Concerted push to save gigs worth $15b
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.