What Is The #DontKillLiveMusic Campaign All About?
You may have seen it in your news feed - there's a campaign growing, to rally against and protest the NSW State Government and Premier of NSW and Member for Willoughby, Gladys Berejiklian's stance on live music, and music festivals.
Today, @bluesfestbyron announced that it was looking outside NSW to hold their event. That's the third music festival to bail on the state within a week. Is the NSW Government gunning for a 2019 reboot of Footloose? @jan__fran pic.twitter.com/sxWop3RYpY— The Feed SBS (@TheFeedSBS) 11 February 2019
The petition, on change.org, already has over 20,000 signatures.
Popular Aussie music group Peking Duk, has on Sunday, posted about the campaign on their Facebook page, taking a stab at the NSW Government for the new regulations.
This campaign comes just weeks ahead of the NSW State Election, which will be held on March 23, 2019.
The #DontKillLiveMusic campaign has written an open letter, which reads as follows:
An open letter to music and culture lovers of Australia
DON’T LET THE BEREJIKLIAN GOVERNMENT KILL LIVE MUSIC
Dear music lovers,
Your music is under attack.
Overbearing regulation, exorbitant police bills, a lack of respect for NSW businesses, and very little recognition of the significant positive impacts of music on our communities is forcing music out of NSW. The State Government has declared war on music and culture in NSW, proclaiming that music and music festivals are high-risk activities.
Music is being killed off by Premier Berejiklian and the LNP. Festivals are being forced to cancel or move interstate.
The NSW State Government is vilifying live music with knee-jerk regulation (more details here). Instead of consulting with festival experts, the NSW Government imposed punitive regulation that specifically targets music festivals and music fans. Festivals are being used as a scapegoat for years of failed drug and alcohol policy.
We want our music culture to be safe and inclusive. Onerous and ill-considered regulation will not save lives. And the State Government is decimating our music culture in the process.
We demand that the State Government:
- Stops killing live music in NSW
- Forms a music regulation roundtable to review all regulation impacting live music
- Immediately undertakes a Regulatory Impact Statement for any regulation impacting music festivals
- Develops an industry standard with full transparency for user-pays policing and medical services
- Works with the music industry to develop robust, effective and achievable safety protocols for festivals
Don’t let the Premier Berejiklian and the State Government take music away from you. You deserve better. NSW deserves better.
What can you do to help?
SIGN THIS PETITION
Add your name to this petition calling on the NSW Government to stop killing live music.
JOIN US FOR THE DON'T KILL LIVE MUSIC RALLY
6pm, 21st February
Hyde Park, Sydney
The NSW State Election is on March 23. Support live music.
SPREAD THE WORD
Share this petition and information about the rally with your friends, family, and communities.
Don’t let Gladys kill live music.
Don’t sit back and watch them ruin NSW.
WE ARE HERE. WE ARE LOUD. WE ARE ANGRY. AND WE VOTE!
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