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Have your say about the future of local music at this month’s Newcastle Institute forum

The Newcastle Institute will host a public forum next week focused on discussing the music community in Newcastle.

Set up in 2004, the Newcastle Institute aims to facilitate public discourse about key policy issues facing the community and to build intellectual vibrancy in the region.

The Institute holds monthly meetings between March and November every year featuring local presenters and people with expertise in the areas being discussed.

All forums are open to members of the Institute and the public. Non-members are requested to donate $10 to participate.

The forum will focus on how to nurture, build, and celebrate music in Newcastle and feature panellists who share a passion for local music from different sectors of the community.

On the panel for the discussions will be Marcus Wright, owner of the Wickham Park Hotel and Big Apachee promotions and booking agency, Charissa Ferguson, a music teacher at Merewether High School, Dan Beazley, managing editor of Newcastle Live and Sophie McCarthy, an architecture student at UON and professional clarinetist.

The panel will be hosted by Newcastle Institute’s Roger Pryor.

The Newcastle music is ALIVE public forum will be held on Wednesday, 11 May from 6:00 pm util 7.30 pm at the Newcastle United Sports Club (formerly Adamstown Rosebuds) in Bryant Street, Adamstown. For more information visit