Greetings and Happy New Year to our Music Victoria members and subscribers
We have hit the ground running in 2014 with the Victorian State Government announcing some red tape cuts for live music venues. Music Victoria welcomes the Government's initiative to remove onerous requirements in the building code which discriminate against live music, as well as the statement of the Minister for Planning to implement the Agent of Change principle and give it statutory weight. Collectively, these reforms will ensure a more vibrant future for artists, venues, and the music loving public.
Music industry representatives met with Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, last week to start discussions about the best way to implement the Agent of Change Principle, which will protect Victorian venues from noise complaints from new residents, and vice versa. It’s worth remembering that music fans are residents too, so we are seeking a win-win solution for all Victorians.
We also met with the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), which is about to undertake the first thorough review of SEPP N2, which is the statutory measure for the emission of music, in 25 years. For the Agent of Change Principle to work, it has to be recognised by environmental law as well as planning law. Music Victoria is contributing to the discussion paper, which will be put out for public consultation in May.
Music Victoria’s submission into the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry into the Extent, Benefits and Potential of Music Education in Victorian Schools has been included in the committee’s final report. The Victorian Government will respond to the report, which calls for a statewide music education strategy, increased education, training and support for teachers and a music education guide, by May this year.
Music Victoria has a busy few months ahead. We will launch the next update of the free Melbourne Music City app with exciting new features including landmark videos and a gig guide next month; run our third Jump on the Bandwagon membership campaign in late March; and run skills workshops and information sessions all around the state, including Mildura for the first time, throughout the year. Keep checking our website and Facebook page for updates.
It’s great to see Victorian acts doing so well in the recent Australian Music Prize (AMP) and Triple J Hottest 100 competitions, as well as the Grammy Awards. Local musician Vance Joy took out the #1 spot in the Hottest 100 for Riptide, which also won The Age Music Victoria Awards APRA Song of the Year last year. The song has just gone Top Ten in the UK and is on the way to becoming the biggest international Australian hit since Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know. Beaches, Jen Cloher and Big Scary, who opened the inaugural The Age Music Victoria Awards last November, have all been shortlisted for the 9th Coopers Australian Music Prize for the best albums of 2013. Congratulations also to Jen Cloher for picking up the Lighthouse Award for 2013 for her outstanding contribution to the field of music management. And Northcote group Hiatus Kaiyote, which won The Age Music Victoria Awards gong for Best New Artist, became the first Australian band to be recognised in an R&B category at America's most prestigious music industry event, The Grammys, for their song Nakamarra.
And finally, a big congratulations to Daddy Cool for its classic Eagle Rock being voted the greatest Australian song of all time in the Music Max Australia Day poll. It will be a big year for singer Ross Wilson, who is celebrating 50 years in the music business.
That’s all for now, see you at a local venue soon
CEO, Music Victoria
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