Micro music festivals bringing music to our streets

The streets will be alive with the sounds of music thanks to a new $20,000 grant to hold micro music festivals in Richmond and Kurrajong. The grant has been provided to Hawkesbury City Council under the Live and Local Strategic Initiative from the ‘Create NSW and the Live Music’ Office.

Council is now seeking Expressions of Interest from music curators, musicians and venues that want to participate in the ‘Live and Local Music Hawkesbury’ festivals.

  • Richmond: Saturday, 24 March, 2018 from 11am to 3pm

    Windsor Street between Bosworth Street and East Market Street and

    East Market Street between Windsor Street and Richmond Railway Station

  • Kurrajong Village: Saturday, 14 April, 2018 from 10am to 2pm

Details and Expressions of Interest forms are available online at www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

The events will bring live music performances into local shops and businesses, allowing the community more opportunities to engage with live music, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett said.

“The micro music festivals will transform traditional retail shops into non-traditional music venues, allowing the community more opportunities to engage with live music,” Mayor Lyons-Buckett said.

“It’s wonderful to know that Hawkesbury residents can once again look forward to a focus on ‘live and local’ music in 2018.”

The micro festivals will be family-friendly, create a safe environment without road closures or any major infrastructure demands, and offer music that suits each venue. The intention is that each four hour festival will be free for the public and the businesses involved. Each festival will also involve a small number of venues and artists.

“Our hope is that venues will see programing live music as a success and they will look at hosting more live music in the future,” the Mayor said.

“This could then also provide flow-on benefits for the community’s local economy as well as increased employment and opportunities for local musicians and associated industries.

“Live and Local Music Hawkesbury is a great opportunity for Hawkesbury City Council and local businesses to work together to create fun, vibrant, music filled town centres, in our local shops, where local musicians can perform,” she added.

“So, if you have a business in Richmond or Kurrajong that is interested in micro music festivals to boost business and tourism, then Hawkesbury City Council wants to hear from you!”

Expressions of interest will close for music curators at 9pm, 15 December 2017.

Expressions of interest will close for musicians and host venues (at Richmond or Kurrajong) at 9pm, 20 December 2017.

Funding will cover the costs of musician and technician fees.

The Live Music Office website also has information and free resources www.livemusicoffice.com.au for musicians and venues

For more information please contact Keri Whiteley, Manager Cultural Services, Live and Local Hawkesbury Project Coordinator on 4560 4468 or email kwhiteley@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

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