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The coast’s music scene is growing gold

Kylie Mitchell-Smith | September 2019

The good old days of the Gold Coast music scene from Bombay Rock in Surfers Paradise to the Playroom in Tallebudgera to The Patch in Coolangatta may be upon us again.

The recent announcement of a new music advisory board to align with the Music Action Plan 2021 (MAP) will prime the city to becoming a word-class live music destination.

The Music Action Plan intends to provide a strategic direction for the city to develop and drive the live music industry- a much needed resource to effectively promote and nurture the burgeoning live music scene both nationally and internationally.

Brisbane recently hosted ‘BIGSOUND’ music conference, the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere, with an array of talent coming from the Gold Coast, so now’s the time for future industry professionals to join the Gold Coast Music Advisory Board.

Mayor Tom Tate said “The Advisory Group will have a big job, they will need to have their finger on the pulse about live music trends, galvanise industry support and connect the city’s artists and music businesses with national opportunities.”

From nurturing young emerging artists to further developing the careers of established musicians, the advisory group will be focused on collaborations and strategic partnerships to continue to shine the light on the coasts growing talent of musicians.

Chair Dean Gould said, “Right now we want the very best people to nominate for the Advisory Group – musicians, promoters, managers, venue operators, music lovers – whomever you are, consider the contribution you can make towards establishing the Gold Coast as Australia’s best music city.”

The city has fostered musicians who have played at some of the biggest festivals around the country like Splendour in the Grass and Byron Bay Blues Festival. Local bands such as Hussy Hicks and Tijuana Cartel have been playing and touring for a couple of decades across the globe but still call the Gold Coast home.

The call is out for industry creatives to put their musical hat in the ring and become part of history to drive this new initiative forward. Since its inception in March this year, the Music Advisory Board has assisted hundreds of industry professionals by developing opportunities with government departments and building on avenues for live music venues, events and conferences.

If you know someone or you want to be a music advocate to connect the Gold Coast music community to the rest of the country and the world, nominations close Sunday 22nd September.

Information about how to nominate can be found at the City of Gold Coast website.

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