Creative Arts Alliance (CAA) presents a new regional live music project in partnership with five SEQ regional areas and the Live Music Office Australia.


Since July 1, artists and arts workers have reported the loss of $84Million in revenue and 28,000 gigs according to #ilostmygig website, creating an expansive gap in the creative economy that regions are currently well-placed to fill.


Creative Arts Alliance and Live Music Office have worked with local government partners from Gympie Regional Council, Noosa Shire Council, Sunshine Coast Council, Redland City Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council to guide the project which will contract at least 100 creative industries workers, presenting music in approximately 55 venues across 12,587.2 square kilometres.


The Micro-Festivals are being delivered from September to November and will ignite both traditional and non-traditional music venues, curated by five regional producers. Running alongside the Micro-Festivals are professional development nights in each region provided by peak body, QMusic with both business and artist-specific topics covered to continue to build a sustainable music ecology and economy.


Creative Arts Alliance has been a vibrant advocate for regional creative industries across the south-east north corner of Queensland for the past four years. Through delivering Arts Queensland’s Regional Arts Services (RASN) project, the organisation is now respected for developing and presenting highly valuable activities in all its RASN council regions and presenting Live & Local is proving to be another successful endeavour in partnership with regional and national funding partners.


“This project is particularly exciting because it is bringing together the creative economy with the tourism, business and hospitality economies. It builds communities within communities that, in these fluid times, generates artistic outcomes for artists, boosts the social fabric and diversity of our communities and celebrates the regions.” Said Phil Smith, CAA Chair


Live & Local is a grassroots-focussed and driven program, essentially, the aim is to create paid opportunities for regional small businesses including technical crew, photographers, videographers, curators and artsworkers.


Revealing the quirky and colourful branding, organisers believe it represents the broad and soulful series of events planned, and look forward to enticing locals to head out and discover something a little outside the box. Queensland designer Jack Tierney says “The various shapes and colours are inspired by the people in regional communities, diverse and unique.”


Along with the five Local Government Area councils, these complimentary projects are presented by Creative Arts Alliance in collaboration with Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), Arts Queensland, Live Music Office, APRA/AMCOS and QMusic.


Lucy Joseph from the Live Music Office said she applauds the proactive commitment by Creative Arts Alliance to deliver Live and Local in such challenging times for the industry.

“We are pleased to partner with CAA and the councils of Gympie, Redlands Coast, Moreton Bay, Noosa and Sunshine Coast to deliver the Live and Local program at a time when local music communities are hurting from the devastating combined impacts of the 2019/20 bushfires and COVID-19.” Said Lucy Joseph, Live Music Office


Now more than ever it is crucial that local governments play an important role in supporting the revival and long-term sustainability of Australia’s live music industry, beginning at home in their grassroots communities. Through this project, not only are we able to deliver these safe events, we are helping businesses understand the richness that comes from investing in the creative economy which will hopefully have a legacy across these regions, benefitting not only local creatives but a vibrant cultural scene will further attract touring artists in the future.


Live and Local Micro-Festival Dates:

11 & 12 + 18 & 19 September – Sunshine Coast – Full program with artists and venues announced on Wednesday 1st September

22, 23 & 24 October – Redlands Coast – Full program with artists and venues announced on Friday 17 September

23 & 24 October – Noosa – Full program with artists and venues announced on Monday 13 September

22, 23, 25 & 30 October – Gympie – Full program with artists and venues announced on Wednesday 15 September

30 October & 6 November – Moreton Bay – Full program with artists and venues announced on Monday 20th September


The SEQN Live and Local is delivered as part of the Regional Arts Services Network program in partnership with Gympie Regional Council, Noosa Council, Sunshine Coast Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Redland City Council, The Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS.


The Regional Arts Services Network is an initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. In SEQN the RASN program is delivered by Creative Arts Alliance


For more information on the Live and Local program visit

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