Applications For Live Music Venues Open Until 7 June 2017

Applications For Live Music Venues Open Until 7 June 2017

Victoria Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

Sounding Out New Grant Opportunities For Live Music Venues

Victor P Taffa

Live music venues have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to support sound proofing and sound reduction projects.

Applications are now open for the second round of the Andrews Government’s Good Music Neighbours program, which offers matched funding for projects that will help venues to control the level of sound that emanates from their venue into the surrounding neighbourhood.

“Live music is part of the DNA of our state and we are strengthening and supporting the industry at every level, from the artists and music organisations, to managers, promoters and venues.” Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said.

“Our state has a strong network of live music venues, with Melbourne home to more venues per capita than anywhere else in the world, this is worth supporting and protecting.”

Part of the State Government’s landmark $22 Million Music Works program, Good Music Neighbours supports venues to strike the balance between maintaining premium quality sound for audiences and performers, and managing external noise levels for the benefit of surrounding residents and businesses.

Last year 26 venues across Victoria, ranging from the iconic Tote Hotel to Gippsland’s historic Bundalaguah and Myrtlebank Hall, shared in more than $270,000 in grants through the program.

“Investing in our music venues and making them the best they can be means more jobs for musicians and music industry personnel, a more sustainable industry and more music for us all.” Mr. Foley said.

Projects supported included acoustic assessments, installing double glazing and creating air lock entrances as well as the installation of sound absorbing furnishings.

Good Music Neighbours is delivered as a partnership between the Government, Music Victoria and the National Live Music Office. Grants can support venues to create new live music spaces or to update existing spaces to meet the latest guidelines. Grants must be matched with an equal contribution from the venue.

Applications are now open and close on Wednesday 7 June 2017.