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What you want to do in the public space and why?

To present a performance program of live music in the green spaces of the CBD, including Tamarind Park and the lawns of Tourism NT Information Centre, to create vibrant, positive spaces within the CBD, inspiring workers and visitors to utilise Darwin’s beautiful outdoor areas more frequently. These performances will invigorate and enhance these public spaces, and engage visitors in the CBD by; Encouraging office workers to leave their office for lunch; collaborating with nearby cafes and restaurants to provide lunchboxes ready made for pickup to enjoy whilst attending the performance space; provide visitors to Darwin with a cultural experience, giving them a taste of local Darwin talent, encouraging them to spend longer in the CBD and engage with local retailers; remove the stigma of antisocial behaviour experienced in the green spaces. In places like Tamarind Park where socially disadvantaged, homeless and vulnerable people congregate, live music will create a more positive atmosphere

How you will make this project happen?

By programming a calendar of live music performances by local artists including emerging young songwriters and musicians. Accomplished local artists I have programmed recently include: Adam Scriven, Ben Evolent, Dave Spry, Bridey Rose, Serina Pech, Rachel Rachel, Melanie Gray, Lilla Wellington, Dave Garnham, Roy Mackonkey, amongst many others. Obtaining the necessary permits and permissions required by City of Darwin and Tourism NT. Employing a local sound technician to manage PA setup and sound requirements. Liaising with our partner Browns Mart in securing our production needs. Liaising with local cafes and restaurants to organise ready-made lunchboxes. Promoting the program via:  Participants’ Social Media - Arts and Cultural organisations networks; City of Darwin; local CBD retailers; Tourist outlets, flyers and posters.

When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?

Mid-April to end July (weather permitting) i.e. 20 April – 29 July One hour performances on Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes, 12.30-1.30pm, with setup and pack down of 1.5 hours either side of performance time.

What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?

A permit for using the space at Tamarind Park will be required from City of Darwin and permission required from Tourism NT to utilise the lawn in front of their building. Having successfully run this program in 2018, I have the knowledge of the necessary steps required to obtain these permits and permissions, and a positive relationship with both stakeholders to ensure they are implemented correctly.

How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?

Key Participants will include: Program coordinator/facilitator – will source and contract local musicians and program a calendar of live music performances for the period April 20 – July 29. The coordinator will also be responsible for the marketing plan, liaising with stakeholders regarding equipment hire and collecting data for key performance indicators. Sound technician/ assistant facilitator – will setup PA and operate sound equipment and assist performers with their technical needs. Local performers partnering with local theatre Browns Mart for our production requirements Liaising with local cafes/restaurants e.g. the Deck Bar, CafĂ© 21 to provide ready-made lunchboxes for pickup, enabling a timely arrival for CBD workers and visitors to the performance space to enjoy their lunch whilst being entertained.

How will you know your project is successful?

Through implementing key performance indicators and managing data collection:  Employment of local artists - measured as a percentage of artists employed (aim 100%). Engagement of community - measured through audience participant feedback forms (aim 80% positive feedback). Increased traffic - measured through visual tally during and after workshops and performances (aim 20% increase over the program). Increased sales for local cafes and restaurants – measured through number of ready-made lunch boxes sold (aim 10 per performance).

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