As announced in early 2014, the long-running music festival Sound Summit took a year off in order to conduct a review of its operations, with a view to create a more sustainable model for the festival into the future. Sound Summit Co-Director, Liza Harvey, has spent 2014 researching and collecting information on the past 14 years of the festival, developing a strategic review document to be used for future planning.
The review examined all aspects of past festivals, taking in an in-depth look at how Sound Summit has developed across the years in relation to changing technology, music scenes and subcultures, while tracking the overall progress of the festival and its relationship to Australian independent music, and its significance to Newcastle and other city centres across NSW. Given the long history of the festival, this document is much larger than anticipated, which has resulted in a delay to the planning that was scheduled for 2014.
The strategic planning of Sound Summit will now take place in line with MusicNSW’s own strategic review in 2015, with a view to its incorporation into the 2016 Triennial Business Plan and subsequent funding application.
With this information now at hand, the next stage of planning will focus on financial and funding security so further curatorial development can begin in 2015.
Liza Harvey says, “It has been a real joy collecting and sorting through the information stored at MusicNSW and also collected online through various websites and online publications and creating the bigger picture of Sound Summit’s development. ”
We would like to thank all past festival Co-Directors for their time and resources in helping us create this document and undertake the review, and we look forward to announcing future plans for Sound Summit in 2015.