Twenty-six venues music venues across Victoria have been recipients of grants totalling $279,897 as part of the Victorian Government’s new Good Music Neighbours program.
The program is part of a $22.2 million Music Works initiative which is being delivered by Creative Victoria in partnership with Music Victoria and the National Live Music Office. Essentially, Good Neighbours was created to help protect the rights of live music venues in high density and developing residential areas.
“Music Victoria is thrilled that so many venues have applied for the first round of Good Music Neighbours funding. The program provides practical assistance to support venues and compliments the range of recent state reforms – such as the agent of change principle – which will help to ensure the future of Victoria’s thriving live music community,” says Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan.
A few of the lucky regional recipients, what they received and what they plan to do are below:
Suttons House Of Music, Ballarat – $2,800
To upgrade the venue’s equipment and sound technology to achieve improved sound quality at lower volumes.
The Loft, Warrnambool – $4,780
The Loft to implement capital works and acoustic treatments including the installation of a soundproof dry wall, relocation of subwoofers, the building of bass traps, and introducing acoustic panelling to the new stage area.
Vahlano Hotels (The Sandbar), Mildura – $25,000
The completion of capital works to the Sandbar to fully enclose the beer garden and stage area to comply with current regulations.
To find out more on the program and see the other recipients, visit the website.
Main image from The Loft Facebook page.