Victorian Government Announces Sound Proofing Grants for Venues

The Victorian Government has announced a new grants program to help the state’s music venues to undertake sound management and soundproofing projects. 

Called Good Music Neighbours, it offers matched funding of up to $25,000 to venues across the state for projects that will help them curb their sounds going into the local ‘hood. These could include getting 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. 
“This exciting initiative will provide tangible support to venue operators and will facilitate better outcomes for residents who live near these types of venues,” points out Tim Northeast, chair of Music Victoria. “It will help keep venues sustainable as they face increasing pressure from gentrification and more venues means more opportunities for musicians and performers.”
Good Music Neighbours is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative to strengthen and support Victoria’s contemporary music sector. Minister for Planning Richard Wynne explains, “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.
“Even small design changes can make a big difference to how we experience sound. The Good Music Neighboursprogram will ensure that venues maintain positive relationships with their neighbouring businesses and residents.”
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.
Eligible venues must present original live music and be able to show a pressing need to address sound issues. All funding must be matched by an equal cash contribution from the venue or operator.
Applications for the Good Music Neighbours program are on an annual basis. Those for 2016 close at 5pm, Monday July 13. Full program details including resources and case studies are available at www.musicvictoria.com.au/gmn
Good Music Neighbours is in line with recent amendments to Victoria’s agent of change planning principles which help protect live music venues from complaints by newly arrived residents. Victoria’s adoption of agent of change received great global admiration for the way it covered an entire state rather than just an area within a city.
To which Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley agrees, “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.”

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