featuring local musicians in Orange, Newcastle, Tenterfield, Tweed Shire, Wagga Wagga, Kempsey, Armidale and Mudgee.
“To see such a fantastic mix of councils across New South Wales now preparing to activate their streetscapes and businesses with diverse artists and celebrate the music made in their towns is genuinely exciting,” said John Wardle, director of the Live Music Office, which administers the funding. “Everyone involved in putting this together is so enthusiastic about what we are going to see as these events take place and beyond.”
The festivals are the latest development in the Live Music Office’s Live and Local Strategic Initiative. Last year, similar events took place in Western Sydney, which, in 2018, will receive a second round of funding, with $100,000 to facilitate festivals in Liverpool, Cumberland, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Campbelltown.
“It’s fantastic that we are able to take this program to the bush to improve opportunities for the promotion of live music across our state,” said Minister for the Arts Don Harwin. “This is a great initiative where Councils can offer local artists a platform to be heard. From school bands to rock bands, locals will be entertained by locals for free … I’m delighted that we are able to widen the net to help grow live music in regional NSW.”
Performances will be held across a variety of traditional and non-traditional spaces, from parks and markets to retail shops. The funding covers payment of musicians, technicians and artistic directors, allowing audiences to attend for free.