Two of the goals for Music Victoria this year were to persuade the legendary Daddy Cool to “Come Back Again” and accept an induction into The Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame with a special performance, and to persuade the State Government that the Agent of Change Principle was not only common sense, but essential to protect our thriving live music scene.
Both wishes have come true. We announced Daddy Cool’s induction in The Age last Friday, and the show at at 170 Russell on Wednesday 19th November is well on the way to selling out (the Music Victoria members pre-sale was exhausted over the weekend – see you there!).
Once again The EG Allstars house band will fire up, with guests including Russell Morris, Stonefield, Jess Cornelius (Teeth & Tongue) jumping up to sing one of their own songs from this year, as well as a song from the Daddy Cool era. Davey Lane will also play tribute to the late Jim Keays. Tickets to The Age Music Victoria Awards 2014 are $50+bf via 170Russell.com. Get in quick as they are on the way to selling out already!
Now onto the issue of live music reform. As announced today in The Age, the Victorian Government will shortly make changes to planning regulation that will enshrine Agent of Change in planning law. Alongside SLAM and FairGo4LiveMusic, Music Victoria has been working on this reform since it released the Industry Position Paper to the Live Music Roundtable in 2012, yet some of our policy team have been trying to push it through since 2003.
The Government’s package features five components, with the first two involve liquor licensing and planning laws recognising the Agent of Change Principle. While the Labor Government introduced the principle in 2004, it was just a practice note and didn’t have enforceable legislative teeth. Once gazetted (hopefully next month), live music will have its own “particular provision” to ensure that the Agent of Change applies state-wide.
Overall, it’s a great package and a big win for the music industry. We have a live music community in Victoria worth protecting, and by addressing the issues in our 2012 position paper, the Government has listened and acted on our recommendations.
But there are some important fine details that we need to work on with the Government to ensure that all of our members are captured by this reform, particularly around the Particular Provision and the definition of live music, so that rehearsal studios can be saved from encroaching development. After all, they are an essential feeder into the live music chain and a crucial part of the music eco-system. Read more »