Victoria’s live music sector can sing out loud and proud with the launch of Good Music Neighbours, a new grants program to support Victorian music venues to undertake sound management and soundproofing projects.
Part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative to strengthen and support Victoria’s contemporary music sector, Good Music Neighbours offers matched funding of up to $25,000 to venues across the state for projects that will help them limit the emission of sound into the local neighbourhood.
Supported projects could range from obtaining advice from an acoustic consultant or sound technician, to developing designs and sound proofing measures – such as installing specialist acoustic treatments or building projects that control the level of sound coming from the venue.
The program, which will open for applications on an annual basis, is in line with recent amendments to the agent of change planning principles which help protect live music venues from residential encroachment.
Eligible venues will have a commitment to presenting original live music and be able to show a pressing need for the works. All funding must be matched by an equal cash contribution from the venue or operator.
Good Music Neighbours has been developed by Creative Victoria in partnership with Music Victoria and the Live Music Office. A dedicated Industry Liaison at Music Victoria will provide advice and assistance for venues interested in applying.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“Victoria loves live music. We host three times more live performances than the national average and Melbourne has more live music venues than any other city in the country – making us the undisputed live music capital.”
“Our Music Works package takes a holistic approach to the sector, with programs to support music makers, music industry workers and organisations, and now, venues.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne
“Even small design changes can make a big difference to how we experience sound. The Good Music Neighbours program will ensure that venues maintain positive relationships with their neighbouring businesses and residents.”
Quotes attributable to Chair of Music Victoria Tim Northeast
“This exciting initiative will provide tangible support to venue operators and will facilitate better outcomes for residents who live near these types of venues. It will help keep venues sustainable as they face increasing pressure from gentrification and more venues means more opportunities for musicians and performers.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020