May 2, 2019

Media Release – Federal Labor to establish Inner West Music Hub – Thursday, 2 May 2019

A Shorten Labor Government would invest $250,000 to create an Inner West Music Hub, that will give local young people a space to rehearse, record and perform music.

The Music Hub, to be located at the renovated Haberfield Library, will include a dedicated space with sound insulation, a PA system, audio visual and recording equipment and production facilities.

Labor believes all children deserve access to a musical education, regardless of their background, and this Music Hub will create that opportunity for children and young people from across the Inner West.

Free access will be granted to the Hub for students and Inner West based music companies, ensembles and orchestras, allowing them to provide a variety of subsidised tuition from local musicians.

The Music Hub will also allow local primary and high schools to make use of professional music production facilities.

In particular, children from Indigenous, disadvantaged and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, who may not otherwise have access to instruments and lessons, will have opportunities to learn and practice music at the Hub.

The Inner West is home to more people working in creative industries than any other region in Australia. This project can help to make sure that the next generation of musicians can learn their craft here too.

The Inner West Council is undertaking a $4 million upgrade of Haberfield Library and the adjoining community hall, which will include a new music performance and rehearsal space.

While the Council has dedicated space within the upgraded library for music rehearsal and performance, there is not currently funding available for the noise insulation and equipment to make the space usable for performance and rehearsal.

A $250,000 commitment from Federal Labor will help to activate the new music space within the Library by funding the installation of:

  • Sound insulation and acoustic treatments
  • A PA system
  • Audio-visual and recording equipment
  • Music production facilities