In what’s being described as one of the most significant regional music development efforts undertaken in the state’s history, NSW recently appointed seven Regional Music Officers (RMOs) to develop and foster young talent and develop events and opportunities.
Each of these locals is tasked with acting on behalf of MusicNSW to host networking events, conduct surveys and censuses and facilitate communication and collaboration between artists, venues, industry professionals and councils.
In the state’s South East, which includes Bega, Moruya, Snowy Monaro and the surrounds, Sats Kramer is set to continue his work as RMO.
He says while it has been a challenge to help musicians, venues and music professionals through both the Black Summer bushfires and then COVID-19, it’s also been incredibly rewarding on a personal level.
“It’s been heart breaking to hear the stories of musicians who have lost their houses or had their income reduced to zero overnight.
The heart warming side of the story has been to witness the resilience of our industry and the incredible innovation that artists have shown to pivot their businesses through these difficult times,” he said.
The RMO program initially began in the South East, but after a successful pilot which has been underway since 2019, it has now expanded up through the Central West, Mid North Coast, North West and Northern Rivers regions, significantly expanding the organisation’s reach across the state.
MusicNSW’s Managing Director Emily Collins says the program shows just how exciting of a time it is for music in NSW.
“Regional NSW is brimming with world-class talent and opportunities for industry growth.
We’re thrilled to be able to employ local experts to help drive the development of their regional communities, and highlight the exceptional work already being done,” she said.
She said the latest expansion would not be possible without the investment and support of Create NSW and it serves as an acknowledgement of both the critical importance of music to regional communities and economies, and of regional music to the broader music ecosystem.
If you make or work in music and you live in or around the South East, join the Facebook group, say g’day to your RMO, and stay up-to-date with everything going on.