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Where We Stand

WHERE WE STAND.

Music Victoria is a not-for-profit body that represents the needs, interests and desires of the Victorian music sector. It advocates on behalf of the broader music community, pushing beyond any one individual's needs towards a thriving ecology that is reaching its full potential. It’s a conduit and connector—it may not be an expert in every matter, but it knows the right people to put you in touch with. It prides itself on being unbiased and accessible to all. It works behind the scenes to make things happen, keeping the music ecology in balance and holding the Victorian government to account on all things music related. At its core, it removes the barriers to success and is there to help to Victorian music sector, and all those who make it, be the best it can be.

WHERE WE FIND OURSELVES:

As the peak body for the Victorian music industry, Music Victoria takes a localised approach, primarily working at a state level in its advocacy, at the local government level as need arises and at the federal level when there is capacity.

We are however, very aware of the global context in which we also live, work and play. Globalisation continues to have very real effect on our industry, and international success is a key part of many sustainable music industry careers. We also acknowledge the profound and devastating impact of global conflicts, environmental disasters and the changing climate, and other global events, and how it affects our Victorian community.

Music Victoria’s global position is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which underpin Music Victoria's strategic plan and operations, in advocating for peace, safety and equality across the world.

Our 2024-2026 strategic plans also call out a number of broader issues in society that are also found in music including (but not limited too) sexual harassment and bullying, exploitation, ageism, sexism, racism and ableism.

If you'd like to discuss something with our team, please fill out the submission form below so that a member of our executive team can be in touch.

 

OUR MISSION:

To enable the full social, economic, and cultural potential of music to be realised, for the benefit of all Victorians.

 

OUR VISION:

A valued, progressive, and equitable state music scene.

 

OUR VALUES:

We at Music Victoria are:

  • Only as strong as our community
  • Compelled to serve
  • Practising continual improvement
  • Committed to sustainable development (as per the United Nations’ 2030 goals)
  • Accountable for our actions

 

OUR PRINCIPALS:

  • We strive towards ‘Universal Access’ which means that everything we do should be accessible to all, regardless of their abilities/disabilities. We also believe in the ‘Social Model of Disability’ which recognises that people are disabled by the barriers created by society. A barrier might be physical, like a building only having stairs and no lift. Another barrier might be the way people communicate or behave. 
  • We look after the environment and are working towards an environmental action plan. We consider our environmental impact in all things we do and strive to reduce our carbon footprint.
  • We respect your privacy and the privacy of others. Take a look at our privacy policy to find out more. 
  • We strive towards cultural equity and gender diversity. When recruiting staff members, board members, delivering projects or putting on events we will aim to have a diverse group of people represented both on and off stage. This means taking an active role in supporting: Women, First Peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Deaf and Disabled people, regional communities, people from the LGBTQIA+ community and people of all ages. Check out our Cultural Equity Mission to find out more. 

 

CODE OF CONDUCT:

Music Victoria is committed to providing a safe, respectful, inclusive, and flexible workplace environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and bullying. We do not tolerate or condone any form of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment or bullying. This Code of Conduct outlines expected standards of behaviour by all at Music Victoria. A breach of this Code of Conduct may lead to disciplinary action, including the termination of your engagement with us. If Music Victoria considers the breach to be of a criminal nature, Music Victoria may report the matter to the police.

 

Scope

All workers must comply with this Code of Conduct. Workers include but are not limited to:

  • Board members
  • Leadership and management personnel (e.g. CEOs, general managers, heads of departments)
  • Production and venue personnel (e.g. musicians, performers, panellists, stage management, technical crew, front of house staff)
  • Full-time, part-time, seasonal and casual employees
  • Job candidates, including people interviewing for roles
  • Student placements, apprentices, work experience students/interns
  • Contractors, sub-contractors and secondees (e.g. publicists, panellists, and freelancers who have been contracted or sub-contracted for a specific purpose)
  • Volunteers and anyone working in an unpaid capacity

 

This Code of Conduct applies to all workers while:

  • At work – such as in the office, when working from home, while travelling for work
  • At work-related functions
  • Outside of work where there is a connection to the workplace–such as on social media

 

Standards of Behaviour

Music Victoria’s workers are responsible for promoting a safe, respectful, inclusive, and flexible workplace environment by:

  • Treating all workers, members and customers with dignity, courtesy and respect
  • Respecting cultural, ethnic, religious, gender and sexual orientation differences
  • Behaving honestly and with integrity–which includes disclosing and taking reasonable steps to avoid any conflict of interest (real or apparent) in connection with Music Victoria engagement
  • Acting with care and diligence–which includes using the organisation’s resources, materials and equipment in a proper manner
  • Behaving in a professional, fair and courteous manner at all times–which includes following any reasonable directions given by management, or those with authority to give direction
  • Promptly reporting any breaches of this Code of Conduct, whether it is against you or another person, to your manager
  • Maintaining confidentiality–which is particularly essential when complaints are made and/or under investigation
  • Abiding by all applicable laws and regulations

 

Unacceptable Behaviours

Music Victoria workers must not:

  • Abuse or threaten to abuse (verbally, physically or in writing) another person;
  • Physically or sexually assault another person
  • Discriminate against or treat someone less favourably because of their race, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability or other personal characteristics
  • Intimidate, threaten or harass another person
  • Sexually harass another person with unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour
  • Bully, isolate or humiliate another person
  • Provide false or misleading information
  • Use inside information, or the worker’s duties, status, power or authority, in order to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or advantage
  • Victimise, unjustly treat or threaten someone because they have raised a complaint or are a witness in an investigation
  • Behave improperly or unethically

 

ONLINE ENGAGEMENT STANDARDS:

Music Victoria actively seeks ideas, questions, complaints, and compliments from members of the public. The public is encouraged to join the open conversation and debate, but is expected to participate in a respectful manner.

Therefore, on platforms with public editorial access, Music Victoria reserves the right to delete:

  • Knowingly false complaints or statements about individuals, companies or the government
  • Content that is misleading, obscene, off-topic, sexist, racist, spam, offensive, obscene, Defamatory, threatening, harassing, bullying, discriminatory, hateful, racist, sexist, infringes copyright, constitutes a contempt of court, breaches a court suppression order, or is unlawful
  • Content that uses Music Victoria for promotional/commercial purposes
  • Content that breaks or encourages others to break the laws of Australia and its states and territories in any way, including breaching privacy laws
  • Content that defames or harasses any participant of Music Victoria site, administration, employees or volunteers

The moderation process must:

  • Be objective and impartial and avoid any perception that posts are being censored for political reasons
  • Be sensitive to the diversity of the community and avoid any perception that it is being applied in a discriminatory manner
  • Inform posters why their post has been rejected and give them an opportunity to resubmit

Music Victoria cannot and does not warrant the completeness or accuracy of public comments found on its social media sites, nor its usefulness for any particular purpose. Nor does Music Victoria represent or warrant that the comments on the pages comply with the laws of any country outside Australia.

Music Victoria is not responsible for the uptime of content on these platforms. The views expressed and published on platforms by a participant, invitee, expert, guest or other person are not necessarily the views of Music Victoria.

Music Victoria accepts no responsibility arising from reliance by any person or party on any comment or information published on any Music Victoria social media site. Further, Music Victoria does not guarantee the accuracy or currency of any comment published on a Music Victoria social media site.

Links to external websites and users’ social media accounts are provided as a convenience to users and such sites and associated content are not under the control of Music Victoria. When links have been included, the content of these links does not and should not imply endorsement of that website, service or person by the Music Victoria.

Across Music Victoria’s public facing channels, Music Victoria should always respond to active comments (comments that pose a direct question). Where capacity allows, Music Victoria should respond to passive comments when deemed appropriate.

Music Victoria’s community manager should actively engage with its audience through tagging, relevant hashtags and contributing to broader industry conversations on like-minded accounts.

Music Victoria’s community manager should check public facing channels daily, responding to direct messages and comments where applicable and monitoring for any content which breaches online engagement and conduct guidelines. In cases where guidelines are breached, the community manager should screenshot the content, save to the drive, and escalate to the Music Victoria CEO and Marketing Manager for further action. The Music Victoria community manager reserves the right to hide comments and, in some cases, block users who breach online engagement and conduct guidelines.

 

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If you require further support, reach out to Support Act, Beyond Blue or Lifeline for a safe place to talk day or night.

 

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