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City of Yarra presents


9:30am, Mon 26 July, 2021

Event Details

This year Yarra is staging an INDUSTRY DAY in appreciation of the work of not just musicians, but the entire kaleidoscope of freelancers and small businesses who keep the live music sector playing. Music lovers and workers are invited to this rare event put on FOR them, not BY them. 

There will be food, there will be drinks, and there will be chats. Best of all, it will be FREE!

Enjoy a barbeque catered by Le Bon Ton and Young Henrys (meat and vegan options), stretch out at a Qi Gong session by legendary Melbourne booker Rich Moffat, and hear from key representatives from both the music sector and government to shed light on current opportunities and develop your career in the entertainment industry.

SESSION 1: ROAD TO RECOVERY: Updates from the industry

Music Victoria and a panel of experts unpack the Covid-19 issues of the day, from understanding the current restrictions to navigating the funding opportunities available.

They will also shed light on the advocacy work taking place behind the scenes and how we can collectively forge the road ahead to enable the live music sector to reopen safely and effectively.

SESSION 2: ROAD TO RECOVERY: Staging events outdoors

The shifting trend of restrictions has increasingly placed an emphasis on running entertainment in outdoor settings, whether it be parklet dining precincts or concerts in our streets and parks. The rulebook has changed, and increasingly event organisers are shifting their focus outside of traditional venues. 

Industry professionals are invited to join City of Yarra’s Events, Outdoor Dining and Compliance officers in conversation with event producers Velodrome Events and DJPR’s Sector Engagement Director to highlight opportunities and demystify hurdles in staging events in outdoor spaces.

SESSION 3.1: TAX, GRANTS, RIGHTS, ADVICE – all your questions answered

The music industry extends well beyond what takes place front of stage - it takes an army of dedicated specialist workers to put on a show. Bookers, technicians, roadies, crew, stage managers, venue operators... The show wouldn't go on without YOU.

But in an industry rife with freelance and short-term contracts, it can be hard to navigate the nitty gritty of operating as a band, sole trader or small business.

Get concrete answers about everything from super entitlement, contracting, partnerships, insurance, publishing, royalties, tax and more, from a panel of music specialists including Media Arts Lawyers, Gild Accounting, Marsh Entertainment Insurance and Auspicious Arts. Moderated by artist and broadcaster Chelsea Wilson, the panel will offer a rare opportunity to untangle common misconceptions and get expert advice tailored for entertainment professionals.

SESSION 3.2: INDUSTRY CONSULTATION: 2022 – 2026 Yarra Arts & Culture Strategy 

Do you enjoy the arts? Are you an artist, or are you involved in the creative industries in Yarra? Do you value our creative community?

In 2019 we went out to the community to find out what you already love about the arts in Yarra, what you would like to see more of, and what we can do to support creativity in Yarra. These contributions helped us develop our Arts and Cultural Strategy 2022-26.

We now would like to invite individuals and organisations to provide in-depth feedback about the priorities set out in this Strategic Plan. You can register for this session individually at this link.

Running Order:

9.30am               ARRIVALS


10.00 – 11.00    ROAD TO RECOVERY: Updates from the industry          MAIN HALL
Presented by Music Victoria

Moderator Music Vic CEO (Simone Schinkel)

Creative Victoria (Deb Kiper)

Public Events Framework (Gina Koutropoulos)

Department of Health (Nicole Brady)

The Forum (Sally Mather)

Australian Music Centre (Cath Haridy)

11.00 – 11.30    MORNING TEA


11.30 – 12.30    ROAD TO RECOVERY: Staging events outdoors          MAIN HALL
Presented by City of Yarra               

Moderator Patrick Donovan:

City of Yarra  - Precinct Grants and outdoor trading - Simon Osborne

City of Yarra – Noise Complaints and Compliance - Steve Alexander

City of Yarra – Events permits in outdoor spaces - Zoe McWhinney

Velodrome Events – Staging Events in open spaces - Chris Mitchell

DJPR - Public Events Framework - Kirstan Corben


12.00 – 12.30    MINDFULNESS & MOVEMENT: Qi Gong with Rich Moffat          READING ROOM


12.30 – 2.00       BRISKET, BEERS AND BIZNESS


2.00 – 3.30         TAX, GRANTS, RIGHTS, ADVICE – all your questions answered          MAIN HALL
Presented by City of Yarra                        

Moderated by Chelsea Wilson:

National Entertainment Director from Marsh Insurance - Simon Calabrese

Client Manager from Auspicious Arts - Hannah Strout

Senior Lawyers from Media Arts Lawyers - Marcus Walkom & Yasmin Naghavi

Partner from The Gild Group - James Mirams


2.00 – 3.30         Industry consultation: 2022 – 2026 Yarra Arts & Culture Strategy          READING ROOM
Presented by City of Yarra                       

Facilitated by Patrick Donovan and Joel Stern

Inviting the representatives from the Yarra community (individuals and orgs) to give feedback on the next 4 year arts and culture strategy.


3.30PM               CLOSE

The Leaps and Bounds Industry Day is sponsored by Young Henrys; a group of passionate brewers, distillers, musicians and artists, united by the love of good music and good times. 

We are working with the relevant authorities to deliver a COVID-Safe event for visitors, artists and staff. All Leaps and Bounds events will be run with a COVIDSafe plan in place and are subject to change, depending on government restrictions.

This is an 18+ Event. ID Required.