Western Sydney musicians and bands will play in streets, cafes, shops, parks and malls as a part of a new funding initiative to promote live music in the state’s fastest-growing region.
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant invited Western Sydney councils to submit proposals for family-friendly, community-based micro music festivals.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has committed $150,000 to deliver the festivals which will be a great way for residents and visitors to sample Western Sydney’s diverse musical talent,” Mr Grant said.
“The events will be coordinated by industry organisation The Live Music Office using its Live and Local model for a four-hour, multi-venue live music event in local communities.
“With a strong youth focus, the festivals will provide employment and opportunities for Western Sydney-based musicians to celebrate their local communities and raise their profiles.”
Live Music Office Policy Director John Wardle said Western Sydney councils and communities are encouraged to use their imaginations to engage with musicians and businesses and create safe, vibrant and innovative festivals.
“Acts will play in a diverse array of venues unique to their local areas including shops, cafes, parks, malls, restaurants, clubs and hotels,” Mr Wardle said.
“Western Sydney has a great legacy in contributing to popular Australian music and these events will be sure to uncover future leading talent.”
This funding is part of the NSW Government’s $7.5 million boost to Western Sydney arts and culture in the next four years.
The Live Music Office will be seeking expressions of interest in July from Western Sydney’s councils to stage Live and Local events.