Show to inspire next generation of musos

Magic of live gigs in spotlight

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Teachers from All Age Music School. Left: Night Kite’s Keara Donohoe, Susie Hurley, Amy Price, Vanessa Moussa and above, Katie Rosewood.

REPORTS of the death of live music may have been exaggerated. But just to make sure, an inner west music school is staging a gig to showcase the incomparable attraction of performing live.

Some 16 teachers from Marrickville’s All Age Music will put on a show at the nearby LazyBones Lounge on Sunday, June 18, from noon-5pm, to help inspire their students and show them a career in music is still viable despite a worrying decline in live venues.

They will perform “everything from heavy metal to classical piano”, with solos, duos, bands and vocals featuring some original compositions.

“The inner west is where all the big guns of professional music play, and we want our students to get a taste of how inspirational live music can be,” the school’s director and founder Sandra Lie said.

“We are committed to fighting back against the degeneration of the livemusic industry.

“Our teachers are not only educators, but performers themselves, and we believe it is exceedingly important to teach our students how important live music really is to the industry.”

According to the musicians’ body APRA AMCOS, there has been a 40 per cent drop in liveperformance revenue at venues within the Sydney CBD lockout area, and a 19 per cent decline in attendances across all live venues.

Ms Lie believed the lockout laws had pushed more people into the inner west in search of entertainment but was unsure how many were drinkers rather than music lovers.

She said many venues were doing well, including the Camelot Lounge, LazyBones, Gasoline Pony, Factory Theatre, Lead Belly, Enmore Theatre and Annandale Hotel.

Her advice to performers was to do a music degree, then a business degree.

“You are going to have to find a unique way to market yourself. You have to be your own entity, with your own marketing, social media and promotion. You have the digital age at your disposal, but at the same time, you can’t allow that to clutter your creative space,” Ms Lie said.