NSW Contemporary Music Strategy

Byron Bay Blues Festival. Image by Lachlan Douglas.

Byron Bay Blues Festival
Image by Lachlan Douglas

Create NSW is working with the music sector to develop the goals, strategies, actions, and priority areas that will guide the NSW Government’s future initiatives and investment in contemporary music across the State.

Why is contemporary music important?

NSW has a wonderfully talented group of musicians, bands and artists across diverse genres and styles of contemporary music.  This talent is expressed through rock, pop, dance, blues, hip hop, R&B, metal, electronica, folk, soul, classical, jazz and improvised music, and art form cross-overs such as sound art, cabaret and music theatre.

These artists are supported by a passionate group of industry professionals, sector representatives and a music ecosystem committed to sharing the benefits of music participation with communities in NSW, Australia and around the world.

Music can have a profound effect on the social and cultural development of communities. It expresses cultural values and enables meanings to be shared, brings people together, and promotes the development and maintenance of individual, group, cultural and national identities.

As well as its social and cultural value, contemporary music is a multibillion dollar industry. It employs tens of thousands of people, reaches an audience of millions, and makes a major contribution to Australia’s copyright industries.  A significant share of Australia’s music economy is contributed by the contemporary music industry in NSW.

What is Create NSW doing?

While there is ample evidence of the contribution it makes to social, cultural and economic development, there are opportunities for the expansion and growth of contemporary music in NSW.

As part of the Night-Time Economy (NTE) Taskforce’s work to implement the Government Response to the NTE Roundtable Actions, Create NSW is developing a NSW Contemporary Music Strategy.

Recent submissions and evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Music and Arts Economy in New South Wales, and other research and input by the music sector, is assisting to establish an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for contemporary music in NSW, and ideas for its growth.

To build on this work, Create NSW is commencing a range of engagement activities aimed at involving music communities and supporting networks in metropolitan Sydney, Western Sydney and regional NSW. This includes the establishment of an Advisory Group, a series of workshops in locations around NSW, focus group meetings with communities of interest, and a musician survey.

Emerging from the engagement will be the goals, strategies, actions and priorities that will provide a framework and focus for the expansion and growth of contemporary music in NSW.

If you have any enquiries, would like to participate in the workshops or receive any further information about this project, please contact:

Paul Graham
Project Lead (Strategic Projects)
E: paul.graham@create.nsw.gov.au

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