Initiatives and support

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Music is part of our DNA. The City of Gold Coast, through its Music Action Plan 2021 and other initiatives and programs, strongly supports the music industry and its businesses, creatives, and artists.

Find out more about our programs and initiatives.


Live Music Business Improvement program
The Program supports the revitalisation and recovery of the Gold Coast music scene. It is designed to respond to and help music businesses to adapt and diversify their operations.

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Activate Music Regional Arts Development Fund
Activate Music, through our Regional Arts Development Fund supports the Gold Coast contemporary music sector to create new music and develop audiences locally, nationally and internationally.

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Major Events Gold Coast
Is a team of innovative event specialists, determined to ignite the city with a vibrant array of festivals, sporting and cultural events.

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Gold Coast Music Awards
Launched in 2015 by the team behind the Gold Coast’s own award-winning independent media platform, Blank Street Press, the Gold Coast Music Awards have grown into a recognisable, stand-alone brand representing Gold Coast music to a national audience.

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Professional Development opportunities
A number of programs and opportunities to enable professional development are offered through council’s Arts and Culture unit. They are constantly been updated so stay in touch by joining the Arts and Culture mailing list – Subscribe

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Songhubs GC
Strategic partnerships have been formed between City of Gold Coast and APRA AMCOS Songhubs to present Songhubs GC. This partnership brings to our city the world’s best songwriters together to support and develop our city’s songwriting talent.

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Music Action Plan

The City of Gold Coast’s Music Action Plan 2021 (MAP 2021) was an important blueprint that positively impacted the live music sector on the Gold Coast. It provided access to resources, promotion of Gold Coast music nationally and internationally and stronger partnerships across all tiers of government, peak bodies, and private enterprise. The Plan’s legacy lives on through the many projects it initiated and supported.

Music Action Plan


Music Advisory Group

The Music Advisory Group is an advisory body to the City’s local government authority which is helping shape a new live music era for the Gold Coast. The group is tasked with leveraging industry connections and expertise to benefit key priority areas of the Music Action Plan (MAP 2021).

The Group was determined by an independent music industry panel and is made up of the following members:

Special Entertainment Precinct

Southport is home to a growing cluster of live music venues. Under the City of Gold Coast’s Music Action Plan, we have a vision for Southport to become a live music hub. A vibrant destination where locals can see world class gigs.

The Special Entertainment Precinct (SEP) legislates that noise is managed by Council under a regulatory framework and covers two appropriately designated areas of Southport. By mid 2022, the SEP will support the current venues, help attract new venues and retain live music venues in Southport. Also, planning controls will ensure a vibrant and safe entertainment precinct with music venues and residential areas designed to be compatible.

The creation of a successful SEP in Southport requires amendments to the Southport PDA Development Scheme, amendment to Local Law No.16 (Licensing) 2008 and the creation of a new Subordinate Local Law No.16.9 (Amplified Music Venues) proposed below. Subsequent City Plan amendments will identify the SEP consistent with the Southport PDA Development Scheme.


What is a Special Entertainment Precinct (SEP)?

A SEP refers to the establishment of a local law (amplified music permit) that conditions a venue, site or precinct whereby noise management is managed by Council through noise management plans rather than with OLGR. To facilitate this process, planning laws (to balance social, economic and cultural outcomes) are put in place to protect existing and new live music businesses in a SEP.

We acknowledge the original inhabitants of this area, including the Yugambeh people and Family groups within, and recognise their connection to the land, waters and resources in the area now known as the Gold Coast.