Ballico, C and Carter, D, A state of constant prodding: Live music, precocity and regulation, Cultural Trends pp. 1-17. ISSN 0954-8963 (In Press) [Refereed Article]
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Live music makes a vital contribution to the cultural and creative identities of cities. In turn, the spaces in which such activity takes place contribute strongly to the functioning of local music and arts scenes. However, particularly in large Australian cities, there is a tension between economic development, fuelled by an extended property bubble, and the viability of small-to- medium live music venues. This tension is compounded by community attitudes toward arts and culture as well as a range of regulatory measures which govern the spaces in which this activity takes place.
This paper examines the challenges inherent with developing and sustaining of live music venues in relation to the regulatory barriers associated with doing so. This paper draws on data from two qualitative studies examining producer accounts of live music operation in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, and Sydney, the capital of New South Wales. Each of these studies focused on the regulatory frameworks, and barriers associated with being able to support local, original contemporary music activity and were prompted following the closure of several highly supportive, high profile live music venues in each location. This research came in the wake of the so-called ‘lock out laws’, which placed limits on the operating hours of licensed premises in the entertainment district of Kings Cross and surrounding suburbs. There was significant local and national debate around the impact and effectiveness of these laws and Perth venue operators were mindful that such laws could be put in place on their spaces.
This paper is contextualised within debates relating to the importance of supportive live music venues, the challenges associated with developing, supporting and maintaining such spaces in light of gentrification and urban renewal strategies. As this paper argues, these strategies, which work to enhance the vibrancy of cities – and often position arts and culture activity as being a vital component - often displace and/ or cause tensions for the spaces in which cultural and creative activity takes place during and after such regeneration.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Music Instustry, Sydney, Perth, Regulation|
|Research Division:||Studies in Human Society|
|Research Group:||Policy and Administration|
|Research Field:||Arts and Cultural Policy|
|Objective Division:||Cultural Understanding|
|Objective Group:||Arts and Leisure|
|Author:||Carter, D (Dr Dave Carter)|
|Year Published:||In Press|
|Deposited By:||Office of the School of Creative Arts|
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