News and commentary links

February 2010

Musos rally to SLAM state for lack of industry backing - RALLY Feb 23 in the city
Bands and fans set to rock Spring Street - Sunday Age 7/2, about the rally and a big lunch
Aussie music venues face tougher regulations, fees - Reuters 5/2 - capacities, fees and damage done
Cultural events hard hit by bureaucratic regulations - The Age 8/2 - "Surely we could start to think about this stuff before we pass stupid legislation?"
Perring: ‘No Deal’ For Live Music Just Yet - 11/2, outcome of Big Lunch
Dave Graney: ‘We Need A New Proxy!’ - READ THIS!!!!!! (minutes from the lunch)
For a piper, it's a long way to the top from the back of a flatbed truck - The Age, 13/2
Icons lead chorus in battle for live music - Paul Kelly and Nick Cave add their voices, The Age 14/2
Keep Melbourne Live - GREENS did not vote against live music.
Strings attached in live music fight - 15/2 - classical violinist forced by nanny state to abandon late jazz jam… “Those at Friday's late-night event would have noted the two uniformed security men, surely overkill for people focused on the fingering of one of the world's greatest musicians.”
Birmy Rocked By Noise Complaints - gigs at The Birmingham are threatened by noise complaints, 17/2
Pubs, clubs fuming at security demands - The Age, 20/2
Slash Supports SLAM, While AC/DC Remains Silent - 22/2
'Accord' signed in live music debate - The Age, 23/2 - Govt has agreed to make public recommendations to Sue MacLellan (but she is independent and doesn't have to act on them).
Live Music Fight Goes On, Despite Accord - "interim" accord and noise complaints, Mess + Noise 23/2
Brumby’s backflip on live music could claim Maclellan - 23/2, Crikey - "when Milne contacted the council, he was told the letter was an initiative of Liquor Licensing—the authority had allegedly leaned on the council to pursue the pub through other channels."
Liquor licensing: live music venues - statement made by Greg Barber of GREENS in Legislative Council on 23/2
'They can't shut us down': thousands rally for live music - 23/2
Marching to the top because they want their rock'n'roll - 24/2
Live music accord a partial victory - The Age 24/2, famous “accord” doesn’t really mean a lot (see Accord pdf on information links page)
Here's jeers to Brumby's latest liquor moves - The Age, 26/2 - scathing report on the accord.