Contemporary Music Victoria Inc. (Music Victoria) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation and the state peak body for contemporary music. 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.
To enable the full social, economic, and cultural potential of music to be realised, for the benefit of all Victorians.
A valued, progressive, and equitable state music scene.
We at Music Victoria are:
Cultural Equity Mission
It’s not hyperbole to say that music is a force, a common language that unites humanity.
It’s important that everyone is part of this exchange of energy and ideas no matter what walk of life we come from. The Victorian music community comes from a variety of backgrounds and we wish to represent and support this community in an equitable way. This means taking affirmative action to ensure diverse representation and to provide opportunities to those who are disadvantaged or underrepresented. Diversity is also a feature of a group, not of an individual. Diversity is not something that arises from tokenism or individual inclusion but is an emergent outcome of different kinds of people working together with mutual respect.
When recruiting staff members, board members, delivering projects or putting on events we will aim to have a diverse group of people represented both on and off stage. This means taking an active role in supporting: Women, First Peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Deaf and Disabled people and people from the LGBTQIA+ community. We acknowledge this journey will be challenging and that mistakes will sometimes be made but we will strive to embody values of inclusivity, generosity and empathy.
Safety and Respect
Music Victoria is seeking to establish new benchmarks in relation to safety and respect. We understand that our industry, and more directly our own work and projects are places where inequities can result in a lack of safety for our colleagues and participants. We will endeavour to do our utmost to attend to the safety of all involved by continually educating ourselves on this issue, making safety and respect our priority, rigorously examining our own protocols and behaviours, listening without defensiveness, and acting on observations and concerns.
Music Victoria is committed to supporting, promoting and celebrating gender diversity in music. As part of this commitment Music Victoria will ensure participation of at least 40% women across its activities, where practicable. This policy exists under Music Victoria’s overarching Cultural Equity Mission and at times flexibility is required in order to meet other diversity goals (eg. representation of First Peoples or People of Colour).