BALLARAT has been named as the highest ranking regional Victorian council for live music!
The announcement was made this week as part of the inaugural Music Victoria Top 10 Victorian Councils for Music list, with the City of Ballarat recognised for its efforts in encouraging the significant representation of live music in the city.
The City of Ballarat was named amongst the regional cities of Greater Geelong and the Mornington Peninsula, and metropolitan cities of Melbourne, Maribyrnong, Moreland, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra.
City of Ballarat Mayor Samantha McIntosh said she was thrilled that Ballarat had been selected as the number one regional council in Victoria for music.
"The City of Ballarat is a long and proud supporter of the live music scene in our region and across the state, and has been working hard to ensure our city is a sustainable and innovative creative hub via initiatives such as our Live Music Strategy 2016-2021," she said.
"Council looks forward to seeing this dynamic sector continue to flourish.”
Ballarat is home to several thriving live music venues, music festivals and campaigns that focus on enriching the city's arts and culture space, as well as large-scale events dedicated to showcasing the best in local, national and international talent.
The leading councils were selected on their ability to lead the way in developing and implementing strategic plans for contemporary music, providing grants and other programs, curating and supporting local music festivals, and offering use of council facilities for local musicians.