Over recent years, urban councils across Australia have been developing Live Music Strategic Plans to reduce regulatory and non-regulatory barriers and embrace opportunities. The City of Ballarat is one of the first regional councils to develop a Live Music Strategic Plan, capitalising on strong community interest in live music and live music enterprises in our region. The Strategic Plan also implements an action in the City of Ballarat 2040 Strategy to develop a live music strategy.

Live Music Strategy

The City of Ballarat Live Music Strategic Plan has a scope of 5 years. It defines the goals and objectives underpinning support of local and regional live music and identifies actions to strengthen development, appropriate to Council’s role within the community. The Strategic Plan includes 4-6 actions for each of five objectives within the vision as outlined below:

As the capital of Western Victoria, Ballarat is a city and a regional centre:

  • where musicians and music enterprises are empowered to develop, innovate and collaborate to be sustainable
  • minimising regulatory burdens on musicians and music enterprises
  • embracing a rich diversity of vibrant live music, across genres, communities, ages and contexts
  • that is a regional destination for major music performances of high quality and related events which generate local excitement and cultural tourism
  • utilising live music to foster self-expression, personal development and wellbeing for people of all ages

Download the 2016 - 2021 Live Music Strategic Plan