May 26, 2016

Music Works Initiative

Member for Kororoit, Marlene Kairouz has today encouraged the local live music sector to apply for funding to support music venues to undertake sound management and soundproofing projects.

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.


Applications for the Good Music Neighbours program 2016 close at 5pm, Monday 13 July 2016. Full program details including resources and case studies are available at www.musicvictoria.com.au/gmn

Quotes attributable to the Member for Kororoit, Marlene Kairouz

“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.”

“This is an opportunity for our community to strike a balance between great local music and happy neighbours.”

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 mean more opportunities for musicians and performers.”


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