Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) welcomes today’s pre-election commitment from NSW Labor to continue the Great Southern Nights Program until 2026.
ARIA CEO, Annabelle Herd, said: “Today’s announcement from NSW Labor in Parramatta is a very welcome commitment to continue a fantastic live brand. Great Southern Nights was born from the pandemic, designed to help breathe life back into the once-thriving NSW live music and entertainment industries, and saw hundreds of gigs take place in 2022 right across the state including 36 in the Greater Western Sydney area.
“We are determined to surface the stories of NSW artists from Broken Hill to Brunswick Heads. The continuation of Great Southern Nights and a focus on developing music hubs in areas like Parramatta, which already has a thriving music culture, is a step in the right direction to unlock the true cultural and economic contribution of music in the state.”
Great Southern Nights was established in 2020 as a NSW Government initiative delivered by Destination NSW in partnership with ARIA to stimulate the revival of the State’s live music, entertainment and hospitality sectors.