A year later: How is the Future of Live Music looking in South Australia?
In November 2013, the Dunstan Foundation launched Martin Elbourne’s report The Future of Live Music in South Australia after 18 months of frenetic consultation and investigative activity. Since that time the South Australian Government has supported many of its recommendations but with some considered variation from them in the actual implementation. Specifically the Music Development Office was established as a joint initiative of the Department of State Development and Arts SA providing development opportunities for the industry and for individual artists from within the St Paul’s Creative Centre.
A new independent body Musitec, backed by the State Government, has grown out of the recommendations in Martin’s report, especially Recommendation 1, and has been guided by the fundamental concept of growing music as an industry alongside nurturing it as an art form in South Australia. Following a State Government project, Producing an economically sustainable music industry, aimed at examining a means of implementation, Musitec was born. It the recommendations in Martin’s report and guided by the fundamental concept of growing music as an industry alongside nurturing it as an art form in South Australia is a music industry cluster organisation, developing local and global opportunities, technology and creative industries through strategic collaborations, and providing advice to government.
Martin has also worked with the Music Development Office to establish a network of internationally accomplished professionals generally with connections to SA – Friends of SA. This sprung from Recommendations 10 and 18 which has had a wonderful result with the establishment of the Robert Stigwood Fellowship which is aimed nurturing and inspiring music industry entrepreneurs.
The Department of State Development will continue to monitor and map out the music industry in South Australia and communicate with the Music Development Office those areas that need strengthening for the industry to be fully established and grown.
It is an exciting time for music in South Australia. I wish everyone well in their new endeavours, and those to come, and also look forward to seeing more people enjoy and get behind their local musicians. It has been a wonderful experience for the Dunstan Foundation to see what has grown from our work with Martin and I look forward to seeing much more.
The Dunstan Foundation