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Best Practice Guidelines for Live Music Venues

In March 2016 Music Victoria released an updated version of the Victorian Best Practice Guidelines for Live Music Venues with new chapters on dealing with sexual harassmenthearing protectionhosting all ages gigsplanning law reform and copyright compliance.

The guidelines were developed in 2012 by representatives of the music industry and state government through the Live Music Roundtable to assist Victoria’s live music venues to lead the way. It is important that it is a fluid document with regular updates reflecting changes in the live landscape.

Topics already covered by the guidelines include managing sound to maintaining a positive relationship with neighbours, providing a safe environment for patrons, staff and musicians to enjoy the live music experience, and building long term working relationships with musicians.

As well as outlining the minimum requirements for running a live music venue, the guidelines provide advice on achieving ‘best practice’ as a live music venue operator, which can lead to increasing patronage and profits, attracting high-quality performers, reducing noise complaints and help create one-off live music experiences.

Music Victoria would like to thank LISTENHEARsmartThe PushAPRA AMCOSPPCA and the Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation for contributing their expert advice to the updated edition.

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