Diggers launches series to help struggling musicians



Harbord Diggers has launched a Live and Local series, aimed at supporting musicians on the Northern Beaches.


It has been a tough time for local musos during lock-down but Diggers has this month booked a host of solo artists and bands to help get them back on their feet.


Mounties Group Chief Executive, Dale Hunt says that one of his biggest priorities was to ensure local artists were supported as soon as clubs were able to open to members.


“Although online consumption has risen, musicians are still suffering. Many receive only tiny payouts from streaming sites and with public gatherings curtailed, and concerts, tours and festivals currently ruled out, the employment prospects for musicians have been dire - particularly cover artists who rely on regular gigs in local venues,” he explains.


“In saying that, people around the world have turned to music to help them through the crisis and so we wanted to do our bit to ensure local talent can have a place to get back on the scene and share their music with others."


All from the Northern Beaches and Sydney region, the June schedule includes the likes of local duos Paper Parade, Jon Butler Duo and Duan & Only, as well as solo artist’s Nick Stenmark, Steve Tonge and Grace Brown.


“If nothing else, the current circumstances are showing us that members of our community are doing it really tough,” Mr Hunt adds.


“With music such an important part of what our venues are about, we pledged to ensure our acoustic schedule was back as soon as possible, booking only local, self-employed musicians who have been forced out of venues for more than 10 weeks."


Joe McDonough

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