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Amplify your voice for Music Victoria's 2024 Membership Drive
May 27, 2024
Music Victoria’s 2024 Membership Drive will run from Monday 27 May to Sunday 9 June.
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An Advocacy Update from Music Victoria
May 25, 2024
We take our advocacy work very seriously. By advocating on behalf of the broader music community, we push beyond any one individual's needs towards a thriving ecology that is reaching its full potential, often working behind the scenes, but always making things happen, we hold the government, and each other, to account.
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Music Victoria's Fundamentals Program
May 24, 2024
As part of our Membership Drive, we’re excited to reintroduce Music Victoria’s Fundamentals Program, which represents our core offering to the industry.
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A Guide to Volunteering at Music Festivals
May 23, 2024
Through her experience, Josie explains how and why you should volunteer in the music industry.
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Music Victoria's Professional Development Series is coming to the City of Greater Geelong
May 23, 2024
In collaboration with the City of Greater Geelong, Music Victoria will be running three industry sessions as part of the Live Music Office’s Live and Local program.
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MV020 JPA
May 22, 2024
JPA gives us what he does best; driving uplifting house. Listen to MV020 on the Music Victoria website, Soundcloud and all good podcast providers.
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What’s Music Victoria?

We’re an independent, not-for-profit organisation and the state peak body for contemporary music in Victoria. We represent musicians, venues, music businesses and professionals, and music lovers across the contemporary Victorian music community. Music Victoria provides advocacy on behalf of the music sector, actively supports the development of the Victorian music community, and celebrates and promotes Victorian music.

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By becoming a member of Music Victoria, not only will you receive access to music-related benefits like discounts on studio hire, production services, music equipment and music videos, but also discounts for more overlooked but important aspects of life such as mental health and wellness workshops, gym membership discounts and workshops in coding and computer programming just to name a few.

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Slam

“When 20,000 music lovers marched at the SLAM Rally in 2010 we didn’t just march to save The Tote, we marched with a long list of demands and at the top of that list we called upon the government to put up seed funding for a peak body for live music.

Music Victoria exists because you marched for an ongoing voice to represent musicians, venues and the music loving people of Victoria in what is arguably the greatest live music city in the world, let’s get behind it and keep music strong in this great state.”

Quincy McLean AM – SLAM
Save Live Australia’s Music.

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Angie McMahon

“Music Victoria are the voice, try and understand it. They look after everyone across the board, and when you’re looking for a discount, info session, actual career advice or just a bit of support, they’ll have your back. We are lucky to be in Victoria and have opportunities like this under our noses.”

Angie McMahon (Musician Member)

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Briggs

“I support the industry that supports me. Victoria is bigger than Melbourne. Shepparton Roolz”

Briggs (Music Victoria Award Winner)

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THE TESKEY BROTHERS

“Music Victoria are doing great work to support venues and artists. They are giving a voice to under represented groups in the music community which is really important too. We’re proud to be MV members.”

– Sam Teskey (The Teskey Brothers)
(Musician Member)

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Howler

“Music Victoria provided us with invaluable support when Howler was threatened by building permits that would have impacted our operation as a live music venue. We feel confident going into the future that the resources Music Victoria have available will ensure the continued success of the venue.”

– Vanessa Bassili: Venue booker Howler, Brunswick (Venue Member)

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Kylie Minogue

“Music Victoria was formed to actively encourage and support this tradition of live music. Since their formation, the organisation has made major inroads as the voice of Melbourne’s music scene. I am proud to be able to lend my support to the good work they do.”

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THEATRE ROYAL CASTLEMAINE

“As a venue owner/booker, Music Victoria are important because of the support and information they provide us with. They have valuable resources to refer to and are very helpful and genuinely resolved to make music a large part of our State’s attraction. Their awards recognise and celebrate the hard work of many that contributes to the amazing wealth of artists we have in Victoria.”

– Tim Heath, Theatre Royal Castlemaine (Venue Member)

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Milk! Records

“As an artist run label, Music Victoria plays a role in making sure the musicians we work with at Milk! Records are given a voice at a State level. For too long artists have been left out of the conversation. The work Music Victoria does, goes a long way towards remedying that. It’s no surprise that we have such a thriving music economy in Victoria.”

– Jen Cloher, Co-Founder at Milk! Records (Small Business Member)

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ECCA VANDAL

“As a new member I’m looking forward to checking out all the amazing perks! It’s ‘Broke Days, Party nights’ over here so any opportunity to save cash for any muso is a total win. It’s so rad to see Music Victoria supporting artists and live music on so many levels so we can keep the arts community alive and thriving. Thanks for all that you do, MV!”

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Audrey Studios

“Music Victoria is an important industry body that gives a combined voice to a music community made up of many unique elements. As a small business we have been the beneficiaries of the planning amendment VC120 that gives rights of first usage to music businesses. Music Victoria, alongside SLAM, worked hard to make this a part of the state’s planning scheme and we were able to successfully object to an apartment development on our border. The more members, the stronger the voice.”

– Craig Pilkington, Audrey Studios (Small Business Member)

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BENNY WALKER

“I love Music Victoria because they support, celebrate and represent what the Music Scene stands for in Victoria. That is, diversity in both genre and gender. Music Victoria understands that music has no borders or boundaries.”

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ALEX LAHEY

“As a musician in Victoria, I am proud to have my voice represented by Music Victoria. Music Victoria genuinely understands the need to protect live music infrastructure and funding in order to strengthen Victoria’s creative community and spirit. Furthermore, benefits provided to me as a member of Music Victoria allow me to pursue my own career with greater ease and heightened support, for which I am extremely grateful.”

Alex Lahey (Musician Member)

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Kim Salmon

“It’s impossible, if you’re a muso in Victoria, not to have benefitted in some way from Music Victoria! You play a gig, they’ve helped you. You go on a plane to play in some other god forsaken state, they’ve helped you.”

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Adalita

“As a musician and citizen, I am so grateful to Music Victoria for looking out for our music community. Breakthroughs in things like the live music laws and baggage allowances are amazing achievements and essentially helps to maintain a wonderfully supportive and nurturing environment for the arts in Australia.”

Adalita

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NKECHI ANELE

“Music Victoria is a support network for all artists here in Victoria. Their support of women, indigenous musicians, new acts, legal issues and the wider music community enables us to have the freedom and networks that allow us to create and perform our art to wider audiences across Australia and the world. What more can you ask for?”

– Nkechi Anele / Saskwatch

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The Old Bar

“Music Victoria helps small venues get a say and looks after the concerns that come up operating a venue catering to live bands. We need that support and that help, as issues can come up unexpectedly.”

– Joel Morrison, The Old Bar (Fitzroy) (Small Business Member)

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MICK THOMAS

“Attempting to play music as a profession can be a surprisingly isolating experience. You can spend a whole heap of time on the computer just trying to get things happening, doing the books, booking stuff. You ring people, you work in the studio, in the back room – and you often wonder if you are heading in the right direction. An organisation like Music Victoria can provide a really welcome sounding board and a sense of solidarity and community. It provides a sense that your quest is not a lone one and that someone else is on your side.”

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Live Nation

“Live Nation Australia is an extremely proud partner of Music Victoria in supporting all efforts to celebrate, promote and develop the incredible music community here in our wonderful state of Victoria.”

– Roger Field, CEO Live Nation Australasia (Platinum Partner Member)

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Chris Gill

“The Victorian music industry has had incredible growth over the last ten years. (That kind of growth) happens when you get a peak body like Music Victoria. They do a lot of work behind the scenes – they’re advocating for musicians to get them better parking facilities, and for buildings to have more security. Music Victoria is a very important cog in the funky machine that is Melbourne music”

– Chris Gill, Northside Records’ Owner (Platinum Member)

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PËROLAS

“Having Music Victoria acknowledge the diverse cultures that make up Victorian music and music in Melbourne is just an amazing thing to have and we feel really grateful for their support and their acknowledgement”

– Liana, Përolas (Winner of 2019 Music Victoria Awards’ Best Intercultural Act)

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HARRIET DEVLIN

“Music Victoria plays an important role in the access space by connecting communities and showing leadership. Some of the work they do is visible – for example providing Auslan interpreted events – but a lot of their work is behind the scenes, speaking to the music community, finding out what the issues are and then working on solutions. Because of this kind of work, we are seeing more venues and festivalsmaking access a priority. This means everyone can enjoy live music.”

– Harriet Devlin (Auslan Stage Left)

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Sean Simmons

“Prior to Music Victoria, elements of the (Victorian) music industry didn’t talk to each other as much. It connects all those different groups of the Victorian music community – whether it’s publicists, managers, record companies, booking agents, venues or whatever – and actually initiates conversations between them.”

– Sean Simmons (Promoter/ Booking Agent, Press Play Presents)

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SUI ZHEN

“Having Music Victoria to lead by example and show a pathway to be inclusive, to address gender diversity, is a really valuable resource for people who might want to make these changes but just don’t know how.”

Sui Zhen (Winner of 2019 Music Victoria Awards’ Best Electronic Act)

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Allara

“The VMDO Blak Sounds program is extremely important. I think it should be an integral part of what VMDO and Music Victoria puts their funds and their people power towards because the voices of Indigenous First Nations artists here in Australia are saying some extremely important things, especially when it comes to social justice and environmental justice.”

Allara (VMDO Blak Sound participant)

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PAUL KELLY

“Melbourne and Victoria’s music scene – which ten years ago was under threat – is now thriving, in no small part due to the efforts of Music Victoria…So, congratulations and thank you to Music Victoria for 10 years of fighting for us. I’m glad you’re on our side.”

Paul Kelly (Music Industry veteran)

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DALLAS FRASCA

“I think Music Victoria’s role has really been helping upskill regional artists – connecting them with our music industry within Melbourne and bringing an awareness from business from Melbourne to take that out to those regional areas as well.

“Music Victoria is also the voice for bands and musicians! We have saved a tonne of cash for my band for not having to pay excess baggage fees, discounted advertising rates, insurance amongst a tonne of other stuff and are always approachable if there is something you are unsure about or need guidance with. They’ve been a strong voice for women in the industry, if you got a problem, yo, they’ll help solve it. MV are on the streets, in our venues and moshing at our festivals. Never has there been an organisation that have made so many positive changes in our industry. You want it? SUPPORT IT”

Dallas Frasca (Festival Director of Hitch to The Sticks/Musician)

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MOLLY MELDRUM

“There’s so much amazing talent out there as Music Victoria knows and it’s so important for them to be acknowledged. And Music Victoria Awards give them that.”

Molly Meldrum (Music Victoria Hall of Fame inductee)

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