Part band incubator, part muso/singer/band-matching social club, the Club’s goal is to help and support people into playing live music.

About Us

The Club supports its members to develop their musicianship, helps them meet and form bands with like-minded people, and arranges a variety of gigs and events for them where they can perform in public venues.

Established in 2004, the SA Live Music Club is a registered, not-for-profit, incorporated Association for recreational musicians and singers.

Several SA Live Music Club bands have gone on to perform professionally.

How the Club works

SA LIVE MUSIC CLUB is an incorporated Club under the SA Associations Incorporations Act (1985) and is managed by a committee. The committee works within the guidelines of a constitution (available on the website) holding regular meetings to decide what the club wants to achieve for its members and how to achieve these aims. The committee consists of several ‘Officers’ (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer) plus up to 6 general committee members.

Various subcommittees have been set up from time to time; an example includes the ‘Events Management Unit’. Any number of other subcommittees can be formed to assist the club to meet its aims.

If a committee position becomes vacant, it will be filled as per the guidelines included in the club constitution. Should the position not be filled, or if there is any prolonged delay, the roles of that position will be shared amongst the other members of the committee as appropriate. Committee members should therefore be prepared to share aspects of the various roles and responsibilities as required.

Note: Committee and subcommittee members are volunteers; none receive payment or other benefit

Objectives of the Club

The objects of the club are to:

  • facilitate the fun, joy and pleasures of participating in music in a social environment without prejudice, bias and/or discrimination.
  • provide social amenities and facilities for the Members of the Association and provide accommodation for them on such premises as the Association may from time to time occupy.
  • promote and/or provide to its Members the opportunities to develop a further interest or maintain that interest within their field of live musical endeavour by way of providing support, advice and guidance including but not limited to the development, promotion, management and delivery of live music workshops, projects, events, gigs and festivals throughout Australia.
  • do all things which the Association or the Committee may think necessary or desirable for promoting the recreation, accommodation and convenience of any Member or Members.
  • seek Sponsors and at the discretion of the Committee enter into written Sponsorship Agreements including but not limited to project, event, general, major and exclusive sponsorships.
  • hire and/or employ and to pay persons in return for services rendered to the Association, salaries, wages, gratuities and pensions.
  • establish, promote or assist in establishing or promoting and to subscribe to or become a Member of or associated or amalgamated with any other association or club, whose objects are similar or in part similar to the objects of the Association, or the establishment or promotion of which may be beneficial to the Association.
  • support and subscribe to any charitable, music or public body.
  • borrow or raise money with or without giving security and particularly by the issue of or upon bonds, debentures (redeemable on dates to be determined by yearly ballot or otherwise at the discretion of the Committee) bills, bills of exchange, promissory notes or other obligations or securities of the Association or by mortgage or charge upon all or any part of the property of the Association.
  • do all such other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.
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Below are some common questions asked about membership and the Club.

The SA Live Music Club is part band incubator and part social club where singers, musos and bands can meet, mix and match. Its goal is to help and support people into playing live music. Several SA Live Music Club bands have gone on to perform professionally. The Club supports its members to develop their musicianship, helps them meet and form bands with like-minded people, and arranges a variety of gigs and events for them where they can perform in public venues. The club is a registered, not-for-profit, incorporated Association for recreational musicians and singers established in 2004. Please see FAQ 5 for information about how to join.

No. The SA Live Music Club and the Weekend Warriors are separate entities and different organisations. Weekend WarriorsTM is a Trademark of Recreational Music Making Pty Ltd (RMM). The Weekend Warriors Program is managed and delivered in South Australia through Holden Hill Music.

You get:

  • membership of a social club of friendly, like-minded people who enjoy getting together to make and listen to music,
  • opportunities to develop your musical skills and talents in a supportive environment,
  • opportunities to play with other people and join or form bands and ensembles that suit your interests,
  • exclusive, members-only access to performance opportunities at a wide variety of gigs, concerts and festivals,
  • use of extensive, top quality backline gear and PA equipment and help to set it up. It is already set up for you at larger SA Live Music Club gigs. To hire this equipment privately for a single gig would cost more than most bands’ entire membership fees for a year.
  • assistance of a Stage Manager and at larger gigs a Sound Technician to make sure your show runs smoothly and professionally
  • the benefit of performing under the SA Live Music Club’s brand and reputation and the Club’s publicity and marketing to gain an audience
  • discount admissions to SA Live Music Club events
  • advance invitations and/or discounted admission to occasional special events such as voice and instrument workshops, masterclasses and presentations.

No. Interested persons and people completing a Round of the Weekend Warriors Program are welcome to apply for membership of the Club as described in FAQ – How to join.

You may apply in writing and be proposed and seconded by two current financial members. There is a joining fee and a cap on the number of members admitted to the Club. If the Club is full, applications will be added to a waiting list and processed when vacancies become available in order of time and date of receipt of the application.
Please click here to download information about How to Apply.
If you were a former Associate Member, please see FAQ 12 below.

You can find details about how to pay subscriptions, including paying by credit card securely online, by clicking to this Renew Membership page.

Please note: That page is for current and former members to renew their memberships and pay their annual subscriptions. Former members rejoining after an absence may be subject to a waiting list and membership cap. Non-members are not able to use that page to join the Club for the first time. If you are interested in joining the SA Live Music Club, please see FAQ 5 above.

Yes. Any former member can rejoin the Club on payment of the appropriate subscription plus an administration fee. Depending on the membership cap at the time, there might be a waiting list. Please contact the Membership Officer via the email form on the Contact Page to discuss your situation.

It depends on when you joined or re-joined the Club. Your individual Membership Year will be one of the following:

1 January – 31 December
1 April – 31 March the following year
1 July – 30 June the following year
1 Oct – 30 Sept the following year

You most likely have got 12 months, but paid your membership fee late. Individual membership years are as described in the previous FAQ. Late payment of membership fees will not change the renewal date.
Update 18 April 2020: The SA Live Music Club’s management committee has decided to discontinue the production and issuing of membership cards as part of its cost and time saving measures during the Covid 19 health crisis. The absence of a membership card will make no material difference to a member’s ability to participate in club events or eligibility to register for gigs.

No. If a former Associate Member wishes to rejoin the Club, he/she will be re-admitted as a full Member on payment of the relevant full Member fee, subject to the membership cap and waiting list applicable at the time. The Associate category of membership was discontinued in May 2018 and all Associate Members were transitioned to Full Members. Please use the Contact Form to send a message to Membership Enquiries to confirm your eligibilty and for information about how to re-apply.

No. Membership is not transferable.

1) Regularly check the Members’ Ads on the SA Live Music Club’s website where bands advertise vacancies. Members can also submit their own individual ads seeking a spot in a band.

2) Attend SA Live Music Club events and get to know your fellow members. Through the relationships you build and the contacts you make it will only be a matter of time before you will be connected with others looking for band members. See the Gig Guide on this web site for a list of Club gigs you can attend. Perhaps you could volunteer to help set up and assist the organiser at some of these events and get to know and be known by other members that way.

3) Remember that members are also entitled to participate in various Club events such as Random Jam and Random Bands that are intended to keep members and former members engaged with the SA Live Music Club and give guests a taste of Club activities through participation in a fun event.  These are good opportunities to make contacts and friendships with people, some of whom also play in SA Live Music Club bands. People in these groups have gone on to form bands or ensembles as a result of the contacts and friendships they have made there. These events are announced on this website and notices are emailed to members. Non-members are welcome to subscribe to the club newsletter using the sign-up form in this page’s side column to receive notices of such events.

1) Ensure every member of your band is a paid-up Member.

2) New bands might need to audition for the Events Unit. You only need to do this once, but don’t leave it until too close to one the Club’s big public events. The easy and friendly way to audition is to perform a small set at a Saturday Session at The Gov. Details of these sessions are emailed to members.

3) Make sure that the Club has your up-to-date email address. The Club’s Events Unit sends emails to members telling them about upcoming gigs and how to register. Popular events fill quickly.

4) Check the Club’s website. Event notices are posted there and also in the “Upcoming Events” calendar.

5) Appoint a band contact person who registers on behalf of the band and is the point of contact for the Events Unit.

No. not with that person in the line-up. If a person is not a paid-up member of the SA Live Music Club, he/she will not be allowed to go on the stage at Club gigs. Other members of the band may go on stage provided they are paid-up Club members. The SA Live Music Club takes its members’ rights and responsibilities very seriously. If a band attempts to go on stage, knowing they have a non-member or non-financial member amongst them, or the non-financial member attempts to bluff or bully his/her way onto the stage, the Stage Manager or Event Manager will stop the band performing at that event. Individuals also leave themselves open to disciplinary action under Sections 4.3 and 29 of the Club’s Constitution.

No. In that situation, the band performs as an independent band in its own right. We only ask that bands do not use the Club’s name or branding and do not create the false impression that such a gig is a SA Live Music Club event or that it is sponsored by the SA Live Music Club.

A Management Committee conducts the Club’s day-to-day business. Club members elect the Committee each year at the Club’s Annual General Meeting. The Committee comprises: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and up to six general committee members. Each year, the incoming Committee appoints individuals to fulfill various operational roles as may be required, including Events Manager, Membership Officer, Stage Manager, Sponsorship Liaison, Disputes Resolution Officer, Webmaster and any other role as required.

No, not at SA Live Music Club gigs. Club gigs and festivals are community, charity or social events to which the performers donate their time. The Club takes care to avoid competing unfairly with professional bands and musos for paid gigs. If a band arranges independently to perform at a non-Club event, then the band may negotiate a fee for its services the same as any other independent band.

No. However, the Club receives donations from the organisers of certain events. Such donations are put towards the Club’s expenses such as insurance, maintenance and transport costs. Further funds are raised at gigs through raffles, the sale of merchandise and gold coin donations. The Club does not receive grants or funding from any organisation.

All income goes towards running the Club for the benefit of members. Most of it is used for equipment purchase, maintenance, repair and insurance, including the van. The rest goes on operational expenses. The Club has no employees and therefore pays no wages. Work is done by volunteers. Members who incur out-of-pocket expenses on behalf of the Club are reimbursed.