15th February, 2018

Tell the NSW Government your best ideas for supporting the NSW music industry!

NSW Parliament is holding an inquiry into Music
For the first time ever, NSW Parliament is conducting an inquiry into the music and arts economy in NSW. They want a better understanding of the ecosystem, what’s working, what’s not working and what they can do to help the contemporary music industry thrive in NSW. They’re looking for policy ideas.

They’re looking for things they can do to make it better for us. This is our chance to have our voices heard. And the more people who make submissions, the better, as it’s a number’s game – the more submissions they get, the more they realise this is an important issue that needs their attention.

It is incredibly important that we take this opportunity to speak up and demand action to save our music industry.

Submissions close on February 28!

Make a submission: it’s easy!
The inquiry is quite general its scope – so this is our opportunity to let them know our ideas for how things can be better. MusicNSW strongly urges you to write them a letter letting them know:

  • What you do, and why you do it
  • What works, what gives you hope about your local music community
  • What’s not working right now / what are the challenges
  • What issues concern you/ should be addressed
  • How they can help – what changes can they introduce to make it easier for you to do what you do
  • What you’re willing and able to do to assist them with change

Your submission can be as in-depth, informal or lengthy as you like – they all count.

How to submit
Submissions close at the end of this month on February 28th. You can write your submission in a document and attach it, or write a submission directly into the form.

Terms of Reference for the inquiry can be found here.

SUBMIT: make your submission here.

Stuck for ideas? MusicNSW can help
We’re keen to support the industry through this submission process.

Here are some of the things you could ask for:

  • Significantly increased investment for the contemporary music sector (funding for artists, venues, and top-notch events)
  • Support for music export
  • A contemporary music plan for NSW with clearly identified priorities and strategies
  • Significant support for all-ages activities in NSW – for young bands and young audiences
  • Better regulation policies that support and foster a thriving live music scene across NSW (regional, metro and everything in between)
  • Support and recognition for live music venues as cultural institutions and the backbones of our night-time economy
  • Policies and initiatives that make festivals and venues safe and welcoming spaces for all
  • Support for programs that work towards the music industry being representative of NSW people – including specific programs for women and GNC artists, regional artists, artists with disability, western Sydney artists and young artists

If anyone needs assistance or advice in preparing a submission, please get in touch.
info@musicnsw.com | 02 9953 5279

Spread the word!!
Please encourage your friends., colleagues, audiences and general networks to make a submission. We need lots of input on this!