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MusicACT president Gil Miller will launch the newly founded organisation this week.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Live music back on the agenda
New organisation unites industry
THE rapid decline of Canberra's live
music venues is an issue high on the
agenda of a new organisation.
MusicACT, which will be launched
on Wednesday, is the first peak body to
represent the territory's music indus-
try.Following an involvement in the
ACT Government Inquiry into Live
Community Events, local pub owner
Gil Miller decided the city's music
industry needed representation.
Prior to the establishment of Mu-
sicACT, the capital was the only
jurisdiction in Australia without a peak
music body within the Australian
Music Industry Network.
"I realised all these community
organisations and music groups ...
there was no cohesion, they'd all been
operating separately for years," he said
Miller has spent the past 12 months
working with music groups in the ACT
to form a committee and establish
The organisation has the support of
the ACT Government and a number of
"We've got a diverse group of
people from the community that have
been involved in the industry for a long
time," he said.
"Our charter is to advocate and
promote music in the ACT."
MusicACT has had input on the
ACT arts review, The Loxton Report,
and made a submission to the Govern-
ment regarding the Nightrider bus
service. One of the issues high on the
organisation's agenda is that of live
music venues in the ACT.
Miller lists the closures of Downer
Community Hall and Turner's McGre-
gor Hall -- which was demolished last
year to make way for ANU student
accommodation -- as just two examples
of lost venues.
"One of the biggest issues in my
opinion is that live music venues are
closing down left right and centre," he
"When venues close down, people
can't play live music ... there's
decreasing facilities in the ACT for
people to develop as musicians."
As the owner of the George Har-
court Inn, Miller knows profitability
and noise complaints are big concerns
for venue owners.
"It is generally not profitable for
venue owners to have live music," he
"At the end of the day, you've for to
make a lot to make it worthwhile."
Following its launch on Wednesday
MusicACT will begin a membership
drive aimed at musicians, DJs,
producers, venues and music related
organisations, educators, retailers,
businesses and professionals.
Members will gain access to
workshops, legal advice and support.
For more information, visit
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