Wheatsheaf Hotel_1.jpgWith funding support from the Music Development Office, CP3 and UniSA Creative, this research draws on qualitative data gained from participant interviews with stakeholders in the SA music industry, such as venues owners, musicians, funding bodies and policy makers, to gain on-the-ground insights into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector. The purpose of this research was to perform a ‘health check’ on the status of the SA music industry across the 2021 calendar year, to inform appropriate policy recommendations by the Music Development Office (a subsidiary of the Department of Innovation and Skills).

To date, many of these recommendations have already been actioned (such as direct support to the sector in the form of the recently allocated Live Music Support program, although long-term strategies are yet to be implemented. However, the Covid-19 pandemic and associated government health restrictions continue to affect the sector in 2022, and there is a strong argument that further research into the ‘health’ of the SA music industries should be ongoing. 

Findings from this research project have been presented to the MDO for inclusion within their upcoming strategic plan. In the meantime, a full report on the project—documenting research undertaken throughout the 2021 calendar year—will be published as a CP3 working paper in 2022, with a series of topic and issue-specific peer-reviewed journal articles exploring various findings to follow.

The Barn at Wombat Flat
Image: The Barn at Wombat Flat
Photo: Robyn Bradbrook, Silver Springs Photography


image9wmwe.pngResearch team
Dr Rosie Roberts
Dr Sam Whiting

Funding support
SA Music Development Office

The impact of COVID-19 on music venues in regional South Australia

Key contact
Sam Whiting