Sydney, 22 February 2022: The Night Time Industries Association has welcomed NSW Labor’s live music policy to spur on further revitalisation of arts and culture in the night time economy.
Investing in more live music venues, simplifying sound and noise regulation and improving planning and licensing requirements are important steps to addressing the challenges faced by night time operators.
Night Time Industries Association CEO Mick Gibb says the policy announcement is a clear statement of intent to rejuvenate live music in NSW.
“This announcement can have far reaching benefits for the broader night time economy. By creating more live music venues across NSW we can activate more and more parts of the state for night time activity.
“We know that when people go out for a show they will spend at neighbouring businesses before and after the gig. This can encourage more hospitality operators to double down and make hay while the sun shines as more patrons frequent the area to see live music.
“It’s encouraging to see NSW Labor address the sound and noise challenges faced by operators.
“Simplifying the sound and noise process is a positive step and we would welcome a full audit of the legislative and regulatory conditions that manage sound and noise in venues across NSW. By auditing sound and noise we can ensure venues of all types aren’t subject to the whims of vexatious complainants.
“Having diverse night time offerings of creative performance and live music help to create safer night time environments where people of all ages feel the night can cater to them.
“This announcement is a welcome step in the right direction that builds on progress made so far. While there’s still more to do, this statement of intent signals a clear commitment to the night.”