Scot MacDonald
26th Sep 2017

Newcastle will come alive as part of a NSW Government initiative to take micro music festivals to the regions for the first time.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC revealed Newcastle City Council has been successful in its bid to host a Live and Local event during 2017/2018 and will receive $20,000 in funding.

Music on Darby will be a festival of music hosted by a range of businesses in the Newcastle inner-city retail precinct of Darby Street, Cooks Hill,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Council’s successful proposal outlined its plans to have their micro-festival align with the Tip Jar Song competition, which is aimed at reactivating the live music scene in Newcastle and developing a sustainable, collaborative program over time.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro announced that Newcastle is one of eight councils that will share in $150,000 to stage an event

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said this is another example of the Government’s commitment to develop arts and culture across regional NSW.

“This is a great initiative where councils can offer local artists a platform to be heard. From school bands to rock bands, locals will be entertained by locals for free.”

The funding is administered by Live Music Office on behalf of Create NSW and is used to cover the cost of fees for musicians, curators and technicians involved in the events.

Newcastle City Council will release final details of the event, including timing and location, after further consultation with Live Music Office. 

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