Redland City Council has thrown its support behind an initiative which aims to support the creative and career development of local musicians.
Mayor Karen Williams said Redlands Coast’s Live and Local Program was part of a wider south east Queensland music recovery project which aimed to build the capacity of local live music communities including musicians, businesses and venues.
“The main focus of this project is to help the music industry recover from the ongoing effects of COVID-19,” Cr Williams said.
“Many musicians are out of work due to the cancellation of events, closed venues and limited paid performance opportunities.
“The Redlands Coast Live and Local Program is a capacity building project which focuses on strengthening and supporting local live music communities.”
Cr Williams said the project aimed to deliver a number of opportunities including:
- mentorship of an emerging local event curator/producer
- the creation of a digital platform for performers to link artists with venues and local festival and event organisers
- the delivery of performance opportunities for new and emerging musicians
- local and regional industry roundtables
- skills and professional development programs.
Cr Williams said the first priority of the newly-formed local area Music Working Group was to encourage as many local musicians as possible to register for a region-wide festival of micro events to be held between August and October this year.
Musicians can register their interest online until 8 August 2021.
The Music Working Group has also prepared two surveys – one for venues/presenters and another for musicians.
For more information on the Live and Local program visit redland.qld.gov.au
The project is in partnership with Redland City Council, The Live Music Office, QMusic and Creative Alliance Queensland.