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Good Music Neighbours is a Creative Victoria matched funding opportunity for live music venues to access support to manage their sound attenuation needs.

Funding is available on an annual basis and live music venues can apply for up to $25,000 per venue in funding (over the 3 years). The first round is now closed. Please keep an eye on our website for information about the next round.

The next Good Music Neighbours Funding Round will be accepting applications online using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal, from Wednesday 10 May 2017 to Wednesday 7 June 2017, closing at 5pm sharp, for activity commencing from 16 August 2017. 

Case Study - The Juke Joint

The Juke Joint is an old (1800s), small, inner-suburban pub which hosts live music 3-4 nights a week.  It has a popular kitchen and bar, an outdoor beer garden and hosts live original and covers music from blues, country, roots and soul through to rock.

There has been an influx of residents nearby and the venue saw an increase in noise complaints from residents.  Although they believed they were compliant with the EPA Victoria’s SEPP N-2 regulations controlling music noise from live music venues, the owners decided to be proactive and think about what sound proofing measures might be needed.  An acoustic designer reviewed their premises and recommended a wall to be constructed to enclose the beer garden and reduce noise from both inside and outside the venue. They would be eligible to apply for Good Music Neighbours funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much can I apply for?

The Good Music Neighbours program provides matched funding for live music venues up to a total per venue of $25,000 over three years. 

  • E.g. a venue can apply for $5000 in first year, and then up to $20,000 over the next two funding rounds. 

 Who can apply?

The applicant must be an owner or operator of the live music entertainment venue.

  • a food and drink premises, nightclub, function centre or residential hotel that includes live music entertainment
  • a rehearsal studio

 What is ‘matched funding’?

Matched funding requires an equal contribution from the funder and the entity requesting the funding.

What is the funding for?

Sound proofing and related activity (see here for more details).

Case Study - The Cactus

The Cactus is a bar, restaurant/cantina and live music venue on the main street of a small regional Victorian town.  It hosts original live music once a week, usually Saturday nights, of various genres.

The venue doesn’t have many resident neighbours, however there are rumours of residential development nearby.  The venue owners were unsure whether the venue was compliant with SEPP N-2 requirements.  An acoustic consultant was engaged to conduct an assessment of the venue and provide a report detailing the level of current sound emissions and recommending any works to reduce or contain sound.  The acoustic report recommended that small changes in design and material may help sound proofing leaking. They would be eligible for Good Music Neighbours funding for the acoustic design service, acoustic treatment to curtains and carpet and for a professional review of their PA system. 

To apply please visit the Creative Victoria website. Applications for the Good Music Neighbours program 2016 are now closed.

For any enquiries, please contact the Good Music Neighbours Industry Liaison on 03 9686 3411 or email


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