Calls for Contributions to the Music Industry’s Sexual Harms Review + All the Biggest Headlines in the Industry

Lyrics by Christie Eliezer

Concert venues in and out are plentiful, WA’s live music reveals staggering suffering, and more!

Not up to date with all the recent happenings in the music industry? We don’t blame you. Here’s a roundup of all the biggest Australian music industry news from the past fortnight.

Headlines :

  • Call to contribute to the study in the music industry on harms and sexual discrimination.
  • Award for instruments by Richard Lane.
  • How WA’s live music suffers.

Keep up to date with the latest industry news here.

Content warning: This story contains mentions of sexual harassment and abuse.

Update of concert halls: incoming and outgoing


The was a step forward for a new 30,000-seat concert venue in NSW’s Lake Macquarie on the Central Coast that will host international superstars and big Australian names.

The local council this week approved Winarch Capital/Cedar Mill’s application to turn the former Morisset Country Club golf course into a multi-million dollar redevelopment to include a tourist park, outdoor gardens, cafe, restaurant , a water park, markets and other recreational areas.

Cedar Mill also has plans for a 22,000-person outdoor concert venue in the Hunter Valley.

melbourne gets a new outdoor entertainment district called Reunion Park on the site of Burnley Circus.

It was created and organized by Untitled Group and Velodrome Events and covers live music, comedy, circus and food.

It is supported by the Federal Government’s RISE Program and the City of Yarra.

After A two-year hiatus caused by COVID and failed rent negotiations, Canberra’s Transit Bar has reopened in the former Hogsbreath Café site in the basement of Bailey’s Arcade in Civic.

After Closing in January for $2 million in renovations, Mackay’s Boomerang Hotel is set to return in the fall, under the management of Australian Venue Co.


Of them the buildings associated with Townsville’s Mad Cow and Wild Goose – both operated by Mark “Red Dog” Napier – in the Flinders Street East nightclub district are up for sale.

A The petition was launched after the South African government revealed that the two thousand seater Thebarton Theater could be demolished as part of major roadworks.

A petition that was started when rumors circulated in 2019 generated 76,000 signatures.

the Curtin Hotel in Carlton, Melbourne, appears to have no live music after November.

The owner died not so long ago and his estate wants to sell the building, allegedly to turn it into apartments.

With a capacity of 300, the hall was important for showcasing emerging artists and has hosted artists like The Libertines, Todd Rundgren and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard over the years among many others!

Brisbane upscale and exclusive nightclub Ella Sabe closed after two years following losses of $800,000.

Owner Elliott Booth said the venue opened the day (Friday, March 13, 2020) the live sector closed due to COVID, but he’s already signed the lease for $20,000 a month in rent.

Call to contribute to the study in the music industry on sexual violence and discrimination

Music industry personnel are invited to tell their stories to a new independent review into sexual harm, harassment and systemic discrimination in the Australian music industry.

The review seeks input from songwriters and artists, artists and performers, crews, agents, members of touring companies and record labels, promoters, employees record companies, managers, publishers, managers and staff, and corporate executives.

It does not review individual cases or complaints about these behaviors.

On the contrary, the independent review team wants to hear your stories, experiences, observations and suggestions for change in the industry.

He explains, “By contributing to the review, your voice, which may have been silenced in the past, will be lifted.

“Your voice will help shape the findings and recommendations of the review and, most importantly, influence reform in the music industry.

“You can express yourself safely, confidentially and anonymously.”

More information here.

Written submissions can be emailed confidentially to:

These will be kept in a password protected file accessible only to the review team.

This week’s review has been approved by the NSW parliament, after a decision by John Graham, Shadow Labor Minister for Music and the Night Economy,

Graham said: ‘We want this to be a very positive step, although tackling these issues of sexual violence, harassment and discrimination will not be easy.

“The music industry is leading in so many debates. We need them to lead this one.

“The public, with Parliament, (watches).”

How WA Live Music Suffers

While restrictions eased last week in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT, the WA sector was still in dire straits.

The opening of the borders on March 3 allows national acts to enter. When the doors slammed unexpectedly, local promoters were wondering what to do with 100,000 tickets selling for $13 million.

But new capacity restrictions have delayed WA’s live revival.

Perth promoter Brad Mellen said western australia that big international names like Kings of Leon, Rod Stewart, KISS, Alanis Morissette and Faith No More rescheduling or canceling cost the industry $200 million

Mellen said WA’s live music industry sold over 2.7 million tickets worth around $250 million in 2019 before the global pandemic hit and employed over 30,000 people. .

In the past two years, only about 200,000 event tickets sold are worth about $20 million.

Jerry Reinhardt, Managing Director of Concert & Corporate Productions WA, revealed, “Our company alone has seen over 500 shows canceled across multiple venues due to restrictions. Millions of dollars in revenue were lost.


DidgeriSTU, leader and yidaki player of the Sunshine Coast First Nations Oka band, has died of COVID at the age of 44. He had been diagnosed a month earlier.

Xavier Rudd was among those who paid tribute to Wuthathi and the Torres Strait Islander: “His music was very important. He created an ambiance that uplifted people and lifted them out of themselves, a space where everyone was free to express themselves at a high frequency.

A GoFundMe campaign raised nearly $52,000.

Richard Lane Instruments Award

They really can’t afford it, but Penny Lanes Music Workshop in Fremantle is offering a thousand dollars for the recovery of late Stems/Chevelles musician Richard Lane’s red Yamaha YC-10 keyboard and Burns Street green guitar.

They were stored in the facility the musician set up as a community-focused store and school.

Festival boss who picks up litter gets hit

A patron of the SummerSalt festival in Canberra on February 27, 2021 was picking up litter after the show when he argued with others which left him hospitalized with a dislocated jaw.

The man, whose name was not released by the ACT trial court, was cleaning up the grounds near a stage and was asked by a woman in a group where she could get garbage bags so she can help clean up.

He replied “I pick up your waste”. Some of his friends took offense and Todd Keith Rheinberger, 32, punched him in the face, knocking him unconscious.

He then texted the victim apologizing and was given a 12-month peace order, 120 hours of community service and ordered to pay $1,200 in reparations.

The SA Music Awards return in the spring

The South Australian Music Awards return in November.

Nominations in all categories for Industry Votes and People’s Choice now open and close at 11:59 p.m. AEST on September 15.

Last year, the SAM Awards recorded a number of votes from the public.

For more information on the South Australian Music Awards, visit their website.

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