New music plan rocks city

28 March 2019


Mayor Tom Tate has tonight launched the City’s Music Action Plan 2019-2021 aimed at establishing the Gold Coast’s reputation for making a national and global contribution to the industry.

Helping home-grown acts hone their craft, attracting established music businesses to the Gold Coast and  supporting local music venues to thrive are at the core of the plan which was endorsed by Council late last year.

Launching the plan in Southport, home to a number of live music venues, the Mayor said that live music was the lifeblood of a cosmopolitan economy and essential to any destination serious about showcasing its culture and identity.

“From the venues of the hinterland to the bars along the beaches, the Gold Coast is home to a uniquely diverse music scene and we want everyone to experience great music,” he said.

“Best of all, it invests in the future of Gold Coast musicians and music industry professionals  so it will be aspiring locals who will have the first opportunity to upskill, grow their business skills, and promote what they do” Mayor Tate said.

He said that while the music industry needed to be self-sustaining, now was the time for the City to exercise leadership through investment and support.

“Our investment will create jobs and contribute to the economic impact of the sector across the Gold Coast.”

 “We want to see promoters, educators, artists and venues singing from the same song sheet so we can best build our reputation as a music city.

The projects announced today prioritise working in partnership with peak bodies and local organisations and businesses to further build business and creative skills.

These include: professional and creative development opportunities, grants programs and promoting our music industry nationally.

These projects complement the other MAP priorities that are buzzing away behind the scenes to better profile the city as a great place to present live music; and to build the brand of our local talent and the music industry nationally.

For a copy of the Music Action Plan please visit


Examples of signature MAP projects


APRA AMCOS SongHubs: Where the world’s best collaborate


In partnership with APRA AMCOS SongHubs, the City of Gold Coast will host SongHubs in late August - just pre-BIGSOUND -.

SongHubs partners emerging and established songwriters with renowned international songwriters and producers, creating new works for local and international markets.


Watch this space for more information and how to apply, or sign up to our eNews and follow us on Facebook for updates.


For more information contact:

Sam Creyton

City of Gold Coast


For more information on the SongHub Program visit APRA AMCOS.



Milly Petriella

Director Member Relations

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Team Leader – National Engagement

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The Business of Music

In partnership with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, the City is offering 20 individual practitioners from all areas of the music industry the opportunity to increase their knowledge around the business of music. Participants will develop skills in marketing, copyright protection, contracts, cash flow, taxation and more, presented by leading local and national industry practitioners and experts.


Applications will open soon, details will be posted here or sign up to our eNews and follow us on Facebook for updates.


For more information contact:

Sam Creyton

City of Gold Coast



For Interview/ Comment:

Karen Graham
Work Integrated Learning Project Officer
Educator Support Services
Gold Coast Region
TAFE Queensland
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m: 435657672


Gold Coast Music Industry Professional Attachment Program

Local ambitious and talented music professionals will be given the opportunity to spend up to 40 paid days working with industry specialists and organisations. The program builds local skills and develops strong partnerships and networks nationally.  

The host organisations and partners will be announced soon with applications opening late April.

For more information contact:

Sam Creyton

City of Gold Coast



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