This week, Music Victoria provided a submission for the Inquiry into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism and events sectors. You can read the full submission here.

Our other recent/current work includes:

  • Pursuing DH to change their guidelines and benchmark us against other states, and other industries and settings (across two meetings);
  • Exploring options under the Public Events Framework for all sized venues and events (not just those with capacities over 1000);
  • Meeting with Ministers and Advisors from Health, Creative Industries, Small Business, Employment, Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation;
  • Presenting at the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Impact of Covid-19 on Events and Tourism (yesterday – a transcript will be available);
  • Ongoing communication with Creative Victoria;
  • Speaking with the media to raise the profile of our concerns and to counter the perception of ‘trading as usual’;
  • Fielding many emails and phone calls across the sector – hearing your stories first-hand, and sharing these with government.

Here’s how you can help:

  • We would encourage those of you who follow our online presence simply because you love music – to speak to your local members (choose your electorate in the dropdown to find out who they are) and share your experiences and concerns for the current live music situation.
  • Make your own submission to the Inquiry into the Impact of Covid-19 on Events and Tourism (due tomorrow) here.
  • Continue to give us your feedback and experiences so we can keep passing this on to the government.
  • You can also help music workers, crew, and musicians by donating to Support Act here.
  • And finally, please continue to support your local musicians, venues, festivals and industry – the hard times are far from over.