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nice that South­port is be­ing touted as the new en­ter­tain­ment hub (Bul­letin Nov 8).

As a huge sup­porter of live mu­sic and band man­ager, I can hardly wait for the op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal bands and mu­si­cians to show, not only the Gold Coast, but also the rest of the world, how good our ta­lent is.

How­ever, it is very ev­i­dent from past events (such as the Com­mon­wealth Games) that lo­cal mu­si­cians are not well sup­ported and venues/or­gan­i­sa­tions ei­ther want the mu­si­cians for free “for ex­po­sure” or pay a very nom­i­nal rate.

Live mu­sic at venues such as night­clubs and restau­rants is un­for­tu­nately de­creas­ing due to many rules and reg­u­la­tions im­posed on venues by Gold Coast City Coun­cil and many mu­si­cians are forced to take a lower rate just to keep food on the ta­ble.

So when the coun­cil­lors en­dorse this “plan of ac­tion” I hope it will in­clude a ma­jor pro­por­tion of time ded­i­cated to lo­cal ta­lent of all gen­res, a fair rate of pay, qual­ity sound equip­ment and engi­neers and well mar­keted.

(If the coun­cil­lors would like a rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Ac­tion Plan who un­der­stands the in­dus­try I would be de­lighted to at­tend).

HE­LEN WIN­TLE,

BAND MAN­AGER, SOUTH­PORT

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