Q1. What is the SA Live Music Club?

The SA Live Music Club is a registered, not-for-profit, incorporated Association for recreational musicians and singers. 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 was established in 2004, originally for people who had been through the Weekend Warriors Program and who wished to keep connected with the program and continue to perform with like-minded musicians. It accepts a limited number of applications for membership from people who have not completed the Program. The SA Live Music Club is a separate organisation from the national Weekend Warriors and does not manage or deliver the Weekend Warriors Program, although the Club supports them both. Holden Hill Music and the Weekend Warriors are sponsors of the Club.

Q2. What is the Weekend Warriors Program?

A. The Weekend Warriors Program is separate entity from the SA Live Music Club. It is a program to encourage recreational musicians and singers to perform live music. It consists of a free jam, placement into a band with other participants, then a series of coaching sessions/rehearsals culminating in a professionally staged live public performance with other new bands. There is a fee to do the Program. On completion, participants receive six months free membership of the SA Live Music Club. There is also a Young Warriors Program for participants aged 18 years and under. Weekend WarriorsTM is a Trademark of RMM Pty Ltd. The Weekend Warriors Program is managed and delivered in South Australia through Holden Hill Music, not the SA Live Music Club. Click here to go to more information about the Weekend Warriors Program.

Q3. What do I get for my Membership fee, what are the benefits of belonging to the Club?

A. 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
  • various discounts on purchases from our sponsor, Holden Hill Music.

Q4. How do I join the SA Live Music Club?

A. Most of our members join the Club by completing a round of Holden Hill Music’s Weekend Warriors Program. On completion of their “Big Gig” final concert, Program participants receive six months complimentary membership of the SA Live Music Club, courtesy of the Club’s sponsorship by Holden Hill Music and the Weekend Warriors. After their six months complimentary membership, members are invited to continue their membership on an annual basis on payment of an annual subscription. For information about the Weekend Warriors Program, please click on “The Program” tab in the Menu bar above.

Q5. I haven’t done the Weekend Warriors Program. Can I still join the SA Live Music Club?

A. Yes, subject to a membership cap, waiting list and joining fee. People who have not completed a Round of the Weekend Warriors Program 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.

Q6. How do I renew my membership and pay my subscription?

A. 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 members to renew their memberships and pay their annual subscriptions. 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 FAQs 4 and 5 above.

Q7. I did the Weekend Warriors Program a few years ago, but let my Club membership lapse. I’d like to rejoin the Club. Do I have to do the Program again?

A. No. If you completed a Round of the Weekend Warriors Program as a full fee-paying participant in the past, you can rejoin the Club without doing the Program again. 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.

Q8. I repeated a Round of the Weekend Warrior Program. Do I get another free six months membership of the Club?

A. Yes, provided you paid the full Program fee. People get a free six months membership of the Club each time they do the Program as a full fee-paying participant. If you pay a discounted or reduced fee or help out the Program as a non-paying fill-in, you do not receive a free six months membership of the Club.

Q9. I did a Weekend Warriors Program in another State. Can I join the South Australian Club?

A. Probably, subject to the membership cap and waiting list. Please contact the Membership Officer via the email form on the Contact Page to discuss your situation.

Q10. When does my Membership Year start and finish?

A. It depends on when you completed your Weekend Warriors Program Concert or 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

For people completing the Program, your first Membership period starts on the actual date of your “Big Gig” final concert and finishes six months after the end of that quarter. For example, if you do Round 48 the Concert will be on 14 April 2019, in the quarter ending 30 June 2019. Therefore your first ‘six’ months membership will start on 14 April 2019 and end on 31 Dec 2019 (over 8 months later). From then on, if you decide to continue, your membership year will be from 1 Jan to 31 Dec.

Q11. I’ve just paid my annual subscription, but my membership card says my next renewal date is less than 12 months away. Why haven’t I got 12 months?

A. 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.

Q12. I was an Associate Member and would like to rejoin. Do I have to apply to become a member as described in FAQ 5 or do I have to do The Program?

A. Neither. 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.

Q13. I am going to stop participating in Club activities. Can I transfer the balance of my membership to someone else?

A. No. Membership is not transferable.

Q14. I am a Member, but not currently in a band. How can I find a band or group to play with?

A.  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) Open Mic nights at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel (The Gov) are held every Wednesday night. These nights are great opportunities to make contacts as well as perform to a supportive audience. Bands sometimes headhunt at these events.

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.

Q15. I’m a member and I’m in a band. How do we get to participate in SA Live Music Club events?

A.  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.

Q16. We are booked in for a SA Live Music Club gig, but the subscription of one of our band members has expired. He says he will pay later. Can we still perform?

A. No. 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 the 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.
NB. The ‘members only’ rule may be waived in two special circumstances: 1. for Random Jam and Random Bands events which are open to non-members; and 2. at the Welcome Gig for any new band that has recently completed its Weekend Warriors “Big Gig” final concert using non-member fill-ins to complete their line-up. In that case, those non-member fill-ins from their Big Gig performance are also invited to support that band for its Welcome Gig performance as a one-off arrangement.

Q17. Are there any restrictions on Members playing at other, independent gigs?

A. 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. Similarly, bands performing independently should not use any name or branding associated with the Weekend Warriors.

Q18. Who runs the Club?

A. 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 fulfil 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.

Q19. Do SA Live Music Club bands get paid for gigs?

A. 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.

Q20. Does the Club get paid for gigs?

A. 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.

Q21. Where does the money go?

A. 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.

An Honorarium is paid to the Events Manager at the discretion of the Committee in recognition of the numerous hours worked each month to find, establish and manage the wide variety of gigs and opportunities for Members, including organising bands and equipment for each event.