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UNESCO City of Music

On December 15, 2015 Adelaide became 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.

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

Looking for somewhere in the city to enjoy live music? Visit our Live Music Venues page.

Adelaide became a UNESCO City of Music in December 2015

View the Adelaide City of Music Mission Statement

Initiatives and Opportunities

Local Buzz: - Bringing the live music ‘buzz’ to local businesses

Image: Kahl Wallis 2018, photograph by Shaun Li.

Local Buzz – Music Seed Funding for City businesses to host regular live music (from $500 to $3,000)

Local Buzz is a new initiative which offers matched seed funding from $500 up to $3,000, and/or along with free business support advice, to city venues to trial and program more live music. There is a focus on audience development and creating a City with a ‘local buzz’ of live music around every corner.

We are seeking City businesses who are currently not hosting live music, who wish to start up a live music program, to apply. We are looking for cafes, restaurants, retail and gallery spaces, to provide live music to patrons, during the day and night, could be anything really, bakeries, hairdressers, laundromats… the skies the limit! Businesses located on mainstreets, and in high pedestrian traffic areas will be highly regarded. 

What type of project might be funded?

City businesses are encouraged to trial hosting musicians in-house as part of your business offering, new music events or activities such as pub choir, a lunch time acoustic session for city workers, a Sunday dinner with music for older local residents or a regular dinner night for a particular niche or genre of music i.e. pasta and crooners.

Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from city businesses who are currently not holding any live music. The business will be willing to match funding and aims to maintain the music past the City of Adelaide seed funding.

Applicants must read the Local Buzz Guidelines prior to applying

Application form: Word version Application Form / PDF version Application Form 

All applicants are encouraged to discuss their application prior to applying with: Case Management Officer Malia Wearn: 8203 7807 / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Live Music venues loading zone project

The City of Adelaide is providing musicians with better access to live music venues across the city.

Loading options are available for musicians at several city-based live music venues. Where private or other loading options were not available, ‘At All Times’ loading zones have been created as close to the venues as possible.

To assist musicians to find these zones, they are now signposted an orange City of Music sign. These City of Music Loading Zones allow musicians to load to the maximum of 30 minutes, rather than 10 minutes, regardless of vehicle type.

These City of Music Loading Zones can currently be found near the following venues:

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Free Rehearsal Space

The beautiful and historic Meeting Hall is available for emerging bands to hold free rehearsals from 5.30pm – 8.30pm on Monday evenings, subject to availability. It has quality acoustics and an inbuilt stage that is a perfect venue for band rehearsals.

To make a booking, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone (08) 8203 7590.


Funding of up to $20,000 is available in grants for eligible initiatives that support live music in the city including:

Artistic Development Grants, Live Music Enterprise Grants and Cultural Promotion Grants

Information about the above grants can be found here.

Events and Festivals Sponsorship

Information on the Events and Sponsorship program can be found here.

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 at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on or call (08) 8203 7379.

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

Live Music Promotion

If you are looking for a place to promote your live music gig, we encourage you to post it on the City of Adelaide's ‘What’s On’ gig guide. Submitting your event is free and easy. Our 'What's On' calendar receives an average of over 20,000 monthly pageviews and the weekly e-newsletter has over 5,000 subscribers. It's a popular go-to for many event seekers. 

Our commitment to Live Music 

Live Music Action Plan 2017-2020

Adelaide: City of Music celebrates our identity as a global music city and is intended to cement Adelaide’s place as a world leading music city as recognised by its designation as a City of Music by the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. This three-year Action Plan for Live Music gives life to achieving the ten actions in the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and the five shared aspirations central to the City of Adelaide Cultural Strategy 2017-2023. This is the City of Adelaide’s second Live Music Action Plan, and it sets out new, more open and dynamic ways to embrace and support music in our City.

City of Adelaide’s current Live Music Action Plan

See a snapshot of our progress

Adelaide held a Live Music Summit in 2017, you can view parts of the summit in the video here.

Useful Links

Please see below list of organisations providing a range of support services to live music venues and musicians.

Loading Zones - Adelaide CBD


Map No.

Live Music Venue

UNESCO Loading Zone Location

Parking Control & No. of Spaces


Little Pub Off Hindley -17 Hindley Street

Hindley Street (southern side)
Between Gilbert Pl and Peel St

Loading At All Times (4 spaces)


Big Window – 99 Hindley Street

Hindley Street (southern side)
Between Club House Ln and Rosina St

Loading At All Times (2 spaces)


Enigma Bar – 173 Hindley Street
Jive – 181 Hindley Street

HIndley Street (southern side)
Between Morphett St and Register St

Loading At All Times (3 spaces)


West Oak Hotel  – 208 Hindley Street

Clarendon Street (western side)
Between Hindley St and Phillip St

Loading At All Times (2 spaces)


The Duke – 82 Currie Street

Currie Street (northern side)
Between Burnett St and Kingston St

Bus Mon-Fri 2pm-7pm
Loading At All Other Times (1 space)


Jack Ruby – Basement, 89 King William Street

King William Street (western side)
between Currie St and Waymouth St

No Stopping
Mon-Fri 7am-10am/ 4pm-7pm
Loading At All Other Times
(4 spaces)


Pilgrim Church – 23 Flinders Street

Flinders Street (northern side)
Between King William St and Gawler Pl)

Loading At All Times (1 space)


Publishers Hotel – 110 Franklin Street

Cannon Street (western side)
Between Franklin St and Waymouth St

Loading At All Times (2 spaces)


Hotel Metropolitan – 46 Grote Street
La Boheme – 36 Grote Street

Grote Street (northern side)
Between Penaluna Pl and Trades Hall Ln

Loading At All Times (1 space)


The Elephant British Pub – 1 Cinema Place

Vaughan Place (eastern side)
Between Rundle St and Frome St

Loading At All Times (2 spaces)


The Austral – 205 Rundle Street

York Street (southern side)
Between Bent St and Pulteney St

Loading At All Times (1 space)


Coopers Ale House – 316 Pulteney Street

Pulteney Street (eastern side)
Between Carrington St and Angas St

Bus Lane Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm
Loading At All Other Times (1 space)

Loading Zones - North Adelaide


Map No.

Live Music Venue

UNESCO Loading Zone Location

Parking Control & No. of Spaces


The Curious Squire – 10 O’Connell Street

O’Connell Street (eastern side)
Between Brougham Pl and Ward St

Loading At All Times (1 space)


Kentish Hotel – 23 Stanley Street

East Pallant Street (western side)
Between Stanley St and Sussex St

Loading At All Times (1 space)

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