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Following the Cool Little Capital Live Music Action Plan in 2015, MusicACT recommends the government create three new planning zones to facilitate gradients of sound activity and residents’ expectations:

1. Shared Zones

  1. Purpose: to allow cultural activity in mixed-use precincts with a strong residential focus.

  2. Planning controls:

    1. Slightly raised noise standards, and relative to ambient noise

    2. Measurement of sound behind closed windows in afternoons and evenings, but not at other times

    3. Double-glazing and good building quality

  3. Appropriate locations might include (but are not limited to):

    1. NewActon Precinct, City

    2. Alinga Street, City

    3. Childers Street, City

    4. Cape Street, Dickson

    5. Lonsdale Street, Braddon

    6. Bradley Street, Tuggeranong

    7. Woden Town Centre, to be defined

    8. Gungahlin Town Centre, to be defined

2. Entertainment Zones

  1. Purpose: to facilitate music venues in central areas with residential or hotels that benefit from the protected cultural activity.

  2. Planning controls:

    1. Significantly enhanced sound attenuation on commercial, residential and hotel buildings

    2. Measurement of sound behind closed windows at all times to ensure apartments/hotel rooms are quiet

    3. No limit outside of closed windows because the public realm should be active

  3. Appropriate locations include (but are not limited to):

    1. Garema Place, Bunda Street and Sydney Building

    2. Mitchell

    3. Around The Basement, Belconnen

3. Festival Zones

  1. Purpose: to facilitate large-scale cultural activity in beautiful outdoor environments, e.g. music and car festivals.

  2. Planning controls:

    1. Measurement of sound at nearest suburb, no limit inside the zone

    2. No residential permitted, unless they are not able to make sound complaints

  3. Appropriate locations may include:

    1. Majura, where sound is absorbed by Mount Majura

    2. Possibly The Arboretum

Without sufficient announcements about these zones from the ACT Planning Ministry, protests like Let Music Live will continue so that music is not silenced by new buildings.

Cool Little Capital - ACT Live Music Action Plan

Cool Little Capital - ACT Live Music Action Plan

MusicACT and the Live Music Office were asked by the former ACT Attorney-General to report on policy changes to grow the music and performance industries. The result, Cool Little Capital, is a 25 point action plan touching on issues across the whole of government. 

Canberra has an established and growing live music sector and increasing cultural industries. The current groundswell in national and international media on Canberra’s liveability and ‘cool’ factor highlights an increasingly vibrant local culture.

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MusicACT Launch Professional Development Program

With the support from ArtsACT, MusicACT have launched a music industry professional development program which the aims to amplify the ACT music scene. MusicACT offers three professional development streams:

  1. Kickstart 101: Workshops that provide the tools to “Kickstart” music careers thanks to a series of structured workshops led by music industry experts and other leading professionals.

  2. MusicChats: Featuring storytelling and lively interactive panel discussions with invited music industry leaders and experts who have paid their dues and have got something important to share with ACT music industry.

  3. Fuelling Creativity: Specialist creative workshops that open up and reveal the creative process by sharing and leveraging the experience of great Australian and ACT creative leaders, organisations and technology.

MusicACT also joins with the local music industry and national partners to present events on leading music industry issues, we will celebrate music industry success and wherever we can support and showcase musicians and their creativity.