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Round opens: 29 March 2018 - Round closes: 5pm, 26 April 2018


MAY 16 2018

In Melbourne as part of Music Cities Convention, Marcel Kok sat down with Industry Professionals from Victoria to discuss sound level measurements at live music events, indoors and outdoors.

Marcel has many years of experience in supporting and advising concert organisers in Europe and beyond, achieving maximum quality sound without violating environmental and health and safety regulations.


With the help of crowd funding, hear from Tania Bosak from Open Studio on how Good Music Neighbours has helped her venue and the challenges they faced.

John Perring from Bar Open & The Tote talks on how the Good Music Neighbours funding has helped his venues and the issues they have faced from near by neighbours. 


APRIL 4 2018


The third round of the Victorian Government’s Good Music Neighbours program opens today with grants of up to $25,000 available per venue in matched funding.

The grants assist venues to improve sound attenuation in their venues minimising the impact on surrounding homes and businesses.

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.

Part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $22 million four-year Music Works package, Good Music Neighbours has helped venues big and small with their sound needs, funding everything from acoustic assessments to major soundproofing works.

Recently 22 venues across Victoria including The Bridge Hotel (Castlemaine), The Evelyn Hotel (Fitzroy) and 24 Moons (Northcote) have received acoustic assessment funding, the important first step in the process of managing and understanding a venue’s sound management and maintaining good relations within its community.

“Good Music Neighbours and Agent of Change legislation has been amazing for The Night Cat. Good Music Neighbours match funded $25,000 worth of soundproofing works including airlocks front and rear of the venue and insulated window coverings at the front of the venue, acoustic ceiling tiles, acoustic filling for hollow stages, theatrical drapes and more. Victorian Government, Creative Victoria are leading the way in how to achieve great results for venues and to keep venues open for music lovers” – Justin Stanford (The Night Cat)

Applications can be made via the Creative Victoria Grants Portal from Thursday 29 March to Thursday 26 April, 5.00pm.

MARCH 27 2018

Hear Elizabeth Beach (National Acoustic Laboratories, The HEARing CRC) & Dr. Jos Mulder (Murdoch University) talk about how sound inside live music venues play an important aspect of a venue’s noise management plans and how sound works for punters, bands, sound engineers and staff.



MARCH 9 2018

Just a reminder with the funding rounding opening on 29th March, 2018.

You must register to the Creative Victoria Grants Portal to upload your application.

For reference you can download the application drafting & budgeting tools by heading to Music Works - Good Music Neighbours (down the bottom of the page)

Don't know what you could apply for? Check out perivous successful Victorian venues 

MARCH 2 2018

Good Music Neighbours is a Creative Victoria matched funding opportunity for live music venues to access support to manage their sound attenuation needs. Previous GMN recipients Helen Marcou and Quincy McLean (Bakehouse Studios) & Justin Stanford (The Night Cat, Fitzroy) talk about the benefits his venue have received through participating in the program. 

FEB 28 2018

For live music venues across Victoria, the implementation of the Agent of Change planning provision was rejoiced across the state. While the law resulted in a number of property developers being required to fund the attenuation of venues, other venues that weren’t protected by the law were required to fund their own attenuation works. Some have been funded with the Good Music Neighbours program.

So, you have fixed noise on the outside, but what about the inside?

Often a forgotten but important aspect of venue’s noise management plans is how sound works for your punters, bands, sound engineers and staff.

As part of the Sound Advice Workshops, with ‘Sound Smart, Hear Smart’ we look at hearing safety and how it can help to guide your venue’s sound management strategies.

RSVP for FREE HERE (Limited Spaces)

Sound Smart, Hear Smart
The Channel, Hamer Hall – Melbourne
Monday 19th March
4.00pm – 5.00pm
feat. Elizabeth Beach (National Acoustic Laboratories, The HEARing CRC), Dr. Jos Mulder (Murdoch University), Siobhan McGinnity (Melbourne University, The HEARing CRC)

FEB 22 2018

Over the next week all Victorian Venues should be reciveing a postcard like this in the mail featuring a succsussful Good Muisc Neighbours venue Some Velvet Morning.

For further info and guidelines head to our Good Music Neighbours Grant page

DEC 18 2017

Good Music Neighbours funding dates announced.

Round opens: 29 March, 2018
Round closes: 5pm, 26 April, 2018.

For activity commencing 1 July 2018.


DEC 14 2017 

Sound Advice with legendary live sound engineer Paul 'Pab'Boothroyd 
Presented by Good Music Neighbours & SAE Melbourne

Over the last 30 years, live sound engineer Paul 'Pab' Boothroyd has worked with some of the world's greatest artists. With a stellar client list that ranges from Sir Paul McCartney to AC/DC, Pab has risen to the top of the live sound industry.

Currently on the One On One tour with Sir Paul McCartney, Pab kindly visited between gigs during the Melbourne leg of the tour to present at an exclusive masterclass at SAE Melbourne, hosted by SAE Audio lecturer, Tim Dalton.

Watch the Sound Advice workshop at SAE: From The Venue to The Stadium featuring 'Pab' Boothroyd


DEC 6 2017

WORKSHOP: Sound Advice: From The Venue to The Stadium ft.'Pab' Boothroyd

Presented by Good Music Neighbours & SAE Melbourne.

Come along to an exclusive masterclass with legendary live sound engineer Paul 'Pab' Boothroyd. 

Get Tickets here:

Use the code for Free tickets: music-victoria

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 NOV 20 2017


Sonos have committed $1.5 million in unrestricted grants over the next three years to fund groups around the world working on five key objectives:

  • Fight censorship and promote free expression for underserved artists.
  • Defend digital rights and access to information for musicians and other artists.
  • Provide space and tools so that musicians can be heard.
  • Support music education in underserved communities.
  • Inspire the next generation of artists, engineers and scientists.

More info here:



The Good Music Neighbours - Acoustic Assessment Grants is a one-off program that will help live music venue owners be proactive about sound management.  It offers up to $7,500 per venue in funding to obtain an Acoustic Assessment Report for the venue.  There is no onus on the venue owner to match or contribute funding.  The Good Music Neighbours - Acoustic Assessment Grants can cover the entire cost of the project, up to $7,500.

Key dates

Funding round has now closed.



Good Music Neighbours consists of the new Acoustic Assessment Grants, the main Good Music Neighbours grants 

Good Music Neighbours has been developed by Creative Victoria in partnership with Music Victoria and the Live Music Office.

A dedicated Industry Liaison at Music Victoria will provide advice and assistance for venues.
Contact here.



To apply please visit the Creative Victoria website. Applications for the Good Music Neighbours program open on 29th March 2018, closing 26th April, 5.00pm 2018

For any enquiries, please contact the Good Music Neighbours Industry Liaison on 03 9686 3411 or email

Please subscribe to the Music Victoria newsletter to keep informed about Good Music Neighbours funding and Sound Advice Workshops.




Good Music Neighbours is a Victorian Government initiative.


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