Music To The Ears Of Victoria’s Live Venues

The Andrews Labor Government today announced new grants to support Victoria’s world-famous live music scene.

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Jane Garrett, was at Cherry Bar in Melbourne’s iconic AC/DC lane today to launch the $250,000 Live Music Attenuation Assistance Program which will help live venue owners and operators pay for soundproofing.

Successful applicants for the grants will be reimbursed for soundproofing works completed or contracted between 4 September 2010 and 4 September 2014.

Venue owners and operators can apply for financial assistance to reimburse expenses for works such as installation of acoustic insulation and glazing, sound absorbing materials and air-lock doors and windows.

Grants may also be available for venues where a nearby residential development received a planning permit before the Agent of Change Principle was introduced yet the construction did not commence by 4 September 2014.

The Agent of Change Principle states the onus for soundproofing is now on developers or residents that move near an established venue.

The Labor Government is committed to securing Victoria as the music capital of Australia, with $12.2 million being invested in the sector to support young and emerging musicians and live music venues, boosting tourism and creating jobs.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Jane Garrett

“Victoria is the music capital of Australia and the Andrews Labor Government is committed to supporting the industry through initiatives such as this grants program.”

“Live music is part of our culture. We’re working hard to encourage it further, to promote emerging Victorian artists and draw more tourists from all over.”

“The music scene is a significant contributor to our economy, and many Victorians are employed directly or indirectly in the industry.”