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3 April 2018

Victorian Government is backing local live music with more than $100,000 in funding to support a range of venues to undertake acoustic assessments to manage their noise levels.

The Tote, Collingwood

The Tote Hotel, Collingwood

Twenty-two venues have received support through a special round of the Good Music Neighbours program which focused on helping venues across the state gain advice and reports from acoustic consultants which will be used in future planning.

The recipients range from the iconic The Tote in Collingwood, to The Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine. The list also includes emerging venues like The Stables in Sale and Cactus in Thornbury which will undertake acoustic assessments before formally launching their live music programs.

Acoustic assessments are an essential part of business planning for music and entertainment venues. They ensure that live music venues can deliver great sound inside the venue while limiting external noise.

This special round of the Good Music Neighbours program responded to feedback from the music industry that acoustic assessments are a necessity for both established and emerging venues but can come at a high cost.

Good Music Neighbours is part of the Victorian Government’s $22.2 million Music Works initiative. Since the program began, more than $500,000 has been invested in more than 50 Victorian venues, having a massive impact on small businesses and providing a platform for emerging artists to tour Victoria’s thriving live music scene. The program is delivered by Creative Victoria in partnership with Music Victoria and the National Live Music Office. It aims to support music venues to undertake projects that help them manage sound in, and outside of, their premises.

The program is in line with the Victorian Government’s amendments to the Agent of Change planning principles, which help protect the rights of live music venues in high density and developing residential areas.

Applications are now open for the general round of the Good Music Neighbours program – supporting a wide range of sound management projects, from acoustic assessments through to soundproofing works and building works. The program offers venues up to $25,000 in matched funding to support their projects.

Applications for this round will close at 5pm 26 April 2018.

Read more about Good Music Neighbours

Good Music Neighbours – Sound Assessment and Attenuation Grant Recipients

Base Backpackers, ST KILDA, $3,400
An acoustic assessment to ensure sound is managed appropriately and to increase the venue’s live music programming.

The Bridge Hotel, CASTLEMAINE, $4,500
An acoustic assessment across its two stages and professional recommendations on how sound from the venue can be reduced.

Evelyn Hotel, FITZROY, $4,300
A full acoustic assessment.

The Night Cat, FITZROY, $3,795
A full State Environment Protection Policy N-2 assessment to test the impact of recent soundproofing works.

Surabaya Johnnies, ST KILDA, $2,525
A full State Environment Protection Policy N-2 assessment to identify appropriate noise levels of live music performances.

24 Moons, NORTHCOTE, $4,500
An assessment of recent soundproofing works and additional recommendations.

St Kilda Branch, ST KILDA, $4,800
An acoustic assessment to help ensure the venue is compliant and able to continue presenting live music.

Circus Bar, SOUTH YARRA, $3,480
An acoustic assessment of noise levels emanating from the venue.

The Night Heron, FOOTSCRAY, $3,240
An acoustic assessment of the venue.

The Metropol, ST KILDA, $4,800
An acoustic assessment of the venue.

Somewhere Bar, PRAHRAN, $4,800
A full acoustic assessment of the venue.

The Stables, SALE, $6,525
Prior to launching its live music program, the venue will undertake an acoustic assessment and prepare a noise management plan.

The Trumpet Bar, COWES, $4,000
An acoustic assessment to understand the venue’s sound emissions and to provide a roadmap for future sound attenuation works.

Cactus, THORNBURY, $5,280
An acoustic assessment of the venue as first step to understand sound emissions which will help in the development of future programming of this new venue.

New Guernica, MELBOURNE, $3,555
A full acoustic assessment of the venue.

The Tramway Hotel, FITZROY NORTH, $5,400
An acoustic assessment to identify future soundproofing measures in order to continue its commitment to presenting a full live music program.

Labour In Vain Hotel, FITZROY, $4,700
A full acoustic assessment to assist with noise management.

The Jazzlab, BRUNSWICK, $3,800
An acoustic assessment to assist with noise management.

Elwood Food and Wine Bar Pty Ltd, ELWOOD, $4,800
An acoustic assessment to assist with noise management.

The Tote Hotel, COLLINGWOOD, $3,800
An acoustic assessment of the venue.

The Brunswick Hotel, BRUNSWICK, $6,600
An acoustic assessment and noise management plan as the venue prepares to expand its live music offering.

Bakehouse Studios, FITZROY, $7,500
An acoustic assessment and sound attenuation plan.