You can’t stop the music

Mayor Trent Sullivan (bottom right) with Barwon Club Hotel's Bridie Coughlin, National Celtic Festival director Una McAlinden and musician Mick Ryan. (supplied)

The City of Greater Geelong and the Live Music Office will hold a free live music forum to foster collaboration, innovation, and growth within Geelong and the Bellarine’s vibrant music sector.

Avid music fans, musicians and those working in the industry are invited to share their ideas and help shape the future of live music across the Bellarine and Greater Geelong.

The forum is part of Live & Local, a comprehensive capacity building program delivering professional development workshops, micro-music festivals and a local industry forum, presented by the City in partnership with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS.

“Whether you’re a dedicated live music venue owner, a seasoned musician, a supporter of local talent, or someone who just appreciates the power of music, we want to hear from you about the future of live music in Greater Geelong,” Mayor Trent Sullivan said.

“This collaborative forum is a valuable opportunity to network with the City, the Live Music Office and fellow music lovers in the community to discuss what a thriving live music scene looks like in the region.”

Lucy Joseph from the Live Music Office said Live and Local was a much-needed opportunity for the local music industry to come together and work with Council in a positive and proactive way.

“The Live Music Office is thrilled to be working with the City of Greater Geelong to provide paid employment opportunities to local musicians, build capacity for more small live music performance spaces, and shape strategic policy aimed at supporting the growth of live music activity,” she said.

“The industry forum is an opportunity for the community to have their say on the way in which strategic policy for live music is developed, so we encourage everyone to come along and participate in the discussion.”

The forum is on Wednesday March 20 from 5.30pm to 9pm in Podium Room 1 at the civic precinct Wurriki Nyal, at 137-149 Mercer Street, Geelong. Go to for more information.