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Music Victoria now offers free and confidential mental health support services.


Music Victoria in conjunction with the Partners in Wellbeing Program is now offering the Victorian music community confidential mental health support services.

Adding further resources to enable the essential work of Support Act, Music Victoria's new team member, Bree Chapman-Stewart (pictured above) is a Mental Health Clinician/Consultant who will work alongside our team to deliver the new service.

The pandemic has been tough, it's important we get the jump on our mental health as we return to a new world of normal.

Bree offers free and confidential mental health support for you, your families, and your employees. Along with the one-to-one sessions, Bree can refer you to our free financial counselling and business advisory support services.


Service Hours

's available for a chat Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Outside of Business Hours until 10pm, you can call the Partners in Wellbeing Helpline on 1300 375 330, or Support Act 24/7 on 1800 959 500.


Self Referrals and Bookings

You can self-refer by sending a confidential email to or book directly here.

You might have seen the National Roadmap to re-opening, or the more recent Victorian one, but what exactly does it all mean? And what does it mean for music in our state?

Let’s be real… COVID sucks. But we wanted to give you the chance to reach out and ask us questions. Can you rehearse? When can you tour? Do you need to get vaccinated? When is our freedom day?

Watch the video of our Where To From Here Information Session below where we answer all your questions around the roadmap.


Music Victoria and the Victorian Small Business Commission hosted an information session on the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme which you can now watch below.


The session covers eligibility, the process and how mediation can work for tenants and landlords.



More about the scheme

The Scheme was introduced by the Victorian Government to ease the pressure on Victoria’s small and medium-sized businesses (with an annual turnover of less than $50 million) that have experienced a fall in turnover of more than 30 per cent during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Eligible business owners can obtain relief in the form of a proportionate reduction in rent. For example, a business with a turnover of 40 per cent of pre-pandemic levels can only be charged 40 per cent of its rent. Of the balance, at least half must be waived, with the remainder deferred.

Under the Scheme, the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) is supporting tenants and landlords by providing information to assist with negotiating a rent relief agreement and access to free and impartial mediation if a fair agreement can’t be reached.

Tenants can also apply to the VSBC for a binding order for rent relief if their landlord fails to respond or sufficiently respond to the VSBC or doesn’t engage in mediation in good faith.

The Scheme applies retrospectively from 28 July 2021 and will run until 15 January 2022.

The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments have announced jointly-funded packages of grants to support thousands of small and medium-sized businesses through the next six weeks at which point Victoria is expected to reach 80 per cent vaccination.

The funding package of up to $2.27 billion announced today will support businesses most affected by restrictions as Victoria reaches the 70 per cent, then 80 per cent fully vaccinated thresholds on the state’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan.

At these key markers, forecast around 26 October and 5 November respectively, dining, entertainment, retail, sport, recreation and other sectors will progressively and safely open.

The package announced today provides businesses with further certainty that support will continue in line with Victoria’s Roadmap. This will see more than 160,000 businesses receive support, ranging from retailers and gyms to hairdressers and hotels – mostly through automatic deposits into their bank accounts.

Of these, around 124,000 eligible businesses will receive automatic Business Costs Assistance Program grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,400 per week, rising according to payroll, until the end of October. Businesses that remain closed or severely restricted over the first two weeks of November will also receive automatic payments for that period.

More than 9,000 eligible cafes, restaurants, hotels and bars across Victoria will receive automatic Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payments of between $5,000 and $20,000 per week until the end of October.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payments will continue for the first half of November, set at reduced rates to reflect lower restrictions in place at that stage under Victoria’s Roadmap.

The package will also enable a further 30,000 businesses to receive a one-off $20,000 payment through the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund, taking the number of recipients to 65,000.


Business Costs Assistance Program Round Five

Funding of up to $1.26 billion will provide for automatic payments to recipients of the Business Costs Assistance Program across October and into the first half of November.

Businesses will be eligible to receive two fortnightly payments between 1-29 October on a rising scale.

Eligible non-employing businesses will receive $1,000 per week, increasing to $2,800 a week for an annual payroll of up to $650,000, $5,600 a week for a payroll of $650,000 - $3 million and $8,400 a week for a payroll of $3 million - $10 million.

Businesses that remain closed or severely restricted between 70 and 80 per cent double dose will receive an automatic payment for the period from 29 October to 13 November.

The full list of eligible ANZSIC codes for the Business Costs Assistance Program will be available on the Business Victoria website tomorrow.

Businesses that have previously received or been approved for a Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or July Extension grant will be eligible for these payments.


Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund

More than 9,000 licensed hospitality businesses that have previously received grants under the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund or July Extension programs will receive further automatic payments in October.

Weekly payment amounts are stepped according to premises capacity: $5,000 for a capacity of up to 99 patrons or where patron capacity is not specified, $10,000 for a capacity of 100 to 499 patrons, and $20,000 for a capacity of 500 or more.

Between 70 and 80 per cent double dose, payments for licensed premises in metropolitan Melbourne will be reduced by 25 per cent, and in regional Victoria by 50 per cent as the economy continue to progress to greater levels of freedom.

The Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund payments will total up to $407.5 million for the six-week period.


Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

Some $600 million has been added to the Small Business COVID Hardship Fund, taking the total program to $1.3 billion.

The existing $700 million funding pool has been fully subscribed and the new allocation means 65,000 businesses will now be supported with one-off grants of $20,000.

The Fund supports businesses that have suffered significant losses due to the pandemic, including businesses legally allowed to operate but restricted in their ability to generate revenue, but have previously fallen between the cracks in terms of government support.


Read the full announcement from the Victorian Government here.

Music Victoria has joined Rock Posters and other Melbourne businesses to launch a vaccination campaign to encourage Melburnians to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The month-long 'Mighty V' campaign will be visible on advertisement sites across Melbourne due to contributions of over $10,000 made by 22 partner organisations, including Music Victoria. The campaign will aid Support Act and its crisis relief program, which brings much-needed support to those in the music industry who have lost work, gigs and their livelihoods due to the pandemic.


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In early August, Support Act announced it received an additional $20 million in funding from the Australian Government. The organisation will expand its outreach beyond the music industry to support artists, creatives, production and technical crew working across the broader arts sector from 23 August.

The Mighty V campaign is one of two vaccination campaigns Music Victoria helped launch this month. On August 20, Music Victoria launched #GetVaxxed4Vic, an online campaign to encourage the music industry and music lovers to get vaccinated to aid the Victorian live music scene in reopening.

You can also support artists and music workers by donating to Support Act here or Music Victoria here.

Music Victoria has launched #GetVaxxed4Vic - a campaign to encourage Victoria's music professionals and music lovers to get vaccinated.



In 2018 Victoria had more venues per capita than anywhere in the world. Fast forward to February 2021 and 3 in 5 workers are considering leaving the music industry as live music trades at under 4% of pre-COVID levels. Every person that gets vaccinated brings us a step closer to reopening and saving Victoria's live music scene.


How to support the campaign


1. Edit your Facebook profile picture.


Along with getting vaxxed, you can support Victoria's live music industry by updating your Facebook profile picture with the campaign frame to encourage others to get vaxxed too.

1. Click on your profile picture and select 'Update Profile Picture'
2. Click 'Add frame'
3. Search for #GetVaxxed4Vic
4. Select the frame and click 'Use as Profile Picture'



Facebook profile picture #getvaxxedforvic


2. Make your own campaign pic to share on any or all of your social media accounts!


Step 1: Click on the links below to download a campaign frame

Facebook profile picture frame
Instagram or Facebook post frame
Instagram story frame
TikTok frame
Facebook video frame
Facebook cover image (no editing required)
Twitter header (no editing required)
Email signature (no editing required)


Download one of the campaign frames above


Step 2: Use your image editing tool of choice to put the frame on a photo of yourself

Don't worry, you don't need any design skills! You can use this free, easy-to-use site called Canva and follow the steps below.

  1. Sign-up for a free account at
  2. Click on the 'Create a design' button in the top right corner
  3. Choose the type of image you want to design from the list e.g. Instagram post
  4. Upload a photo of yourself and stretch it out to fill the white space
  5. Upload one of the campaign frames you downloaded from the section above
  6. Select the frame and place it in the bottom left corner of your image
  7. Click the download button in the top right corner and select PNG or JPG
  8. Share your image on social media with the hashtag #GetVaxxed4Vic and tag @musicvictoria


Make your own campaign image in Canva


Share your image on social media with the hashtag #GetVaxxed4Vic and tag @musicvictoria

Business Victoria has opened round two of the Live Performance Support Program for suppliers and presenters. If you were contracted to work on a live performance event that has been postponed or cancelled, we encourage you to apply for this funding.

If you’re thinking about applying for Business Victoria's Live Performance Support Program Round Two, register for one of our free online information sessions! We'll cover changes from the last round of funding, program guidelines (including eligibility and how to apply) and answer all your questions.

Click the links below for more info and to register.

Session 1: 20 August at 2pm
Session 2 : 3 September at 2pm

Session 1: 20 August at 4pm
Session 2: 3 September at 4pm

We received great feedback from our last round of info sessions and we hope these next sessions help many more of you submit funding applications!

A new jointly funded package from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments will give Victorian small and medium businesses the extra support and confidence they need to recover from the recent lockdown.

The new Victorian Business Support Package will deliver an additional $400 million in support to thousands of businesses, with funding to be split 50/50 between the Commonwealth and Victorian Government.

It will build on Victorian Government support for licensed hospitality and alpine venues, with $70 million for the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 and $9.8 million for Alpine Business Support. Licensed hospitality venues can receive grants of up to $20,000 as their operations continue to be impacted by current restrictions. These grants recognise that larger venues depend more on dine-in and have higher operating costs, so need more support than smaller operations. An additional $2,000 will also be made available to the business if it is located within the CBD.

The package also includes a new $85 million Small Business COVID Hardship Fund and $156 million Business Continuity Fund, as well as delivering support for commercial tenants and landlords.


Find out more about the Victorian Business Support Package here.

Find out more about the Commercial Tenancy Relief For Victorian Businesses here.

The Victorian Government has announced a further easing of restrictions from 11:59pm on Thursday 8 July.

For a detailed overview of the statewide settings, see the latest Table of Restrictions (located at the bottom of the announcement). These settings will be in place for 14 days, subject to public health assessments.

Following is a high-level summary.

Victoria to move to statewide settings


Creative industries statewide settings (under the Restricted Activity Directions)

Check in everywhere, every time

All businesses and workplaces are required to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service, unless an exemption applies.

Victorians must check-in everywhere, every time. Businesses must ensure that every customer and visitor has checked-in, no matter how long they are at the premises.

Update your COVIDSafe Plan

Every business with on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan.

Your COVIDSafe Plan is a list of safety actions that help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in your workplace. It should be reviewed and updated regularly and discussed with your workers.

Get vaccinated – don’t wait until it’s too late

The vaccine reduces your risk of getting sick, and helps to protect your friends, family and community.
Please support your workers to get vaccinated. Appointments can be booked here.

More information is available at

Due to the epidemiological conditions in Australia, the Victorian Government has confirmed that there will be no changes made to the current restrictions in place for Victoria.

Following is a summary of the overall current restrictions and the restrictions for Creative Venues in both Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

Current restrictions


Creative venues: Metropolitan Melbourne


Creative venues: Regional Victoria

Tier 1 and Tier 2 public events with a COVIDSafe Event Plan that has been approved, and Tier 2 or Tier 3 public events that have been registered under the Public Events Framework can operate under current settings. No exemptions will be considered for events until the Victorian Government announces a further easing of restrictions

QR Codes

A reminder that all businesses and workplaces are now required to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service, unless an exemption applies.

Victorians must check-in everywhere, every time. Businesses must ensure that every customer and visitor has checked-in, no matter how long they are at the premises.

Support for businesses

There are a number of support programs available to businesses, with applications for the Victorian Events Support Package closing at 11:59pm Friday 16 July 2021. For more information and to apply, visit Business Victoria.