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Best Practice Guidelines for Live Music Venues 2021

Music Victoria is pleased to announce an updated 2021 edition of the Best Practice Guidelines for Venues.

These guidelines provide information for venue operators who are planning to host, or already host, live music at their venue. Topics covered by the guidelines include managing sound to maintain a positive relationship with neighbours, providing a safe environment for patrons, staff and musicians to enjoy the live music experience, and building constructive working relationships with musicians.

Recent updates include:

Chapter 9 – Copyright Compliance (written by OneMusic Australia)
Chapter 16 – Harm Reduction (written by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation)
Chapter 17 – Gender Diversity Guidelines (written by Simona Castricum in community consultation with Transgender Victoria & Queerspace)

This document will continue to be updated regularly. Venues can check it out here.

NB. This guide doesn’t contain COVID-specific venue information which is continually changing. The latest information can be found here: