MusicNSW has announced one of the most significant regional music development efforts ever undertaken in NSW, with the appointment of seven Regional Music Officers (RMOs) across the state. These local music champions are brokers within their regions on behalf of MusicNSW.
After a successful pilot that began in the state’s south in 2019, the program now extends up through the Central West, Mid North Coast, North West and Northern Rivers regions, significantly expanding the organisation’s reach across the state. Already embedded in their communities, RMOs host networking events, conduct surveys and censuses, and facilitate communication and collaboration between artists, venues, industry professionals and councils.
Michael Simic will be continuing his wonderful work as Regional Music Officer for the Southern Tablelands which takes in Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Bowral & surrounds. Michael says:
“It’s been an amazing ride over the last two years. I’m honoured to have a job working with such a great team to help make our regional music industry a more equitable, accessible and enjoyable place for everyone. There’s so much amazing music being made in our regions and so many people working hard to help artists thrive and help communities and businesses grow.”
MusicNSW’s Managing Director Emily Collins states:
“Regional NSW is brimming with world-class talent and opportunities for industry growth. We’re thrilled to be able to employ local experts to help drive the development of their regional communities, and highlight the exceptional work already being done. It’s an exciting time for music in NSW”
This latest expansion would not be possible without the investment and support of Create NSW, and it serves as an acknowledgement of both the critical importance of music to regional communities and economies, and of regional music to the broader music ecosystem.
If you make or work in music and you live in or around the Southern Tablelands, join the facebook group, say g’day to your RMO, and stay up to date with everything going on:
Regional Music Officer, Southern Tablelands: Michael Simic
Queanbeyan, Goulburn, Bowral & surrounds – join FB group here