Fill out the Victorian Live Music Census 2021 to help shape the Government’s future investment into Victoria’s live music scene.


Who can fill out the Census?


Your participation can help restore Victoria’s live music scene!


How the Victorian Live Music Census 2021 can help the industry

Music Victoria has been commissioned by the Victorian State Government (Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions) and the seven local ‘music precinct’ councils (Darebin, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Moreland, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra) to conduct an audit of live music performance and presentation in the state’s eleven regional tourism areas and metropolitan Melbourne. The Victorian Live Music Census and Infrastructure Audit 2021 will quantify live music’s value as a vital tourism driver, economic contributor and job creator.

Through the data from the census, we will:

  • assess the potential for increased activity while identifying current challenges and gaps in support mechanisms and infrastructure
  • help revive the spirits of fans and the fortunes of all who contribute to Victoria’s renowned live music scene.

A major part of the census is hearing from music industry practitioners, performers and attendees via an anonymous online survey. The survey will benchmark live music activity in 2019 and document what was ‘lost’ in 2020/2021.


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What we learned from the last Census

The 2017 Live Music Census showed identified Melbourne as the ‘live music capital of the world. In Greater Melbourne, over 100,000 gigs took place in 460+ regular music venues watched by 18 million fans who generated over $1.7 billion in revenue and created thousands of jobs for performers, hospitality staff, technicians, and all those businesses involved in the live music industry.

The data informed discussions which resulted in:

Let us hear your voice, so we can lift the silence across Victoria for good!


If you’re a musician or DJ who performed at gigs/events in Victoria in 2019-2021, complete the Victorian Live Music Performer Survey.

If you attended live music events in Victoria between 2019-2021, complete the Victorian Live Music Attendee Survey.

If you performed AND attended gigs as a punter, please fill out both of the surveys above!