Gentrification, cultural policy and live music in Melbourne
Source TitleMedia International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy
PublisherUniversity of Queensland
University of Melbourne Author/sLOBATO, RAMON
AffiliationArts: Department of English with Cultural Studies
Document TypeJournal (Paginated)
CitationsLobato, R. (2006). Gentrification, cultural policy and live music in Melbourne. Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, 120, 63-75.
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This paper examines the regulation of nightlife in Melbourne, with a focus on live music venues. Widespread gentrification of the city centre and inner suburbs has recently created considerable tension between residents and venues. Under pressure from both sides, the state government established the Live Music Taskforce in 2003, and its findings resulted in a semi-formal — albeit largely symbolic — policy reorientation towards the protection of existing music venues. Through a case study of the Live Music Taskforce policy development process, the author argues that the Bracks government's creative cities development strategy and its overriding economic motivations have, in this instance, intersected with the broader cultural needs of Melbourne. However, such productive intersections can in no way be assured by creative industries planning models, whose interest in cultural activity is conditional upon its economic value.
Keywordsgentrification; noise restriction; live music; Melbourne; urban planning; creative cities; creative industries; Live Music Taskforce; pubs; clubs
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