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General advice on how to start investigating your options is available through the Good Music Neighbours Industry Liaison embedded at Music Victoria. Here you will find general overviews of the program and who to go to for further advice.

The grants are available annually. However, check with your local council as they may have other options available throughout the year. The GMN section of the Music Victoria website should point you in the right direction. 

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. 

Managing noise is a responsibility in your neighbourhood, if you believe that your venue is emitting noise above the SEPP N-2 levels, then you will be advised to address this before it becomes an issue. We want to have live music venues in our neighbourhoods but we want to work together to ensure everyone co-habits respectfully.

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

See eligibility criteria here for more details.

Matched funding means that the grants are available matched dollar for dollar against your funds up to a limit.

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

Venues can apply once a year but must not exceed $25,000 in total funding over the 3 years.

So long as your venue has not exceed the maximum of $25,000 funding. (For example, you can apply for $5000 in one year and then up to a total of  $20,000 over the next two years).

Priority will be given to live music venues that support the live music sector and provide a good case for support to the peer reviews.  The grants must address the noise attenuation issues and if they support the venues to address these complaints then you will have a strong case.

Yes but you will need to convince the peer assessors why they help your noise management.

Shaun Adams, Good Music Neighbours Industry Liaison on (03) 9686 3411 or

Creative Victoria will be able to assist you if you have technical problems with lodging an application. Please contact Dean Linguey on (03) 8683 3133 or




Good Music Neighbours is a Victorian Government initiative.


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