South Australia’s Live Music Scene Contributed $375 Million To Economy In 2015/16

South Australia’s Live Music Scene Contributed $375 Million To Economy In 2015/16

South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill

Live Music Booms Across The State

Victor P Taffa

South Australia’s music scene contributed $375 Million to the economy in 2015/16, with the industry thriving under the removal of regulatory red tape and increased State Government support.

Released today, the inaugural EconSearch report benchmarks the State’s music industry to measure future growth.

“We have been working closely with the music industry and local government to remove barriers and reduce red tape, helping our live music scene to thrive.” Premier Jay Weatherill said.

“With a 34% increase in the number of venues hosting live music, the growth of our local industry is evident. For the first time we have also now benchmarked the economic value of live music and I look forward to seeing jobs continue to grow in the sector.”

News comes as earlier this week, Lonely Planet recognised Adelaide as Australia’s live music city in their newly released Culture Trails publication while also recognising Adelaide as one of the world’s most exciting cultural hubs.

EconSearch report analyses the full music supply chain in South Australia, including song-writing, retail, manufacturing, recording studios, dedicated music media and education, as well as live music gigs and festivals.

Release of the report coincides with the release of the Music SA Live Music Census, which shows a 34% increase in the number of venues hosting live music, and a 15% increase in the number of gigs being held over the past two years.*

Music industry generates employment of 6,300 South Australians (including part-time and contract jobs). Of the musicians surveyed, 96% of their income was earned in South Australia.

“Adelaide’s ability to collaborate between local government, state government, the private sector and performers has seen live performance thrive in a way that sets us apart from other cities in Australia and around the world.” City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese said.

State Government has driven a number of regulatory reforms to support the live music industry, including venues with liquor licenses no longer requiring consent for provision of entertainment between 11am and midnight.

South Australia has also led the nation in declaring low impact live entertainment to be classified exempt development under planning regulations, making it easier for live music to take place in a wider range of venues, including small bars and unconventional spaces.

“South Australian hotels continue to be loud and proud supporters of live music and this of course are good for the music industry, the hotel industry, jobs and the State.” Australian Hotels Association General Manager Ian Horne said.

As part of the Government’s commitment to removing barriers for the live music industry, roundtables have been held along with consultation across local government and industry.


EconSearch report was commissioned by the Music Development Office and the City of Adelaide.

* Each year the SA Live Music Census research has been a ‘best effort’ exercise to capture and count as many venues and gigs as possible, but may not be conclusive as some venues and gigs may have been unintentionally overlooked.