Music Victoria is extremely concerned about the impact Covid-19 and the restriction and subsequent banning of non-essential public gatherings is having on live music venues.
We will regularly consult with - and update - venues on key concerns and developments, and raise issues with relevant businesses and authorities.
Below is a current update as of 24 March:
- Music Victoria is hosting weekly Wednesday teleconference meetings with venues. The next one will be held on Wednesday March 24 (10-11am for venue owners; 11.15-12 for venue bookers and other staff). Email James at firstname.lastname@example.org for teleconference details
- Since the last meeting on 18 March, Music Victoria wrote to the Premier and relevant ministers calling for targeted support for venues
- OneMusic will suspend accounts for venues that are required to cease trade as a result of the Covid-19 indoor and outdoor attendance limitation. Accounts will be adjusted once trade recommences.
- The Federal and State Governments have released support packages. Our colleagues at the VMDO and friends at the Gild Group have analysed these and summarised how they can help music businesses:
- Music Victoria will consult with the State Government about how the music industry’s needs can be addressed by the Business Support Fund.
- Music Victoria will continue to advocate for venues during this time of crisis. In the meantime, you can sign the below petition, set up by a venue owner, calling for support to help safe live venues:
The national industry is lobbying the federal government for a targeted support package. See details here:
- Live Performance Australia Media Release - Governments Must Act to Prevent Final Curtain for Live Performance Industry - 20 March 2020
- COVID-19: Live Performance Industry Package
Premier's announcement: Guidance on non-essential closures
9am, 23 March 2020
In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government will implement a shutdown or restriction of non-essential activity across our state to help combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The shutdown will be in place effective midday today (23 March 2020).
In this instance, non-essential business is defined as a:
- pub, bar, club or nightclub except for bottle shops
- a hotel, whether licensed or unlicensed, except for accommodation, takeaway meals or a meal delivery service
- indoor sporting venue
- entertainment venue
- restaurant or café, except for takeaway meals or a meal delivery service
- place of worship, other than for the purposes of a wedding or funeral that otherwise complies with density restrictions
All other businesses will remain unimpacted under the current requirements.
This action is imperative to ensuring the safety of our state.
Without it, more Victorians will contract the virus, overwhelming our hospitals and putting more lives at risk.
Read advice on the directions from the Deputy Chief Health Officer (PDF format).
The latest health advice can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Victorian school holidays have been brought forward to commence on Tuesday March 24.
If you're wanting to understand what benefits may be available to you within the Government Stimulus package, you can read a breakdown of it here. Other simple and easy-to-understand summaries can be found here and here.
For those who are able to continue with aspects of your business online, here are some things you can do to raise funds from patrons whilst lockdown is in place.
• Create and sell digital vouchers (examples here and here)
• Run a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for staff
• Sell branded merch - think outside the box
• Offer take-away or delivery meals.
If offering delivery, consider keeping your staff on as delivery drivers, rather than using a service like ubereats.
• Offer take-away alcohol (if your license allows it)
• Investigate live streaming performances
• Join Victorian Music Industry COVID-19 Hub to share ideas and find out about new opportunities and initiatives.
• Join Australian Arts amidst COVID-19 facebook group to share ideas
• Keep an eye on our Coronavirus Resources - we will update them regularly with new information.
• Enter your losses into I Lost My Gig – We need to quantify this
• Sign this petition calling for support to help safe live venues
• Encourage your staff to join Job share groups on facebook to fill the gaps
• Is your Music Victoria Membership up to date? Renew here