Hugh Nichols

Strategy Advisor for Live Music and Performance, City of Sydney

Hugh Nichols is the City of Sydney’s Strategy Advisor for Live Music and Performance. He was the project manager of the City’s Live Music and Performance Taskforce and authored the resulting Live Music and Performance Action Plan, which guides the City’s support of the sector until 2019.

Hugh provides guidance to the sector on regulatory matters, government engagement, grants and funding and governance. He is responsible for policy development, operational and process reform, industry research, sector development projects and advocacy to other levels of government.

Hugh is also Co-Director of Black Mountain, an experimental music, drone and noise festival held in the NSW Blue Mountains. He has previously worked as a freelance arts and music writer, was Chair of Accessible Arts’ Supported Studio Network and an Editor at Das Platforms. He is a board member of Brand X.

My Sessions

Out Of Home: Exploring Non-Traditional Event Spaces

EMC Forum: (ivy Penthouse) - Building 2 Level 5

With the availability of traditional ‘club’ venues on the decline, promoters are increasingly looking towards non-traditional spaces to hold events. Whether it’s to exist outside the lockout zone, or to create a unique music experience for your audience, the process for operating in a non-licensed venue is challenging one. This panel brings together industry experts […]