2019 State Election Report Card

Below is an outline of the current music policies from political parties in NSW, ahead of the state election on March 23. 

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Total contemporary music funding commitments

$35M to support contemporary music in NSW over four years.

Substantial increase in funding and support for the arts and music in NSW and will ensure that the proportion of arts grants and funding to the NSW community is increased, including to small and medium organisations at the local and regional levels.

Support for the NSW Opposition's funding commitment of $35M over for years to support contemporary music in NSW. 

$100 million in state funding for contemporary music over four years, quadrupling Victoria’s investment to become Australia’s cultural capital.

The Liberal Democrats will cut state taxes to leave punters with more money with which to support music.

MusicNSW funding commitment
Funding to establish a NSW Music Hub

Invest up to $10M to create a Music Development Hub in Sydney which will co-locate the Music Development Office with:
• Music organisations
• Businesses
• Rehearsal and performance spaces
• Community radio
• Writing and recording studios
• Youth programming

Support funding to create spaces in metropolitan areas as well as regional cities that musicians can use for performance, rehearsal, recording, research and networking.

Ensure that contributions from development approvals are used to support arts at the local level, including contributions to the development, management and maintenance of cultural spaces and services.

The Liberal Democrats will cut state taxes to leave punters with more money with which to support music.

Contemporary Music Funding Program for artists and industry

Create a $5.1M Band Aid program to help musicians records and tour regionally and nationally, and for industry professional development.

Establish a $1.3M Music Passport program to help musicians from NSW to tour internationally, developed in consultation with Sounds Australia.

Invest $3M into grants for live music venues for promotion, soundproofing and infrastructure such as audio and lighting equipment.

$1m in live music grants through Create NSW's Music Now funding program announced in January 2019.

Support for NSW government funding for increased and secure funding for music festivals; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts; accessible and affordable music education, including in the regions, to ensure there is better alignment of educational outcomes and industry needs; ongoing funding for community radio and television.

Support funding for arts workers and musicians, such as those involved in funded projects, grants and one-off hire, are paid to account for skills, rehearsal and travel as well as performance time.

Allocation $10 million to a ‘Street Party Fund’ to activate public spaces with street festivals.

The Liberal Democrats will cut state taxes to leave punters with more money with which to support music.

Regulatory reform for live music venues

Amendment of the Liquor Act to introduce a “Right to Play” principle to:
• Require decisions made under the current Liquor Act to take account of the availability of employment opportunities for musicians
• Remove conditions which impose arbitrary restrictions on live entertainment
• Introduce a new class of licence specifically for venues dedicated to live entertainment.

Create a one-stop shop for both venues and residents to deal with noise complaints, and streamline the complex regulations that govern noise from live venues.

Create a one-stop shop for planning and liquor approvals to streamline the approval process for venues.

Convene a regulatory reform roundtable to consult on recommendations to introduce an “agent of change” principle and designated Entertainment Precincts into the planning system.

Establishment of an expert advisory panel to advise NSW Government of better ways to integrate liquor and planning approvals.

Trial for a new licence for pop-up bars and events to support the activation of local spaces in designated precincts, and diversify the social-cultural and business offerings in the Night-time Economy.

Encouragement of local governments to work with music providers and major stakeholders to facilitate the Development Application process to achieve better venue management that protects the amenity of local and Creative Industries residents, while supporting the role of live venues in contributing to vibrant local communities.

Reformation of licensing laws with respect to changes in opening hours and density of outlets to put the onus on licensees to prove that such changes will not adversely affect public health and safety.

Reformation of the laws to also favour venue types, for instance small bars, which are less likely to encourage rapid consumption of alcohol which is linked to increases in alcohol-related crime.

Streamline liquor licensing approvals and development consent processes.

Remove oppressive and outdated licensing conditions and security requirements that stifle creativity.

Introduce a separate class of liquor licence for live music venues with lower fees and compliance costs.

Repeal the 1.30am lockout

Reward well-run venues with extended trading hours, including 24-hour licences

Create a new class of licence with lower fees for venues offering cultural and performance space.

Support for regulatory reform.

The Liberal Democrats oppose lockout laws and would abolish them.

The Liberal Democrats oppose creeping noise restrictions prompted by new residents of areas with pre-existing live music venues.

The Liberal Democrats support cutting the red tape of liquor licensing, to make it easier to run a venue and in recognition that most punters are not problem drinkers.

Appointment of a Minister for Music

Appoint a Minister for Music and Night Time Economy as well as a Night Life Commissioner. 

The NSW Greens currently have as part of their Arts and Creative Industry policy portfolio, a Night Time Culture and Economy portfolio spokesperson who is Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown.

Support for the appointment of a Minister for Arts, Culture, Music and Night Time Economy.

A dedicated NSW Government office that serves as a focal point for leadership, coordination and accountability for live music and the night time economy and a Ministry of the Arts, Culture, Music and Nightlife for a seat in cabinet.

The Liberal Democrats support the appointment of a minister for cutting red tape, who would do more to promote music than any other minister.

Contemporary music experts employed within Create NSW

Ensure Create NSW employs a senior contemporary music expert.

The NSW Greens believe that Create NSW should employ arts and music specialists to support the work of the unit so that the issues in NSW regarding contemporary music and music culture are adequately understood and addressed.

The Liberal Democrats will not micromanage Create NSW.

Professional development for artists and industry

Create a $5.1M Band Aid program to help musicians records and tour regionally and nationally, and for industry professional development.

Support awareness campaigns regarding the importance of musicians receiving fair pay, including the development of an Industry Code of Conduct.

Support the Australian Live Performance Industry Code of Practise to Prevent Workplace Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Bullying developed by the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance and Live Performance Australia.

Support for increasing the level of funding by the state government to support art and artists, including:

  • Supporting new and emerging artists
  • Continuing to support established arts companies and programs
  • Simplifying application processes for grants and funding

The Liberal Democrats will cut state taxes to leave punters with more money with which to support artists and the industry.

Commitment to music export through funding and programs

Establish a $1.3M Music Passport program to help musicians from NSW to tour internationally, developed in consultation with Sounds Australia.

Ensure that Australian artists and musicians are supported in accessing overseas markets, and encourage local government and small business collaboration to provide opportunities for artists and musicians to create and market their music in commercial settings.

The Liberal Democrats will cut state taxes to leave potential exporters with more of their own money to pursue their aspirations.

Investment in health and sustainability of NSW live music industry

Invest $3M into grants for live music venues for promotion, soundproofing and infrastructure such as audio and lighting equipment.

Conduct a Live Music census every two years to establish the number of venues, musicians and performances that take place at any given time in NSW.

Remove draconian regulations that restrict creative ventures and live music festivals and venues.

Implement targeted tax offsets for live music venues to breathe new life into the scene.

Launch a $250 ‘culture pass’ with free access to live music and performance, theatre, galleries, club nights and other cultural events and institutions for the ‘lock-out generation’ who are now 18-24 years old.

Conduct a performance venue audit every two years, identifying culturally significant venues and protecting them as assets of community value and cultural heritage.

Protect venues from noise complaints by embedding the ‘agent of change’ principle into regulation.

Mandatory soundproofing and insulation in all new developments and redevelopments near existing venues.

Establish a ‘Soundproofing Fund’ to retrofit venues threatened by noise complaints.

The Liberal Democrats will cut state taxes to leave punters with more money with which to support live music.

Plan and commitment to reinvigorate night-time economies

Appointment of a Minister for Music and the Night Time Economy, as well as a Night Life Commissioner.

Establish a permanent Night-Time Economy Roundtable to develop policies which encourage a vibrant and safe night-time economy.

$500k in grants for "one-off unique ideas that encourage a vibrant night-time-economy" through the Office Of Responsible Gambling's Activate Sydney@Night Grants.

Ensure that NSW Government policy affecting the night-time economy includes balanced provisions that support the establishment and operation of cultural infrastructure, such as live music venues.

The NSW Greens have a Night Time Culture and Economy spokesperson who has campaigned against the Sydney lockout laws and the use of sniffer dogs as well as advocating for increased public transport options at night and for community, business and government partnerships to address specific area night time issues.

The Greens co-founded the Newtown Vibe Roundtable which works to invigorate the night time economy in Newtown.

A dedicated NSW Government office that serves as a focal point for leadership, coordination and accountability for live music and the night time economy.

Work with city councils to extend trading hours of other businesses that are integral to the night-time economy.

Conduct a review of alcohol-free zones and restrictions on serving alcohol outdoors, and pare back regulations where the risk of harm is low.

Develop new entertainment and late-night trading precincts where culture and entertainment are prioritised over residential land use, with soundproofing mandatory on new residential developments.

Support for the reinvigoration of night-time economies.

The Liberal Democrats oppose lockout laws and would abolish them.

The Liberal Democrats oppose creeping noise restrictions prompted by new residents of areas with pre-existing live music venues.

The Liberal Democrats support cutting the red tape of liquor licensing, to make it easier to run a venue and in recognition that most punters are not problem drinkers.

Government-backed contemporary music plan

A Plan for Contemporary Music to be released within first 100 days in office.

Currently in development.

Support for the NSW Government to develop a contemporary music plan for NSW.

The Greens support NSW government funding for increased and secure funding for music festivals; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts; accessible and affordable music education, including in the regions, to ensure there is better alignment of educational outcomes and industry needs and ongoing funding for community radio and television. The Greens support funding for arts workers and musicians, such as those involved in funded projects, grants and one-off hire, are paid to account for skills, rehearsal and travel as well as performance time.

Development of a State Government vision for nightlife, contemporary music and culture to which the Government can be held accountable.

The Liberal Democrats will cut state taxes to leave punters with more money with which to support contemporary music.

SUPPORT FOR MUSIC FESTIVALS - REGULATION

Ensure any new license process is streamlined so that approvals are provided in a timely manner. Multi-year approvals for event organisers with an established record.

Remove draconian regulations that restrict live music festivals.

Repeal the new festival licence regulations to be brought in by the NSW Government on 1 March that would decimate the festival industry.

Initiate a roundtable on music festival regulation led by festival operators, music industry representatives, health and safety specialists, drug policy experts, police and government.

The Liberal Democrats oppose the recent increase in the regulatory burden on music festivals.

SUPPORT FOR MUSIC FESTIVALS - HARM MINIMISATION

Establishment of an independent drug regulatory authority to develop evidence-based and continuously evaluated policies and programs for safer drug use.

Fully fund mandatory emergency services and counter-terrorism strategies for sport, festivals and cultural events.

Standardise the ratio of police and security to attendees at festivals and the bring costs into line with other cultural and sporting events.

Introduce a harm minimisation program for festivals covering pill testing, amnesty bins, drug education, health services and water stations.

Replace fines and criminal penalties for personal drug use and possession with diversion notices to educational and treatment programs.

Scrap the sniffer dog program and roll back police strip search powers.

The Liberal Democrats support pill-testing.

SUPPORT FOR MUSIC FESTIVALS - OTHER

Provide $700,000 to the Sydney Fringe Festival.

Restore funding to Festival First Night at the Sydney Festival.

Support for community radio

Invest $1M to help community stations showcase NSW musicians through programs including:
• The broadcast of live performances from local venues and festivals
• Competitions for emerging artists

Change the NSW Government’s advertising guidelines to place a greater share of NSW Government advertising on community stations where appropriate.

Provide funding for community radio

Youth music venues and support for all-ages gigs

Fund a new youth music organisation to work with MusicNSW.

The Liberal Democrats supporting removing regulatory barriers to youth music venues and all-ages gigs.

Investment in Music Industry Development

Invest $4M to establish a new Music Industry Office.

Expand support for ARIA Week and the ARIA Awards in NSW through Destination NSW.

Create a NSW Music Week/Awards to specifically showcase musicians from NSW.

Substantially increase funding and support for the arts and music in NSW, and ensure that the proportion of arts grants and funding to the NSW community is increased, including to small and medium organisations at the local and regional levels.

The Liberal Democrats will cut state taxes to leave punters with more money with which to support the music industry.

Investment in NSW music industry conferences and events

Consider funding music conferences to engage with the international music and night time economy sectors.

Support government funding for regular NSW wide music conferences and events.

Promotional campaigns celebrating NSW music, artists and industry

Support for promotional campaigns celebrating NSW music, artists and industry.

$10 million targeted marketing and promotion campaign to rebuild the confidence and reputation of the state’s nightlife and cultural offering.

The Liberal Democrats will cut state taxes to leave musicians with more money for promotion.

Indigenous artist development program

Ensure funding guidelines to recognise that music is a powerful way to tell First Nations stories.

Support local, regional and state government initiatives to foster and support indigenous artist development.

The Greens believe that ?the unique and diverse character of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ culture and heritage must be respected, protected, preserved and promoted.

The Liberal Democrats will cut state taxes to leave punters with more money with which to support indigenous artists.

Use of revenue from gaming machines to support the live music industry

Reduction of the total number of poker machines in venues and a percentage of poker machine licence fees to support live entertainment.

Decouple clubs’ funding from pokies profits, by reducing tax breaks on mega clubs’ pokies profits and using the savings to help clubs diversify away from pokies revenue.

The Liberal Democrats support cuts to gambling taxes.

Commitment to establishing a Live Music Roundtable for government agencies and music industry stakeholders

Support the establishment of a Live Music Roundtable.

Establishment of an independent NSW Government office (‘Office of the Night’) as a focal point for leadership, coordination and accountability for stakeholders of the night-time economy.

Regional music community development and promotion

Invest $1.6M into and support the following areas to achieve designation as a "Music Community":
• Sydney’s CBD and Inner West
• Western Sydney
• South Western Sydney
• Newcastle and the Hunter Region
• The Illawara
• The North Coast
• Tamworth

Rebuild the regional touring circuit by:
• Investing $320,000 to launch a new ‘On the Road Again’ program which will take bookers and agents to regional towns to expose them to local venues and artists
• Investing $1M to extend funding for the Live and Local micro-festival program

Substantially increase funding and support for the arts and music in NSW, and ensure that the proportion of arts grants and funding to the NSW community is increased, including to small and medium organisations at the local and regional levels.

The Liberal Democrats will cut state taxes to leave punters in regional areas with more money with which to support music.

Funding commitment for Youth Rock

Support funding for Youth Rock.

Investment in music education for primary and secondary schools

Work with the music industry to develop mentoring programs for music education at school, and as part of that trial the purchase of musical instruments for ten schools in Western Sydney or rural and regional NSW.

Formally review the provision of music education in NSW.

Support investment in music education for primary and secondary schools.

The Liberal Democrats support taxpayer funding of schooling based on the disadvantage of the child, regardless of whether the school is owned by government or not. This would give parents more options to send their children to schools that recognise the importance of music education.