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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 5243..


Ongoing surveys of new residents who have completed 12 month membership of the 'Welcome to Canberra' events show over 80 per cent intend to stay beyond two years and 43 per cent beyond five years.

Arts—live community events (Question No 1836)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Arts, upon notice, on 21 September 2011:

(1) In relation to the Government's response to the Inquiry into Live Community Events which committed the Government to working with the Canberra music community to develop a music venue website intended to provide information to the community about the availability of suitable live music venues, what progress has been made in the delivery of this commitment.

(2) Which representatives of the music community have been engaged in the development of the website, and in what capacity have they been engaged.

(3) What is the expected launch date of the website.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Minister Burch has recently approved the allocation of $10,000 special initiative funding from the ACT Arts Fund to MusicACT a newly formed peak body representing all elements of the music scene in the ACT. This funding will be used to develop a website with information on public buildings suitable for use as live music venues, and general information for people wishing to stage live music events.

(2) MusicACT was successfully launched on Wednesday October 12, 2011. Members of the committee represent music venues, promoters, musicians, marketing and publicity specialists as well as recording and distribution organisations. MusicACT also launched their new website which will be the vehicle for the venue survey and advice on staging a live music performance. Support for these outcomes was discussed in the Government's response to the Inquiry. Music ACT will be been provided a standard Deed of Grant from the ACT Arts Fund for the website.

(3) A specific date for the completion of the element of the website highlighting venues suitable for live music activities and general information for people wishing to stage live music events is yet to be determined; however MusicACT are confident they will have this completed by early 2012.

Arts—Ainslie Arts Centre (Question No 1837)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Arts, upon notice, on 21 September 2011:

(1) In relation to the Government's response to the Loxton Report which committed the Government to developing a music hub at the Ainslie Arts Centre, noting that the Ainslie Arts Centre is currently a fully subscribed music venue, what analysis has been done to determine the scope for expansion.


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