Keep Sydney Open commits to repealing new festival regulations, $100M in music investment & more! - MusicNSW
Indent Tour 2018 by Lazy Bones Photo

New party policies from Keep Sydney Open have addressed growing concerns around music festival regulations and live music investment, ahead of the NSW state election on March 23rd.

The recently announced KSO party policies include:

  • Investing $100 million into contemporary music and performance over four years
  • Repealing the Berejiklian Government’s new licenses regulations for festivals taking effect on 1st March
  • Establishing an independent ‘Office of the Night’ to provide accountability for stakeholders of the night-time economy and a Ministry of Culture, Music and Nightlife for a seat in Cabinet
  • Dedicating $10 million to a targeted marketing and promotion campaign to rebuild confidence in the state’s nightlife and cultural offering
  • Launching a ‘Culture Pass’ with free access (up to $250 per person, per year) to live music, performance, theatre, galleries and other cultural events and institutions for young people aged 18-24

See how these policies compare with those from NSW Labor, NSW Greens and the NSW Liberals and Nationals on our 2019 State Election Report Card!

The announcement comes as over 65,000 people sign a petition calling on the NSW Government to stop "killing live music in NSW".

The Don't Kill Live Music campaign will be holding a rally on Thursday, February 21 at Hyde Park from 6PM.

Check out the full list of Keep Sydney Open policies!

Want to learn more about the upcoming state election and how to #VoteMusic? Check out MusicNSW's election resources!

Image credit: Indent Tour 2018 by Lazy Bones Photo