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Live music venues to benefit industry from $13 million Victorian Government support package

Live music venues to benefit industry from $13 million Victorian Government support package
September 20, 2020

The Victorian Government has today announced a $13 million package to help the state's live music industry reopen with COVIDSafe plans in place once Coronavirus restrictions ease.

Advising that the funding will help support help the state’s $1.7 billion live music industry rebound from its enforced closure during the Coronavirus crisis, Victorian Arts Minister Martin Foley said initial grants totalling $9 million would be offered to 106 live music venues to keep their businesses going and cover overhead costs until they could safely reopen.

Minister Foley stated “our music scene is much loved across the state and envied the world over.

“This support will protect our grassroots venues, save jobs and music businesses, and keep local music playing well beyond this pandemic.”

With Victoria’s live music industry forced to shut down in March and under the state's Coronavirus easing roadmap, not able to reopen until there are no new coronavirus cases for a fortnight, Minister Martin Foley acknowledged the sector was "one of the areas first and hardest hit" by the pandemic.

Under Victoria's coronavirus roadmap, outdoor entertainment events will be allowed, with approved COVIDSafe plans, from the Step 3 as of 26th October.

In the final step of the roadmap, indoor entertainment venues would be able to open subject to density limits and patron caps.

Part of a commitment to ensuring the sector’s survival, the package includes a $3 million fund that will offer grants of between $4,000 and $50,000 to help artists, managers, promoters, bookers, road crews and other industry workers find COVID-safe ways of working.

The final part of the package is a $1.2 million grant to 10 music organisations and peak bodies to deliver business development programs to industry professionals.

Planning amendments to better protect live music venues
Minister Foley also announced that the Victorian Government would amend the state's planning scheme so it better reflected the social, economic and cultural value of live music.

Explaining this, he added “and we will be strongly encouraging all local government areas to move quickly once that amendment has happened, to protect not just iconic local venues but live music precincts wherever they might be across the state.

"We want to make sure that in this COVID shutdown period, that venues are not at risk and that councils are given the tools to make sure that live music venues can keep pumping out rock and roll and keep pumping out music for many years to come."

The proposed new permanent planning controls will allow councils across the state to identify significant live music precincts and consider the social, economic and cultural importance of live music venues as they make decisions on local planning permits.

This will mean that when a site that is home to a live music venue is slated for redevelopment, councils will have strengthened power to protect the music venue as part of any new proposal.

Musicians, music businesses and music industry workers will receive support through a series of new initiatives.

Click here for more information on the Creative Victoria page.

Click here to view Business Victoria’s Arts and Recreation Services sector guidance.

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