Napthine Govt Gives Live Music In Regional Victoria The Thumbs Up

Napthine Govt Gives Live Music In Regional Victoria The Thumbs Up

Victoria Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation Edward O’Donohue

Coalition Rocks The Regions With Live Music Strategy

Victor P Taffa

  • Coalition announces $1 Million Regional Live Music Strategy
  • An additional $400,000 of ongoing funding provided for Music Victoria

A re-elected Coalition Government will fund live music in regional Victoria to the tune of $1 Million, Liquor and Gaming Regulation Minister Edward O’Donohue has announced.

Mr. O’Donohue said Victoria has the greatest live music scene in Australia.




“It provides enormous economic, social and cultural benefits but Music Victoria has identified the regional music scene as the most underdeveloped part of the industry. We intend to change that.” Mr. O’Donohue said.

If the Coalition Government is re-elected, the $1 Million will be allocated from the $1 Billion Regional Growth Fund.

Mr. O’Donohue said that Music Victoria will use the funding to reinvigorate Regional Victoria’s live music scene, enacting its Regional Live Music Strategy.

This will largely involve re-establishing recognised regional touring circuits which will become an accepted route for touring acts.

The process will begin with a Regional Live Music Summit,  organised through the Coalition Government’s Live Music Roundtable.

Nationals Member for Western Victoria and former member of 1990s Aussie alternative rock band Loin Groin David O’Brien, welcomed the announcement.

“Having played at two Meredith Festivals, I’ve seen how great music can be for regional economies.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“We want to attract quality live music to all corners of the state – whether it’s a local RSL or community concert hall –and support vibrant and social regional communities.”

“Already, the live music sector directly employs 30,000 people and generates around $1 Billion for the Victorian economy through small venues, concerts and festivals.”

“This action plan, funded by a re-elected Coalition, will make sure regional Victoria maximises its share of this booming industry and becomes a top destination for artists and audiences.” Mr. O’Brien said.

A re-elected Coalition Government will also provide an additional $400,000 over four years to support Music Victoria’s operations.

Mr. O’Donohue said the Coalition came to government the live music industry in Victoria was in despair.

“The previous Labor government tried to fix the street violence problem by almost regulating live music venues out of existence.” Mr. O’Donohue said.

“In contrast, we have worked with Music Victoria to protect and revitalise this unique industry.”

“We are pleased to announce this ongoing funding, which adds to assistance already provided in this term of government.” Mr. O’Donohue said.

The Coalition Government has also acted through its Live Music Action Agenda to fix the crippling conditions Labor imposed on live music venues.

The agent of change principle has been introduced into planning laws, including the establishment of a noise attenuation fund, the review of noise regulations and changes to liquor licensing laws to allow for underage and mixed age gigs for the first time in 20 years.

Grant funding has also been provided to dozens of acts and bodies through Arts Victoria, to ensure the viability of musicians just starting out.