The Death and Life of Great Australian Music: planning for live music venues in Australian Cities

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Title The Death and Life of Great Australian Music: planning for live music venues in Australian Cities
Author Burke, Matthew Ian; Schmidt, Amy
Publication Title Proceedings of 4th National Conference on the State of Australian Cities
Editor Maginn P. J. and Jones R. and Haslam-Mackenzie F.
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Perth
Publisher Maginn P. J. (University of Western Australia), and Jones R. and Haslam-Mackenzie F. (Curtin Univers
Abstract In recent decades outdated noise, planning and liquor laws, encroaching residential development, and the rise of more lucrative forms of entertainment for venue operators, such as poker machines, have acted singly or in combination to close many live music venues in Australia. A set of diverse and quite unique policy and planning initiatives have emerged across Australia’s cities responding to these threats. This paper provides the results of a systematic research effort conducted in 2008 into the success or otherwise of these approaches in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Archival and legislative reviews and field visits were supplemented by interviews with key authorities, venue operators, live music campaigners and others in each city. The research sought to categorise and evaluate the diverse approaches being used and to attempt to understand best ways forward to maintain opportunities for live music performance. In Brisbane a place-based approach designating ‘Entertainment Precincts’ has been used, re-writing separate pieces of legislation (across planning, noise and liquor law). Resulting in monopolies for the few venue operators within the precincts, outside the threats remain and venues continue to be lost. Melbourne instead liberalised liquor licensing, resulting in a profusion of small bars, many of which have provided for live music performance. And Sydney, where perhaps the situation was most acute, undertook a review of NSW liquor laws in late 2008, seeking to find solutions. The paper explores these efforts, and points to ways forward for improved urban management.
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Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this conference please refer to the conference’s website or contact the authors.
ISBN 186308-156-9
Conference name State of Australian Cities
Location UWA, Perth
Date From 2009-11-24
Date To 2009-11-27
Date Accessioned 2010-03-04
Language en_US
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Land Use and Environmental Planning
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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