In April 2015 we conducted the survey 'Women in the Victorian Contemporary Music Industry' with 300 respondents. Key themes that were identified as barriers for women working the contemporary Victorian music industry were pay inequality, access to opportunities, the confidence gap, the general undervaluing of music and sexual harassment.
Read the report here.
Many of the issues discussed reflect wider systemic issues in not just the music industry, but the economy and society more generally, and have no ‘quick fix’. However, there are concrete actions that Music Victoria has committed to in order to demonstrate leadership and promote gender equality in the music industry including on going workshops related to confidence and a gender diversity policy.
See more information on our work with gender diversity here.
Local Government Election Survey
In 2012 and in 2016, Music Victoria surveyed candidates standing in the Local Government elections on their views on music policy and what they would commit to if elected. The survey has been very successful in highlighting music as an election issue and constituents being able to hold elected candidates to account in terms of their commitments on this subject. A very high response rate was achieved and the outcomes of the survey are being followed up with meetings to be held with the successful supportive candidates. A smaller scale survey was held with party representatives ahead of the 2014 Victorian State Election.
View all results here.
Agent of Change
Advocated for and welcomed the introduction of the Agent of Change principle to protect venues from gentrification and noise complaints.
More info here.
Face the Music
In 2010 Music Victoria partnered with The Push for Face The Music, a two-day music industry conference in November.
Music Victoria makes a contribution to the staging of the annual Face the Music Conference held in November each year. Music Victoria provides creative input to the organisation of Face the Music and advises on panels and workshops. Music Victoria also presents multiple panels or workshops during the conference, either organising the panellists, as a contributing member of the panel, or in a moderating capacity.
Parking Permits for Musicians
Musicians complained that they were being fined for parking whilst loading in or out at their gigs. So in October 2010, Music Victoria approached the City of Yarra about brokering a deal to allow musicians to park in loading bays like any other small business. The City of Melbourne has since implemented a similar scheme with several venues in the CBD taking part, and the Cities of Moreland and Darebin are also looking at trialling permit schemes.
Live music performances were staged at Melbourne Airport by Music Victoria in November 2012. The event took place on three consecutive days leading up to the Face the Music conference, the Australasian Worldwide Music Expo, and Melbourne Music Week. Performers included Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission, Francolin, and Benny Walker, and the shows took place outside at the Virgin domestic arrivals area and inside the international departures terminal.
The project returned in November 2013 featuring Kylie Auldist and the Glenroy Allstars, Mikelangelo, Ross Hannaford and Bart Willoughby, Fraser A Gorman, Georgia Fields, and Second Hand Heart.
In November 2014, performers included The Basics, Cookin' on 3 Burners (with Kylie Auldist), Charles Jenkins, Freya Hollick, Animaux, Marlon Williams, Al Parkinson, and Jules Boult. Melbourne Airport has committed to funding AirPlay! throughout 2015.
In 2015 performers included Oscar Jiminez, Al Parkinson, Abbie Cardwell and Abbey Stone with Airplay! ceasing in late 2015.
Music Victoria has been working with various Government departments on the Live Music Roundtable and a number of associated sub-committees to strengthen the Agent of Change Principle (Order of Occupancy where the onus is on the party who has made the recent move, either by introducing music or moving in next door), and reforming the building code, liquor licensing and planning laws, underage gig regulations and cutting red tape. In September 2014, the State government approved amendments to the Victoria Planning Provisions and all local planning schemes in Victoria to give legislative weight to the Agent of Change principle, and made an exemption for small and medium sized venues to be classed at 9B, thus cutting red tape.
Music Victoria worked with the Coalition Government to deregulate all-ages gigs in licensed venues, and to cut the application fee.
Music Victoria was a signatory to the Live Music Agreement 2010 which, among other things, removed the link between live music and violence. In December 2011, the Government passed legislation inserting an object into the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 recognising the invaluable contribution made to Victoria by the live music industry.
Released the music industry election issues ‘White Paper’ ahead of the November 2014 state election