The Courier-Mail

Con­certed push to save gigs worth $15b

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THE Aus­tralian mu­sic in­dust try has dan­gled a $15.7 bil­lion c car­rot in front of state gov­ern­ments in an at­tempt to save a live sec­tor threat­ened by overr reg­u­la­tion and lock­outs.

That is how much con­certs con­trib­uted to the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity last year, ac­cordin ing to re­search com­mis­sioned b by the Live Mu­sic Of­fice.

The re­port es­ti­mates that 65 65,000 full and part-time jobs are cre­ated by spend­ing on live mu­sic and most pun­ters spend more on food and drink at gigs than on tick­ets.

But the re­port’s big­gest weapon against the tight­en­ing of liquor laws, noise reg­u­la­tions and zon­ing laws is that for ev­ery dol­lar spent on live mu­sic, the wider com­mu­nity en­joys a ben­e­fit of $3.

Live Mu­sic Of­fice pol­icy di­rec­tor John War­dle said the re­port would be used to en­cour­age in­vest­ment.

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UN­DER SIEGE: A cy­clist at Woody Point avoids a swoop­ing mag­pie con­fused by un­sea­son­ally warm weather. Pic­ture: Liam Kid­ston
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