Monday, 19 December 2016
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall is urging local councils across the region to apply to the NSW Government for funds to facilitate local micro music festival programs.
Australian music legend Shannon Noll has been appointed an ambassador for live music in regional NSW to ensure the program provides the best opportunities for country-based musicians.
Modelled off the successful Wester Sydney Live and Local program, councils in regional areas now have their chance to secure a share of $150,000 to put on a quality show for the community.
Mr Marshall said running micro-festivals had benefits for local musicians but also for the community more broadly.
“For musicians to get a start they need opportunities and by holding one or more music festivals right in their home town we can provide the leg up they need,” Mr Marshall said.
“At the same time, the community will benefit from having some great live entertainment to see in very own back yard – it’s a win-win.
“Mr Noll’s experience and talent will be a great asset in providing feedback to the government on how to best support local musicians, and creating performance opportunities through micro-festivals is a great start.
“Shannon knows how tough it can be to get a start in the music industry, especially if you’re from a small country town, and we’re delighted to have him involved in this initiative.”
Councils wishing to apply for the micro-music festivals program should contacts John Wardle from the Live Music Office on 0407 400 018.