Wollongong City Council's newly established Live Music Taskforce has a wide-ranging scope and will investigate all options to boost music in the region, according to the taskforce's chair.
Councillor Ann Martin will lead the 16-strong group, and said it would focus on larger legislative and planning concerns as well as smaller grassroots issues.
"We'll look at regulatory issues with venues like noise and licensing. But it's not just about making sure performances don't get shut down, it's also how we can make it easy for people to do their work," she said.
"Rehearsal and studio spaces, places kids learning instruments can make a noise, through to council as a contractor of artists and buskers. There's a lot there."
The taskforce consists of five councillors and a NSW Police representative, alongside 10 members of the Illawarra music community.
Music advocate Jessie Hunt was one of those named on the taskforce alongside Ben Tillman of Yours and Owls, Neil Roswell of the Illawarra Folk Festival, and Carlie Carroll of Oscars Hotels.
"I'm happy to see the council put live music on the agenda, and to listen to the concerns of community and especially the younger community," Ms Hunt said.
The taskforce will meet regularly over coming months, with the aim of presenting recommendations to council in November. Ms Hunt said she hoped the taskforce would bring about change in how music was regulated in Wollongong.
"There is a lot of concern with how police have handled issues with independent live music venues, so it's positive we will have dialogue with police on the taskforce," she said.
"I also want to look at how the cultural grants program works and will work in future, with attention on how it can assist the live music scene."
Cr Martin said the music taskforce would run parallel to Wollongong council's cultural plan and "evening economy policy", calling it a "three-way linkage" to energising the city and its culture.
"There's issues around making sure it's easy and safe for people to get around the city at night, and having a range of different activities so the city is diverse and interesting," she said.
Cr Martin also said they would potentially consider bigger projects like finding new venues to use for music, dedicated music festivals, and community spaces for rehearsal and performance.