Music Victoria wants you to have your say on live music in Melbourne

Music Victoria is looking for music lovers, musicians and DJs who can have their say on live music in the state.

If you attended or performed at concerts or events in Victoria (regional or metro) between 2019 and 2020, Music Victoria needs your help. Back in Music Victoria’s second Live Music Census in 2017, Melbourne was called ‘the world’s music capital’ in terms of venues per capita. inhabitant.

The last 18 months, however, have made the feeling of sticky carpets, the ringing in ears and happy players a living and comforting memory. It is heartbreaking at all to think of the devastating impact that the constraints and shutdowns have had on the experiences we so valued, loved and shared together.

But now, after two of the most trying years of art and entertainment in Victoria (and Australia), silence is rising, and Music Victoria – the independent voice of the Victorian modern music industry – needs the help of musicians, DJs and live musicians just to say their opinion.

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Commissioned by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and seven Melbourne councils, Music Victoria is conducting a review of music presentation and infrastructure in the state’s eleven regional tourism areas and the city of Melbourne.

The 2017 Live Music Census showed that in Greater Melbourne, over 100,000 concerts took place in 460+ regular venues; seen by 18 million fans, which generated over $ 1.7 billion in revenue and created thousands of jobs for artists, hospitality staff, technicians and in all the companies involved in the live music industry.

These data informed discussions that resulted in the creation of the state government’s $ 22 million landmark Music Works program, and assisted industry advocates in persuading the government to introduce ‘Agent of Change’ planning provisions to protect and preserve venues with live music. These world-first provisions were subsequently inspired and copied by urban planners around the world.

Victorian Live Music Census and Infrastructure Audit 2021 will quantify the value of live music as a vital tourism driver / financial contributor. The data will help MV assess the potential for increased activity while identifying current challenges and gaps in support mechanisms and infrastructure. Through this data and the report, MV will help revive the spirit of fans and the fortune of everyone who participates and works in our famous live music scene.

A big part of this census is to hear from key stakeholders; industry, artists and participants via Music Vics anonymous online surveys. The surveys will benchmark live music activity in 2019 and document what was ‘lost’ in 2020/2021.

Musicians and DJs are encouraged to complete this survey here, while players can have their say here. Go here for more information.

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