G’day regional music community,
It was great to see so many of you at the Abbotsford Convent for the second Changes Summit. So many important and challenging debates took place at the stunning, sacred site, and we look forward to continuing these discussions and supporting the best ideas. It was also thrilling to see so many incredible Victorian acts showcasing their music in ten Fitzroy venues located within walking distance. Music Victoria was proud to host the amazing regional showcase at the Shady Lady headlined by Freya Josephine Hollick and Fenn Wilson. If you didn’t make it along, make sure you don’t miss it next year.
The Victorian Government is seeking views from across the state’s creative community to inform its next four-year creative industries strategy, for the period 2020-2024.
All Victorians are invited to contribute their insights and ideas relating to the issues, challenges and opportunities ahead for Victoria’s creative industries.
Music Victoria intends to make a formal submission to the strategy development process, representing the aspirations and needs of the music sector.
To better inform our submission, we’d like to hear from you first-hand. We are hosting a dedicated consultation forum on Tues 13 August and we invite you to come along and contribute. More info at musicvictoria.com.au/events. Please RSVP to email@example.com by Fri 9 August.
Ahead of this workshop, we encourage you to visit engage.vic.gov.au/creative-strategy for further context. You can also make your own contribution to the consultation via this website or find out about the public forums being held across the state.
In other news, it’s great to see that the Agent of Change planning clause, which was invented in Victoria and places the onus of noise control on developers rather than venues, and is now implemented in a number of cities around the world including London, has helped London fight back against developers.
See how Melbourne influenced London’s campaign in this webinar: http://www.live-dma.eu/webinar-agent-of-change/
See you at a gig soon, cheers, the Music Victoria crew.
Member Moment – Peninsula Hot Springs
The award-winning and much-loved Peninsula Hot Springs are still providing their oasis away from the winter chill, filled with natural thermal mineral waters that flow into pools and private baths, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation. Their exciting new development is The Bath House Amphitheatre, featuring an open-air stage, Fire and Ice area, café and more. You can catch local musicians play Sunday Sessions on stage every week through to October while you have your soothing soak in the springs. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for event details at https://www.facebook.com/Peninsulahotsprings
Gig of the month
Stella Donnelly, Karova Lounge, Ballarat – Friday 20 September
Acclaimed Singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly is embarking on a national tour in support of her critically lauded debut album ‘Beware of the Dogs’. As well as performing in major cities across the country, Stella has also booked various dates across regional Victoria including at Ballarat’s much loved Karova Lounge. Having just come off both a North American and European tour which saw her play at England’s Glastonbury Festival, Stella Donnelly is ready to perform in front of home crowd. Get in quick as tickets to her Ballarat date are selling fast! To purchase tickets, got to: http://karovalounge.com/show/stella-donnelly/