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).
BAND MANAGER, SOUTHPORT