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Australian state to pay for venue soundproofing

Victoria's Good Music Neighbours scheme offers up to $25,000 over a three-year period for venues to spend on sound management work

By IQ on 27 May 2016

Juke Joint, Create Victoria, Good Music Neighbours

Victorian pub/venue The Juke Joint

image © Creative Victoria

The government of Victoria is offering to pay up to A$25,000 to the Australian state’s music venues to help with the cost of soundproofing.

The Creative Victoria-backed Good Music Neighbours programme provides matched funding for live music venues – defined as “a food and drink premises, nightclub, function centre or residential hotel that includes live music entertainment” or a rehearsal studio – up to a total per venue of $25,000 over three years.

Victoria adopted the agent-of-change principle – something long advocated by the Music Venue Trust in the UK – in September 2014, ensuring that the business or person responsible for any change in the area surrounding a music venue is responsible for managing the impact – for example, housing developers paying for the soundproofing of existing venues in order to prevent noise complaints. (The same also applies to a new music venue opening in a residential area.)

The deadline for applications for the first round of Good Music Neighbours funding is 17.00 AEST on Monday 13 July.