In the wake of recent findings that live music is a “significant contributor” to the economy, hotels are shown to be the greatest driver.

The University of Tasmania released a report last week that quantified the live music industry as significant to both national and state economies.

In response, Music SA and the national Live Music Office produced the Live Music Census on the sector in South Australia.

The census found that hotels were overwhelmingly the most frequent site for live music entertainment, delivering around 80 per cent of the events.

“Findings show that 962 gigs were presented during May 2015 in Adelaide and outer suburbs across 157 venues, with Adelaide city providing the bulk of live music offerings,” said Music SA general manager, Lisa Bishop.

“It shows the degree to which musicians are given the opportunity to professionally perform, and audiences are given an opportunity to access live music.”

CEO of the Australian Hotels Association SA, Ian Horne, says the news is confirmation of the work done by industry.

“The census results again reinforce the primary role of South Australian Hotels in supporting and facilitating a sustainable live music industry,” said Horne.


The Census found that in the month of May, 2015:

  • 962 gigs were presented
  • 157 venues hosted live music
  • Hotels provided 796 gigs across 108 venues (79.9% of gigs and 68.7% of venues)
  • Gigs were 35% original songs and 65% covers
  • Adelaide City provided the most live music

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