‘Katoomba Live and Local’ calling local musos - blog post image

‘Katoomba Live and Local’ calling local musos

Micro music festival organisers are looking for a fresh spread of local acts to entertain the crowds next year for ‘Katoomba Live and Local’. This free, family-friendly, micro music festival will be held at Civic Place, Big Beet and the Art Gallery Precinct on Katoomba Street on 7 April, 2018.

Blue Mountains Mayor Councillor Mark Greenhill has urged local musicians to submit an expression of interest to perform at the event.

"Council is thrilled about receiving funding from the Western Sydney Live and Local Strategic Initiative, through Create NSW, to host a live, local and grassroots event in Katoomba's CBD next year," says, Cr Greenhill.

"The Live and Local initiative is about the local community working together to create vibrant and innovative entertainment, for everyone to enjoy."

Musicians will be required to perform 45 minute sets at the event and will be paid $150 each member. Choirs and school performers are also welcome and will be paid a one-off donation of $150. Artists must reside in the Blue Mountains local government area, or have a minimum of 50% of their members as residents. Musicians will be selected to ensure participation from a broad section of the Blue Mountains community including youth, aboriginal, multicultural, people living with disabilities, as well as equal representation in gender.

Council and the Katoomba live and Local Committee have engaged Event Organiser / Curator Meg Benson, of Music Hunter, to match musicians from diverse genres with the participating venues.

"This model is based on wonderful evidence (by Dr Dave Carter in The Economic and Cultural Value of Live Music in Australia 2014) that live music dollars boost the Australian economy, three times over," says, Ms Benson. "Food and drink is the number one expense for those attending live music, so the benefits for venues and business owners is clear."

A workshop will be held at the Mountains Youth Services Team (MYST) on Tuesday 16 and  Wednesday 17 January, 2018, for musicians between 12 and 25 who want assistance with preparing a submission for the Expression of Interest. This includes getting an ABN, producing quality photos and music videos and compiling written music descriptions. To submit an Expression of Interest to perform at the event, or to participate in the MYST promo workshop, go to

EOI entries must be submitted by 25 January, 2018. Successful applicants will be announced on 30 January, 2018.

For further details, head to: or Katoomba Live and Local on Facebook.

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