New live music strategy open for comment

03 Jan 2019

Providing more opportunities to break into the all-age music industry, improving night-time transport and promoting live music online are part of a live-music strategy now on public exhibition.

The plan to help grow and nurture Newcastle's live music scene over the next four years and beyond is on public exhibition right now.

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The City's Live Music Strategy 2019-23 has set out a number of key targets to achieve a safe and sustainable live music scene following consultation with key stakeholders, the community and music professionals.

"Live music is an invaluable part of our city's cultural make up, and we’ve undertaken a significant body of research and community engagement to develop an action plan that will help grow this important industry in Newcastle," Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

"We continue to foster new local talent, venues and audiences against a backdrop of social change and urban renewal and this document, together with other important strategies, such as the After Dark Strategy, seeks to strengthen our night time economy by making live music as viable for musicians and their audiences as possible.

"We want to make live music as accessible, affordable and available to the community as possible."

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The Lord Mayor said the plan also seeks to strike a balance between promoting a vibrant night time economy and responding to the needs of those calling the city home.

"While we believe that live music is a great way to promote social cohesion, public space activation and community well-being, we also want to ensure that rights of existing residents are protected.”

The Live Music Strategy 2019-23 will be available for comment until 25 February, here.