2014 Victorian State Election report card

17 September 2014

Contemporary music is one of the jewels in Victoria’s crown, with proven economic, social and cultural benefits. It is largely self-sustaining, but can fulfil its massive potential with strategic support from government.

After consultation with the industry, Music Victoria has identified key projects and initiatives that are critical to the development of the contemporary music sector, which are outlined in our Position and Priorities industry paper, developed in March 2014.

Music Victoria has posted a Victorian State Election Report Card to assess and compare the various parties’ commitments and support for contemporary music over the last four years, and their commitments to the sector for the next four years at this year’s state election.

The aim of this is to assist Victorians in making an informed choice at the 29th November election. We encourage all music fans to keep checking in on the report card which we will update as policies are released.

If your party has released a contemporary music policy or initiative, please let us know at and we will update the report card.

If you are a music fan and are not happy with a party’s lack of commitment to music, please contact your local member and make your feelings known.

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Music industry celebrates implementation of Agent of Change principle

4 September 2014

The music industry is thrilled to announce that the State Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, has approved amendments to the Victoria Planning Provisions and all local planning schemes in Victoria to give legislative weight to the Agent of Change principle.

The new 52.43 Particular Provision clause will capture not just traditional licensed venues, but registered rehearsal studios. Non-traditional venues such as community halls, record stores and radio performance spaces will also be captured by the clause by local councils adding their venues to a schedule in the clause.

 The clause will be effective immediately.

“This is great result for the Victorian music industry,” said Music Victoria CEO, Patrick Donovan. “Like a tight band, the music industry united and negotiated hard to ensure that all of all constituents across the state were captured by this clause. After all, they all combine to make up one of the most vibrant music sectors in the world.”

The Agent of Change Principle, which puts the responsibility for noise attenuation measures on the “agent of change”, is also recognised in liquor licensing controls after legislation was passed in Parliament last week. Agent of Change policy references will be included in the revised Planning Policy framework, and a detailed updated practice note will also be introduced.

The music industry commends the government for delivering on its promise to legislate the Agent of Change. We thank members of the Live Music Roundtable, including Music Victoria, SLAM and Fair Go 4 Live Music, and the Department of Justice and Planning for the hard work that has gone into this unprecedented live music reform, which comes after developments including the deregulation of Mixed Ages gigs and a Live Music Best Practice Guide.  

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Music industry white paper presentation to Government

2 September 2014

On 28th August, Music Victoria was pleased to be able to present our Music Industry White Paper to representatives of Government and the Live Music Roundtable, including the State Liquor and Arts Ministers, the Small Business Commissioner, representatives from the Department of Planning, Arts Victoria, the EPA, Office of the Youth, and Councillors and representatives from councils around the state.

The Positions and Priorities music industry paper, launched in March, outlines a number of recommendations to the Victorian Government to help develop and support the Victorian contemporary music industry. Musicians, venues, businesses, and the music-loving public would all benefit from the 18 recommendations, developed in conjunction with members of the Victorian live music industry and Live Music Roundtable.

While recommendations around implementing the Agent of Change principle and reforming the building code are very close to being delivered, we are keen to work holistically across government in areas including regional development, tourism, small business, export and trade as well as the arts for the betterment of the industry.

You can view our presentation here and the Positions and Priorities paper here

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Winners of the 2014 Art Music Awards announced

29 August 2014

Winners have been announced across 11 national and seven State categories at this year’s Art Music Awards. The Awards were held for the first time in Melbourne at the Plaza Ballroom on Tuesday 26th August.

Hosted by APRA|AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the Art Music Awards celebrate the achievement and creative success of composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music. This year’s diverse list of winners features some of Australia’s finest artists. 

Victorian winners include:

Paul Grabowsky also impressed with his work Tall Tales, awarded in the Work of the Year: Jazz category. Tall Tales is a journey through three different types of musical language, the first inspired by the Yolngu people of Northern Australia. 

Arts Centre Melbourne has received the Victorian State Award for composer development project 5x5x5 in the Excellence by an Organisation category,

Dr Catherine Crock’s support of Australian composers to create new works for her recording project The Hush Collection, Volumes 1-13 has seen her take out the Award for Excellence by an Individual.

The Performance of the Year category was awarded to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, for Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates. This complex 55-minute piece was conducted by Simone Young with soloist Peter Coleman-Wright and featured large choirs, impressive percussive elements and offstage musicians and singers.

The Australian Art Orchestra took home the Award for Excellence by an Organisation, with their standout achievements in 2013, including diverse programs, cross-cultural collaborations and community engagement.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Face The Music 2014

28 August 2014

Face The Music is wildly excited to announce the fiercely independent and uncompromising music legend Steve Albini as its first international keynote speaker for this year's music industry conference, held over two days at the Arts Centre Melbourne on November 14th and 15th.

Steve Albini is one of the most respected figures in the international independent music scene. As a renowned artist, music journalist, industry commentator and recording engineer, Steve is a champion of independent business models for artists to thrive and to release their work outside of the corporate music industry structure. He is regularly quoted by music media for his views on topics ranging from piracy to crowd funding to royalties and recording.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Music Week, Steve Albini will join hundreds of people from Australia's contemporary music community who meet each year at Face The Music to exchange ideas, make new connections and support each other’s creative and professional development.

Also announced to speak at this year’s Face The Music are Dave Batty (Custom Made / Artist Voice), Johann Ponniah (I OH YOU), Harley Evans (Moshtix), Briese Abbott (Spark & Opus), Ben Thompson (Corner Presents), James Young (Cherry Bar, Yah Yahs), Antonia Sellbach (Love of Diagrams, Beaches), Millie Millgate and Glenn Dickie (Sounds Australia), Chris Hatzis (3RRR), Cara Williams (Beat), Chris Johnson (AMRAP), Emma Telfer (The Office Of Good Design), Sophia Brous (Artist / Curator), Caleb Williams (Unified), Kirsty Rivers (APRA), Yvette Myhill (AAM), Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria) and Leigh Treweek (

Tickets are available from

Full Conference Pass: $100 full / $80 conc.
One Day Pass: $70 full / $50 conc.
Members of Music Victoria are eligible for a discount of 10% off the full rate. 

Face The Music 2014 - Arts Centre Melbourne
Friday 14th & Saturday 15th November 2014 

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