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21 March 2018

Some of Victoria’s best-known venues are working with the Victorian Government to stop sexual harassment and assault in live music venues.

Left to right: Lucie Ribush (The Toff in Town), Helen Marcou (Bakehouse Studios), Katie Pearson (DJ), Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley, Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria), Tom Northeast (The Corner Group), Lara Whalley (The Corner Hotel), Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz

Launch committee, left to right: Lucie Ribush (The Toff in Town), Helen Marcou (Bakehouse Studios), Katie Pearson (DJ), Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley, Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria), Tom Northeast (The Corner Group), Lara Whalley (The Corner Hotel), Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz.

The Sexual Harassment and Assault in Licensed Live Music Venues Pilot Program will improve the safety of live music venues by training staff and patrons how to identify and respond to sexual harassment and assault. Posters and other materials will be rolled out in venues from late April, with training currently being delivered to staff.

Nine well-known live music venues across Melbourne and regional Victoria, including:

  • The Corner Hotel, Richmond
  • Howler, Brunswick
  • Revolver Upstairs, Prahran
  • The Toff in Town, Melbourne CBD
  • The Gasometer, Collingwood
  • The Croxton Bandroom, Thornbury
  • The Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Heights
  • The Workers Club, Geelong
  • Karova Lounge, Ballarat

A taskforce made up of government agencies, Victoria Police, academics, licensed venues and the live music industry oversaw the development of the pilot program.  The program will run for 12 weeks and be independently evaluated during and post completion.

Visit Music Victoria for more information about the local live music industry