Businesses in the City of Sydney as well as Leichhardt and Marrickville local government areas interested in implementing a live music program, or refine an existing live music program, can gain free advice from experienced musicians in a new pilot program to encourage widespread live music in Sydney.

AMPLIFY is a program that aims to cover many different aspects of getting involved in live music and will provide support for existing live music spaces - while encouraging the development of additional performance opportunities alongside the Live Music Office, Music NSW, APRA AMCOS and Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils.

This month in our out of area feature we look at the Moss Vale Rural Chamber of Commerce’s unique, new tourism initiative – Southern Highlands Food and Wine Clusters.

Encouraging visitors to the Southern Highlands the project is a self-drive journey of nine, select high quality food and wine ‘clusters’ - each mapped into unique culinary experiences and downloadable for visitors via a dedicated website.

The idea is that each cluster area will help visitors to gain authentic local knowledge so they might shop like a local, eat where the locals eat as well as meet local growers and discover some of the Southern Highlands more closely held secrets.

In this month’s member profile, we chat to The Song Company’s new General Manger, Tim Carter.

After stints in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, joining Australia’s leading vocal ensemble located in the Walsh Bay precinct just over a month ago marks a welcomed return to industry for the recently appointed company head.

“I left industry ten years ago with the intention to gain a skillset that would be of benefit to the arts when I returned – I have now come home to where I belong with six months to spare,” Tim says.

The full program for the Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Now Festival presented by ANZ has now been released and Sunday 13th of March 2016 will bring the second instalment of Deckchair Arts. Be prepared to once again be inspired by vibrant collaborations from a wide range of exciting performers including musicians, dancers, juggling, balancing acts and more. They will excite, surprise and eventually get you up on the dance floor!

Performances on the day will be provided by the 11-piece horn and drum street band, Hot Potato, Indigenous dancer Kaleb Taylor, one of Australia’s best jugglers and physical comedians Benny B, as well as Sarah Louis-Jean who will astound with boleadoras and drums.

The presence of the18th century replica of the HMB Endeavour added a real wow factor to another successful WBAC Arts Table on Tuesday November 10.  

Along with the spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge, the Australian National Maritime Museums’ historic tallship was a magnificent backdrop that doubled up as unique stage for some 50 young voices from Gondwana Choirs to perform the evening’s breathtaking finale.

The Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce Annual General Meeting took place on Monday 16 November. The WBAC extends its thanks to the returning 2015-16 executive for all their hard work in helping the Chamber achieve all KPIs set this year as well as welcome a new face as secretary in 2016, Sally Walker from Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Get into the spirit with The City of Sydney’s 30 great days of Christmas in Sydney kicking off with a simultaneous concert in Martin Place and Hyde Park and the lighting of the City’s spectacular 21-metre high Martin Place Christmas Tree on November 26.

Not just your average oversized Chrissy tree, the interactive Martin Place festive staple will project light onto surrounding heritage buildings, host carol singers as well a site where Sydneysiders and guests have a chance to cuddle Labrador puppies before they embark on guide dog training.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs are set to stage three unique concert events to mark the start of the festive season by performing Handel’s Messiah.

The 400-strong chorister group will sing Handel’s greatest and most loved choral masterpiece at the Sydney Opera House on December 3, 5 and 6th with Brett Weymark conducting and, in a world first, in collaboration with Accessible Arts and the Opera House, the concerts will be signed live by a choir of 18 to bring another element to this powerful piece of music.