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UNESCO City of Music

On December 15, 2015 Adelaide was designated as the first and only UNESCO City of Music in Australia. Adelaide joins Melbourne – City of Literature, and Sydney – City of Film as Australia’s UNESCO Creative Cities, as well as more than 100 other Cities world-wide as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

View the Adelaide City of Music Mission Statement.

Adelaide became a UNESCO City of Music in December 2015

What does it mean to be a UNESCO City of Music?

The designation is an acknowledgment of the breadth, depth and vibrancy of the city’s music culture, its international reach, its history and its aspirations. Adelaide supports a diverse range of independent musicians, a developing and entrepreneurial music industry, a series of world-class music and arts festivals and venues, as well as leading music education and performance institutions. 

Read more about Adelaide UNESCO City of Music

Our commitment to Live Music 

Recently Adelaide held a Live Music Summit, view parts of the Summit in the below video.

Live Music Action Plan

City of Adelaide’s current Live Music Action Plan was developed in 2013. The Plan is currently being revised and a new Live Music Action Plan will be delivered in 2017. 

See our progress in a snapshot.

Live Music Venues – Case Management Service

We now have a one stop shop service for the provision of planning and business advice to Live Music Venues. To get in touch, contact Madeleine Rains on 8203 7379 or at

This service was developed to provide assistance to Live Music Venues with the incoming changes to planning legislation. Council will assist with amendments to conditions of a development approval at no charge, in line with legislative change.

Find out more about development applications.

Liquor and gaming updates

Reminder – Changes to entertainment consent introduced 20 December 2015

A licensee no longer requires the consent of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner or the Licensing Court to provide entertainment between 11am and midnight. However, a licensee will still require consent to provide entertainment outside of those hours or to provide ‘prescribed entertainment’. More information about liquor licensing requirements.

Organisations supporting the development of Live Music and Artist Support

There are many organisations across the city that provide great assistance to and support for the live music scene. 

Live Music promotion

If you are looking for a place to promote your live music gig, we encourage you to post it on Council’s ‘What’s On’ gig guide. Submitting your event is free and easy. Our What's On calendar receives over 5000 monthly pageviews and is a popular go to for many event seekers. 

Cultural Strategy Consulation

The Cultural Strategy will articulate a shared understanding of culture, and identify high level actions relating to Council’s role in delivering and maximising cultural outcomes for the City. We are seeking community feedback and views to help develop the City of Adelaide Cultural Strategy. Join the conversation here and have your say today.

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