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12 September 2018

From Axedale to Elwood, twenty-one Victorian music venues have received support for soundproofing projects through the Victorian Government’s Good Music Neighbours program.

The Jazzlab, Brunswick

The Jazzlab, Brunswick

Grants totalling more than $250,000 will help the venues better manage sound or enable them to host more live music events, with supported projects ranging from the installation of acoustic panelling, state of the art insulation or double glazing, to engaging a specialist acoustic assessor.

The latest recipients include Castlemaine’s historic The Bridge Hotel which will undertake works to strengthen its music program, and the iconic The Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda which will carry out an acoustic upgrade of the famed Gershwin Room ahead of The Espy’s reopening later this year.

The Good Music Neighbours program is part of the Victorian Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative which aims to strengthen the state’s contemporary music industry at all levels.

The program, which was developed in consultation with the industry, has provided funding to enable venues to meet sound regulations and best practice guidelines. It has also supported Music Victoria to engage a Good Music Neighbours Liaison position to provide practical sound management advice and training to venues of all sizes.

Since its launch in 2016 the Good Music Neighbours program has provided $780,000 to support 82 venues to undertake sound management projects. The program has supported iconic venues such as Collingwood’s The Tote Hotel and The Corner Hotel in Richmond. It has also supported projects at several venues, including Cactus Studio (Thornbury) and The Stables (Sale), to help them move into live music programming.

Music Victoria’s latest Live Music Census revealed that Melbourne is home to more live music venues per person than any other city in the world. Last year Victorian music venues hosted more than 73,000 gigs, about 20 percent more than five years ago.

The next round of Good Music Neighbours opens on 7 February 2019.

Good Music Neighbours grant recipients

Boutique, PRAHRAN, $7,000
To work with an acoustic engineer to minimise the impact of sound on neighbours.

Hotel Esplanade, ST KILDA, $25,000
To acoustically upgrade the iconic Gershwin Room.

The Jazzlab, BRUNSWICK, $25,000
To undertake acoustic works to reduce noise emanating from the venue.

Axedale Tavern, AXEDALE, $25,000To install double-glazed windows, doors and insulation for their purpose-built function centre which will enhance live music options for the township and surrounding areas.

Hotel Brighton, BRIGHTON, $3,000
To undertake an acoustic assessment of the venue.

Red Betty, BRUNSWICK, $2,378
To undertake an acoustic report to better understand sound management at the venue and build their capacity to deliver live music events.

Nighthawks bar, COLLINGWOOD, $15,000
To implement sound attenuation measures to their live music entertainment area.

Newmarket Hotel, ST KILDA, $5,200
To complete a sound assessment and implement sound limiting measures to control the live music sound levels that emanate from the hotel into the surrounding area.

Elwood Food and Wine Bar Pty Ltd, ELWOOD, $25,000
To install soundproof glazing and complete various sound management works.

The Gem Bar and Dining, COLLINGWOOD, $8,816
To implement sound attenuation measures and upgrade equipment to control sound emanating from the venue.

KaDo Warehouse, CREMORNE, $4,834
To install noise absorption acoustic panels and curtains to increase their capacity for presenting live music.

Soundpark, NORTHCOTE, $13,995
To construct a sound lock and apply a sound treatment to the walls to reduce sound emanating from the venue.

Magic Johnson Pty Ltd trading as Tramway Hotel, FITZROY NORTH, $10,585
To undertake the second stage of soundproofing works including double glazing all windows, replacing the main and side entry doors, and installing sound baffles on the ceiling and in the rear courtyard.

Karova Lounge, BALLARAT CENTRAL, $15,036
To implement acoustic improvements as recommended by acoustic assessment consultants.

Circus Bar, SOUTH YARRA, $6,061
To incorporate wall and ceiling insulation to reduce sound emissions.

The Brunswick Hotel, BRUNSWICK, $5,000
To implement acoustic assessment recommendations to rebuild the band room in line with SEPP N-2 compliance.

MusicLand, FAWKNER, $25,000To control external music noise emissions by increasing the mass of the ceiling.

Station 59, RICHMOND, $5,000
To engage an acoustic assessor and implement sound attenuation measures.

Whole Lotta Love, BRUNSWICK EAST, $2,342
To improve sound attenuation via installing acoustic panelling and other measures.

The Bridge Hotel, CASTLEMAINE, $8,083
To reduce the sound level escaping from the band room and undertake a sound assessment to confidently host more live music events in the future.

The Eastern, BALLARAT EAST, $13,225
To undertake sound management measures including upgrading the band room ceiling, constructing an acoustic wall and upgrading windows and roofing.