Report: Soundcheck: insights into Australia’s music festival sector

Australia is host to a wide range of music festivals which play an important role in Australia’s live music sector and provide positive benefits to our society and our economy.

In recent years, however, music festival organisers have been faced with unprecedented challenges due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme weather events, regulatory changes and rising operational costs. Greater knowledge is needed to understand these challenges and support the ongoing sustainability of the Australian music festival industry.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the scope and scale of the Australian music festival industry, as well as insights into the social, cultural and economic impacts of music festivals and the challenges that festival organisers currently face.

The first of its kind, Soundcheck provides a benchmark for measuring and understanding Australia’s music festival industry – now and into the future. The research seeks to support the work of the Australian Festival Association (AFA), its member organisations and others involved in the music festival sector.

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