Parramatta to become a live music City

City of Parramatta is on the look-out for emerging Western Sydney artists to perform as part of its ‘Live and Local’ music program scheduled for 25 February.

A partnership between the Live Music Office and City of Parramatta Council will see local artists perform across several City venues, including pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants and unexpected locations such as hairdressing salons. Submissions are now open for local musicians to perform as part of the one-day event.

d46558c4c9267171feaef0591420b58b“Council is fostering the growth of live music in Parramatta and supporting Western Sydney’s emerging artists through paid performance opportunities and the development of long term relationships with local businesses,” City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.

“This event will provide an opportunity for local musicians to raise their profile, connect with wider audiences and performance venues, and secure future opportunities to perform across the City.”

The event is one of a number of key projects receiving funding support from Arts NSW to help establish a thriving local music culture in Parramatta as part of the Western Sydney Live and Local Strategic Initiative. Other projects bringing live music to Parramatta include The Crescent Live program run by Parramatta Park Trust to support performances by Western Sydney artists, including paid performance opportunities at key events, such as Australia Day.

Live Music Office Policy Director John Wardle said the project is a great step towards enabling the growth of live music in the CBD.

“The ‘Live and Local’ initiative is centred on supporting contemporary music development in different local government areas and I am confident this event will help pave the way for venue-based live music within Parramatta,” Mr Wardle said.

Artists interested in performing at the event will need to submit their interest by January 25 via a form on Council’s website –www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/events/live-and-local-parramatta

“Parramatta has a lot to offer the live music scene and I urge all local musicians to take this valuable opportunity to develop their skills, audiences and networks,” Ms Chadwick said.

For more information on the Live and Local project, visit the Live Music Office website – livemusicoffice.com.au