Indent Background

Indent dates back to the 1996 Drug Summit where one of the many outcomes was the development of a Youth Entertainment Pilot (YEP) project to promote developments in government policy relating to the staging of under 18’s and all ages events and drug and alcohol free entertainment.

MusicNSW held a forum at the Powerhouse Museum on November 27, 1999 which brought together 120 young people from around NSW who were actively involved in youth events. The discussion at the forum led ultimately to the formations of the first Indent Strategy. The strategy was well received and Indent was officially engaged with an initial financial commitment of $750,000 over three years ($250,000 a year).

The name Indent comes from the words INDependent ENTertainment.

Indent works directly with young people to empower them and help raise awareness of their needs, connecting them with support organisations in their community, providing opportunities, training and valuable experience and involving them in a range of tasks such as booking venues, liaising with police, managing security, organising public liability insurance, advertising and promotion.

What does Indent do?

Indent has been set up to help young people (13 – 25) in NSW access drug and alcohol free all-ages entertainment. We provide:

  • Funding for all ages events
  • Workshops and training
  • Advice, support, and resources

How did Indent come about?

The first Indent strategy was developed from extensive consultation with young people and the entertainment industry. Music NSW held the first Indent Forum at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney in November 1999 which brought together over 100 youth entertainment experts from around the state to discuss the issues affecting access to safe and successful youth events, developing a strategy supported by the NSW State Government.

Indent was launched on October 18, 2000 by Premier Bob Carr with a financial commitment of $250,000 a year for an initial period of 3 years. Due to the program’s success, funding has been extended until 2012. Indent receives core funding from New South Wales Ministry for the Arts.


General: info@indent.net.au
Executive Officer: Emily Collins ecollins@musicnsw.com