Thanks, MusicNSW!

27 Sep

Source: MusicNSW (

While traversing through the internet in search of information that would help Project Bottle-Top, I discovered a campaign run by MusicNSW from 2006-2009 titled ‘Protecting Live Music’. The campaign focused on live music venues and managed to influence a number of changes to relevant NSW Government regulations, which from October 2009 were:

  • Place of Public Entertainment (POPE) licences are no longer needed – venues can have live entertainment as part of their main business without the need for separate approval
  • Entertainment is now defined as part of normal activities at pubs, restaurants and clubs during the week and on weekends.
  • For new venues, live entertainment matters will be considered as part of the development application
  • There will be a range of measures to protect neighbourhood amenity, which are administered by the police, councils and the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.

These are incredible achievements for one campaign and is a true inspiration for GIGS while in the dawn of our first phase ‘Project Bottle-Top’. Thanks, MusicNSW, for helping to further facilitate and improve Sydney’s Live Music Scene. We can only hope ‘Project Bottle-Top’ is this successful in discovering and understanding current trends amongst Sydney venues’ patrons.


One Response to “Thanks, MusicNSW!”

  1. nightfusion October 19, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    I think this is a very important step that needed to be made, however will it really have a significant impact on the state of the live music scene? It seems venues that want to host live music already host it, regardless of needing POPE licences. While this does make things somewhat easier for venues, it remains to be seen whether this will have a knock-on effect to the general community in terms of bringing greater numbers of people to shows.

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