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Live & Local Micro-festival

Support our local live music scene with a variety of free, family-friendly mini gigs to be held Saturday 13 November & Sunday 14 November 2021.

Spread across the weekend, the Live & Local Micro-festival will showcase the diverse range of talented musicians within our Region in a mix of traditional and not-so-traditional live music and business spaces.

View the full lineup on our Events Register.

Supporting and energising our live music community

We're developing a live music strategy and we'd love you to be involved. To work towards the development of this strategy we’ve partnered with the Live Music Office to deliver Live & Local – connecting artists with venues and industry practitioners, curate performance opportunities and build a thriving music scene in the Toowoomba Region. From workshops to working groups, your participation within this program will help us develop our strategy.

How Live & Local works

Live & Local is a capacity-building program that aims to build our Region’s live music scene – where artists can build sustainable careers within a vibrant, inclusive network of live music venues and performance spaces. The program aims to stimulate employment opportunities for local artists (particularly young and emerging musicians), showcase supportive live music venues, and encourage other industries to engage musicians as part of their business plans.

Like many other forms of creative enterprise, the music sector has faced challenges with the rise of digital platforms, changing audiences and COVID-19.

Live & Local works to remove barriers for artists by providing them:

  • business knowledge and professional development
  • creative skills development
  • connections to venues and industry practitioners.

Live & Local also aims to foster a connected music community encouraging collaboration between artists, industry, and venues. The full program will include:

  • establishing a Live & Local working group consisting of community representatives
  • employing a curator to assist in programming and logistics
  • engaging local artists to participate in the program
  • running professional development and creative skills development workshops
  • delivering a series of micro-festival music events
  • providing performance opportunities for emerging musicians
  • facilitating a local industry forum
  • using feedback and post-program reporting to enable future projects and shape a consistent, supportive regulatory environment.

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Our Live & Local partners

To deliver Live & Local, we’re partnering with:

  • Live Music Office - the Live Music Office works with all levels of government to improve live music policy, regulation, and strategy.
  • APRA AMCOS - APRA AMCOS represent the music rights of Australian songwriters, composers, and music publishers and pay them royalties when their music is played, performed, or copied, both locally and overseas.
  • South West Queensland Regional Arts Services Network - an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. This organisation works with the local arts sector to deliver on-the-ground arts services across Queensland's South West.

Directly linked to our Corporate Plan and Youth Strategy, Live & Local is an initiative to grow opportunities for the arts, culture, and development of creative industries in our Region.

Expressions of interest to participate in Live & Local - now open

We're currently seeking expressions of interest from local musicians. For more details, select from the drop-down menus below.

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Showcase your talents and access free professional development workshops

We’re seeking expressions of interest from local practicing or aspiring musicians to participate in upcoming Live & Local programming. There’s no age limit and we’d love to see artists from a variety of backgrounds.

You’ll be the first to know about free professional development workshops covering:

  • songwriting
  • career development
  • music rights
  • publicity
  • marketing
  • distribution
  • streaming and more.

Creative skills development workshops are also in the pipeline to get you across:

  • sound
  • lighting
  • recording
  • film
  • photography.

By putting your hand up, you’ll also get the chance to showcase your talents through upcoming micro-festival events, get paid, and connect with venues and other music industry practitioners.

We’re particularly interested in acoustic artists and soloists, duos, and small trios who can easily work local venues.

To register your interest, complete the Live & Local – musicians call-out form.

You can also browse upcoming professional development workshops.

liveandlocal web07Shape the development of live local music in the Toowoomba Region

A Live & Local working group is being formed to support the growth of a thriving live music scene. We’re seeking the following people to take part in the working group:

  • local artists
  • businesses
  • venue managers
  • event organisers
  • music industry practitioners
  • music educators or students
  • representatives from government agencies
  • community leaders.

In this volunteer role, you’ll attend regular project meetings to contribute ideas, advice, direction, and support to the delivery of Live & Local. You will also:

  • support the delivery of micro-festival events, professional development opportunities, a local industry forum and long-term sector development.
  • assist in community mapping as part of strategic planning to grow the local live music community
  • provide information to assist with conducting a live music census
  • contribute insights into the professional development needs of the local live music community
  • help promote upcoming Live & Live programming through your own networks and, where possible, attend programmed events and activities
  • liaise with Council on strategies and opportunities to support local live music
  • liaise with local industry on broader industry trends and opportunities.

Expressions of interest have now closed.

liveandlocal web06Take an active role in the curation of our Region’s live music scene

We’re seeking expressions of interest from aspiring event producers for a Live & Local curator.

In this part-time, paid contract role, you’ll work with us to develop and deliver micro-festival events, professional development and creative skills development workshops and a local industry forum. You will also:

  • assist in community mapping as part of strategic planning to grow the local live music community
  • work alongside industry practitioners and develop your professional skills, experience, and networks in the music industry
  • contribute as an active member of the Live & Local Working Group
  • lead the engagement of artists and venues to participate in local programming.

To undertake this role, you should be well-connected with the local music scene and have some past experience in event and/or project management.

Expressions of interest have now closed.


If you're looking for more information on Live & Local, please contact us on 131 872 or email us.

Live & Local – Toowoomba Region is delivered as part of the Regional Arts Development Fund partnership between Toowoomba Regional Council, South West Queensland Regional Arts Services Network, the Live Music Office, and APRA AMCOS.

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