Make Music Day in the Inner West

Tuesday 8 June 2021

Inner West Council will mark Make Music Day, 21 June, at Marrickville Library and Pavilion, including a talk and performance by music producer Vincent Sebastian.

Vincent produced the music for the recent Melody of Humanity cross-cultural and multilingual music video.

He is also the recipient of an Inner West Council arts grant.

“We established the music library because we believe that access to music and culture should be a democratic right for kids, young people and the young at heart,” said Mayor Byrne.

The Make Music Day events are at Marrickville Library and Pavilion on Monday 21 June from 6pm:

• Music producer Vincent Sebastian demonstrates in conversation, the process of the creation of Melody of Humanity, a cross cultural and multilingual song created in conjunction with Inner West Council. This event will conclude with a short live performance by Vincent and his music group Oyobi

• Reiko Azuma demonstrates the Ukulele, available to borrow from Inner West Council Music Library

• Bruce Reid demonstrates the Weissenborn lap slide guitar - available to borrow from Inner West Council Music Library

“In fact, Council is an enthusiastic supporter of live music in general and has introduced several initiatives to ensure live music thrives in the Inner West,” Mayor Byrne said.

As well as the Music Library, these include:

• Introducing policy changes to make it easier to hold live music, artistic and cultural events in shopfronts, offices and industrial premises

Bringing together industry leaders to save live venues across Sydney, and introducing the Good Neighbour Policy to find solutions between venues and nearby residents

• Endorsing the conversion of Marrickville Town Hall into a live music and performing arts centre

• Introducing the Live music planning liaison service for assistance with planning issues related to live music and other creative activities in the Inner West

• Collaborating with City of Sydney, Newcastle Council, Wollongong Council, City of Parramatta, Music NSW and the Live Music Office, Amplify, to find ways to support the live music industry

• Launching the online gig guide The Lineup showcasing local talent and venues

Council also commissioned the Inner West Live Music and Performance Census from Live Music Office in collaboration with Sydney Fringe, and funded through an Inner West Council Independent Artist grant.

“This important document provided a snapshot of how vibrant the arts and live music scene was in the Inner West pre-COVID-19,” said Mayor Byrne.

“It showed that the Inner West has robust live music and performance participation - much of it at the grass-roots level - across all art-forms, with music, theatre, dance, literature, visual arts and comedy all represented in the census findings.

“Creativity and culture are essential to the Inner West’s community, identity and economy. We are home to literally hundreds of studios, production houses, artist initiatives, galleries and performance spaces.

“The Census provides us with a snapshot of how vibrant the arts and live music scene was in the Inner West pre-COVID, and it gives us the tools to breathe life into the live music and performance sector,” Mayor Byrne said.

See the full list of activities here.

For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath, Media and Communications Coordinator, 9392 5334 or

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